A Musical Dialogue between Sarangi and Tabla
Renowned Indian classical music maestros present solo performances on two of the most celebrated instruments from North India, both storehouses of enormous musical possibilities disguised under their popular roles in accompaniment.
Late Pandit Ramesh Misra, Sarangi solo.
Samir Chatterjee, Tabla accompaniment.
Late Pandit Samir Chatterjee, Tabla solo.
Ramesh Mishra, Sarangi accompaniment.
Duration: Flexible, based on presenter requirements. Recommended 90 minutes of net presentation (45 minutes each half and a fifteen minute intermission).
Sarangi, “instrument with 100 colors”, is over 700 years old with 39-42 strings: 3-4 playing strings (made from gut), with 36-39 resonant, sympathetic strings (made of metal). The Sarangi is held vertically and played with a bow held in the right hand, while the cuticles of the left hand glide along the strings to vary the notes. The lack of frets makes the Sarangi one of the most impressive instruments for presentation of Indian classical ragas, as the musician is able to display the full range of microtones and quarter tones. The technical difficulty of the Sarangi has resulted in very few maestros practicing or performing in the world, today. Pandit Ramesh Misra is one of the most outstanding exponents of this ancient art, transforming intricacies of technique to sounds that stir audiences worldwide.
Tabla has grown to be one of the most popular percussion instruments in the world. Originating over 250 years ago in North India, it is the most powerful representative of the Indian rhythmic system. Tabla is a highly developed two-piece drum set of bayan, bass, and dahina, treble, composed of wood, metal and goat hide. Among Indian percussion instruments, the tabla is uniquely capable of producing a range of tones, adding rich melodic elements to the complexities of Indian rhythms. Pandit Samir Chatterjee is one of the world’s leading tabla players. His playing is renowned for its evocative vocal and rhythmic dimensions.
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