Ali Akbar Khan is one of the greatest sarode artists of his time (the sarode is a 25-string lute-like instrument made of teak or mahogany with a goatskin hide stretched over it and a metal fingerboard

Ali Akbar Khan is one of the greatest sarode artists of his time (the sarode is a 25-string lute-like instrument made of teak or mahogany with a goatskin hide stretched over it and a metal fingerboard). This album, recorded live in Berkeley, Calif., last year, consists of one song: "Ragini Puriya Dhanasri," an evening raga, 58 minutes in length. Khansahib's son, Alam, performs on sarode with his father, and this is, indeed, apprenticeship by live performance. The Khan family's classical music tradition dates to the 16th century and the court of Moghul Emperor Akbar. "Ragini Puriya Dhanasri" is an elegant, peaceful, traditional raga, interpreted here with wondrous artistry and keen sensibility by Khansahib and son. This is not music for the impatient; "Puriya Dhanasri" unfolds likes a lotus blossom. Racked in North America by Revolver.—PVV

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