Monday, 23 June 2014

Relive classical legends from AIR archives

Fans of renowned musician Gangubhai Hangal will now be able to listen to some of her rare recordings in CD form.— File Photo
Fans of renowned musician Gangubhai Hangal will now be able to listen to some of her rare recordings in CD form.— File Photo



Rare recordings of Basavaraj Rajguru, Gangubai Hangal released on CDs

All India Radio (AIR) has given connoisseurs of classical music an opportunity to listen to rare recordings of legends like Basavaraj Rajguru and Gangubai Hangal at their leisure.

Saturday marked World Music Day and AIR released collections of rare ragas performed by these legends from their archives.

Renowned violinist N. Rajam released six CDs of the recordings at a function organised at Srujana auditorium in Dharwad on Saturday in the presence of a host of musicians and lovers of music and litterateurs.

Lauding the AIR initiative Mr. Rajam called on the young musicians to make use of the released recordings to improve their knowledge and singing.

Speaking on the occasion, Nijaguna Rajaguru, son of Mr. Rajguru, said that Akashvani was responsible for the fame and recognition of many of the musicians and lauded the initiative of AIR of passing on the rare recordings for the next generation.

Digitalisation

Advisor to AIR K. Vageesh said that recordings close to 18,000 hours in the archives of AIR were getting digitalised and already 79 CDs of such performances had been released.

Additional Director General of AIR South Zone P.K. Subhash said that AIR had the credit of enthralling music lovers of North Karnatka which has a population of nearly 3.5 crore.

Sons of Gangubai Hangal, Baburao and Narayanrao, wife of Pt. Basavaraj Rajguru Bharatidevi, Director of AIR Dharwad C.U. Bellakki were present on the occasion.

Celebration

The World Music Day had a musical celebration with N. Rajam enthralling the audience with her violin recital followed by vocal concert by Pandit Kaivalyakumar Gurav.

They were accompanied on tabla by Raghunath Nakod and Sudhanshu Kulkarni respectively.

The CDs of Gangubai Hangal have ragas sung by Gangubai in heri heydays while the CDs of Rajguru have various ragas and ‘vachana sangeet’.

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