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Presented here is a pair of ragas from one of the preeminent families of Indian classical music. Ustad Imrat Khan performs on sitar, with son Vajahat on sarod and accompaniment from son Shafaatullah on tabla. As would be expected from someone with the title of Ustad, the music is performed beautifully. The interplay between the two lead instruments is definitely something worth hearing, as they progress through the jugalbandi (essentially a form of duet). "Rag Jhinjoti" is performed relatively straightforward, but with a surprise at the ending as the players gently fade out, instead of the more usual climactic ending phrasework. "Rag Pilu" is performed with an extra bit of darkness here, primarily due to Imrat's heavy play on the third. Eventually, a quick gat emerges to lift the mood of the piece, but only slightly. The ragas are performed poignantly here, with an extra treat coming from the duets between generations of string players in the same lineage.

Biography

Genre: World

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Ustad Imrat Khan is one of the world's greatest players of the surbahar, a deep-toned, sitar-like stringed instrument that was developed by his great-grandfather, Ustad Sahabdad Khan, and Ustad Imdad Khan. With its four-octave range, the instrument is used to play the ultra-strict dhrupad style of Indian classical music. Still young when his father died, Imrat Khan was taught to play the surbahar and to sing in the highly ornamental classical vocal style of khyal by his mother, Bashiran Begum, and...
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