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Druphad recordings Jan 19, 2002 04:47 p.m.

Can anyone recommend me some druphad-style sitar-recordings. I know sitar isn't really considered a druphad-instrument, but last week I rented a CD from Zia Mohiuddin Dagar on sitar that blew me away. Since he's originally a been (or rudra-veena) player there are druphadinfluences noticable. The recording is on Amigo Musik label and is Raga Mishra Bhairavi. Stunning.......


Re:Druphad recordings Jan 19, 2002 05:30 p.m.

Hi Remco,
I did'nt know he played sitar.....I have one of his CD's on the vina of Marwa and Bageshree and it's very nice. Not familiar with Dhrupad as far as sitar goes, have heard some vocal stuff but it's not my favorite, like the Khyal style better.
Re:Druphad recordings Jan 19, 2002 09:19 p.m.

Hi Remco;
Going to be tough finding drupadhi style sitar. That went out of vogue around 80 years ago. Best alternative I can think of is to look for surbahar artists like Imrat Khan, who also plays sitar. He is well known for drupadhi style on surbahar and has a similar style on sitar.
Re:Druphad recordings Jan 19, 2002 10:11 p.m.

Hey, also I was thinking of Debu Chaudhuri too??? He plays in an older style, a little simpler but lyrical....check a few of his CD's out at but I would'nt recommend the 'Lalit' one.
Re:Druphad recordings Jan 20, 2002 07:23 a.m.

Hey thanx!!!
I do have to admit I'm totally drawn towards druphad: I started listening to Indian music because I'm into ambient and the similarities are remarkable between an Alap and druphad. (I'm sure Zia Mohiuddin Dagar will rise from his grave/the Ganges now to kick my ass..). I use a lot of sustain and looping to create drones. Also the "simplicity" is a thing that appeals to me. It's actually very subtle and understated what's going on with this music.


Re:Druphad recordings Jan 20, 2002 12:34 p.m.

Yeah, if Zia comes after you, George Harrison might be right behind him (ha).
So, you're also into ambient? I used to record onto reel-to-reel long ago, mixing my guitar, sitar and mini-moog synthesizer into all kinds of loops. Nowdays, I use a tunpura machine for my drone. One of my favorites lately for ambient is Al Gromer Khan, a sitarist and electronics musician out of Germany. Smooth stuff. Can find it on
Re:Druphad recordings Jan 21, 2002 01:48 a.m.

Off-topic, I know, but George was straight in at number one yesterday with the re-release of My Sweet Lord. A great shame it took what it took for it to happen, but a little sanity is restored to the world.
Re:Druphad recordings Jan 21, 2002 03:28 p.m.

Agreed 100%. I posted my acknowedgement to George and all he did to promote Indian music and sitar (and my continued interest in it)on this board back in December, but noted no response to it. If he hadn't got into this music and mainstreamed it, we wouldn't be talking about it now, would we? Hmmmmm....
I was 20 when I bought All Things Must Pass on an 8-Track tape (can you believe that), and learned to play every piece on guitar. Definitely my favorite post-Beatles solo release. I played that tape to pieces, finally fell apart somewhere around 1982 (along with my 8-track player). Planning on getting it again, on a CD this time.
Re:Druphad recordings Jan 22, 2002 01:47 a.m.

Well said Russ. I missed your post in December. ATMP is the best solo album IMO also. The CD is re-mastered now and sounds GREAT.
(You can download my version of Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp at It's kinda different. I also have more faithful versions of Here Comes The Sun and Love Comes To Everyone on that site).
I'll shut up now as I know it's off topic, but you're right Russ, we wouldn't be talking about our beautiful instrument if it weren't for George.
Re:Druphad recordings Jan 22, 2002 11:34 a.m.

Cool! I'll take a look at your versions. My post was on the Community forum on November 30, so maybe that's why nobody saw it? Here Comes the Sun is a fun one to play. I like to use a classical fingering technique on that one, adding a few additional chords into his run. Yeah, we're off topic. We'd better knock it off with George. Anyway, glad to see someone else agrees!
Re:Druphad recordings Jan 22, 2002 09:39 p.m.

Hey, before we quit on George......I'm grateful for his part in the whole Indian music in the West scene. Not a big Beatles fan but liked George's post Beatles stuff.......the world is better off because of his having been here for a time!
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