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A Concert of Indian Classical Music by Ram Narayan (July 28, 1968)

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 137 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA

On July 27, 1968, as the culmination of a month of special Indian music programing on KPFA, the radio station, in conjunction with the American Society for Eastern Arts, presented this concert featuring master sarangi player Ram Narayan, accompanied by tabla player Mahapurush Misra, and recorded at the Berkeley Little Theater. Narayan was born in Udaipur in Northwest India into a family of musicians, and soon learned to play the sarangi. After working as a teacher and traveling musician he later became an accompanist for singers on All India Radio as well as recording for film. Narayan eventually went on to become one of the first sarangi players to perform as a solo artist in 1956, and has toured extensively throughout the world ever since.

The sarangi is the most popular Indian bowed instrument and has three main gut strings along with up to 35 metallic sympathetic strings. It has a range that closely matches the human voice and is often used to accompany singing, although masters such as Narayan have increasingly used the instrument in solo performances.

In this concert Narayan presents three full ragas, the first, “Raga Marwa,” is an evening raga and is first performed alap, or without rhythmic accompaniment. Mahapurush Misra then joins in on tabla, first with a slow tintal of 16 beats, then medium ektal of 14 beats, before concluding with a fast tintal of 16 beats. This is followed by the late evening “Raga Khamaj,” first in alap, then in chachar tala (14 beats) and ending with a tintal or 16 beat rhythmic accompaniment. The concert then concludes with “Raga Bhairavi,” an early morning raga traditionally used to conclude classical Indian music concerts that are typically much longer affairs that do not end until well after midnight. Raga Bhairavi is also heard first in alap, then chachar tala and tintal.

Howard Hersh is the concert announcer and he is joined by Graeme Vanderstole of the American Society for Eastern Arts, who provides some added information about some of the pieces heard in this exceptional concert by one of the world’s greatest sarangi players.

Part 1 of 5:  
Musical Selections:  Raga Marwa: Alap ; Gat in slow tintal ; Gat in medium ektal ; Gat in fast tintal [part 1] (22:03)
Performers:  Ram Narayan, sarangi
Mahapurush Misra, tabla
Genre:  World Music
Subject:  World music; Music -- India; Ragas; Hindustani music; Sarangi music
People:  Hersh, Howard; Vanderstoel, Graeme; Narayan, Ram, 1927-; Misra, Mahapurush
Recording Date:  7/27/1968
First Broadcast Date:  7/27/1968
 
Part 2 of 5:  
Musical Selections:  Raga Marwa: Alap ; Gat in Slow Tintal ; Gat in Medium Ektal ; Gat in Fast Tintal [part 2] (39:15)
Performers:  Ram Narayan, sarangi
Mahapurush Misra, tabla
Genre:  World Music
Subject:  World music; Music -- India; Ragas; Hindustani music; Sarangi and tabla music
People:  Narayan, Ram, 1927-; Misra, Mahapurush
Recording Date:  7/27/1968
First Broadcast Date:  7/27/1968
 
Part 3 of 5:  
Musical Selections:  Raga Khamaj: Alap ; Chachar Tala ; Tintal [part 1] (21:16)
Performers:  Ram Narayan, sarangi
Mahapurush Misra, tabla
Genre:  World Music
Subject:  World music; Music -- India; Ragas; Hindustani music; Sarangi music; Sarangi and tabla music
People:  Hersh, Howard; Vanderstoel, Graeme; Narayan, Ram, 1927-; Misra, Mahapurush
Recording Date:  7/27/1968
First Broadcast Date:  12/5/1968
 
Part 4 of 5:  
Musical Selections:  Raga Khamaj: Alap ; Chachar Tala ; Tintal [part 2] (16:25)
Performers:  Ram Narayan, sarangi
Mahapurush Misra, tabla
Genre:  World Music
Subject:  World music; Music -- India; Ragas; Hindustani music; Sarangi and tabla music
People:  Narayan, Ram, 1927-; Misra, Mahapurush
Recording Date:  7/27/1968
First Broadcast Date:  12/5/1968
 
Part 5 of 5:  
Musical Selections:  Raga Bhairavi: Alap ; Chachar Tala ; Tintal (15:25)
Performers:  Ram Narayan, sarangi
Mahapurush Misra, tabla
Genre:  World Music
Subject:  World music; Music -- India; Sarangi music; Ragas; Hindustani music; Sarangi and tabla music
People:  Hersh, Howard; Narayan, Ram, 1927-; Misra, Mahapurush
Recording Date:  7/27/1968
First Broadcast Date:  12/5/1968
 
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