Subroto Roy Chowdhury


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This disc features both "Raga Adi Basant" (54 minutes) and "Raga Manjh Khamaj" (27 minutes). (As is typical with India Archive music, the disc is stuffed to the gills.) The opening alap (slow, rhythmless section) of the first raag starts out deceptively static, but slowly it transforms into the beguiling two-step jor section and then transforms itself again into the sinuous, almost Latin-sounding quick-paced jhala. The second movement is, as is traditional, faster and features the tabla, ably played by A.G. Bandopadhyay. This movement uses sitar motifs that are both hypnotizing and dramatic. The final, fastest movement expertly develops the themes that came before it. "Raga Manjh Khamaj" is a classical setting of "light" or popular romantic melodies. This origin is evident perhaps in the less-static, more loose-jointed opening alap. The second and last movement starts out fast with what sounds like a popular melody. This album can be recommended to beginners and advanced collectors alike.