sarangi turned nine: Aftab’s Late Winter Collection

Sparrow  - Rajasthan, 19th Century
Sparrow – Rajasthan, 19th Century

sarangi.info‘s ninth birthday was on 28 January 2014. It has been observed that when parents are busy with their work or the kids are in the middle of their exams, birthdays are often postponed to a more convenient day, like a weekend or two later. Nothing of that sort was the case here since Aftab had uploaded all this music in October 2012 and has been repeatedly asking me with great patience and cheerfulness that I should post it on the site. One and a half year is enough to earn one the title of the Master of Procrastination and to annoy even very good friends, but that is definitely not the case with Aftab who has the generosity and enthusiasm to share such musical gems in abundance with the world. Our other close friends who have participated in keeping this site going and the music flowing are, as you already know, Saadullah Bashir, Bilal Khan and Suhaib Kiani.

Aftab will be in Pakistan soon and Suhaib, I and others look forward to spending this weekend with him, play and listen to music, and celebrate and discuss the virtue of authenticity.

Best wishes and season’s greetings,

Taimur

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ay dil-e naa-aaqibat-andesh zabt-e shauq kar
kaun laa saktaa hai taab-e jalvah-e diidaar-e dost

oh heart thoughtless of consequences, control your ardor
who can find the power to bear the glory of the sight of the friend?

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Abdul Latif Khan – Gorakh Kalyan
Ahmad Jan Thirakwa – Teentaal
Ali Akbar Khan – Puriya (Alap)
Allah Lok and Qamar Abbas – Pakhawaj (Duet)
Aman Ali Khan – Kedara (Tarana)
Amir Khan – Puriya (Live)
Arnab Chakraborty – Hameer
Azmat Hussain Khan -Darbari
Bai Sunderabai – Sindhura
Barkat Ali Khan – Woh Aa Ke Khwab Mein
Begum Akhtar – Kaise Katen Din Ratiyan
Chidanand Nagarkar – Bhairavi Bhairav
Dabir Khan – Malkauns
Fateh Ali Khan – Megh (Tarana)
Fayyaz Khan – Jaunpuri
Gajananrao Joshi – Shree
Habib Ali Beenkar – Bhairavi
Hafiz Ali Khan – Purvi
Hamid Hussain – Jog
Ijaz Hussain Hazravi – Khirad Mandon Se Kya Poochhon
Imrat Khan and Vilayat Khan – Jog
Joydeep Gosh – Behag (Sursringar)
A. Kanan – Hansdhuni
Karam Abbas – Bhopali (Lahore Music Forum, Karachi)
Khadim Hussain Khan – Behag (Alap and Dhammar)
Krishnarao Shankar Pandit – Desi Todi
Kumar Prasad – Chhayanat
Latafat Hussain Khan – Shankara
Majid Khan – Puriya Dhaneshree
Malini Rajurkar – Bhopali Todi
M. Hassan – Behag (Chatarang)
M. Kaleem – Woh Sar Khole Hamari Lash
Mohammad Saghiruddin – Shyam Kalyan (Radio Broadcast)
Moinuddin and Aminuddin Dagar – Lalit
Mubarak Ali – Kaushak Mukhi (Lahore Music Forum)
Mujadit Hussain – Kedara
Mushtaq Ali – Bhopali
Muzaffar Akbar Khan and Asad Qizilbash – Shree (PTV)
Natai Basu – Dhani
Nirmalguha Thakurata – Lalit
Pushparaj Koshti – Jaunpuri
Rahmat Ali Khan – Kafi
Rahmat Ali Khan – Bhairavi
Rais Khan – Rageshree
Rasiklal Andharia – Puriya Kalyan
Rasoolanbai – Chaiti Desi Todi (Piya Milan Hum Jayibo)
Ravikitchlu Khamaj (Thumri)
Roshan Ara Begum – Behag (78rpm)
Roshan Ara Begum – Shudh Sarang
Sadiq Ali – Shankara
Sadiq Hussain Pindiwalay – Tilang
Safdar Hussain Khan – Mishra Khamaj
Sain Ditta Qadri – Tilang
Sajjad Ali – Yad Piya Ki Aye
Nazakat Ali and Salamat Ali Khan – Adana (Radio Pakistan)
Saleem Hussain – Kalavati
Saptarshi Hazra – Purvi (Alap)
Sara Kazmi – Nilambari
Sharafat Hussain Khan – Ahir Bhairav
Siddheshwari Devi – Jhamak Jhuki Aayi
Umrao Bundu Khan – Puriya (Drut)
Vasant Rai – Bhairav
Wahid Hussain – Lakhon Key Bol (Dhun)
Wahid Hussain – Megh

