This is an exceptionally slow raag performed by one of India's great sitar maestros, Ustad Vilayat Khan. He is accompanied on tabla by Akram Khan (no relation). According to the liner notes, Khan is trying to project music that is melodically shapeless and largely free from rhythm. This intention is borne out by the recording. In addition he is supposedly imitating a singer. The beauty of the individual plucked notes would seem to confirm this as well. Fortunately for those not attuned to the ultra-slow pace, he does speed up a good deal for the final sections, where his finger work is little short of dazzling. The liner notes are lengthy and very informative, actually featuring several graphs plotting various features of the music. For the raga specialist only.
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AllMusic Review by Kurt Keefner