Archive for the ‘78rpm’ Category

Ustad Sharafat Hussain Khan “Prem Rang” (1930 – 1985)

July 11, 2007

Ustad Sharafat Hussain Khan

A disciple of Ustad Faiyaz Khan and Ustad Ata Hussain Khan – A great vocalist from Agra Gharana. His approach towards music was always to expand the Raga. Take any Raga-s and Ustad-ji would sing these Raga-s at length. For example Raga Malati Basant, Raga Raisa Kanada, Raga Maluha Kalyan to name a few – He could and would sing them for about an hour plus, on an average. He was always open to greater development of his music and so he was never shy to adopt something from other musicians or their respective styles. And almost always, he was successful in blending those so called foreign elements into the musical structure of Agra Gharana that he used to prefer and perform. And then the concept he would sing would be his own “Khayal”.

He was probably one of the last musicians who performed full-length, full featured Nom-Tom Alap before Khayal. His command on Laya (rythem) was also great which is visible (audible, I mean) in various pieces that are presented here. He was blessed with a voice which he successfully preserved and cultivated to suite his imagination.

He was never tired of singing because he loved his music. Once a mehfil was organized in Ahmedabad and the organizer requested Ustad-ji to sing without microphone and without Harmonium accompaniment to get the essence of music in untainted form. Ustad-ji agreed. The mehfil eventually turned out to be a whole night concert where Ustad-ji sang Nom-Tom Alap, Vilambit (Traditional Composition) and Drut Khayal (His own composition) in Raga Savani (a variant with Komal Gandhar) followed by Raga Jaijaivanti, Vilambit and Drut, followed by Raga Nat Bihag, Drut Khyal, Raga Sohini, Drut Khayal. As it was about sunrise, He started Raga Ramkali – Vilambit & Drut. In the end he sang a Dadra in Raga Bhairavi. Fortunately this concert was recorded and recently it has been published as a set of 4 CDs by Sangeet Kendra. A sample from these recording is presented to show his ability for a sustained standard throughout the performance and sincerity – achieving greater heights as the his “Khayal” progressed. Just a sample – an appetizer (respecting the artiste’s rights and copyrights)

Raga Ramkali – Drut Khayal, Un Sang Laagi Mori Akhiyan… 

To begin with –

Ustad Sharafat Hussain Khan

A 78rpm record (H 1198 G) – at the age of 12 years. This was the potential.

Raga: Multani 3:24 (In Durajan Logan Ko Kahan Kosun…)

Raga: Bihag 3:30 (Hazrat Ali Tum Ho Mahabali…)

Ustad Sharafat Hussain Khan

Another recording is from an All India Radio Broadcast (most probably recorded at AIR Ahmedabad Station in 1969, and this brodcasted in 1973).

Raga Khem Kalyan 29:40 (Vilambit Khayal – Piharava Mai Kahi Deho Bata …, Drut Khayal – Hath Na Kar Mohe Chhand…)

Raga Gara Kanada (coming soon…)

Raga Lalit (coming soon…)

Raga Patmanjari (coming soon…)

An humble man, a man of family, a gentle and a sensitive human being……

ustad Sharafat Hussain Khan

Credits:

1. The 78rpm record – from Ustad-jis son, Ustad Shaukat Hussain Khan – Digitized by Dhaivat Shukla.

2. Raga Khem Kalyan – an All India Radio broadcast, digitized by Dhaivat Shukla.

3. Raga Lalit – an All India Radio broadcast, digitized by Dhaivat Shukla.

4 Raga Pat Manjari – an All India Radio broadcast.

Ustad Sharafat Hussain Khan “Prem Rang” (1930 – 1985)

July 11, 2007

Ustad Sharafat Hussain Khan

A disciple of Ustad Faiyaz Khan and Ustad Ata Hussain Khan – A great vocalist from Agra Gharana. His approach towards music was always to expand the Raga. Take any Raga-s and Ustad-ji would sing these Raga-s at length. For example Raga Malati Basant, Raga Raisa Kanada, Raga Maluha Kalyan to name a few – He could and would sing them for about an hour plus, on an average. He was always open to greater development of his music and so he was never shy to adopt something from other musicians or their respective styles. And almost always, he was successful in blending those so called foreign elements into the musical structure of Agra Gharana that he used to prefer and perform. And then the concept he would sing would be his own “Khayal”.

He was probably one of the last musicians who performed full-length, full featured Nom-Tom Alap before Khayal. His command on Laya (rythem) was also great which is visible (audible, I mean) in various pieces that are presented here. He was blessed with a voice which he successfully preserved and cultivated to suite his imagination.