The Music of Friedrich Nietzsche

The Music Of Friedrich Nietzsche (1991) | Full Album | Published on Jul 31, 2012

Tracklist
01. Allegro — 0:00
02. Hoch Tut Euch Auf — 2:30
03. Einleitung — 4:46
04. Phantasie — 6:10
05. Miserere — 7:50
06. Einleitung — 14:10
07. Einleitung — 15:30
08. Hüter, ist die Nacht Bald Hin? — 17:40
09. Presto — 18:50
10. Mein Platz Vor Der Tür — 19:29
11. Heldenklage — 21:14
12. Klavierstück — 23:02
13. Ungarischer Marsch — 25:06
14. Zigeunertanz — 26:42
15. Édes Titok (Still Und Ergeben) — 29:30
16. Aus Der Jugendzeit — 31:32
17. So Lach Doch Mal — 34:20
18. Da Geht Ein Bach — 36:00
19. Da Geth Ein Bach — 37:30
20. Im Mondschein Auf Der Puszta — 38:58
21. Mazurka — 40:12
22. Aus Der Czarda — 41:08
23. Das Zerbrochene Ringlein — 42:36
24. Albumblatt — 46:24
25. Wie Sich Rebenranken Schwingen — 49:12

Without music, life would be a mistake. – Friedrich Nietzsche.

Poland–Pakistan: Sounds from two continents

Left to right: Muhammad Ajmal (tabla), Taimur Khan (sarangi), Muhammad Azam (vocals), Marta Sołek (suka), Maria Pomianowska (suka)
Left to right: Muhammad Ajmal (tabla), Taimur Khan (sarangi), Muhammad Azam (vocals), Marta Sołek (suka), Maria Pomianowska (suka) | Photo credit: Omer K.’s Photography

Update – 11 March 2013: Full music CD “Poland-Pakistan: Sounds from two Continents” is available for free download.

I would like to share two tracks from our pleasant collaboration with two Polish musicians/friends in November 2012. It was a great experience in very limited time: less than five days for rehearsals, concerts, recordings. The following titles can be right-clicked and saved.

Happy New Year!

Sarangi–Suka Duet – improvisation in D minor & D harmonic minor

Lipa – Polish folk song

Maria Pomianowska: suka and vocals
Marta Sołek: bass/cello
Taimur Khan: sarangi
Muhammad Azam: vocals
Muhammad Ajmal: tabla
James Stephens: recording and production
Umair Jaffar: all arrangements in collaboration with the Polish Embassy, Islamabad.

The Seventh Spring

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn :: Four Orientals seated under a tree; bearded old men wearing turbans, seated in a half-circle on a terrace, one holding a cup, the other a book, a steep rocky outcrop behind. c.1656-1661 | Click image for larger view. | source: britishmuseum.org

Aftab Datta had promptly uploaded the following gems from his collection for the seventh anniversary of sarangi.info, and I am responsible for the tardiness of this post. Emerson says in Spiritual Laws, “If you visit your friend, why need you apologize for not having visited him, and waste his time and deface your own act? Visit him now.”

Happy Equinox!

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muddat hu’ii hai yaar ko mihmaaN kiye hu’e
josh-e qadah se bazm chiraaghaaN kiye hu’e

it’s been some time since the beloved/friend was made a guest
[and] the mehfil illuminated with the fervor of the [wine] cup

