Nadhaswaram: Sheik Chinna Moulana
Musical Herolds from South India
w/ Sheik Kasim, Sheik Babu (nadhaswaram), Sheik Subramaaniam (thavil)
Wergo (Haus der Kulturen der Welt) SM 1507


  1. Dhudukulu Gala - Gaula/Adi - Thyagaraja (21'51)
  2. Ananda Sagara - Garudadhvani/Adi - Thyagaraja (10'51)
  3. Raga alapana - Subha Panthuvarali (with thavil solo) (23'59)
  4. Bhajan - Salaga Bhairavi/Adi - Kamaleesa Vittala (12'57)

Sound quality: superlative (big acoustic/quiet mix, live)

Recording date: 14 September 1991 (Germany)

There are several other recordings of nadhawaram/nagaswaram, an outdoor wind instrument, but I have not explored them as systematically as I should. I will rectify that, but for now, the present choice is exemplary and more readily available than many.

Several nadhaswaram players have been awarded the Sangeetha Kalanidhi, just as Sheik Chinna Moulana has. However, none are recorded under such good circumstances.

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T. M. McComb