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ARTIST
TITLE
Raag Malkauns & Ragini Miyan Ki Todi
FORMAT
3LP

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CATALOG #
BS 087LP BS 087LP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
8/2/2024

These recordings were made in Bombay in 1968 by Bengt Berger (Bitter Funeral Beer Band) during a stay with Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar, who was primarily responsible for the revival of the Rudra Veena as a solo concert instrument. His home in the suburb of Chembur was at the time the magical haunt of a plethora of fantastic musicians, including Ritwik Sanyal and K. Sridhar, who took part in the session. In perfect and stern Duphrad vocal style, these two Raga lead listeners to different atmospheres and perceptions: "Malkauns" is the contemplative state of the evening, of the abandonment of the senses before the breaking of the silence in the night; "Miyan Ki Todi" is the first breath of the morning, the gentle awakening of the limbs before a puja. The two Dagar brothers, Mohiuddin on the Rudra and Fariduddin on the chant, complement each other, become ocean and fire, stillness and storm, in an intimate and tight dialogue of exploration and expressive subtlety, in which the purity of an Indian summer becomes the highest symbol of beauty and freedom of spirit. Originally released on CD by Country & Eastern.