Archive for the ‘Khayal’ Category

Ustad Nasir Ahmed Khan (1930 – 1986)

July 23, 2007

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A vocalist from the illustrius tradition – Delhi Gharana. His forte was his well groomed, well cultivated voice  – moving in three octaves flawlessly. He used to demonstrate this strength while siging Taans with great accuracy and speed. And of course his Bada Khayal is also a pleasure to listen to. 

A couple of his earlier recordings showcasing his “khayal”.

First recording Raga purvi, Vilambit Khayal Rakho Mori Laaj… in Ektala & Drut Khayal Aavan Kahi Gaye… in Teentala. Sung with Tanpura and Tabla accompaniment.
Raga Purvi 30:34 

Second one, Raga Ahir Bhairav, A morning Raga. Vilambit Khayal Mora Jiyaa…. & Drut Khayal Garib Nawaz… And Jiyaraa Laraje… both in Teentala. Interestingly, the vocal support in this recordings is quite intersing and of course, the proficiency of the Harmonium accompanist, just amazing….
Raga Ahir Bhairav 25:34


1. Photograph from
2. Both recordings from Dhaivat Shukla’s personal archives. Digital restoration by Dhaivat Shukla. 


Pandit D. V. Paluskar (1921 – 1955)

July 11, 2007

Pandit D. V. Paluskar

Another great vocalist from Gwalior Gharana. His style is unpretentious and appears to be simple but in actually it is quite complex and intricate. Some of his recordings are presented for us to enjoy.

To start with – Raga Bhimpalasi. an extremely rare find. Most probably an All India Radio broadcast. In this recording Pandit-ji has sung a Saadara – composition in Jhaptala.

Raga Bhimpalasi – So Hi Rasanaa Jo… (14:26)

Another rare find, the next recording is an All India Radio broadcast – actual broadcast recorded on a reel tape. Though this one was released as an LP record in 1971 (EALP 1366 – Raga Kamod & Bageshree Kanada) but the LP version is edited. This one being the original broadcast – it is full length.

Raga Bageshree Kanada 28:36


1. Photograph (top): from
2. Raga Bhimpalasi: from Dhaivat Shukla’s personal archives.
3. Audio Recordings: Raga Bageshree Kanada – All India Radio broadcast. Digital restoration from reel tapes by Dhaivat Shukla.
4. Discography reference from Rajeev Patkes website: