March 1, 2021

Rakesh Chaurasia | Jor & Jhalla in Raag Jog | Bansuri | Music of India

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#darbarfestival | Rakesh Chaurasia summons Raag Jog’s state of enchantment, elucidating fierce rhythmic lines with extraordinary breath control and tightly controlled phrases.
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Rakesh Chaurasia is an innovative modern bansuri exponent. His style follows in the footsteps of his illustrious guru and uncle Hariprasad, but he has found his own territory too – recent collaborations have included jazz, flamenco, and Bollywood. He credits Hariprasad’s open-minded philosophy with encouraging him to explore new sounds, and still finds limitless inspiration in his uncle’s teaching (“I pray to God that I should be reborn to such a guru!”).

His sound is informed by a detailed study of vocal technique, and he also takes a deep interest in the spiritual and therapeutic aspects of music (“while performing…I feel as if I am praying in a temple”). He looks directly to nature too, having released an album which imitates the sounds of wind through nine different melodies. But despite an eclectic repertoire, Rakesh remains rooted around a detailed classical core. When asked whether classical music still held cultural importance in India, he replied: “that’s like asking if the sun is still important. Classical music is the foundation of all other kinds of music”. He has worked fruitfully with Zakir Hussain, and continues to delve further into each tradition he turns his ears to. Listen to more of Rakesh here:
-Prabhateshwari |
-Universal Notes |
-Interview |

Jog describes a ‘state of enchantment’. Commonly played in the late evening, it has a finely balanced mix of major and minor phrases, and is popular among Western listeners due to its almost bluesy tension. Its wide interval jumps give a spacious melodic feel. It ascends as SGmPnS, but descends with a characteristic ‘Gmg zigzag’ to form SnPmGmgS. It favours strong phrasings, often starting on Ga, and Pa is usually considered to be the vadi [king note]. Listen to more of Raag Jog here:
-Shivkumar Sharma (santoor) |
-Pelva Naik (dhrupad vocal) |
-Rupak Kulkarni (bansuri) |

Recorded at Darbar Festival 2016, at London’s Southbank Centre:
-Rakesh Chaurasia (bansuri)

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