One of the more prominent hexotanic ragas (as it avoids Pa) the movements of raga Puriya are quite unhurried and dignified. Usually sung at sun set this Raga’s slow and somber exposition is mainly elaborated in the mandra and Maddhay Suptak. ‘Pa’ is omitted in this raga and if either ‘Re’ or ‘Dha’ were emphasized in it, it would create an impression of Raga Marwa… therefore strict care must be taken to highlight only ‘Ga’ and ‘Ni’ its Vaadi swara (the Note most frequently used) is ‘Ga’ and the Samvaadi (the Second most frequently used note) is ‘Ni’
Pandit bhimsen Joshi unveils one of the finest interpretations of Raga Puriya portraying with immense virtuosity the Raga’s introspective and serious nature. In doing so he brings out the feeling of peace and tranquility that accompanies a performances of this raga.
The traditional bandish that is rendered in Vilambit Piya Gunavanta is a tribute to Panditji’s own Gharana the Kirana Gharana the bandish being a typical Kirana Gharana bandish. His ardent admirers will find Jhananana Payal Baje which follows in Drut as one of his more electrifying expositions and together they are to welcome addition to Bhimsenji’s oeuvre of recordings available to his fans.
Thaat – MarwaTime – After Sunset Jaati – Shadav Shadav Aroha: Ni Re Ga Ma Dha Ni Re SaAvroha : Re Ni Dha Ma Ga, Ma Ga Re Sa
Pt. Bhimsen Joshi
Unquestionably brilliant and charismatic Pandit Bhimsen Gururaj Joshi was born on 4th February 1922 in the small town of gadog Karnataka. Deeply influenced by the recordings of Ustad Abdul Karim Khan that he heard in the local record store Panditji ran away from home in order to pursuer his musical studies. Later after he was brought back Panditji Began his tutelage under Sawai Gandharva (Pandit Rambhau Kundgolkari) a great master of the Kirana Gharana who himself was a pupil of abdul Karim Khan for 10 to 12 years. Relentless and vigorous this training added a luster and brilliance to his naturally tunful voice that has dazzled the entire world fore decades now.
The legacy of his guru’s rich and rare musical treasures and Panditji’s constant style excelling in gamakar meend and tanakriya and adopting interesting characteristics from other gharans. A style that without losing the sensitivity to the mood and nuances of a particular musical piece intersperses it with rapid Taans that glide through all the three saptaks sending the listeners into raptures.
Blessed with an amazing understanding of the soul of the Swara and Raga and developing mastery not only over the Khayal idiom but also over Thumri he remains of the Zenith as one of the most popular and dedicated artistes in the realm of Hindustani Shastriya Sangeet. He earned his first platinum disc in 1986. He has been honoured with the Padma Shree in 1972, the sangeet Natak Academy Award in 1976 and the Padma Bhushan in 1985.For Years Pandit Bhimsen Joshi led the renaissance of Indian classical music with passion and utmost dedication. Despite changing times he has steadfastly adhered to Khayal-gayaki even while striving to strike a balance between the yesterday and today.
The unsung series is yet another exemplary presentation of the magnificence of Pandit Bhimsen Joshi’s abundant devotion to the subject. It is a manifestation of the great inherent spirit that he has exhibited through out his life. Each a masterpiece in itself the Unsung series is a collection of ragas and some raga bound compositions that he has never recorded before his boundless creativity and his total being saar to infinite heights of fulfillments as he unleashes hi talent in these recording filling everything with a sense of oneness with the elusive ultimate peak of Naad Brahma the quintessential state of bliss for which every musician strives.
Pandit Bhimsen Joshi celebrates his 80th birthday with this never before recorded collection of ragas. These have been selected by Pandit Bhimsen Joshi himself and have been recorded specially for Time Music.
1. Raga – PuriyaVilambit Ektaal ‘Ae Piya Gunavanta’
Drut Teentaal ‘Kal Na Pare’
Drut Teentaal ‘ Jhananana Payal Baje’
Vocal Support: Shrinivas JoshiHarmonium: Sudhir NayakTabla: Bharat KamatTanpura: Atul Garud Vinayak Prabhu
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