This is a CD replicated version of the first solo LP record recorded by today’s greatest
classical maestros. The album features the original LP cover replica. Truly a rare opportunity to
treasure the immortal performance, now in a new improved format.
Raga : Hema-Bihag
The is a sub-melody of the main raga Bihag. It is an original creation of Ustad Allaudin Khan, the doyen
of Indian music and the teacher of Ravi Shankar. It is usually rendered in the first part of the night and is
serene and quiet in mood. Pandit Ravi Shankar after a short Alap plays a Gat (composition) confined to
Teental (16 beats) and gives a masterly exposition in keeping with the sublime and serene character of
Raga Malaya-Marutam is a South Indian Raga and Tack 3 is a light classical Dhun in Mishra Mand.
Raga : Malaya-Marutam
This is a Raga of the Karnatik school of South Indian but Pandit Ravi Shankar has put on it the colourful
North Indian gard. The composition is confined to a rhythm of 16 beats called “Teental”. This Raga
completely drops Madhyama (the 4th note) both in Aroha (ascent) and Avaroha (descent). In the
hexotonic scale, it has the 2nd note Re and the 6th note Ni Komal (flat). The structure of the Raga is so
peculiar that it can be rendered effectively both in the morning and in the night with equal advantage.
Raga : Mishra-Mand
This composition has a lilting gaiety and the maestro has given a free play to his imagination in weaving
beautiful decorative note-passages with meticulous care. Mishra Mand is a night melody and it is
sprightly and romantic in character. For about three minutes towards the end, Pandit Ravi Shankar
switches over to a composition in fast tempo which affords an opportunity to Pandit Samta Prasad the
tabla player - to open his shoulders and enrich the performance with his artistic accompaniment.
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