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A quick presentation of Hindustani music by a maestro
Reviewed in the United States on August 2, 2013
Ravi Shankar, the internationally acclaimed sitar maestro, provides a quick understanding of some of the main components of Hindustani music- which is the classical music of northern India. In explaining concepts such as a 'raga' ( a melodic form with a specific ascending and descending order of notes, but not a scale, as he explains) and 'talas' or rhythmic cycles, he presents his artistic interpretation of certain 'ragas' on the sitar, with rhythmic accompaniment on the 'tabla' or percussion instrument. As he advises the (western) listener, the best way to enjoy this genre of classical music, is with an "open mind" without expecting to hear familiar elements of western classical music, such as, harmony and counterpoint.