Ahmad Ali and Rahmat Ali Khan – Shuddh Sarang
Amanat Ali and Fateh Ali Khan – Miyan Malhar
Moinuddin and Aminuddin Dagar – Durga (Khamaj Thaat)
Amir Khan – Megh (unpublished)
Anant Manohar Joshi – Mawra
Anoklal Misra – Teentaal (tabla solo)
Arnab Chakrabarty – Des (sarod)
Ashraf Sharif Khan – Chhayanat (sitar)
Azmat Hussain Khan – Shuddh Nat
Badal Khan – Bhairav Bahar (sarangi)
Bashir Hussain – Asavari (sarangi)
Begum Akhtar – morii ho tuut gayii
Bade Ghulam Ali Khan – Sohni (1954)
Bhimsen Joshi – Lalit
Bundu Khan – Tilak Kamod (sarangi)
Chand Khan – Marubehag
Fateh Ali Khan – Hamsadhwani
Fayyaz Khan – Bageshree (Tarana)
Gajananrao Joshi – Puriya
Govind Prasad Jaipurwale – Rageshree
Hamid Hussain – Madhkauns (sarangi)
Hiradai Barodekar – Todi
Ijaz Hussain Hazravi – albaila yaar russi russi janda
Ilyas Hussain Khan – Chandni Kedar
Inderlal Dhandra – Gaud Sarang (sarangi)
Ismail Azad – na hum daulat ke bhooke haiN
Jagdish Prasad – Abhogi
Kabir – Aimen (sitar)
Kalyan Mukherjea – Hansakinkini
Khadim Hussain Khan – Adana (Tarana)
Latafat Hussain Khan – Lalit (Drut)
Latafat Hussain Khan – Miyan ka Sarang
Mehdi Hassan – Desi (Ghazal)
Moinuddin Khan – Nand (sarangi)
Mujahid Hussain Khan – Puriya Kalyan
Nabi Bakhsh – Shahana (sarangi)
Nathu Khan – Lalit (sarangi)
Nazakat Ali and Zakir Ali Khan – Bilaskhani Todi
Nissar Hussain Khan – Todi
Swami Parvatikar – Todi (dattatreya veena)
Sharif Khan Poonchwale – Behag (sitar)
Rahim Fahimuddin Dagar – Lalit
Ramzan Khan – Nat Bhairav (sarangi)
Rashid Khan – Jog
Rasiklal Andharia – Shuddh Sarang
Naseeruddin Saami – Darbari, Drut in Adana (Lahore Music Forum)
Naseeruddin Saami – Mand
Sadiq Ali Khan – Shankara (been)
Nazakat Ali and Salamat Ali Khan – Alhaiya Bilawal (Radio Pakistan)
Salamat Ali and Sharafat Salamat – Kamod
Shahid Parvez – Shyam Kalyan (sitar)
Shakoor Khan – Kedar (sarangi)
Sharafat Hussain Khan – Raisa Kanada
Sultan Khan – Patdeep (sarangi)
Surendranath – Darbari (been)
Swami Vallabhdas – Jog
Tarapada Chakraborty – Marwa
Vasantrao Deshpande – Chhayanat
Vijay Raghav Rao – Abhogi (bansuri)
Zia Moinuddin Dagar – Bhairavi (been)

sarangi turns seven

A Gathering of Holy Men of Different Faiths - Mir Kalan Khan  (active ca. 1730–80) | metmuseum.org | Click image for larger view.
A Gathering of Holy Men of Different Faiths - Mir Kalan Khan (active ca. 1730–80) | metmuseum.org | Click image for larger view.

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dauRe hai phir har ek gul-o-laalah par khayaal
.sad gulsitaaN nigaah kaa saamaaN kiye hu’e

again thought runs on every single rose and tulip
having made a hundred gardens measures for the gaze

On this pleasant occasion, we want to thank all the friends and visitors of sarangi.info for their contributions, comments, appreciation and encouragement. This project flourishes because of you. Music updates will be forthcoming everyday for the next seven days as a part of this seven-year celebration.

Warm regards,

PS See this post for the music update: The Seventh Spring

Sultan Khan (1940 – 2011) – Raag Sehra

Shah Jahan Album | metmuseum.org | Click image for larger view.

Dr. Kashyap Dave has kindly shared the following recording and comments:

Raag Sehra by Ustad Sultan Khan on sarangi: a tribute to my teacher Ustad Sultan Khan. This is the name given by him to this raag from the forbidden scale. Once he recorded this for radio & asked to cancel it saying it is too sad so should not be aired. What could be a sadder occasion than this? Mehdi Hassan also sang one ghazal in this raag: Jab tere nain muskurate haiN. Audio quality is poor due to limited resources.

Mumbai, Nov 27 (IBNS) Sarangi exponent Ustad Sultan Khan, known for his instrumental skills, passed away on Sunday in Mumbai. He was 71 and died of kidney failure. –India Blooms News Service

The two time Sangeet Natya Academy Award winner was awarded India’s third highest civilian award Padma Bhushan last year.

A sarangi maestro he used to play Hindustani classical music and was a member of the Indian fusion group Tabla Beat Science, with Zakir Hussain and Bill Laswell.

