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A Lecture Demonstration with Pandit Nikhil Banerjee (1968)

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 31 min
Event Type: Lecture / Panel Discussion Program Origin: KPFA

Broadcast as part of KPFA’s Festival of Indian Music in the summer of 1968, Graeme Vanderstoel, the then director of programs at the American Society for Eastern Arts, interviews Pandit Nikhil Banerjee one of India’s foremost sitar players. Banerjee briefly describes the raga system which includes a family of musical forms with five or more notes in the scale. These are further broken down into a set number of masculine and feminine forms which have then given arise to thousands of children ragas. In addition to these systematic divisions ragas are also grouped according to the time of day that they are traditionally performed as well as the mood they are intended to represent or invoke. Banerjee also describes the traditional way to learn classical ragas which includes an initial period of several years in which the student is trained in the required scales and only after mastering the form are they encouraged to improvise within certain parameters.

Musical Selections:  [multiple demonstrations of different classes of ragas]
Performers:  Nikhil Banerjee, sitar
Genre:  World Music
Subject:  Banerjee, Nikhil, 1931-1986; World music; Music -- India; Ragas; Sitar music; Hindustani music
People:  Vanderstoel, Graeme; Banerjee, Nikhil, 1931-1986
Recording Date:  7/24/1968
First Broadcast Date:  7/24/1968
 
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