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sitariya

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Hi friends,

Recently I performed in Soor bahar, a whole day classical music festival, in NJ. I have uploaded some of clips of that concert ( raga ahir Bhairav). Please provide your review comments. There are some parts where video is not in sync with audio. i will try to fix.

Aalap
http://www.youtube.com/user/maha1304#p/u/3/MgIR5Hdtzn4

Jor
http://www.youtube.com/user/maha1304#p/u/2/YGsuQLZgujU

vilambit
http://www.youtube.com/user/maha1304#p/u/1/TOD793-Ot2k

drut/jhala
http://www.youtube.com/user/maha1304#p/u/0/iBlrYOYFZvA

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Glad to comment ! You shared with us a very solid rendition without getting bogged down with ornamentation and fluff. Mindfulness of intonation and audience presense noted. Well done ! Classic looking sitar. Who made it ? I notice the main bridge legs appear shorter than standard. Recent work ? ? ? Thanks for the vids ! Tony K
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Namaste
A very sweet & pleasant presentation.
The style reminds of the one I frequently here in Varanasi. Not quite Etawah Gharana but most certainly NOT in the Maihar school.

Tony
How far does one go with ornamentation before it becomes bogged down? :wink:

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sitariya

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Thanks for your comments Tony and Nick .

Tony,

This is 18 year old miraj sitar made by Gani Sitarmaker. If you remember, we exchanged emails regarding same sitar last year. Currently all the work is done by me. My jawari work is pretty inconsistent. I was not fully satisfied with the sound and the jawari work I did for this sitar before the concert.

Nick,
I am disciple of Rafat Khan niyazi ( gandabandh disciple of Vilayat Khan and Arvind Parikh). I play pretty much like Imdadkhani/vilayat khani style. In fact, the drut I played here was composed by vilayat khan. In case you see some changes, that are more due to my lack of riyaz :|
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Yep ! Lovely sitar. You two make a lovely couple ! ! !

Nick, "you monkey!" . It must be my ears getting old or leaning to meat, not potatoes. I've been hit with a fair amount of Youtube broadsides and now brace myself for the next 'Enter'. Seems there is more of an effort by a load of sitar types doing the concert run to be noticed by gimmick, over "modulation" and fluff. If it isn't the fusion thing, it's off beat jugalbandi, "named" instrument hybrids, blended ragas that need #11 on the Waring, the latest in amplification and a growing disregard for stomp box savvy. It's bad enough that so many of the current " Western singers" insist on going mock gospel with all it's theatrical grimmaces and overly indulgent tasteless modulations that reflect the "Genre" (hate that term) along with the now compulsory ass shake and crotch grab. Calling Captain Punch and his band of ProTools swabbies ! Wheeeeeee ! What a rant ! Ooooh, that felt good !

So, your Monkeyness, the fluff threshold is measured best by ones musical tastes and tolerances. Mine are shifting back to an earlier time. Back to work !

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I'll add my positive to the thread. Quite enjoyable and, as Tony might say, Lacking the Lipton (no noodling). Quite solid playing and presentation, good to see and hear. I liked watching your right hand with the broader stroke, really getting the whole hand into it. Hope you post more!
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trippy monkey

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Yes Well done!!! sitariya.
Thanks for your teaching lineage!!! V Impressive AND fortunate!

Tony


Agreed on both accounts!! 8)

It's so warm here even at 9.30 in the morning that I'm about to sit with my surbahar, completely nude. ME as the surbee is already naked. What a thought. Is it LEGAL?????
Please, NO pictures!!!
It hasn't got that BOOMY quality of my previous Sharma ones but this allows more 'music', if you know what I mean.!!

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It's so warm here even at 9.30 in the morning that I'm about to sit with my surbahar, completely nude. ME as the surbee is already naked. What a thought. Is it LEGAL?????
Please, NO pictures!!!
It hasn't got that BOOMY quality of my previous Sharma ones but this allows more 'music', if you know what I mean.!!

Nick
Gawd no we do NOT want to see pictures! But a YouTube video on the other hand!

Here's a tip. To avoid nude playing, wrap a towel filled with those plastic encased ice cubes (to prevent dripping on your surbahar) around your head. It will work wonders!

OK - on a serious note - did you ever succeed in even reducing the boominess of your Sharma surbahars? If so, how?

PS to Sitaraya - I listened again and my opinion stands. Very nice in performance and presentation. Good solid playing. Makes me want to pick up Ahir Bhairav (learned it in the 70's and just put it away. Rarely if ever listened to it since then.) NOW it really appeals to me. So thanks for that as well!

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trippy monkey

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OOH BITCH!!!!
Re The Sharma Boominess. I never felt the need to reuce it as I always thought it was the way THEY were. Maybe a lighter string would do it.
The only other one I bought here like those 2 was the very first one about 3 trips ago. The long one as opposed to all the rest that are short styles.

It's not water dripping on the SURBAHAR that would be the problem.

Anyway, I train it to Kolkatta tomorrow evening to arrive about 8am. Will scour the city for your strings. Is there ANY alternative to flat wound gauge 20???

Nick
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Anyway, I train it to Kolkatta tomorrow evening to arrive about 8am. Will scour the city for your strings. Is there ANY alternative to flat wound gauge 20???

Nick
Sweet! To quote from the fine http://www.rudraveena.org web site, seems MKS deals with the string::

Monoj Kr. Sardar & Bros.
Pa: Karuna Tanpura Double Winding # 20

The package for the 18 I use for kharaj looks like this, but I am seeking the #20 for the Pancham. Should be in a similar package. Unless they changed packaging. In which case it would not look like this. The kharaj terminates in a metal ball with a hole in it that you loop the string through. I would assume the thinner 20 does the same but am not sure. In the 2nd image you can get a feel for how finely wound the string is. No guitar screeching.

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn201/povster/kharajstring.jpg

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn201/povster/kharajstring-end.jpg

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EXCELLENT
And exactly what I need when I go to Lal Bazaar where this shop is. I saw it on my first trip to Kolkatta 2 India trips ago. 8)

Nick
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