Sunday, 1 November 2015

Chakrabarty & Roy: Raga Kedar

Indian classical music concert with Arnab Chakrabarty, sarod master, and Surojato Roy playing tabla, which took place on Sunday October 7, 2012 in Madrid Espacio Ronda.

Arnab Chakrabarty made his solo debut in 1994, and won the National Collegiate Competition for Music and Dance three years in a row between 1995 and 1997. In 1999 he performed before Dr Kofi Annan, then the United Nations Secretary General, a memorial programme for the Pakistani peace activist Eqbal Ahmed. Notable performances at home include recitals at the IMG-Britannia Young Masters’ Festival, Mumbai; the Uttarpara Music Conference, Kolkata; and concerts at the Nehru Centre and the National Centre for the Performing Arts.

Surojato Roy is a percussionist, specializing in tabla, from Calcutta. Surojato has taken his considerable knowledge of tabla and brought it to villages in Arunachal Pradesh and parts of the Sunderbans, where he has taught impoverished children. He also teaches free music classes at the Surtaal Academy of Music, where students are given instruments they couldn’t otherwise afford.

Kedar, also known as Kedara, is a Hindustani classical raga. Named after Lord Shiva, the raga is placed on a high pedestal in the realms of Indian classical music. It is characterised by a lot of complex turns, which are brilliantly melodious but difficult to express in words. The raga emerges from the Kalyan thaat. The raga is to be played in the second prahar of night. Most Ragas with teevra ma(M) are sung at night (as per the time theory of Ragas). The meend from D to M via P is the heart of the raga. The G is used lightly as a grace note in the transition from M to P. The movements in the raga from one swara to another are quite complicated, and the extent of use of the different swaras often depends on the musician. Kedar is an ancient raga, with different genres of classical songs, like khayals, thumris, dhrupads, as well as light classical songs based on it.

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