Raga Miyan Ki Malhar
A popular Monsoon raga, Miyan Ki Malhar is said to have been composed by the great Miyan Tansen, one of the nine gems at the court of the greatest of Mughal emperors, Akbar Miyan Malhar is considered to be the main representative of the Malhar Ragas that are characterized by slow glides and oblique improvisations. A melancholy raga its beauty lies in the use of both Shuddha (Natural) and Komal (Flat) ‘Ni’ Linked together in a phrase and Komal (Flat) ‘Ga’ that is omitted in the ascent but highlighted in the descent with a slight gamak. Its Vadi (Most frequently used note) is ‘Ma’ and Samvadi (Second – Most frequently used note) is ‘Sa’ Several time one tends to confuse Miyan Ki Malhar with Raga Bahar. However there is a vast difference in the ascent descent the usage of ‘Ga’ and Pace at which these ragas are rendered.
A prachina raga Lalit is among the most influential members of the Hindustani community for in it is embedded the seminal idea of both the shuddha and tivra ‘Ma’ ‘Pa’ is omitted in this raga. ‘Re’ is Komal (Flat) while the rest of the notes are Shuddha. Its Vadi (Most frequently used note) is ‘Sa’ Lalit or Lalat as many may call it is a complex raga with a highly vakra build. The mere presence of consecutive madhyams per se does not establish Lalit anga: the key lies in the intonation and punctuation.
Ustad Abdul Ratif Khan
Born in the Gwalior Ustad Abdul Latif Khan is one of the senior most sarangi players in the country his inimitable perfection in playing the Sarangi in both the Sapat and Gamak Styles has declared him as one fo the greatest exponents of the Sarangi Today. Ustad Abdul Latif Khan began his tutelage under his father the illustrious Sarangi player, Ustad Chote Khan and then went on to learn form various other senior Sarangi players like Ustad Sikandar Khan Saheb, Ustad Haddu Khan Saheb and Ustad Bade Saabri Khan Saheb, Ustadji has received several prestigious prizes such as the central Sangeet Natak Award of New Delhi and the Madhya Pradesh government’s Shikhar Samman. The Maharashtra Government awarded the Tantra Villas award to him while the Bhopal government conferred the Nagar Shree award. Ustadji has also attended and performed is some of the most prestigious music conferences such as the tansen Samaroh and the Haridas Sammelan. Today his musical journey has taken him to the Ustad Allauddin Khan Academy where by teaches his instrument to many in the typical guru-shishya parampara.
Tabla: Nafees Ahmed Khan
Tanpura: Vilas Pednekar, Shailender Deodhar
|Raga – Miyan Ki Malhar|
Vilambit Jhoomra (Drut Teentaal)
|Raga – Lalit |
Drut Teentaal (Andar Hu Te Baahar Hu)