When addressing the concerns of connoisseurs of Hindustani music about whether its tradition of excellence would continue, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Stalwart of Khayal Signing said of Rashid Khan there is not at least one person in sight who is an assurance for the future of Indian Vocal Music.
Over the years Rashid Khan has emerged as one of the most revered artistes in the modern era of North Indian classical music. He is one of the few contemporary vocalists whose performances capture the rare quality of tasir the indescribable ability to create a genuine impact on listeners.
Like many of the great vocalists before him Rashid Khan has always been prepared to incorporate into his renditions the best from other gharanas.
The performances captured in this album begins with a short alaap which outlines the key melodic phrases of malkauns a majestic pentonic late night raag. According to ancient texts raag Malukauns is one of the six original Indian ragas and belongs to the Bhairavi thaat. The main Khayal (or Bara khayal) is Tu Hain Malik Mera. The composition is set to rhythmic cycle of twelve beats called Ektaal and the underlying meaning of the composition is deeply devotion. It means you are my god, my Guru, my everything, the sole purpose of my existence.
Rashid Khan goes on to sing thee other compositions in the same raga expressing a soulfulness which is enhanced by the depth of his rich and sonorous voice. Aaj more ghar aaye Balma (track 3) Expresses the delight of a wife lover has returned home.
Rashind Khan has been accompanied by Yogesh Shamsi on the tabla and Mehmood Dhaulpuri on the harmonium.
Recorded live at – Saptak Festival 2003 Ahmedabad, Gujarat (India), Location engineer – Derek Roberts, Assistant Engineer – Krishna Shirgaonkar, Produced by Derek Roberts, Executive Producer – Alpesh Patel) Mixed and mastered in the UK by Derek Roberts of soundcraft productions.
Thanks to the stage crew at virtual studios, Nandan Mehta, Prafful Shah everyone at saptak Kanti Dattani and verity Sharp (BBC radio 3/late junction) for inspired radio.
|2||Khayal Tu Hain Malik Mera Vilambit Ektaal (12 beats slow)|
|3||Yaad Aavat Mohe Det Batiya Teentaal (16 beats medium Tempo)|
|4||Aaj More Ghar Aaye Balma Drut Teentaal (16 beats Fast Tempo)|
|5||Ghor Langar Manat Nahin Drut Ektaal (12 beats fast tempo)|
The authentic and towering virtuosity of Rashid Khan’s vocal performances electrifies the audience in this majestic life performance. Presented in this compilation is an extensive rendition of raag malkauns.