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.

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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 ! ūüôā

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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 Ori√ęnt 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)

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