He was never tired of singing because he loved his music. Once a mehfil was organized in Ahmedabad and the organizer requested Ustad-ji to sing without microphone and without Harmonium accompaniment to get the essence of music in untainted form. Ustad-ji agreed. The mehfil eventually turned out to be a whole night concert where Ustad-ji sang Nom-Tom Alap, Vilambit (Traditional Composition) and Drut Khayal (His own composition) in Raga Savani (a variant with Komal Gandhar) followed by Raga Jaijaivanti, Vilambit and Drut, followed by Raga Nat Bihag, Drut Khyal, Raga Sohini, Drut Khayal. As it was about sunrise, He started Raga Ramkali – Vilambit & Drut. In the end he sang a Dadra in Raga Bhairavi. Fortunately this concert was recorded and recently it has been published as a set of 4 CDs by Sangeet Kendra. A sample from these recording is presented to show his ability for a sustained standard throughout the performance and sincerity – achieving greater heights as the his “Khayal” progressed. Just a sample – an appetizer (respecting the artiste’s rights and copyrights)

Raga Ramkali – Drut Khayal, Un Sang Laagi Mori Akhiyan… 

To begin with –

Ustad Sharafat Hussain Khan

A 78rpm record (H 1198 G) – at the age of 12 years. This was the potential.

Raga: Multani 3:24 (In Durajan Logan Ko Kahan Kosun…)

Raga: Bihag 3:30 (Hazrat Ali Tum Ho Mahabali…)

Ustad Sharafat Hussain Khan

Another recording is from an All India Radio Broadcast (most probably recorded at AIR Ahmedabad Station in 1969, and this brodcasted in 1973).

Raga Khem Kalyan 29:40 (Vilambit Khayal – Piharava Mai Kahi Deho Bata …, Drut Khayal – Hath Na Kar Mohe Chhand…)

Raga Gara Kanada (coming soon…)

Raga Lalit (coming soon…)

Raga Patmanjari (coming soon…)

An humble man, a man of family, a gentle and a sensitive human being……

ustad Sharafat Hussain Khan

Credits:

1. The 78rpm record – from Ustad-jis son, Ustad Shaukat Hussain Khan – Digitized by Dhaivat Shukla.

2. Raga Khem Kalyan – an All India Radio broadcast, digitized by Dhaivat Shukla.

3. Raga Lalit – an All India Radio broadcast, digitized by Dhaivat Shukla.

4 Raga Pat Manjari – an All India Radio broadcast.

Pandit Mallikarjun Mansur (1810 – 1992)

July 6, 2007

 Mallikarjun Mansur

A great vocalist from Jaipur-Atrauli Gharana. His strong hold was lesser known Raga-s. He Used to sing these Raga-s with same ease….

Some samples of his audio recordings presented for all of us to enjoy… (click on the name of the Raga to listen)

A couple of his early recordings on a 78rpm disk. HMV N 5697. Released in 1939.

1. Raga Hameer 3:06
2. Raga Shankara 3:07 

One of his All India Radio broadcast in early 1970’s.

3. Raga Khokar 26:16
(Documented in the archives as Raga Khokhar Bilaval)

And a recording from an LP record. INRECO 2411-5094 Stereo. Released in 1979.

4. Raga Deshkar 20:23
5. Raga Yaman Kalyan 20:24
 

External Links:  –

1. Discography of on Rajeev Patke’s website.

2. More audio clips on Smt. Vijaya Parrikar Library.

 

 

Credits: –

1. Photograph (top) : http://www.pathcom.com/~ericp/masters_mv3.html

2. Audio Clips:  1, 2, 3, 4, & 5 from Dhaivat Shukla’s personal archives. Digitization and Restoration by Dhaivat Shukla.

Pandit Omkarnath Thakur (1897-1967)

July 1, 2007

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One of his rare and hard to find audio recording – A 78rpm – Columbia GE3143 of a folk song (bhajan) by Meerabai and a Ghazal by of Shaida.

Picture of the record

These recordings are unusual because it both of them are sung in Gujarati… On the record it is written “with a speciall request from the people of Gujarat”

 Another interesting fact – Vande Mataram was composed by Panditji.

 Panditji Used to compose by the pen name of “Pranava Piya” or “Pranav Rang”.

Credits –

1. Photograph at the top – from the book “Vaggeyakar Pujya Pandit Omkarnathji Thakur” by Dr. Pradeepkumar Dixit

2. Photograph of the record – Dhaivat Shukla

3. Record found in the collection of Shri Atul Desai – A student of Panditji.

4. Digital conversion from the original 78 rpm record – Jajvalya Shukla & Kshama Shukla

78rpm Record-1