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North India: Instrumental Music - Sitar, Flute, Sarangi

Various Artists
North India: Instrumental Music - Sitar, Flute, Sarangi

The classical music of North India (Hindustani music) has roots in Persian Musiqi-e assil folk music, Sufi songs, Vedic chants, and the region’s own folk traditions. Although it is primarily a vocal-based music, the classical Hindustani music on this album is played on a variety of traditional instruments.

The tracks in this collection present three different ragas (the raga is an Indian classical music song structure). The first piece, “Desh,” an evening raga, is performed on sitar, tabla drum, and tanpura, a lute-type drone instrument. “Puriya Kalyan” is an early evening raga and features two flutes (vamsha) and tabla. “Maru Bihag” is played on the bowed sarangi and the tabla. Liner notes by Alain Daniélou describe the instruments and the artists.

Please enjoy a free download of the song “Raga Maru Bihag”

Raga Maru BihagMP3 FLAC

This album is part of the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music. More than 125 albums are being released by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings to make the series publicly available again, including more than a dozen never-released albums of musical traditions from around the globe.

Track Listing

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Raga Desh: Teentala Ghulam Hussain Khan, Nizamuddin Khan, Pratima S. Parekh 27:37
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Raga Puriya Kalyan: Ekatala, Teentala Bhola Nath, Niranjan Prasad, Kedarnath Bahtt 17:14
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Raga Maru Bihag: Khyal, Ekatala, Teentala Nazir Ahmad, Kedarnath Bhatt 12:42