The middle path
The term ‘middle path’ written on the album cover is stated to be “an attempt to bridge the gap between two different ages: the classical and the digital age.” And what a bridging of gap Hari Singh and Nikhel Kumar Mahajan have managed to achieve here! Listeners, this one is a clean champ, an out and out stress-busting capsule.
The album has three tracks based on ragas Aheerbharavi, Bhimpalasi and Durga. Each takes about 17 to 18 minutes. Raga Aheerbharavi (one had heard of raga Ahir Bhairavi, but this is the spelling adhered to in the album) is the first track, and the opening flute by Ajay Prasanna is enough to make you stop and hear the entire album. And then of course, Bholanath Mishra’s vocals and Mukesh Sharma’s sarod wafting seamlessly through all the three tracks.
The way Singh and Mahajan have woven in the fast beats to the slow rhythm of the flute is simply amazing.
One always thought Ismail Durbar had made good use of raga Aheerbharavi in the song “Albela sajan aayo re” from the film Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, particularly the vocals by Sultan Khan. The improvisation in this album is no less.
Listen to these pieces of music and you would have no reason to dislike fusion compositions any more. Also, there is another reason to buy a copy of the album.
A part of the sales proceeds would go for the benefit of the non-profit organisation Cankids, which works for kids suffering from cancer.