In Indian classical music, the measure of an instrument’s acceptability into the classical
arena has traditionally been the extent to which it can imitate vocal music, in all its
intricacies and nuances. Over the years, the Indian musical genius has produced musical
wonders – instruments that are matchless throughout the world in terms of their sound
quality, their intricacy, their mechanics, their verisimilitude to the human voice, and most
importantly, the depth of emotion they are capable of stirring in the listeners.
This series showcases just such melodic marvels: eight of the most popular and
fascinating Hindustani classical instruments from India’s musical treasure-chest. Saaz (the
Urdu word for a musical instrument) brings together some of the finest classical
instrumental renditions by acknowledged masters. Each double volume album thus gives a
glimpse of the multitude of styles in which the instrument is played.
The eight instruments in this series are: Sitar, Tabla, Santoor, Flute, Sarod,
Sarangi, Violin and Shehnai. This album, featuring the sitar, presents three artistes of
renown – Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ustad Vilayat Khan, and Shujaat Hussain Khan.
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