Times Music, Rs.65

This album is made from a live recording of Hari Prasad Chaurasia’s performance. A midnight performance, it begins with raga Durga, performed by the maestro as his “aradhana” to the new day. He then turns to raga Malkauns, in which, after the alap, he launches into a Jhap tala composition. 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. Live recordings bring alive the concert atmosphere. 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.