Friday, June 14, 2019

INDIA – INDE
Nasir Aminuddin Dagar – Raga Mian-Ki-Malhar / Raga Bhairav / Raga Bhairavi – HMV EASD 1420, 1983 (LP)
(1923-2000)
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#Dhrupad #India #Hindustani # Nasir Aminuddin Dagar #vocal #meditation #drone #tanbura #Indian music #vinyl #vinylcommunity #Indian music

#Dhrupad #India #Hindustani # Nasir Aminuddin Dagar #vocal #meditation #drone #tanbura #Indian music #vinyl #vinylcommunity #Indian music

#Dhrupad #India #Hindustani # Nasir Aminuddin Dagar #vocal #meditation #drone #tanbura #Indian music #vinyl #vinylcommunity #Indian music

After showcasing Hindustani Khyal singers Amir Khan, Hirabai Barodekar and Sulochana Brahaspati, we now share our first LP of Dhrupad singing, believed to date back to the 12th century with its roots in the Carnatic tradition. 

Nasir Aminuddin Dagar was half of the legendary Senior Dagar Brothers with his elder brother Nasir Moinuddin Dagar (1919-1966). The brother’s jugalbandi duo rose to fame in the 1950s-1960s and helped revive the Dhrupad tradition, which was also championed by other members of the illustrious Dagar family.

Following Moinuddin’s early death, Aminuddin founded a Dhrupad school and pursued a brilliant solo career. This marvelous 1983 album highlights his haunting, re@sonant voice, which conveys a meditative mood. This is essential spiritual and devotional Indian music of timeless, universal beauty.

He is accompanied here by Vithaldas Gujrati on pakhawaj drum, and Alaka Nandy, Ashoka Dhar, and Gopal Banerjee on the tanpura (drone).

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“The sound of the tanbura (drone) moves your entire being: your body outside and your heart within you. It acts upon you. And when it moves you, what you sing is not simply something you have memorized, it is music that comes from your soul. The emotions of the soul are transformed into music… The tanbura sets the whole atmosphere for the raag…once we hold the instrument we tune our heart to it from within. It’s the tanbura that tells us which raag we should sing… That’s why we can never tell beforehand what we’re going to sing,” said Nasir Zahiruddin Dagar (1932-1994) in the superb 1993 documentary Dagarvani directed by Renuka George.

Après avoir présenté les chanteurs khyal d’Inde du nord Amir Khan, Hirabai Barodekar et Sulochana Brahaspati, nous partageons maintenant notre premier album vocal de dhrupad, qui remonte au XIIe siècle et qui puise ses racines dans la tradition carnatique.

Nasir Aminuddin Dagar faisait partie du légendaire duo jugalbandi des Senior Dagar Brothers avec son frère aîné, Nasir Moinuddin Dagar (1919-1966) qui fut très populaire dans les années 1950-1960 et qui a contribué, avec d’autres illustres chanteurs de la famille Dagar, à régénérer la tradition dhrupad.

Après la mort prématurée de son frère, Aminuddin Dagar fonde une école de dhrupad et poursuit une brillante carrière solo. Ce merveilleux album de 1983 présente sa voix envoûtante et résonnante qui créée une atmosphère méditative. Une musique indienne spirituelle et dévotionnelle essentielle, d'une grande beauté intemporelle et universelle.

Il est accompagné ici par Vithaldas Gujrati au tambour pakhawaj et par Alaka Nandy, d'Ashoka Dhar et de Gopal Banerjee au tanpura (bourdon).

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« Le son du tanbura (bourdon) s’empare de tout votre être: votre corps à l'extérieur et au plus profonds de votre coeur. Il agit sur vous. Et lorsque vous ressentez de l'émotion, ce que vous chantez n'est pas simplement quelque chose que vous avez mémorisé, c'est une musique qui vient de votre âme. Les émotions de l'âme se transforment alors en musique… Le tanbura définit toute l'atmosphère du raga… dés lors que nous tenons l’instrument, nous accordons notre cœur avec lui de l'intérieur. C’est le tanbura qui nous indique quel raga nous devons chanter… C’est pourquoi nous ne pouvons jamais prévoir à l’avance ce que nous allons chanter », explique Nasir Zahiruddin Dagar (1932-1994) dans le superbe documentaire Dagarvani réalisé par Renuka George en 1993.


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Don't miss Tawfiq's essential Nasir Aminuddin Dagar LP and cassette shares here

Listen to Pokri Poki's excellent Youtube Dagar Brothers shares here

Photographs below are from The Tantric Way – Art - Science - Ritual by Ajit Mookerjee and Madhu Khanna, Thames and Hudson, 1977:


"Painting illustrates the rise of Kundalini through the psyche: the fish symbolizes its most primitive form, the lotus its most subtle and complex. Rajasthan, c. 18th century."

MusicRepublic Nasir Aminuddin Dagar – HMV EASD 1420


"The supreme Goddess as the Void, with projection-space for Her image. 
Bronze, Andhra Pradesh, 19th century."

MusicRepublic Nasir Aminuddin Dagar – HMV EASD 1420


"Astrogram. This painting represents how astronomy blends with astrology. The symbols depicted on the various parts of the body map out the interaction of the 28 Nakshatras, or lunar mansions, on the micro-self. The body, depicted in the shape of a bow or Dhanu-asana, represents the energized unit of the vast macrocosm. Gouache, Rajasthan, 19th century."


MusicRepublic Nasir Aminuddin Dagar – HMV EASD 1420

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6 comments:

  1. One of the best Dhrupad releases ever.... One can have never have enough of this great man! Many thanks
    Pokri Poki

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    1. One can never have too much of such heavenly music indeed. I merely have a small number of recordings of the great master’s voice though. Would you by any chance have his All India Radio analog releases or any other rarity (other than those shared by Tawfiq on his blog)?

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    2. I have shared a few by both brothers on youtube -
      https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3QmoW5zQ3j3-l2CZT5IrMDeerAoYW4LR

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    3. Thank you for your great shares. I just included the link in the post.

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  2. great LP,thank You!
    on a tragic note , the great Blogger Tawfiq of Oriental Traditional Music from LPs & Cassettes , who also sold records on Discogs , apparently died in April of this year, RIP Tawfiq/Axel Elbin!

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    1. This is truly sad news. Tawfiq's fantastic blog enriched the lives of many music lovers throughout the world and inspired me to start my own blog. His work is truly monumental and we all hope arrangements have been made to ensure his many rare shares of Indian, Pakistani, Iranian, Iraqi, Azeri, Islamic, etc. music will continue to be available online for many years to come. I already miss his presence dearly. May his soul rest in peace and his spirit which promoted music of the highest order live on.

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