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|Buddhadev Das Gupta|
Nayak Ki Kanra
Genres: World Music, New Age, Classical
Buddhadev Das Gupta's first live concert CD, this performance is a tour-de-force by one of India's greatest modern sarod players, who brings out the rich lustre of the tradition of his gharana. The accompanying 16-page boo... more »
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Buddhadev Das Gupta's first live concert CD, this performance is a tour-de-force by one of India's greatest modern sarod players, who brings out the rich lustre of the tradition of his gharana. The accompanying 16-page booklet includes an extensive interview and several archival photographs of Buddhadev and his masters. Rag Nayak ki Kanra is an old rag of the Kanra family. Rags of this type are related to the Sarang scale types, and have a flat third (komal ga) and seventh (komal ni). Most of them show the common cadential movement ga-ma-re-sa. In Nayak ki Kanra, the note motion re-pa is a further identifiable characteristic, as is the ascending figure, re-ma-pa-ni-pa. The recording begins with a masterfully-measured alap and jor, in which the tonal color and phrases of the rag are individually introduced and developed. The gat in tintal (where the drummer enters) brings in the important phrase re-pa in its approach to the downbeat, and features virtuosic tans (melodic patterns) in the further development of the rag. These are brought to rhythmic life through the use of intricate tight-hand plucking patterns (bols). This performance is a tour-de-force by one of the India's greatest modern sarod players, who brings out the rich lustre of the tradition of his gharana.
A virtuoso performance - the truest essence of sarod.
Ajit Acharya | Ann Arbor, MI | 01/13/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In this live recording, Pt. Buddhadev Das Gupta gives a long and unhurried treatment to raga Nayak ki Kanhra. The raga is outlined beautifully with sweet phrases exploring the raga in middle, lower and upper registers in the unaccompanied alap, jor and ladhant (a rhythmic plucking technique that is a hallmark of Das Gupta's school of sarod). The slow composition marks the beginning of the entry of the tabla, and is simply trademark Das Gupta: elements of the rabab can be heard in his powerful bol-taans where rhythmic cascades of notes fall seamlessly in place within the context of the 16-beat cycle. Anand Gopal Bandopadhay's tabla accompaniment is sensitive, with bursts of rhythmic lyricism; it is in perfect synchrony with Das Gupta's realization of the raga. Das Gupta toys with the rhythm and tempo weaving complex patterns of notes with remarkable ease and grace. The power and pathos of the raga are given suitable treatment in the slow composition before Das Gupta begins a faster composition in the same cycle. The performance concludes with a perfectly synchronized cadence. This is sarod playing of the highest calibre, captured live in front of an enthusiastic audience. One of my favorites by RAGA records.- Ajit Acharya"
Aditya Vedula | Princeton, NJ United States | 10/09/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great CD where Shri Buddhadev Dasgupta gives the "full treatment" to the Raga Naiki Kanada. The raga has a majestic sound to it from the Kanada side and in the hands of a master like Buddhadev Dasgupta comes out shining. The Alaap and the Gats are exquisite and immensely enjoyable. I have had the pleasure of meeting Buddhadev Dasgupta at believe it or not, a concert by Ustad Ali Akbar khan. His music reflects his personality, solid in it's grounding in tradition and solid in his direct approach with no gimmickery."