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LotusMonster

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Hello Friends,

One of Pandit Sharda Sahai's students once told me that he actually credited his tabla maker on one of his recordings. I am trying to confirm if this is true or not and am having trouble tracking down his complete discography - particularly older stuff.

Would those on this list be willing to check the liner notes of the recordings they have to see if this is true?
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Shawn

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Discography:

The Art of the Benares Baj
The Spirit of Benares
Compositions of Benares
Gurukul
Live in Miami
Jalsa Ghar - Music Room
The Emperor of Tabla

I'll have a quick look at the liner notes...

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Shawn

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There is this mention in Jalsa Ghar - "The tabla played by Pandit Sharda Sahai in this recording was made by his tabla maker Shamshuddin of Benares. He was famous for making tabla that could be tuned to several swar (notes) accurately." I thought it was common knowledge that Shamshuddin was his tabla maker. He also played tabla by Bashiruddin, also of Benares.

By the way, I have pretty much all of Guruji's CDs available for sale if you are having trouble tracking down certain ones. Jalsa Ghar and The Emperor of Tabla are limited runs, so are somewhat hard to find. It goes without saying that they are all gems...

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LotusMonster

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Thanks Shawn!

I was pretty sure that was common knowledge, but I think that it is fairly exceptional that players would acknowledge instrument builders in their recordings. I'm glad to hear that this was true.

While on this thread, does anyone remember any other tabla player explicitly mention their tabla's maker by name in a recording?

Thanks again.

Allen
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Shawn

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I haven't noticed that sort of mention before. But this was the big difference with Guruji, and it explains why there are less recordings of him available than many other tabla artists - all of his recordings are pretty much self-produced. He wanted to have complete artistic liberty, and he wanted the Benares tabla tradition to be authentically presented and well documented. In many cases, record labels record the artists, but the artists aren't able to actively participate in the liner notes and packaging.
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