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Mandrake
post Jun 7 2005, 11:17 PM
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In 1968, Ustad Abdul Halim Jafar Khan, along with his disciples, composed an album called 'Sitar Quintet' which had some truly off-the-path tracks.

The tracks were:
1) Chandani Kedar
2) Mazamiri
3) Khusrawani
4) Sharavati
5) Kalpana
6) Miya Malhar

Would anybody be having this album? It is not available in Mumbai or Pune.

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post Jun 7 2005, 11:23 PM
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Mandrake,
Don't have the album but I trust HF on this one. Meanwhile, here's an appetizer:
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Ustad Abdul Halim Jafar Khan and his disciples: Sitar Quintet. HMV ECSD 2385, 1968.

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post Jun 8 2005, 03:54 PM
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Interesting recording and even more interesting is the album art. The recording is titled String "Quintet"; number of performers in the art are six; they are bounded by an octogon followed by a quadrilateral, which itself is surrounded by triangles.

Would love to listen to it.

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post Jun 8 2005, 04:47 PM
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QUOTE(anurag @ Jun 8 2005, 03:54 PM)
Interesting recording and even more interesting is the album art. The recording is titled String "Quintet"; number of performers in the art are six; they are bounded by an octogon followed by a quadrilateral, which itself is surrounded by triangles.

Would love to listen to it.
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Good observation, Anurag clap1.gif , except that the quintet remains a quintet - the sixth is the tabla player.

Surprising part is that Anurag, Bibhas and Unni haven't heard this? I cannot bring myself to believe this!!! I used to play one of the tracks on a bul-bul tarang!!! (Don't expect anything great to come out of it though wink2.gif)
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QUOTE(Mandrake @ Jun 8 2005, 07:17 AM)
Good observation, Anurag  clap1.gif , except that the quintet remains a quintet - the sixth is the tabla player.

Surprising part is that Anurag, Bibhas and Unni haven't heard this? I cannot bring myself to believe this!!! I used to play one of the tracks on a bul-bul tarang!!! (Don't expect anything great to come out of it though wink2.gif)
Shakespeare na? : there are more surprises on earth than heaven can dream of.."  rollf.gif
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Stranger things have happened, Mandrake. Let's revel in this small surprise, while we can.

As for observation, I missed a part. And now that I see closely, I think this arrangement may be deliberate and well thought out. Notice that there is a heptagon too and there are distinguishing patterns on the floor as well as the amoeba like free-form shapes inside triangles.




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post Jun 8 2005, 06:04 PM
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On the point of observation Anurag, here's something that seriously struck me as odd:
Halim Jafar sits at the top left (11 o'clock position - in aviation lingo). Everybody is in white - if you except the jackets.
Then why is there a guy in Blue (at 6 o'clock position?) ???
If that was the bossman, accepted. But that is not.
If it was a casual photo, accepted. But it is a composed cover pic.
Did the PR agency goof up? Or simply, way back in 1968, these things weren't considered important?
Just a curious thought... blab.gif

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post Jun 8 2005, 06:30 PM
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Dear friends,
Interesting cover.
The positions of sitars bound the pentagon.
Near player in blue there is a stylized swastika.
Does that inner structure of octagon have some
meaning?
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post Jun 24 2005, 04:06 AM
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The Sitar Panchak by Ustad Abdul Halim Jaafar Khan & Disciples was a unique musical experiment. In some of these compositions different sitars were tuned to different Pitch Shadja. It gave sometimes the same impression as the harmonics played in the western music.

I have an old recorded tape which I had ripped into mp3 with some difficulty last year, on which my uploads of 'Sitar Panchak' Compositions have been based.

I had seen a part of Sitar Panchak program on the TV in an interview several years ago. This musical experiment was not followed up further as lot of improvisation was necessary. Sometimes the effect of different pitches can be confusing.

Ustad Abdul Halim Jaafar Khan is known for his unique delicate style, stamina, hard work and greatest skill. In a fraction of second he can play many swift swar kanaas and play non stop drut compositions. I wish I had more pieces by him.


The Ustaad has played sitar in many old film songs or in the background pieces in the several films. Notable in these is the piece with a chakradhari taan towards the climaxed end of 'Madhuban mein radhika nache re' (Hameer), the initial piece of 'Ik shahenshah ne banwaake hansi taajmahal' (Lalit), 'Payaliya baavari' (Marwa by Lata) from Saanjh aur Awaaz) etc etc.

The compositions will be uploaded here in the reverse order - starting with the Seasonal Raga of Monsoon..

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post Jun 24 2005, 04:11 AM
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Sitar Panchak (1968)

Abdul Halim Jaafar Khan & Disciples - (Sitar)

5 Rachana 'Kalpana' (Mishra Hemant)

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post Jun 24 2005, 04:29 AM
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Sitar Panchak (1968)

Abdul Halim Jaafar Khan & Disciples

- 4 Sharavati (Mishra Madhuvanti - with both madhyams)

(This one I like the most)

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post Jun 24 2005, 05:48 AM
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Sitar Panchak (1968)

Abdul Halim Jaafar Khan & Disciples -

3 Rachana Khusrawani

(Mishra Charukeshi)

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post Jun 24 2005, 06:13 AM
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Sitar Panchak Track 2

Abdul Halim Jaafar Khan & Disciples

- 2 Rachna Mazmiri (Mishra Pilu Ragamaliika)

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post Jun 24 2005, 06:21 AM
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Sitar Panchak Track 1

Abdul Halim Jaafar Khan & Disciples

1 Chandni Kedar

Would like to know from Mandrake - Which track did he play on a bul-bul tarang?
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post Jun 24 2005, 03:38 PM
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Dear Anil, Thanx a milllllllion for this super effort!! bow.gif

Somehow, all these years later, the punch seems to be a bit less of the entire album, but still the Sharavati is as breath-taking as ever smile1.gif

The piece I used to play was the Kalpana track. That could be played in full. The others were attempts.

Thanx verrrrry much Anil.

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post Jun 25 2005, 02:14 AM
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Anil,
Thanks for the grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat uploads ! Awesome experiment, my favorite was Rachana Khusrawani in Mishra Charukeshi.
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