Panigrahi/Kumar Das/J.K.Mukherjee

Gita Govindra

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Dhrupad is the oldest extant Indian vocal style: its roots are in the third-century-B.C. Sama Veda. The 12th-century Gita Govindra, a poem in 24 songs portraying the love of Krishna for the shepherdess Radha, is a classic of Hindu liturgy that has inspired dancers, musicians and artists ever since. This complete performance (presumably the first ever recorded, at least for public release) is for solo voice, sitar, flute, pakhawaj and tanpura and lasts almost three hours.