K. Sridhar | Ocean of Sound

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Ocean of Sound

by K. Sridhar

Rarely performed morning ragas whose mood is designed to enhance contemplation. One can hear the dhrupad influence in the extended alaap.
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1. Raga Bilaskhani Todi
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2. Raga Bairagi
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Raga Bilaskhani Todi was composed as a spontaneous response by a son to the death of his composer father, Tansen. The mood of this elegant raga is compassion. It is to be heard in the quiet, early hours of the dawn in loving memory of a dearly beloved. Featuring an extended Alaap, Jor, and Jhalla; it has a rising pentatonic scale and falling septatonic scale. Raga Bairagi continues the early morning mood of contemplation. Profits from the sale of this CD support several charities related to cancer research and treatment.

K. Sridhar's music is a unique blend of both the sacred structure and rhythmic complexity of South Indian temple music and the improvisational styling and tonal magic of North Indian Classical Music. He started touring out of India in 1982 and has captured the hearts of audiences worldwide, particularly under the auspices of Peter Gabriel's non-profit W.O.M.A.D. At present he is the senior most disciple of Z.M. Dagar touring in the West. There's a reason why Ravi Shankar chose him as the youngest member ever of his orchestral group. His music is often described as the kind that "opens our hearts and probes deep into our souls." (Telerama, France)


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A. Boltz

Float Away
If you like the earthy sound of the sarod and are looking for something peaceful to listen to as you escape the crazy world around you, treat yourself to this wonderful cd. Instead of a series of songs, this cd is more a "state of mind". K. Sridhar seems to use the sarod as an extension of his own mind to guide the listener through an inner journey of peace. His music creates a very gentle environment, wherever it is played. Great medicine for the overworked nervous system.

Johan Wikberg

That’s Early Morning Elegance!
As long as we’re clarifying stuff, there is nothing late night about Todi and Bairagi. Both are morning melodies. While ”morning ragas at night” IS on my ”in” list, inexperienced listeners likely get a better experience playing this album in the morning ...

Three stars because I haven’t heard the CD. Being from Sweden, though, I’ve heard Sridhar live a few times and I’m going to buy it now!

Andrew Woollock

Late-night elegance
A two raag set aptly named 'Ocean of Sound' is as the title would allude to, a veritable wave of pure sound rising from the sarod of K. Sridhar and the tabla of Anil Datar. Perfectly matched these two performers deliver a performance full of both technical and emotional excellence. Indian Classical Music can often be daunting for the newcomer and with SO many discs out there, where does one begin? Well, here would be an excellent starting point. This CD is wonderful on numerous levels and will surely satisfy anyone with a desire to seek fulfilment through the spiritual path of music.

N.B.
I would just like to clarify the rather ambiguous first paragraph above because I think it mistakenly links the artiste with the composition of the raag and death of the artiste's father and the cancer research charity.
1) The artiste, K. Sridhar did not compose the raag in response to the death of his father, he is simply the performer.
2) According to the line-notes, the raag was composed in c.16th or c.17th CE
3) The charitable nature of the project is connected to the late C. Douglas McFadyen who was the founder of Eight Gates Music and his partner Barbara McFadyen, the creator of this project. Thank-you.