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Tuesday, December 27th

After all the holiday bustle, how about something that begins slowly, quietly?

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


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art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Agnes Martin (1912-2004), Untitled #12 (detail), 1977

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Saturday, December 17th

sounds of India

Nikhil Banerjee (1931-1986), sitar, Raag Darbari (Alap), Raag Hemant (Gat), live (Dover Lane Music Conference), India (Kolkata), 1986


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random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

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Saturday, September 10th

sounds of India

I don’t understand a single word. No matter. Rapport, spontaneity, immediacy—these I grasp.

Bhimsen Joshi (right) & Mangalampalli Balamurali Krishna (left)
Rag Yaman Kalyan, live


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random sights

other day, New York (Central Park)

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Saturday, July 23rd

sounds of India and New York

Here’s one of the performers at this year’s Ragas Live Festival, which begins at noon, at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, and goes until noon tomorrow. It’s being streamed—all 24 hours—on WKCR (Columbia University).

Pandit Krishna Bhatt (sitar) with Pandit Anindo Chatterjee (tabla), Margherita Marincola (tanpura); Raga Kafi, live, New York, 2014

Saturday, November 7th

sounds of India

If I could sing like this, I’d never close my mouth.

Shankar Mahadevan (vocals) & Zakir Hussain (percussion), live, India, 2014

 

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spreading wide my narrow Hands / To gather Paradise –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), #466 (Franklin)

Wednesday, October 7th

sounds of India

Hariprasad Chaurasia (bansuri) and Zakir Hussain (tabla), Raga Chandrakauns, live, India (Pune), 1992

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road to the World Series

There’s times I tell myself, ‘Shut up and just watch what’s going on and observe what’s going on and really appreciate a moment.’ Because we have a tendency in our lives to go through a moment quickly.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon

Wednesday, July 8th

sounds of India
day three

Shivkumar [AKA Shiv Kumar] Sharma (1938-), santoor
Raag Hamsadhwani, live


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musical thoughts

Indian music calls for surrender. Of what? Busyness. Distractability. Impatience.

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[S]ince we do float on an unknown sea, I think we should examine the other floating things that come our way carefully; who knows what might depend on it?

—Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), letter to Robert Lowell

Tuesday, July 7th

sounds of India
day two

Feel like floating?

Hariprasad Chaurasia (1938-), bansuri (bamboo flute), Raag Durga, live


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random thoughts

What would it be like to live there—a world with no sky?

Monday, July 6th

sounds of India
day one

Nikhil Banerjee (1931-1986), sitar, Raag Jaijaiwanti, live recording


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Everything only connected by “and” and “and.”

—Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), “Over 2,000 Illustrations and a Complete Concordance”

Monday, May 12th

sounds of joy

This I could listen to all day.

Hariprasad Chaurasia (1938-; bansuri [bamboo flute]) & Vijay Ghate (1964-; tabla), Raag Jog, live, Italy (Cabella), 2007


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musical thoughts

Music offers an escape from the swamp of the self.

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