Raga Unveiled – ambitious cinematic effort to grasp the essence of Hindustani classical music

I reported earlier on ‘Raga Unveiled’, an ambitious cinematic effort to take a look at the history and essence of the Hindustani classical music system. In this film – directed by Gita Desai and released in 2009 – scholars and great artists of today unveil the raga and demonstrate evrything you always would have liked to know about Indian classical music.
Here’s the trailer:

For anyone interested in raga music this 260 minute-film is a ‘must’ and of course it’s needless to say that you should see and buy the film on dvd in much better quality.


Awesome footage in documentary about fabulous sitarist Nikhil Banerjee

The exceptional/fabulous & one and only Nikhil Banerjee lived up to his own words: “My approach to music is very deep. I do not believe in compromise. My music is based on spiritualism and was practiced to know the Supreme Truth. A musician must lift up the soul of the listeners.” The footage of Nikhil Banerjee’s playing in the video above – taken from a wonderful documentary by Steven Baigel – wonderfully illustrates his statement. It’s priceless stuff that lifts up my soul ! 🙂


Radio 6 blog-messages on my raga-programme ‘Gharana’ moved to new folder

My radio 6-blog-messages -in dutch- on my Concertzender-programme ‘Gharana’ are moved to a new folder. They are no longer accessible via the ‘Magazine’-folder but from now on you’ll find them in the Oriënt Express-folder

Right now you’ll find articles on the first two episodes of Gharana, episode 1, dedicated to Kaushiki Chakrabarty and episode 2, dedicated to Kala Ramnath. You can still listen to these programmes via this ‘on demand’-page of via the programme guide pages of radiostation De Concertzender.

The next Gharana-special is scheduled for broadcast on Friday, the 30th of May, 2008, and will be dedicated to sitarist Purbayan Chatterjee.

Purbayan Chatterjee
(sitarist Purbayan Chatterjee)