The sarangi is the Indian fiddle. It is carved from a single block of wood and has three main strings along with 35 sympathetic strings that violate in resonance with the main ones. Ustad Sabri Khan's son Sarvar Sabri accompanies him in the tabla drums, while an unnamed musician plays a repetitive figure on the shimmering tampura, a sitar-like lute. Featured on this disc is an early afternoon raga followed by an early evening one. This recording is unusual in that there is a live audience present, giving feedback out loud. The idea is to recreate the intimate feeling of a live performance, with spoken introductions, turnings up, clapping, and the like. It is in no way distracting and seems to energize Ustad Sabri Khan, especially in the chhota khayal (fast) section of the first raag, where he is quite dazzling. That first raga, by the way, is 53 minutes long, but despite its length it remains quite accessible to jaded Western ears, with its sometimes slashing bow-work and ferocious pounding drumming. The second raag, at 16 minutes, is much shorter. It begins with a measured tread-like pace which it maintains until near the very end when it quickens a little in a pretty improvisation.
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AllMusic Review by Kurt Keefner