Pandit C.R. Vyas
This album is a special release that coincides with the 75th birthday of Pandit Chintaman Raghunath Vyas one of the foremost vocalists in Hindustani Classical Music today.
Born into a family of Sanskrit pandits and keertan singers in Osmanabad in 1924, Pt. CR. Vyas’ musical journey spans four gurus and three Gharanas - Pandit Govindrao Bhatambrekar of the Kirana Gharana, Pandit Rajarambua Paradkar and Pandit Mirashibua of the Gwalior Gharana and most notably Pandit Jagannathbua Purohit of the agra Gharana. His assimilation of the Khayal traditions of these three leading gharanas combined with his own musical talents has resulted in a distinctive individual vocal style that has truly enriched Indian classical music.
Pt. C.R. Vyas has also composed several ragas and bandishes under the penname “Gunijaan’. He is the winner of the Sangeet Natak Academy award in the 1987, the Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar in 1990 and the Padma Bhushan in 1992. His sons Satish Vyas – a noted santoor player and Suhas Vyas – a vocalist are outstanding musicians in their own right and are proudly carrying forward the musical legacy handed over to them by their father.
Raga Raamkali is derived from the Bhairav That and is a morning raga. There are two to three varieties of Raga Raamkali but the most commonly heard is the type in which both madhyams (natural/flat as well as the flat 4th note) and both mishads are used. Teevra madhyam (sharp 4th note) and komal nishad (flat 7th note) are used in a typical way. The vadi (dominant note) is pancham (5th note) whereas the samvadi (sub-dominant note) is komal rishabh (flat second note). There is one more musical school of thought that treats the komal dhaivath (flat 6th note) as the vadi.
The aroha (ascent) and avroha (descent) is as follows -
In 1989, leading Hindustani classical musicians gave life performances to celebrate the 150 years of the Times of India. These historic performances were recorded live exclusively by us and are released as the Golden Raaga Collection.
Other albums in the Golden Raaga Collection
Pandit Bhimsen Joshi Raga Malkauns, Raga Bhairavi
Pandit Jasraj Raga Behag, Raga Basant
Shobha Gurtu Raga Mishra Khammaj, Raga Yaman,
Raga Piloo, Raga Sindhu Bhairavi
Girija Devi Raga Behag, Raga Mishra Behag,
Raga Mishra Pilu, Raga Mishra
Khammaj, Raga Mishra Gara
Pandit Shivkumar Sharma Raga Bageshwari
Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasiya Raga Lalit
Ustad Amjad Ali Khan Raga Haripriya Kanhra, Raga Lalita Gauri
Ustad Bismillah Khan Raga Madhuwanti
1. “Darbar Laa”
Vilambit Tilwara Taal
2. “Maan maan ab to”
Drut Ek Taal
Harmonium : Shri Purushottam Walawalkar
Tabla : Ustad Ramzaan Khan
Vocal Support : Subhash Vyas