Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Pramod Kumar - The Indian Sitar: The Language of the Raga (1973)


A collection of ragas that somehow, despite the current state of the world, might help you to find your center. Goddamn, I wish my country's traditional music was beautiful, kaleidoscopic, slow-burning drone music, instead of a bunch of hootenanny-soundtracking clusterfucks about milking cows or some shit.

Track listing:
1. Raga Purya Kalyan
2. Shudh Sarang
3. Thumree Sindhi Bhairavi
4. Dhun

The sky remains the same as ever

You will also enjoy:
Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar -
Grands Maitres de la Rudra-Veena (1987)
Robert Rich & Lisa Moskow -
Yearning (1995)

6 comments:

  1. "Clusterfuck about milking cows..." haha-
    Thanks for the laugh. I hear ya, I love the sitar and classical Indian music. It's so beautiful and meaningful.
    Thanks for turning me onto another sitar player.

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  2. Since I grew up in Oregon, my youthful years were spent regarding Country Music as a soundtrack for redneck assholes who wished to focus on my ambiguous gender before delivering a beatdown. Fortunately, I moved to an urban area where I could regard the genre at a safe distance.

    It was Western Swing, particularly Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant, that broke it for me. Now I could hear the weirdness. A figure no less than Bob Drake himself (Thinking Plague, Hail and, of course, Bob Drake) forced me to reconsider it all via Appalachian banjo music. The truth is, Country Music has been ruined by the same squares that ruin everything that is good and decent in America. Don't blame the music for the fans. Somewhere out there is some fine and ridiculous Country music that you will find hypnotic and sublime. The old stuff is top tier ambient drinking music, that's fer sure.

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    1. Definitely a fair point. And I do love plenty of country and folk music, but aside from subversive musicians like John Fahey and the like, none of it has had that ethereal, conversing-with-the-divine feel that is so appealing to me about sitar music. I haven't listened to any Appalachian banjo music, though, and I prob should.

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  3. Thanks, I could use some transcendence right about now!

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  4. There is something quite beautiful in the sound of the Sitar. The way you can hear the looseness of the strings and how some of the notes are bent. This album is a great addition to my still very small Indian collection so thank you :)

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  5. snip ".. instead of a bunch of hootenanny-soundtracking clusterfucks about milking cows or some shit....."

    Try living here in Nashville................

    Every goddam person I have befriended here eventually reveals that they are closeted bluegrass, singer-songwriter and jam band cultists.

    Oh, and half of my friends who are 20 or more years younger than I are getting moist wishing they could go see U2 at Bonaroo. WTF?

    All the best - thanks for this.

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