• New Indian Classical Music finds

    17 Mar 2007, 12:05 de Eyoki

    One good thing leads to another they say. I was browsing www.emusic.com, looking for music featuring Anindo Chatterjee and remembered that i'd heard him accompany the sitarist Purbayan Chatterjee a few years back at the South Bank Centre here in London. So, i searched for the latter and came across an album. This didn't feature Anindo Chatterjee on tabla as it happens. However it introduced me to an entirely new (for me) artist, the violinist Kala Ramnath. In fact, although listed as a Purbayan Chatterjee album, Samwad is actually a collaboration.

    From there it was but one short step to discovering Kala Ramnath's own solo album Kala, which is gorgeous. I've never been that much of a fan of the violin if i'm honest, but with her dark earthy tones Kala's playing pushes my prejudices effortlessly aside. In many ways her violin sound feels like a cello, but more highly pitched. You feel all the strength and warmth of the wood.

  • Favourite tabla players?

    16 Mar 2007, 23:54 de Eyoki

    I was just thinking recently about a conversation i had with a friend some time back. He maintained that although Zakir Hussain might be the greatest tabla virtuoso, Anindo Chatterjee was actually the better musician. He said that when he listened to Zakir Hussain he found himself admiring the man's technique, whereas with Anindo Chatterjee he was just caught up in the music.

    I like them both and i'm not a great one for choosing, but if i had to then i think i'd go for another tabla player entirely: Bikram Ghosh, whose solo table album Talking Tabla i have had for years and love.

    I've also recently discovered Anuradha Pal. It was quite a revelation to discover a female tabla player could be that good. I don't mean that in a patronising way. It's just that it's such a physically demanding instrument.

    It's interesting actually that solo tabla recitals have become so popular. Yet it's true that the tabla remains primarily the great instrument of accompaniment and as such, perhaps my friend's right…