Vintage 78 RPM Records is a collection of classical vintage recordings featuring doyens of Hindustani Classical vocal and instrumental music, which go as far back as to the 1930s and ‘40s and are typically pieces of three to four minutes. Recorded exclusively with HMV (over 100 years old music company) now popularly known as Saregama. There is a ample evidence that all the artistes chosen in the series had developed, each in his/her own way, a brilliant technique to encapsulate in a very short space the golden peaks of vitality and exuberance of classical music. It is for the very first time that for the connoisseurs of classical music exclusive 78 RPM recordings are being made available on CDs.
Pandit Sawai Gandharva (1886 – 1952)
Pt. Rambhau Kundgolkar born in 1886 in Kundgol (now in Karnataka) was a Dhrupad Dhamar artiste and was also associated as a singer-Actor with the legendary Marathi Musical Theatre. The richness of singing that he presented on stage earned him the title “Sawai Gandharva” which means a Superior Singer/Artiste. Pt. Sawai Gandharva was trained by Ustad Abdul Karim Khan of Kirana Gharana. Panditji was also guided by Ustad Nasir Hussain Khan of Gwalior Gharana and Pt. Bhaskarbuwa Bakhle. Systematic elaboration of ragas was his forte. He excelled in Raga Sangeet, Natya Sangeet and Bhajans. Besides being a very good Performer, he was a Great Guru of Great Disciples like Dr. Gangubai Hangal, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Pt. Firoz Dastur, Pt. Kagalkar Buwa and Smt. Indirabai Khadilkar were groomed by Pt. Sawai Gandharva. Pt. Sawai Gandharva left for heavenly abode on 12 September 1952 in Pune. However his memory has been cherished for the last fifty years in the form of two prestigious “Sawai Gandharva Music Festivals”. Dr Gangubai Hangal in Kundgol and Pt. Bhimsen Joshi in Pune are guiding spirits behind these two festivals.
|1||Raga||Asavari||Preet Na Kije|
|2||Raga||Gujri Todi||Samajh Man Gorakh Dhanda|
|3||Raga||Deskar||Jhananana Baje Paayaliya|
|4||Raga||Puriya Dhanashri||Paar Karo Araj Suno|
|6||Raga||Tilak Kamod||Man Mein Mohan Biraaje|
|7||Raga||Nat Malhar||Banara Byahan Aaya|
|8||Raga||Bhairavi||Aaiwe Hori Sahiwa|
|9||Raga||Tilang||Jaao Jaao Sakhi Madhoban Mein|
|11||Raga||Shankara||Kal Na Pare|
|13||Raga||Miyan Ki Malhar||Mommadshah Rangile|
|14||Raga||Adana||Jo Teri Raza|
|15||Raga||Bhairavi||Bin Dekhe Pare Nahin|