Tutored by his father Gulab Khan, Sultan Khan, who belonged to the Indore gharana, first performed at the All-India Conference at the age of 11.

He had accompanied Pandit Ravi Shankar on George Harrison’s Dark Horse tour in 1974.

He was also on the soundtracks of films like Gandhi and In Custody besides performing at Prince Charles’ 50th birthday celebration in 1997.

He was also the recipient of Gold Medalist Award of Maharashtra and the American Academy of Artists Award in 1998.

He sang “Albela sajan aayo re…”along with Shanker Mahadevan in the 1999 Sanjay Leela Bhansali film “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam”.

His son, Sabir Khan, who is his student as well, is a well-known sarangi player too.

Aftab Equinox

Krishna
Head of Krishna | ca. 1800 | Attributed to Sahib Ram | India (Rajasthan, Jaipur) | Cartoon for a mural depicting the Rasalila (Circle dance of Krishna and the gopis) | Ink and watercolors on paper | metmuseum.org
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lutf-e khiraam-e saaqii-o-zauq-e sadaa-e chang
yih jannat-e nigaah vuh firdaus-e gosh hai

the grace of the Cupbearear’s gait, and the relish of the lute’s sound
this is a heaven of the eye; that, a paradise of the ear

This music has been generously shared by Aftab Datta: it is the peculiar good fortune of sarangi.info that he owns it too.

Abdul Rashid Khan – Nayaki Kanada
Abid Hussain – Des (Rudra Veena)
Afzal Hafiz Khan – Patdeep
A. Kanan – Jog
Amanat Ali & Fateh Ali Khan – Chandini Kedar
A. M. Dagar – Khamaj Thaath
Amir Ahmed – Ahir Bhairav
Amir Khan – Ahir Todi
Arnab Chakrabarty – Chhayanat
Asad Ali Khan – Nat Behag
Asad Ali & Hamid Ali Khan – Chandini Kedar
Ata Hussain – Lalit
Aurangzeb Khan – Bageshree
Chhaa Rahii Kaali Ghataa
badi Motibai – Khamaj
Hussain Bakhsh Gullo – Mian ki Todi
Bade Ghulam Ali Khan – Marwa (unpublished)
Bundu Khan – Gaud Malhar
Chote Ghulma Ali Khan – Shudhh Kalyan
Chand Khan – Marubehag
D. V. Paluskar – Basant
Fahimuddin Dagar – Multani
Fayyaz Hussain Khan – Shyam Kalyan
Farida Khanum – Rah Dekhenge
Ganesh Ramchandrabehere – Behag
A. G. Ginde – Bhairav
Ijaz Hussain Hazarvi – Hai Justajoo Keh
Irfan Mohammed – Shree
J. P. – Kedar
Krishnarao Shankar Pandit – Bhopali
Kumar Prasad – Megh Malhar
Manzoor Khan – Gaud Sarang (Tarana)
Nasir Ahmed – Puriya Kalyan
Nathu Khan – Nand
Nazar Hussain – Marwa
Nirmal Guha Thakurata – Miyan Malhar
Nisar Hussain Khan – Chhayanat
Nizamuddin – Ahir Bhairav
Pannalal Ghosh – Desi
Rasiklal Andharia – Kafi (Hori)
Ravi Kitchlu – Bhairavi
Radhika Mohan Maitra – Patdeep
Roshanara Begum – Jhinjhoti (Thumri)
Shafi Ahmed – Lalita Gauri
Shahida Parveen – Ahir Bhairav
Shahid Parvez – Rageshree
Shakoor Khan – Ramkali
Sharafat Hussain Khan – Jog
Subramanya Hegde – Puriya Kalyan
Umeed Ali Khan – Asavari
Umeed Ali Khan – Hindol Bahar
Vilayat Khan – Lalit (Mehfil at Imrat Khan’s home.)
V.R.R. – Amritvarshini
Waheed Ali Khan – Sarang
Zia Moinuddin Dagar – Puriya

mudd’a anqa hai apne aalam-e taqrir ka – Ghalib

Anqa | Islamic Medical Manuscripts at the National Library of Medicine
Anqa | Islamic Medical Manuscripts at the National Library of Medicine

Anqa: A bird from Arabic story tradition, whose single defining trait is his not-there-ness. Whenever you try to catch him, he’s gone. — Frances Pritchett

For a detailed discussion of this ghazal, please visit Frances Pritchett’s site.

