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Chairman's Choice -- Great Gharanas: Maihar

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A double-CD set, the Maihar volume opens with a selection of tracks culled from 78s by Allauddin Khan, who trained his son Ali Akbar Khan, his daughter Annapurna Devi, his son-in-law Ravi Shankar, the flautist Pannalal Ghosh, the sitarists Indranil Bhattacharya and Nikhil Banerjee. Aside from his contributions the set includes material from Ali Akbar Khan ("Raga Durga" and "Raga Zilla Kafi"), Ravi Shankar ("Raga Mishra Piloo" and "Raga Rasiya") and Nikhil Banerjee ("Raga Puriya Kalyan"). The only flaw in this important reissue is that Allauddin Khan's nine tracks have not been encoded individually and are lumped together as one track.