Exquisite Afternoon Raag Bhimpalasi | Kaushiki Chakraborty | Patiala Khayal | Music of India

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Kaushiki Chakraborty sings the romantic afternoon Raag Bhimpalasi, showcasing the ornaments and rapid-fire melodies of her Patiala khayal gharana.

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Kaushiki’s virtuoso technique is the result of years of intense training, primarily from her esteemed father Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty. She hails from the Patiala gharana, known for a strong Islamic influence and elaborate ornamentation when singing taan [fast improvised melodies]. She describes her approach: “It’s all in the mind. One has to mentally align oneself to the form…My training has taught me two approaches to music – to do music and or to become it. The latter gives you the fluidity to transcend form and become one with it.”

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Milind Kulkarni, also featured, is a modern exponent of Hindustani classical harmonium. Starting at the age of seven, he learned fast under the tutelage of successive gurus – Vasantrao Gurav, Anna Diwan, and Pramod Marathe. He still studies under the latter, and also receives accompaniment instruction from leading non-harmonium artists too, including vocalist Ulhas Kashalkar and tabla maestro Suresh Talwalkar. Hear more of Milind here:
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Bhimpalasi is an afternoon raga, said to evoke sringara [attraction, romantic love]. It uses the notes of Kafi thaat, with an aroha [ascent] of nSgmPnS and an avroh [descent] of SnDPmgRS. Characteristically, Dha and Re only appear in the descending line, and are approached from the notes above. Ma is the vadi [king note]. The raga uses the notes of the Western Dorian mode, and the closest Carnatic raga is Abheri. Hear a playlist of Bhimpalasi performances here:

Performed for Darbar Festival on 20 Sep 2015, at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall
-Kaushiki Chakraborty (khayal vocals)
-Satyajit Talwalkar (tabla)
-Milind Kulkarni (harmonium)
-Ranjana Ghatak & Gunwant Dhadyalla (tanpuras)

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20 thoughts on “Exquisite Afternoon Raag Bhimpalasi | Kaushiki Chakraborty | Patiala Khayal | Music of India

  1. If a few brief minutes of Kaushiki aren’t enough…watch the full 57-minute performance of Raag Bhimpalasi in pristine HD on the Darbar Player, along with dozens of other captivating concerts:

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  2. Bus ek sal bollywood agr shastri sangit k adhar pe songs bana de to music industry me bhut bada revolution ajega ..

  3. I’m so ashamed that i dont understand this music maybe bcz i haven’t ever been exposed to this type of music.

  4. We can’t even control on such things, they happens according to nature’s rule. Her voice is one of them.
    So pleasant , it suck all my tiredness and make me happy with positive thoughts. You are our pride. God bless you . Love from Kolkata, India 🇮🇳

  5. Can anyone tell me what this amazing super-fast vocal technique is called? In her lower range, it reminds me of a low yodel, almost..

  6. बहुत सुंदर प्रस्तुति के लिए जयजयश्रीसीतारामजीकी जयजयराधेकृष्णाजीकी वहुत वहुत शुभकामनाएं जयजयराधेकृष्णाजीकी जयजयश्रीसीतारामजीकी जयजयराधेकृष्णाजीकी जयजयश्रीसीतारामजीकी

  7. What a talent. Indian traditional music has neglected by our idiotic film industry

  8. Imagine, I was listening to Three Tenor by Pavarotti…. And now this…. Match point

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