Raga Unveiled – 2 Disc DVD Set
Raga Unveiled – 2 Disc DVD Set
From film maker Gita Desai, Raga Unveiled, is a most inspiring and sweeping look at the entire architectural brilliance of a musical system that gave birth to the world's most wonderful and profound musical art form. For the first time on film, eloquent commentaries by musicians, Vedic scholars, and musicologists join hands with spectacular cinematography, intoxicating spectrums of sound, and rare archival footage resulting in a grand synthesis to honor this music in its entirety.
This film has also become an archival treasure, preserving live interviews with great maestros that have since passed away, such as Ustad Bishmillah Khan, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Pandit Ravi Shankar, and Sri Ashok Ranade.
2 Disc DVD Set
Compatible with PAL and NTSC
Running Time: 4hrs 20min
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"This film is a must for all students of India's sacred music. I always recommend this film to everyone I meet who has an interest in Indian music, who has a passion for kirtan, and to anyone who loves world music." -Naren K. Schreiner
Philosophy and History
Here, the fundamental understanding of pure sound as understood by the sages is expressed. Its primary purpose to attain Self Transcendence is covered.
Sound as described in the Vedas, the chantings of the hymns, the more basic folk or deshi renderings, to the development of Ragas all culminate beautifully and bring you to the modern era. The historical and social influences are also covered.
Note and Melody
The meaning of raga and its grammar is clearly unfolded through the help of interviews, demos and beautiful and informative visual graphics. Many wonderful performances are also interspersed.
Tempo and Rhythm
The unique role of rhythm as an equal limb of Raga music is most articulately emphasized. All the different components of the Indian rhythmic system are laid out, followed by befitting demos and graphics. Its brilliance shines forth through the explanations and performance clips.
Moods and Emotions
The Rasa's or moods and emotions in a raga are described and the techniques by which they are infused in the music are beautifully demonstrated by many stalwarts. Covering the importance of the audience in this equation brings out a very unique aspect of this music.
The hallmark of the raga music being the ability to play or sing for unlimited time, is driven very clearly in this chapter. A fantastic example in the form of a 6 person ensemble making music on the spot is perhaps the highlight of this film!
Master and Disciple
The extraordinary system of oral transmission of knowledge from teacher to pupil, and all the subtle nuances of this relationship are covered.
Some light is thrown on the system of schools or lineage within the vocal and instrumental genres.
Training and Performance
The ability to be able to perform for such lengths of time and improvise requires a certain extraordinary type of grooming and training system and dedication from the disciple and the guru. Here a glimpse of this is shown leading into how one prepares to become a performer.
The journey of the older Dhrupad forms to the present Khyal singing is well explained. Some of the major light classical genres are illuminated. Wonderful renderings of each genre makes this chapter delightful to view.
The classification of the instrumental categories are explained. Some unique aspects of Indian instruments are covered. A great tribute is paid to the instrument makers as well. Also covers a sweeping look at the cottage industries that create these exquisite instruments.
Points to Ponder
Here, many great musicians voice their opinions on todays influences on the musical scene with some heartwarming pledges to keep this wonderful heritage alive.
MUSICIANS INTERVIEWED AND FEATURED:
Ravi Shankar, Samir Chatterjee, Ashwini Bhide, Amjad Ali Khan, Ashok Ranade, Birju Maharaj, Purbayan Chatterjee, Ali Akbar Khan, Aarti Anklikar, Zakir Hussain, Subhash Kak, Ajay Chakravarti, Tanmoy Bose, Rajan Mishra, Vijay Kichlu, Kumar Mukherjee, Lalitha Ubhaykar, Nayan Ghosh, Bismillah Khan, Kishan Maharaj, Shivkumar Sharma, Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan, Veena Sahasrabudhhe, Bhimsen Joshi, Swami Yogatmananda, Swapan Chaudhari, Subhra Guha, Sabina Islam, Rakesh Chaurasia, Ronu Majumdar, Ram Ashray Jha, Gangubai Hangal, Arvind Parikh, Gundecha Brothers, Prabha Atre, Bhawani Shankar, Dinkar Kaikini, Ahmed Jan Thirakhwa, Amir Khan, George Ruckert, Yogesh Samsi, Padma Talwalkar, Allaudin Khan, SCR Bhatt, Jayant Kaustur, Steve Gorn, Yogesh Samsi, Allah Rakha, Kushal Das, Subhankar Banerjee, Prabha Atre, Shashank, Sudha Raghunathan, Shujaat Khan, Amit Mukherjee, Sangeeta Katti Kulkarni, Tejendra Majumdar, Mansi Majumdar, Fahimuddin Dagar, Debhashish Bhattacharya, Dr. Satya Narayan Dasa, Manjri Asnare and many more . . .