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Category: India

Wednesday, May 6th

sounds of India

The sounds he makes with this instrument—a bamboo flute—are among the most haunting I know.

Hariprasad Chaurasia (1938-, bansuri), et al., Raga Bhimpalasi, live

 

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, outside Chicago (Prairie Path, Elmhurst)

Monday, June 24th

Why not begin the week with something beautiful?

Hariprasad Chaurasia (1938-, bansuri [bamboo flute]), et al., Raga Durga, live

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, October 18th

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TM Krishna, Raga Hamir Kalyani, live, 2017

 

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reading table 

Heaven does not change her blue.

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 167 (Franklin)

Monday, October 15th

sounds of India

Yesterday he sang at the University of Chicago (Logan Center), accompanied by violin, drums (mridangam), and drone instrument (tamboura). He performed for over two hours without intermission, singing not a word of English. Sailing these unfamiliar seas was, for me, heavenly.

TM Krishna (vocals) featuring Vikku Vinayakram (ghatam), Raga Begada, live, India (Mumbai), 2018

 

Wednesday, July 18th

sounds of India

Nina Burmi (vocals), Ramesh Mishra (sarangi), Sanju Sahai (tabla), live, London, 2006

 

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reading table

Who never lost, are unprepared
A Coronet to find!

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 136 (Franklin)

Tuesday, July 17th

sounds of India

Hariprasad Chaurasia (1938-, bansuri), Raag Hansadhwani, live

 

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lagniappe

reading table

I’m not lonely
because I have secrets;

I’m lonely because words
can’t bring the past into the present

(which amounts to the same thing).

—Rae Armantrout, from “Pretty Little” (London Review of Books, 7/19/18)

Monday, July 16th

sounds of India

Nikhil Banerjee (1931-1986, sitar), Zakir Hussain (1951-, tabla), live (Raag Shyam Kedar, Raag Pilu), San Francisco, 1985

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, June 28th

sounds of all over

Kiran Ahluwalia, Souad Massi, live (studio), Seattle, 2018

 

Monday, December 11th

more

Nikhil Banerjee (1931-1986), sitar (with Zakir Hussain [1951-; tabla], et al.), Raag Shyam Kedar, Raag Pilu, live, San Francisco, 1985

 

Saturday, December 9th

sounds of India

That Which Colors the Mind (documentary on sitarist Nikhil Banerjee, 1931-1986; work in progress), excerpt

 

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