Rag Ahir Bhairav
Hariprasad Chaurasia is the undisputed master of the Bansri, the bamboo flute which holds such a special position in Indian culture. Associated with the playful and seductive Lord Krishna of Hindu mythology, in its modern form its beguiling tone still holds audiences in its power. On this disc Chaurasia brilliantly evokes the profound and devotional Rag Ahir Bhairav and completes his programme with a lighter classical piece based on the folk music of his home state, Uttar Pradesh.
|Review||"I should say first of all that I'm a long, long way from being an expert in Indian classical music. My experience rests almost completely on the excellent series of Nimbus CDs and a few others, together with some reading about the subject on the web. It certainly seems to be true that some styles of Indian classical music are more approachable for the western ear than others, and I would say that the Indian flute (Bansuri) as played by the great master Hariprasad Chaurasia is perhaps the most enjoyable.The musicians on this CD develop the raag into a thing of other-worldly beauty and intimacy, which nevertheless seems to ask questions about the whole nature of beauty and life. Chaurasia knows this simple but infinitely variable instrument with the expertise of true musician, and one who knows what can be done with the raag, given the time and space to develop it.If you haven't tried any Indian classical music before, and you're interested in the ancient but still living tradition, then it's worth doing two things: read up about the basics on the Internet, and get one or more CDs like this one.Then create some peace and quiet, and time for yourself to get involved in this music. It's like nothing else on earth."- Mr . C. M. Slater-Walker|