Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Ahir Bhairav & Bhairavi
Genres: World Music, Pop
Debashis Bhattacharya plays the slide guitar with brilliant and innovative technique. Debashis learned from Brijbhusan Kabra, the 'father of the Indian slide guitar', and from Patiala-style vocalist Ajoy Chakrabarty. His r... more »
Debashis Bhattacharya plays the slide guitar with brilliant and innovative technique. Debashis learned from Brijbhusan Kabra, the 'father of the Indian slide guitar', and from Patiala-style vocalist Ajoy Chakrabarty. His renderings combine the profundity of Kabra's Maihar-style with Patiala-style vocalism and ornamentation. Debashis presents the early-morning raga, Ahir Bhairav, which combines elements of the serious raga Bhairav with the romance and sorrow of Ahiri folk melodies. Debashis concludes with a bittersweet thumri in raga Bhairavi.
The state of the art!
Pharoah S. Wail | Inner Space | 04/06/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of the best Hindustani recordings of all time. I hope you will not let the guitar factor get in the way of your giving this cd a chance. Make no mistake about it, in the hands of Debashish Bhattacharya his acoustic slide guitar is as "valid" and "authentic" a Hindustani instrument as a sarod or a sitar. Plus he has altered the guitar by adding drone and sympathetic strings so it does indeed have a very "Indian tone" to it. Gorgeous tone actually.If you never have 70 uninterrupted minutes to dedicate to a cd then actually Debashish's Raga Saraswati cd may be a better choice for you because it has three shorter performances rather than the one long one contained on this cd. Plus, in terms of "performance quality" you aren't sacrificing anything by buying Saraswati. It's an epic recording as well. I give the slight nod to the Bhimpalasi cd because the 48-minute alap, jor, and jhala on this cd is so magnificent, and it so perfectly displays the profound emotional impact and creativity that stands at the heart of a great Hindustani improvisation that I just have to choose this one. Plus the gats are volcanic as well! The Saraswati cd is also amazing, the performances are just more compact so none of the alap's get to stretch out and go quite as deeply as this one does. My advice: Buy them both!In terms of just sheer improvisational ability and emotional power, Debashish is right up there with Viliyat Khan, Ali Akbar Khan, etc....If you've never heard of him before, don't worry. Whether you're just a guitar fan who is curious to hear something new or you're a knowledgeable longtime fan of Hindustani music this cd will blow your mind. Debashish and Samir Chatterjee (the tabla player) created one of the pearls of recorded music. Raga Bhimpalasi is a beautiful raga and they create one of its best-ever versions."