Frieze tile with phoenix, ca. 1270s Iran; probably Takht-i Sulayman; Fritware, overglaze luster-painted. The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sarangi at Kuch Khaas

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Raag Jaijaivanti [download] | Sarangi: Taimur Khan | Tabla: Muhammad Ajmal | 9 July 2011 | Venue: Kuch Khaas

Photos: Courtesy of Umair Jaffar, IPAC Pakistan

Folk Music of Our Lands

A musician's daughter
A musician's daughter | Photo by Taimur Khan | Click image for larger view.

I attended a folk music event arranged by Umair Jaffar of IPAC Pakistan at Kuch Khaas. More than twenty folk artists were invited for a discussion of the challenges they face in the pursuit of music – a passion, profession and tradition at once, for all of them as I could hear in their heartfelt and understandably grim accounts. They were mostly from Balochistan and Sindh, including Mewari speaking Hindus of Rajasthani background.

It was heartwarming to see them peacefully and intensively involved in ‘the one thing they are good at’, as they proudly profess. When the discussion ended, some musicians stayed back for an informal music session, and among them was the notable Saroz player Sachoo Khan, a Balochi artist who has received Pakistan’s Pride of Performance award.

Listening to these musicians and watching them play is a stark contrast to the violent outrages we are accustomed to witnessing on our television and computer screens. We live at different ranges between opposite phenomena in a multiverse of continuums and often forget that art transforms mute suffering into eloquent beauty – and transformation is not an ‘escape’. It is never easy to set our minds at ease in the light of incompatible perceptions – so I did what I could at that time: took pictures, recorded some of their music, and later tonight, wrote a little poem inspired by the limits of my understanding.

Sachoo Khan - saroz player | Photo by Taimur Khan | Click image for larger view.

Sachoo Khan accompanied by sons – Afternoon, 11 June 2011 [download]:

Our Lands

The quiet noon roads are teeming with time
and the shimmer of poplar leaves has come

to know the sun full circle and I somewhere
between deciduous trees and the silence

of our summer stars am drawn to link
the substance of soul to the air

of carnal fact whose roots are rain
and sweep the ageless dust around.

Oh, unchanged musicians of our lands,
does it take long to always sound like love?

Taimur Khan
10:17 pm 11 June 2011

Balochi Throat Singers | Photo by Taimur Khan | Click image for larger view.

Theremin & Chesnokov

I discovered the theremin yesterday via Aftab Datta and Chesnokov today via Michael Polevoy.

The theremin, originally known as the aetherphone/etherophone, thereminophone or termenvox/thereminvox is an early electronic musical instrument controlled without discernible physical contact from the player. It is named after its Russian inventor, Professor Léon Theremin, who patented the device in 1928. The controlling section usually consists of two metal antennas which sense the position of the player’s hands and control oscillators for frequency with one hand, and amplitude (volume) with the other, so it can be played without being touched. The electric signals from the theremin are amplified and sent to a loudspeaker.

Pavel Grigorievich Chesnokov (Russian: Па́вел Григо́рьевич Чесноко́в) (24 October 1877 – 14 March 1944), also transliterated Tschesnokoff, Tchesnokov, Tchesnokoff, and Chesnokoff, was a Russian composer, choral conductor and teacher. He composed over five hundred choral works, over four hundred of which are sacred. Today, he is most known for his piece Salvation is Created as well as works such as Do Not Reject Me in Old Age (solo for basso profondo). His anthem O Lord God has served as the signature benedictory of The Nordic Choir of Luther College, Decorah, Iowa since 1948.

Bach for Breakfast – Flute Sonata in G minor

Landscape with Dancing Figures by Claude Lorrain, 1648 | Click image for larger view.

C. P. E. Bach – Sonata for Flute in G minor, BWV 1020, 1st mvt Allegro; Flute, Harp, Cello [download file]

We first came across this piece quite by accident when I asked a friend to download some harp music on his desktop. I’ve had the most soothing associations with it for over a decade. It is a sonata – now attributed to J.S. Bach’s son, C.P.E. Bach – composed for “Flute or Recorder and Harpsichord”, but in my opinion, this recording wouldn’t have been what it is without the airy harp and simple cello accompaniment, instead of a harpsichord which has a charm of its own as you can compare.

It may appeal to you differently and there are different versions on YouTube as well, but I wanted to put that particular one here and give it more than a fleeting tweet. I’ve taken the false but aptly nostalgic title Bach for Breakfast from the original file.