More records go into storage tomorrow. We’re heading to New York on Wednesday, as we drift toward Mexico City. When I woke this morning, I decided to bang out a couple more mixes – this time drawing from the Indian Classical records I’ve bought over the last couple of months. Each mix is dedicated to one of the two primary traditions, and is intended as insight into the music I featured in my introductions to Indian Classical music. Hopefully they’ll help new listeners get started, and be an aural reference when approaching this music. I expect everyone will hear things they like more than others. I’ve tried to offer as broad a range as I did within each piece of writing, and where possible include the artists I discussed. This has obviously been limited by what I’ve picked up over this short period, but considering that, I’ve done pretty well. This is the first – dedicated to the Hindustani tradition. I hope you enjoy.
1. Ustad Ali Akbar Khan – Raga Chhayanat (Sarod)
2. Ram Narain – Chandrakauns (Sarangi)
3. Khan Sahib Rahimuddinkhan Dagar – ?? Label in Hindi (Vocal)
4. Ustad Bismillah Khan and V. G. Jog – Jai Jaiwanti (Shehnai +Violin)
5. Ravi Shankar – Raga Simhendra Madhyamam (Sitar)