Raag Marwa is a rarely performed sunset raga. This is probably due to the challenge it poses to the musician as one of the strings is tuned to a note forbidden to be struck. On this concert recording, K. Sridhar heroically reveals the mood of Marwa. His improvisation is as profound, fierce and multi-armed as the goddess Durga riding her tiger. On Raag Bhairavi he reveals a softer side of the spiritual warrior. Long time collaborator, Anil Datar, shines forth on the tabla solo.
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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. At the age of 12, he became the youngest member ever of Ravi Shankar's orchestral group. He started touring out of India in 1982, particularly under the auspices of Peter Gabriel's non-profit, W.O.M.A.D. K. Sridhar is also the senior most disciple of Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar, a lineage bearer of the Dhrupad style, performing in the West today.
Dhrupad is a performance style within North Indian Classical Music. Emerging directly from Vedic chants and ritual worship, Dhrupad continues to evoke their meditative magnificence. This is not music for entertainment but the music of transcendence, demanding the utmost involvement from the listener. It is certainly more austere than popular forms such as khyal, but this gravity only enhances its grandeur. Its emotionalism is not of the easy kind, being more internal.
It is to K. Sridhar's spiritual guru that he gives credit for lending his music the quality described as ..."opens our hearts and probes deep into our souls." (Telerama, France)