Netai Bose

Sitar

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On Sitar, Netai Bose offers up two ragas, the "Raga Malkauns" followed by the somewhat shorter "Raga Bhairavi." The jhala (or fast part of the initial slow movement) of the "Malkauns" is very rhythmic and pleasant to listen to. Both it and the two fast movements have a rhythm and melodic flourishes similar to the song "Beh Haadh Ramza Dhasdha" by qawwali giant Nusrat Fateh Ali Khanon the album Shahbaaz. The second fast movement is even faster and more intense. The whole raga is very approachable. The second raga, "Raga Bhairavi" is also quite accessible and contains many of the "anthemic" melodic phrases that appeal to some Western listeners of Indian classical music. The climax of the fast movement is especially zippy. The liner notes are copious and informative, if dense. Warmly recommended for all, including newcomers. Fans of Khan will get a special kick out of the disc.