Srivani Jade

Srivani Jade: Night By Night

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Product Type: CD
Artist: Srivani Jade

Title: Night By Night
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In India, voice has been considered the principal instrument since ancient times. Khayal, meaning 'imagination,' is an improvisational art form that originated in the Mughal courts in the 18th century, and is the predominant classical genre of vocal music today. It involves a slow and gradual unfolding of a raga through one or more compositions, over several movements of increasing melodic range and complexity, moving from a relaxed pace to faster rhythmic cycles. The first raga Jogkauns was conceived in the 1940s by Pt. Jagannathbua Purohit 'Gunidas'. It is a slow and deep night melody that starts off with a short introductory alap, and a leisurely Khayal in a slow rhythmic cycle of 12 beats (vilambit ektal). The vilambit khayal 'Sughara Var Paayo' describes the urs (death, celebrated as union with God) of a Sufi pir, under an umbrella of blessings from saints. The drut bandish 'Pir Parayi' in teental (16 beat cycle) exploits a double entendre, where the composer waits eagerly for his beloved (also his Guru 'Pranpiya'). This composition takes the improvisation to a climax, and ends in a final volley of fast taans. The second raga Sohni is a light and sparkling night melody that establishes itself mostly in the uttaranga (upper half of the octave). The traditional bandish 'Kaahe ab tum aaye ho'?' expresses a young maiden's irritation at her lover coming home late, presumably after a night of romance elsewhere. She has waited up for him all night, and is in no mood to be trifled with. In the antara (second part), she asks him to pack his excuses and go back to where he came from.

1.1 Raga Jogkauns - Srivani Jade
1.2 Raga Sohni - Srivani Jade

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