Khayal Classical Vocal: Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar (Audio CD)

Khayal Classical Vocal: Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar (Audio CD)

Item Code: ICM048
Pt. Ulhas KashalkarSaregama (2009)
About the CD

With a blessed voice and the gifted ability to blend the three gayakees with authenticity and aesthetic excellence, he soon emerged to be one of the most formidable vocalists of the country. While his music remains well within the confines of tradition, the listener revels in an experience of listening to a seemingly new gayakee.

Widely regarded as the musicians’ musician Ulhas Kashalkar is the leading vocalist of the current generation. No matter where he performs, he is received with great enthusiasm because of his gifted ability to capture the hearts and imagination of the music lovers.

Ulhasji is one of the most sought after artistes, both in India and in several other countries. The number of record companies that have released his music world over is a reiteration of his popularity.

Ulhas ji is the recipient of several awards such as the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Jadubhatta Puraskar and Swar-Ratna Award and has been conferred with titles such as Raag Rishi.

For over a decade now, he has been with the ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata, as a Guru, producing numerous students of high caliber.

A torchbearer of India’s pristine tradition, Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar continues to enthrall and take his audiences on an ecstatic journey through his music.

About the Ragas:

Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar’s gayakee is the blend of 3 gharanas, the Gwalior, Jaipur & Agra Gharanas. This album showcases his musical prowess over the Jaipur Gharana.

The album opens with a Khayal in Jhaptaal in the rare raga Khokar, a distinct raga of the Jaipur Gharana. This is followed by 2 Khayals in Jaitashree & Lalita Gauri ragas, which again have the traditional flavour of the Jaipur Gharana. The album concludes with the melodic raga Raat ki Gunkali.

‘Khayal’ is a contemporary popular form of Hindustani Classical Vocal Music to present a complete picture of the melodic scale called the ‘Raga’. Its genesis is the austere form called ‘Dhrupad’. ‘Khayal’ is a Persian word, meaning ‘Thought’. The genius of the creator of the Raga in combination with the performer’s improvisation, makes a ‘Khayal’.

There are two distinct compositions of the Khayal, also known as “bandish’ in a performance. The ‘Vilambit’ Khayal or Bandish is sung in a slow rhythmic cycle. This is followed by the ‘Madhya Laya’ or ‘Drut’ Khayal or Bandish sung in a medium to fast tempo.

Bandish is divided into two parts, namely the ‘Sthai’ which is sung in the lower and middle register of the melodic scale, and the ‘Antara’ which is sung in the upper and middle register of the melodic outline.

‘Khayal’ soon gained popular acceptance because of its communicative nature. Thus encouraging performers to further experiment with its style, thereby enhancing its beauty.

About the Artiste:

In an age when maestros of the older generation express fear of the decadence of Indian music our grand tradition, Ulhas Kashalkar’s voice and music stands like the Colossus, as it were, an eternal reminder of the strength of this great art.

Ulhas Kashalkar was born in a family of musicians. His father, Shri N.D. Kashalkar, a musician in his own right, initiated him into vocal music. In time, he was accepted as a disciple by such great masters of the art as Pandit Ram Marathe and Pandit Gajananbua Joshi. Thus he received training of the highest order in three distinct prominent gharanas-Gwalior, Agra and Jaipur.

1. Raga - Khokar [1993]

Khayal Jhaptall- "Anand Mukh Chandra"

2. Raga - Jaitashree [1993]

Khayal Teentaal- " Jab te Piyu"

3. Raga - Lalita Gauri [1993]

Khayal Teentaal - "Pritam Saiyyan"

4. Raga - Raat Ki Gunkali [1993]

Khayal Teentaal - "Mohe Let Hai

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