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« on: August 18, 2012, 12:51:09 pm »

Raga Chandra Neel by OM Chourasiya (Santur)

Om Prakash Chourasiya, santur
M.N. Bhale, tabla
D. Bhagwut, tanpura

Source LP Info:
Label: Disques Espérance – ESP 165 543, Disques Espérance – ESPERANCE 165 543
Series: Prestige de la musique extraeuropéenne – L'Inde Vol. 8
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Released: 1981

The Santur is related to the Western Hammered Dulcimer (Or a smaller Cimablom without damper pedals).   It is an ancient instrument, with versions going back at least a thousand years. It originated in Persia, but also was a folk instrument in the Kashmir Region.  Over the last 50 years or so it has been adapted to Indian classical music by the maestro Shivkumar Sharma.  The reason I got pulled into this is that I play the hammered dulcimer, and have the players in India to be light years ahead of those in the west, and the material also plays up the instrument's strengths and avoids many of its limitations.

This album was the first by Chourasiya, and, although the Alap is  not as polished as Sharma, he has a great sense of Rhythm and also gets some wonderful tones out of the bass strings.   This was transferred from LP to Cassette to Digital-- it may be a bit trebly...

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