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Tabla Tarang: Melody on Drums
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Tabla Tarang: Melody on Drums
Genres: World Music, New Age, Pop
 
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Pandit Kamelesh Maitra is the last master of the tabla tarang, a melodic instrument consisting of between ten to sixteen tuned tabla. Tarang means "waves" and aptly describes how rhythm and melody, even harmony, are woven ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Tabla Tarang: Melody on Drums
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
Original Release Date: 1/23/1996
Release Date: 1/23/1996
Genres: World Music, New Age, Pop
Styles: India & Pakistan, India
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 093074043622

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Pandit Kamelesh Maitra is the last master of the tabla tarang, a melodic instrument consisting of between ten to sixteen tuned tabla. Tarang means "waves" and aptly describes how rhythm and melody, even harmony, are woven into one flowing element. Trilok Gurtu, known for his eclectic percussion artistry in the jazz world, accompanies on tabla. These four early morning todi create a mood of quietness and devotion: a unique audiophile CD with a richly illustrated 56-page booklet. 76 minutes. "A historic world music milestone." ?Option Magazine

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As chilling as it is uplifting
Pharoah S. Wail | Inner Space | 04/05/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This cd is incredible! Kamalesh Maitra and his tabla tarang playing produce some of the most eerie, creepy, and beautiful Indian music I have ever heard. There's just something about the tone of these drums and the melodies being improvised. Listening to this cd makes me feel like I have stumbled upon some sort of sacred Hindu ceremony that Westerners were never supposed to witness.A previous reviewer likened this music to gamelan. While I do think there are times when this cd does evoke a mood somewhat similar to Javanese gamelan (not Balinese gamelan at all though) this music is completely different from all gamelans in many ways. That's not good or bad, it just "is".There is an intimacy about this recording that is absolutely magical. I really can't think of any other way to say it... this cd really does make me feel like I am in a cave in India, taking part in, or witnessing the most sacred and secret of Hindu ceremonies.Whether you have all the sarod, sitar, and sarangi cd's in the world or not, there is still an amazing part of the north Indian music puzzle missing for you if you have never heard Kamalesh Maitra play the tabla tarang. I must also mention that Trilok Gurtu provides perfect tabla accompaniment here. This is the best recording I've heard him take part in.As a separate recommendation I'd like to mention a cd called White Elephants And Golden Ducks: Enchanting Musical Treasures From Burma. If you'd like to hear other sorts of tuned drums, Burma's major set is called pat waing and there is an extremely cool pat waing solo track on White Elephants And Golden Ducks, as well as ensemble examples of pat waing and other Burmese tuned percussion.Just to spice things up I would have liked to also recommended my favorite Javanese gamelan recording but it has been out-of-print now for a couple years."
Absolutely BEAUTIFUL
C.J.A. | Washington, DC USA | 06/03/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I love drumming albums, but I've never heard anything like this. The recording is clean, the booklet it comes with is extremely informative, and the melodies of the drums awesomely beautiful, both lively and soothing. It is a masterpiece. (I wouldn't use the words "eerie" or "creepy" like another reviewer has, but that description seems to appeal to that particular reviewer.)I like to go to sleep listening to Pandit Kamalesh Maitra play, but the album also makes a great background for meditation & prayer, writing, lounging around talking with friends, etc.Mixes well with other Indian music (e.g. sitar music) or other drumming albums from around the world.You will not be sorry if you buy this album. It's truly amazing."