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Album Review

This two-disc set documents Girija Devi's nearly unbelievable performance at the 2001 Saptak Music Festival. Accompanied by tabla master Sukhvinder Singh and sarangi maestro Ramesh Misra, Devi sings in her now-trademark thumri and khyal styles over the course of five selections. The khyal, "Raag Jog," that opens the performance is the most stunning piece on it, as Devi moves through differing rhythmic and mood patterns that offer portraits of the different stages of devotion. Most of the pieces are medium tempo rhythmically, set in either tintaal or ektaal, and all are improvisations using and blending many forms. It is no less than breathtaking and at its best, it is awe-inspiring.

Biography

Born: 1929 in Benares, Uttar Pradesh, India

Genre: World

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Girija Devi is one of India's greatest vocalists. One of the last masters of the Purab ang gayaki tradition of the Banares Gharana, Devi has been equally effective singing in the traditional 18th century classical style of khyal as well as semi-classical styles such as thumri, tappa, kajri, dadra, and chaiti. The recipient of the prestigious Padmashree Award from the president of India in 1972 and the Padma Bhushan in 1989, she has received the Sangeet Natak Academy Awards of Uttar Pradesh and Delhi....
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  • $19.99
  • Genres: World, Music, Asia
  • Released: 2002

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