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Vasant Rai - Live at Washington Square Church 1981

Vasant Rai - Live at Washington Square Church 1981

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Vasant Rai - Live At Washington Square Church 1981 (CD NEW)


Label: Cd Baby.Com/Indys
Format: CD
Release Date: 04 Jul 2006
No. of Discs: 1

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1. Darbari Kanada, alap
2. Zilla Kafi, gats in tintal

Until his death at the young age of 43 in 1985, Vasant Rai was one of the world's most acclaimed masters of Indian music. Born in Unjha, in the province of North Gujarat, India, in 1942, he began musical education at age seven. He studied vocal music with his father, Govindji Brahmbhatt, and instrumental music with his elder brother, Kantilal. Vasant became proficient on sitar, violin, and flute, and appeared in his first concert at age 11. In 1958, after 13 years of musical experience, Vasant became the disciple of the incomparable guru Ustad Allauddin Khan, and was the last student to receive the Indian maestro's complete musical training. He emerged a virtuoso on the sarod. The sarod is a 25-string fretless lute. Developed during the Mughal period of India's history, the modern sarod has a body of seasoned teakwood, a goat skin belly, a highly polished metal fingerboard, and is plucked with a plectrum made from horn or coconut. Like it's relative the sitar, the sarod's first four strings carry the melody. In addition to three chikari strings, which have drone and rhythmic accompaniment functions, there are three other support strings that serve a similar purpose. Fifteen additional strings, the taraf, act as sympathetic resonators. Like the sitar, the sarod is a delicate, highly sophisticated instrument that is extremely difficult to master. Vasant studied and practiced under the strict guidance of Ustad Allauddin Khan, residing in his house, for eight years. He taught at the renowned master's famed Music College in Maihar. Between 1964 and 1970, Vasant was given several important awards for musical excellence. In 1972, Vasant became a visiting professor of music at Columbia University in New York City. He subsequently founded the Alam School of Indian Classical Music in New York, where he taught sarod, sitar, flute, violin, guitar, and voice. He lived in the Chelsea district of New York City infuencing many Western musicians, while carrying on the pure classical tradition of his guru. His son Satyam is an accomplished sarod player, and his daughter Sangita a Kathak dancer. Vasant also explored new directions. "I am a musician," he said. "I'm following the traditional ways, but I'm not orthodox to the point where I won't do other things." He appeared with electric guitarists Carlos Santana and John McLaughin (in 1974), and was perhaps best known for his remarkable series of "East-West blends" on the Vanguard label-compositions and improvisations recorded with members of the group Oregon. Towards the end of his life, Vasant experimented with the sur-guitar, a fretless sarod-guitar hybrid of his own invention. +++++++++++ I met Vasant Rai in 1969 while in India. He is just as great and beautiful a person as he is a great and beautiful musician. - George Harrison It is my great pleasure to speak about the distinguished musician, Vasant Rai. I have known him since he was a child studying with my father, the late Padmabhusan Allauddin Khan. His personal attributes and conscientious habits are a complement to his gifts as a musician. He has made a name for himself as a music educator, spreading the deep and rich classical musical traditions to all who come to him. I believe him to be an artist of extraordinary merit. - Ali Akbar Khan Vasant Rai is one of India's best sarodists. His abilities as a performer, teacher and composer enable him to make a unique contribution to Indian music. I have been associated with Vasantji for many years and have a great regard for his artistry. - Ravi Shankar Baba Allauddin Khan loved him like his son and taught him in a special way - that is why his approach is unique. He is very special in the manner he treats alap, in a meditative and peaceful flow, gradually unfolding the raga. - Shanta Prasad Vasant Rai has earned a world wide reputation of being one of the leading sarod players of India. In addition, he is a composer and a distinguished teacher of Indian classical mucsic. Being a disciple of the late Allauddin Khan, he brings to this country a highly respected tradition of Indian music

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