The Vedas one of the oldest Indian scriptures have been the seat of Indian classical
Music. Indian classical Music is also said to have been influenced by Indian folk Music.
Being both elaborate and highly expressive Indian classical much has withstood the
onslaught of time and various cultures. The pages of history also indicate the influence of
Persian music on Hindustani
Classical music. Based melodically on Ragas and rhthmatically on Talas this rich legacy
lays emphasis on exploring the ragas and expounding the finer nuances of the
The proud history of Saregama stretches back over a century to 1901. formerly known as
the Gramophone company of India Ltd. And more popularly as HMV (His Master’s Voice)
Saregama was established as the first overseas Indian Branch of Electrical & Musical
industries limited (EMI) London, From producing the first song recorded in India in 1902
by the star of yesteryears, Gauhar Jan, today Saregama has evolved into one of India’s
premier entertainment content companies. Saregama India Ltd. Is the custodian of over
half of all the music ever recorded in India. Saregama has the largest music archive and
catalogue in India.
Each of the artistes features in this series is a legend and has contributed greatly to
putting Indian classical music on the global map. Having imbibed musical knowledge in
the Guru Shishya Parampara they continued the tradition with their students too thus
building on the rich cultural heritage generation after generation.
In this exclusive series aptly named the great heritage series in its own inimitable style,
Saregama brings together the wealth of Indian classical music the artistes legacy and its
own brand equity built over the years.
Born in 1911 into a family of musicians Pt. Pannalal Ghosh took to the flute very early in
life. He also learnt to play the sitar from his father Akshay kumar Ghosh. The Bansuri as
is known to us today owes its genesis to Panna Babu. His attempts at modifying it
resulted in the bansuri incorporating a wider octave range with an echanced tonal quality.
In 1936 he toured Europe as a music director of the Seraikella Dance Troupe. He zeal
and passion drew him to the legendary Acharya Baba Allauddin Khan of the Maihar
Gharana, who greatly influenced Panna Babu’s music. Besides rendering traditional
ragas the genius in him found expression in creation of certain ragas some of which have
been incorporated in this album. His creative spark also touched the music of the Hindi
films such as Basant Andolan and Police wherein he composed music for the
memorable songs. His untimely demise at the age of 48 was a great loss to the Indian
Offer a bouquet of melodious renditions in various styles such as pure classical ragas as
well as light melodies in the form of Dadra Thumris and kajri. The CD opens with the rare
raga Chandramauli. This is followed by ragas Hansnarayini, Deepawali, Hansdhwani,
Basant Mukhar and Bhupali Todi. All the musical renditions in this CD were originally
recorded in 78 rpm format thus enhancing their rare quality.
Open with the evergreen evening raga Yaman. This is followed by the twilight raga shree
and a night melody in raga Pilu. The CD ends with a Thumri in Raga Bhairavi.
Consists of full fledged renditions in Raga Darbari and the Seasonal Raga Basant. These
are original recordings from the archives of all Indian Radio.
We at Saregama have been the custodians of some of the most enchanting musical
experiences over the years. In this series we endeavor to bring tot eh listener certain
compositions which have never been released in CD Format. For us reaching soulful
music to the connoisseur is not just a business venture but a social responsibility.
1. Raga – Chandramauli – Vilambit (1970)
2. Raga – Chandramauli – Drut (1970)
3. Raga – Hansnarayani (1970)
4. Raga – Deepawali – Vilambit (1970)
5. Raga – Deepawali – Drut (1970)
6. Dadra (1970)
7. Raga – Hansdhwani (1970)
8. Raga – Basant Mukhari (1970)
9. Raga – Bhupali Todi (1970)
10. Thumri Khamaj (1970)
11. Thumri Piloo (1970)
12. Kajri (1970)
1. Raga – Yaman (Gat in Jhoomra & Teental)
2. Raga – Shri (Short Aalap Gat in Tilwada & Teental)
3. Raga – Pillu
4. Raga – Bhairavi Thumri
1. Raga – Darbari (1990) (Vilambit Jhoomra & Drut Teentaal)
2. Raga – Darbari (1990) (Drut Teentaal)
3. Raga – Basant (1990)
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