Mesmerizing Maestros : Pt. Jasraj & Ustad Zakir Hussain (Audio CD)

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Item Code: IZZ322
Pt. Jasraj and Ustad Zakir HussainSaregama India Ltd.(2010)
About The Artists

Sangeet Martand Pt. Jasraj
With a rich, soul stirring and sonorous voice, traversing effortlessly across three and a half octaves, Sangeet Martand Pt. Jasraj is one of the jewels of Indian Classical Music.Pt.Jasraj, a maestro of the Mewati Gharana was initiated into vocal music by his father Pt. Motiramji. He also received training from his elder brother, Pt. Maniramji and later from Maharaja jaywant Singhji Waghela. His greatest contribution to Indian classical music is his concept of a unique and novel jugalbandi, styled on the ancient system of ‘moorchanas’ between a male and a female vocalist, each singing in their respective scales and different ragas at the same time. A foreign university like the University of Toronto has instituted a scholarship in his name for young Canadians wishing to train in music and an auditorium in New York in his name stand testimony to his greatness. A strong believer of the Guru-Shishya parampara, be it day or night, Panditji is surrounded by disciples always, even as he teaches them the nuances of his art. Besides the prestigious Padma Vibhushan, many other titles have also been conferred on Panditji.

Ustad Zakir Hussain
This one name suffices as an introduction of Indian Classical Music to the rest of the world. What the Sun is to the Day, Zakirji is to Percussion ! When he performs, time comes to a standstill. As the illustrious son and disciple of Ustad Alla Rakha, Zakir belongs to the Punjab Gharana. Trained in the traditional style and having imbibed the best from all, today Zakir is an institution, a Gharana in himself ! Zakirji’s efforts in the realm of World Music have resulted in creation of bands such as ‘Shakti’. He’s been the recipient of the Grammy Award twice, the most recent being for the Contemporary World Music Album category for his collaborative album Global Drum Project. Zakir’s brilliance spans over various disciplines of music. Be it as a soloist, composer or his collaborative efforts with World musicians, Zakirji is a complete artists.

In this series, we present him as one of the World’s best accompanying artists.

About The CD

India Classical Vocal & Tabla : Pt. Jasraj & Ustad Zakir Hussain

The album consists of two full fledged ragas giving the music connoisseur a complete experience of Pt. Jasraj’s ‘gayaki’. Both the ragas Shudh Sarang and Bhimpalasi rendered herein are afternoon melodies.

Pt. Jasraj is himself a brilliant Tabla player and has a tremendous command over ‘Layakari’. While Zakirji is often seen as an accompanist to instrumentalists and is a soloist in his own right, this rare pairing with a vocalist is a treat to music lovers. Panditji’s musical brilliance along with Zakirji’s dexterous fingers, weave a magical web thus leveraging the performance to greater heights.

In this unique series, the ingenious Ustad Zakir Hussain is seen in conjunction with the masters of Indian Classical Music. Each maestro is a world renowned artiste with a magical touch of his own. And when they team up with Ustad Zakir Hussain the resulting music is enchanting and mesmerizing ! The dexterity of Zakirji’s nimble fingers in tune with each legend gives us an insight into the musical genius that he is ! The subtleness in their creativity without overpowering each other is a true tribute to the greatness of Indian Classical Music! In this series, we are honoured to present these maestros’ prime time performances.


1. Raga : Shuddha Sarang [1979]
Khayal Vilambit Ektaal
“Sakal Ban Laye Rahe”
Khayal Drut Teentaal
“Jao Ji Jao Shyam”
2. Raga : Bhimpalasi [1979]
Khayal Vilambit Ektaal
“Vari ve Guman”
Khayal Drut Teentaal
“Ja Ja Re Apne Mandirva”

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