Roopa Panesar – Raga Puriya Gat
Last night I listened to an absolutely fascinating live concert of Indian Classical Music on BBC Radio 3. I know very little about this kind of music, but was captivated by the energy, spontaneity and sense of excitement – not to mention the extreme virtuosity – of the playing. I wish I knew more so I’ve decided to enlist the help of the blogosphere to suggest recordings suitable for the education of an ignorant person like myself. Please offer your suggestions through the comments box below.
In the meantime, though, here is a clip featuring one of the musicians from last night’s concert, Roopa Panesar on sitar (the large stringed instrument) with the amazing Sukhwinder Singh on tabla (the small drums) and Gunwant Kaur on the tanpura. There’s a lot of improvisation in a Raga such as this, which gives it a lot of the freewheeling flavour of Jazz (complete with audience applause at particularly exciting moments) but it inhabits a sound world all of its own and is underpinned by wonderfully fluid rhythmic pulse.Follow @telescoper