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The Indian Sunrise

by Christian Noçon

Indian Classical Music on Sitar and Tabla in the original style of the Bishnupur Gharana from Calcutta
Genre: World: Indian Classical
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Raga Bhatiyar: Alap, Jor and Jhala
23:57 album only
2. Raga Bhatiyar: Gat in Vilambit Teental
17:38 album only
3. Raga Bhatiyar: Gat in Madhyalaya Teental and Jhala
19:38 album only
4. Raga Bhairav: Alap
4:41 album only
5. Raga Bhairav: Gat in Jhaptal
8:52 album only


Album Notes
Being one of the few western artists who are able to play authentic Indian classical music with virtuosity, Christian Noçon receives enthusiastic concert reviews - and the comments on the Indian side are equally convinced:

“If you wouldn\'t see who is playing, you would think it is somebody from India.” (Pandit Subroto Roy Chowdhury)

On a journey to India the ancient North Indian music tradition started to fascinate Christian Noçon and he took his first lessons on the sitar. The structure of Indian classical music and playing technique of the sitar were taught to him in the following years by world-renowned artists like Dr. Raj Bhan Singh (Banaras Hindu University) and Prof. Subroto Roy Chowdhury (Rabindra Bharati University, Calcutta). To extend his knowledge, recently he became disciple of one of the most eminent sitar players: Pandit Manilal Nag.
Christian is accompanied by able tabla players, and his close connection to the Indian classical music scene and its artists is audible in his raga renditions: in his playing the very soul of India can be heard.
Christian\'s concerts have been in India and Germany so far, e.g. at the Indian Embassy (Berlin), also in other German citys and in Calcutta.
He teaches Indian classical music himself by now, arranges compositions for Indian and western instruments, collaborates with artists of other musical traditions (western and middle-eastern classical music, jazz and folk) and works as studio musician.

Saibal Chatterjee started his musical training at the age of nine under guidance of his father
Sameer Chatterjee. After a few years he became disciple of the legendary Jyan Prakash Ghosh
from the Farukhabad Gharana. Saibal has won several prestigious musical contests in India
and has been touring all over Europe and in the U.S.A.

The Indian Sunrise: Morning Ragas Bhatiyar and Bhairav

Raga Bhatiyar features a sensuous and romantic mood and is played in the early morning.
It belongs to the Marwa Thaat and uses the flattened 2nd (Komal Re) as well as occasionally
the augmented 4th (Tivra Ma). The ascend is as following: Ni Sa Ma, Pa Ga, ma Dha Sa,
while the descending notes are: Sa Ni Dha Pa, ma Dha Pa Ma, Pa Ga Re Sa.
The most prominent notes of this Raga are the natural 4th (Sudh Ma) and the natural 6th (Sudh Dha).
In this recording first Alap, Jor and Jhala are elaborated, after that two compositions set to rhythmic
cycles of Vilambit (slow) and Madhyalaya (medium speed) Teental (16 beats) and the final Jhala are
played with Tabla accompaniment.

Raga Bhairav evokes a solemn and devotional atmosphere. It uses the flattened 2nd (Komal Re)
and the flattened 6th (Komal Dha). In its ascend and descend all seven notes can be used.
A short Alap is followed by a composition in Jhaptal (10 beats).



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