INDIAN MUSIC FORUM ARCHIVES: Sitar Forum: Must-have VK recordings

 

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Matt
Must-have VK recordings Mar 16, 2004 06:27 p.m.


With all of the talk about V. Khan's recent passing, I was wondering if anyone would like to share their opinions of "must-have" recordings by him or family members. His gharana is not well-represented in my collection. Thanks!
K.K.
Re:Must-have VK recordings Mar 16, 2004 06:54 p.m.


One of my favorites is VK's Raga Bhairavi.
kalpit
Re:Must-have VK recordings Mar 16, 2004 07:40 p.m.


Hi,

Aside from a documentory on Ustadji by Doordarshan(video) and his Hameer DVD, Does any one else know of any other videos? Let me know if someone is interested in a trade...

kalpitpandya@hotmail.com

aanaddha
Re:Must-have VK recordings Mar 16, 2004 10:49 p.m.



kalpit (Mar 16, 2004 07:40 p.m.):
Hi,

Aside from a documentory on Ustadji by Doordarshan(video) and his Hameer DVD, Does any one else know of any other videos? Let me know if someone is interested in a trade...

kalpitpandya@hotmail.com


Even in the last few years Ustad Vilayat Khansaheb was a powerful and startling performer onstage. (Some claim even more so than in his earlier years.) He was very much in command of the audience, his accompanists (including Zakir), as well as his instrument. The three concerts that I was fortunate to witness each left me with an overwhelming feeling that here is a man whose unique self-confidence, rare talent, respect, and commitment to his vocation was god-given.
I have all of the recordings that he made that I am aware of, videos, and the DVD. I would give all of these to you at the drop of a hat to see the Ustad play just once more.
Take a tip from me, save your money and buy a ticket to see Ravi Shankar, Bismilla Khan, Bhimsen Joshi, Ali Akbar Khan, Buddhadev Das Gupta, or Kishori Amonkar while they are still performing.
I never did get to see V.G. Jog, Alla Rakha, or Nikhil Banerjee and I will always regret that - much, much, more so than not having another recording to add to my collection.

Sincerely,
Aanaddha

David Courtney
Re:Must-have VK recordings Mar 17, 2004 01:51 a.m.


This is just a brief note to let you know that there is a brief bio, as well as CDs of Vilayat Khan at:

https://chandrakantha.com/biodata/vilayat_khan.html

Good luck

David Courtney

jaym
Re:Must-have VK recordings Mar 17, 2004 01:02 p.m.


His DVD of Rag Hameer is a must! It is great to watch the master at work and be able to rewind those magical passages that left you wide-eyed

My teacher also raved about his recording of Bhairavi....he has it on vinyl

pb
Re:Must-have VK recordings Mar 17, 2004 03:44 p.m.


Yes, I have the dvd, it is great. I really like the bandish in hameer at the end.

Pb


jaym (Mar 17, 2004 01:02 p.m.):
His DVD of Rag Hameer is a must! It is great to watch the master at work and be able to rewind those magical passages that left you wide-eyed

My teacher also raved about his recording of Bhairavi....he has it on vinyl


Bruce
Re:Must-have VK recordings Mar 17, 2004 04:18 p.m.


I like the old EMI recordings- most now rereleased on CD. The Darbari (NF 150186) and Yaman (NF 150142) are great. Also Ahir Bhairav, Tilak Kamod, and Bhairavi on NF 150206 and "Aftaab-e Sitar" which has Gawati, Bahar and S. Bhairavi.
Matt
Re:Must-have VK recordings Mar 17, 2004 07:09 p.m.


Thanks for all of the suggestions!

Bruce - are the EMI recordings in the same vein as those that Ravi did for World Pacific?

Bad Ustad
Re:Must-have VK recordings Mar 18, 2004 05:09 p.m.


One of my longtime favorites is "Parampara." The cover makes it appear to be a jugalbandi with father and son (Shujaat) but is actually two recordings made years apart. I've been looking for, but have yet to find an actual recording of the two together. I know they did a concert together with Hidayat and Zakir Hussein some years back - but I don't know if any recording of it exists. Concert recordings like this tend to "get found" a lot after the artist(s) in question have passed on.
swansong
Re:Must-have VK recordings Mar 18, 2004 07:01 p.m.


Another VK video I came across on ebay was the "Music Festival of India" from Carnegie Hall in 1998. Not only does it have over 2 hours of performers including Zakir, Shivkumar Sharma, Amjad Ali Khan and sons, Pt. Jasraj, Balamurali Krishna, Hariprasad, but best of all the finale is a wonderful Bhairavi by Ustad Vilayat Khansahab accompanied by Shujaat Khansahab. There is a nice little interview of each performer, and just before his performance Vilayat Khansahab makes a really nice speech and you can see that he truly values the appreciation of the audience probably as much as they value his music... It gives so much more impact to the performance to witness the humility of such a great master.
Keshav Das
Re:Must-have VK recordings Mar 19, 2004 09:12 a.m.


Have been away on a boat for 2 wks with no phone or internet and checked the forum as soon as I got home. I guess we all knew - but the reality is - I don't have words . . . I saw Khan Sahib play last Fall at Lincoln Center and he was really wonderful. He closed with Bhairagi and sang in a folk style. Really lovely. A musician at the concert told me he has always closed with Bhairagi.
BTW - Bad Ustad there is a 2 CD live recording of Vilayat and Shujaat Khan on the Navras label "Live At Royal Festival Hall". I feature a lot of jugalbandi recordings at the shop. Tho - we don't sell CDs online; only in the shop. I'm sure you can get it from Khazana or Shrimati's. If not let me know.
kedar_india_pune
Re:Must-have VK recordings Mar 19, 2004 02:58 p.m.


hi all,
there is a beautiful series of concerts hosted by ustadji which are shown on doodarshan here ..anways i am in the process of recording those concerts ..so i will have them on video...and then i will share it ...
there was this really good cassette of ustadji by times music
where he played short raags ...its under banner maestros choice( ustad viliyat khan )
then recently a few days back i heard his 1964 recording of raaga bihag at shaidjee's house ..it was truely amazing ...
.......
i saw him play at 50th swai festival here ..that was the last time i saw this maestro...it was really good ..
take care
yours
kedar
kalpit
Re:Must-have VK recordings Mar 19, 2004 06:40 p.m.


Hi kedar,

I am interested in Doordarshan videos of ustadji. Email me at kalpitpandya@hotmail.com

thank you.

Jan
Re:Must-have VK recordings Mar 19, 2004 07:21 p.m.


Ditto me, on the recordings : )
Are you converting them to digital files?

Jan

kedar_india_pune
Re:Must-have VK recordings Mar 20, 2004 05:19 p.m.


Hi,
Initially i will be recording them on video cassete through my vcr
and then convert it into mpeg or DAT files...
yes kalpitjee i will definately give you the recordings .....

please take care
your
kedar
Sitarfan
Re:Must-have VK recordings Mar 31, 2004 04:43 p.m.


Kedar,

I would be interested in the recording as well. Let me know dmistry12@netscape.net

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