Spirit of India
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||Raga Bairagi Todi: Alap||Ravi Shankar||8:02||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Raga Bairagi Todi: Jod, Jhala||Ravi Shankar||4:09||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Raga Bairagi Todi: Gat In Slow and Medium Sadey Gyarah Taal of 11 1/2 Beats||Ravi Shankar||14:44||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Raga Gaud Sarang: Aochar, Gat In Slow Teen Taal||Ravi Shankar||16:31||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Raga Gaud Sarang: Gat In Fast Ada Chautaal||Ravi Shankar||6:13||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Raga Mishra Gara: Alap||Ravi Shankar||2:53||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Raga Mishra Gara: Gat In Slow Addha Taal||Ravi Shankar||6:05||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Raga Mishra Gara: Gat In Fast Teen Taal||Ravi Shankar||5:02||£0.79||View in iTunes|
Decades into his illustrious career, Ravi Shankar infuses Spirit of India with an hour of sheer spiritual bliss to delight both ears and essence. The heartrending "Raga Bairagi Todi" finds the master exploring his sitar's lower register at length without losing sight of the instrument's emotional expressiveness. The more abstract, cerebral "Raga Gaud Sarang" features a bumblebee-like melody in its fast section, while in the climax of the three-part "Raga Mishra Gara", the fleet interplay of sitar and tabla culminates in a near-psychedelic frenzy.
Ravi Shankar takes you through a sublime musical journey here. He starts with the early morning raga "Bairagi Todi" which sets an invocative and serene/humble mood - around 26 minutes of ecstacy. Then he moves on to an evening raga of great aesthetic beauty -- "Gaud Sarang" -- which clearly brings out his total mastery over the instrument. The last piece is a light classical composition in the romantic night raga called "Mishra Gara". "Mishra" means "mixed" and it gives him the ability to mix other ragas into the main theme and thus enhance the overall beauty of the performance. Overall, an excellent album for the lovers of beautiful music.
Born: 07 April 1920 in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s