POWER & GRACE
Times Music, Rs.65This album is made from a live recording of Hari Prasad Chaurasia’s performance at the Saptak Festival in Ahmedabad. A midnight performance, it begins with raga Durga, performed by the maestro as his “aradhana” to the new day. After a prolonged alap, he is joined by the redoubtable Bhawani Shankar on the pakhawaj. He then turns to raga Malkauns, in which, after the alap, he launches into a Jhap tala composition, this time with tabla accompaniment by Anindo Chatterjee. Both the renditions are characterised by his quiet, exploratory approach. The alaps sound as if he is having an impromptu chat with the instrument and the raga, getting to know them and introducing them to each other. Live recordings from festivals do bring alive the enthusiastic atmosphere of such events, and one gets to hear the maestro addressing his audience. But it also seems a painless way for record companies to bring out an album. If the artistes are adequately compensated with fees and royalties, one cannot complain though.