Z.M. Dagar
Seattle 1981
Ragas Todi, Ahir Lalit, Panchamkauns
Raga Records 219


  1. Raga Todi (29'12)
  2. Raga Ahir Lalit (32'26)
  3. Raga Panchamkauns (16'54)

Sound quality: excellent (studio quality, short applause)

Playing time: 78'52

Recording date: February 27, 1981 (University of Washington)

This issue comes from the University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives. Z.M. Dagar was a visiting professor there. It was to be the first in a series, and indeed a second did appear:

Ragas Marwa, Bageshree
Raga Records 222 [CD]

Performances are alap alone.

The liners notes also contain an interview, as well as a complete discography (including cassette and LP) for Z.M. Dagar. That discography is given as:

Raga Mangeyabushan
Disques Alvarès LD 114 [LP]
Raga Bhairavi
Musiknätet Waxholm MNW2F [LP]
Ragas Chandrakauns & Jog
w/ Pagal Das (mridangam)
EMI India ECSD 2736 [LP]
Ragas Chandrakauns
w/ Arjun Shejwal (pakhawaj)
EMI India (AIR) PLMP 3039 [LP]
Ragas Todi & Pooriya
45T7EPE1312 [45 rpm]
Ragas Ahir Bhairav & Malkauns
w/ Arjun Shejwal (pakhawaj)
CBS India 489 [cassette]
Raga Yaman Kalyan
w/ Shrikant Mishra (pakhawaj)
Mozes en Aäron Kerk MA 8508 [cassette]
Ragas Todi, Malkauns, Nandebshwari
w/ Vedic chant
Amarnad AN-I-253 [cassette]

And these were the "classics" already available on CD at the time:

Great Master of the Rudra Veena
Raga Pancham Kosh
Auvidis Ethnic B 6131 [CD]
Raga Yaman
Nimbus (Indian Classical Masters) 5276 [CD]
Raga Shuddha Todi
Nimbus (Indian Classical Masters) 5402 [CD]

Since the time of the (ultimately brief) Raga Records series, more recently released by Country and Eastern are:

Raga Malkauns: Live in Bombay, 1968
w/ Z.F. Dagar (vocal)
Country and Eastern CE 02 [CD]
Miyan Ki Todi: A Morning Raga in the Dhrupad Tradition
w/ Z.F. Dagar (vocal)
Country and Eastern CE 19 [CD]
Raga Multani, etc.
w/ Z.F. Dagar (vocal) / Subash Naringrekar, Sudhir Naringrekar, Arjun Sejwal (tablas)
Country and Eastern CEX 21 [download]
Raga Chandrakauns: Live in Stockholm, 1969
w/ Pandit Taranath (pakhawaj)
Country and Eastern CE 36 [CD]
Raga Gangeyabushan
Amigo 906 [CD]
Raga Mishra Bhairavi (on sitar)
Amigo 907 [CD]

The above series features archival recordings from the 1960s. The latter two are reissues, likely of the first two LPs above(?).

And now, even more recently, taking up the University of Washington series again, this time from a later visit by Z.M. Dagar:

Ragas Abhogi & Vardhani
Rudra Veena / Seattle / 9 March 1986
Ideologic Organ (Editions Mego) SOMA 028 [CD]
Raga Yaman
Rudra Veena / Seattle / 15 March 1986
w/ Manik Munde (pakhawaj)
Ideologic Organ (Editions Mego) SOMA 029 [CD]

It's possible that I've missed some items in the interim, and especially online only items.
Last updated: 3 August 2018

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