The Lyrical Tradition of Dhrupad - 6
Uday Bhawalkar - Dagarvani
w/ Manik Munde (pakhawaj)
Raga Gurjari Todi
Makar Records 031


    Raga Gurjari Todi
  1. Alap (11'44)
  2. Jor (10'39)
  3. Jhala (14'36)
  4. Dhrupad Sultal (20'21)
  5. Dhrupad Tivratal (9'24)

Tampuras by: Jyoti Bhawalkar, Manjusha Sathye

Playing time: 66'45"

Production date: 1998

Sound quality: excellent

This is an extremely compelling performance, with powerful command and a wide range of nuance. It was quite eye-opening to me, and shows some of the ideas of Uday Bhawalkar's teacher Z.M. Dagar, yet in an overall style beginning to take on its own originality. Although not a Dagar per se, Bhawalkar (taught by Z. Fariduddin Dagar after Z.M. Dagar's death) is extremely impressive here.

Uday Bhawalkar (b.1966) certainly makes one feel confident in the future of dhrupad, as he is obviously blessed with great talent.

In addition, he has earlier recitals on both Makar and Nimbus.

Makar's many other dhrupad recordings should be noted. They clearly have the most extensive collection, illustrative various lesser-known styles. In many cases, I do not find the same artistic resonance, but they are certainly worthwhile for building a more refined appreciation.

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T. M. McComb