The Human mind incessantly excitement. It is never enough to savour the fragrance of the experience- one must always move on to experiences which are new. Then the music lover or connoisseur is the catalyst for change for change for the unceasing introduction of fresh ideas and new paths which the artiste must seek and find.
The psyche of any receiver is also obsessed and in relation to other thongs similar.
The idea of the Jugalbandi perhaps was born out of the curiosity of both artiste and listener to see how a certain star or style fares in relation to another.
Jugal-gaan or two vocalists performing together is an old albeit isolated, tradition in Indian classical music. The pair of singers however were always either brothers or students of the same teacher and thus developed a concert style where each would take turns at improvisation and one would complement or echo the other in turns.
The concept of a musical ‘duel’ was also strongly entrenched in the tradition in a different context. This was a purely competitive medium often quite negative in spirit and intent.
The modern day Jugalbandi is duel with a difference in that it is a highly positive and creative exercise, born of a great degree of mutual respect between the players. The object is primarily to create a synergy of ideation and sound in a celebration of the solidity of structure in Indian classical music which enables two perfect strangers to come together before an audience and make music together on the spot.
Jnan Prakash Ghosh, one of the most celebrated Table teachers in modern times was a versatile genius whose expertise ranged from vocal music to harmonium and from classical to light classical music. The Gramophone Company of india had the opportunity to record several Jugalbandis of this maestro with various artistes. This album features a Jugalbandi withV. G. Jogwho is a veritable master at Jugalbandi, having performed with several great instrumentalists of modern times. The maestros present the ragas Shyam Kalyan, jhinjhoti and Mishra Kalingda.
1. Raga Shyam Kalyan -Jhaptal, Teental
2. Raga Jhinjhoti -Sitarkhani Taal
3. Raga Mishra Kalingda -Kaharwa Taal