Nayan Ghosh sitar · Mallar Ghosh tabla · Tanpura: Sumita Chatterjee

Live at Ali Akbar College of Music · San Rafael, California November 1999

[1] alap 14:07 · [2] jor 12:39 · [3] gat in slow tintal 18:38 · [4] gat in fast tintal 13:52

Rag TILAK KAMOD (beginning):
[5] alap 4:08 · [6] gat in tintal 16:28

Total Time: 79:59 · DDD · Stereo · RAGA-224 · UPC 704482022429

Nayan Ghosh and Mallar Ghosh are not related, although both their fathers were musical giants of the previous generation. Nayan's father, Nikhil Ghosh, younger brother of legendary flautist Pannalal Ghosh, was one of the tabla virtuosos of the past century, and a leading vocalist, instrumentalist, composer, author and scholar. Nikhil Ghosh started his training with Mallar's father Gyan Prakash Ghosh, then spent 25 years under Amir Hussain Khan and Ahmedjan Thirakwa. (He may be heard accompanying Nikhil Banerjee in Bombay in 1965 on Raga-216.) Nayan Ghosh has pursued a very unusual two-track career - in addition to being a very accomplished sitarist he is also one of today's top-ranking tabla players. His grandfather, Akshaykumar Ghosh, was an erudite sitarist and disciple of Bhagwan Chandra Das of Dhaka and Mia Qasim Ali Khan Rababiya of the Senia lineage, and since the mid-nineties, Nayan had been receiving guidance in sitar from the esteemed sarod maestro Buddhadev Das Gupta. His tabla playing reflects the influence of his father as well as Ustad Ahmedjan Thirakwa, who lived in the Ghosh home for several years. He has accompanied many of the stalwarts of Indian classical vocal and instrumental music including Nikhil Banerjee, Ravi Shankar and Vilayat Khan.

Mallar Ghosh is the son and disciple of Gyan Prakash Ghosh, a renowned percussionist and composer who trained many great musicians, including Dilip Das, Kanai Dutta and Shyamal Bose; vocalists Prasun Banerjee, Arun Bhaduri and Tanima Thakur; Shankar Ghosh, Gobindo Bose, Sanjoy Mukherjee and Anindo Chatterjee; vocalist Ajoy Chakravarty; and Abhijit Banerjee.

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Recorded at Ali Akbar College of Music in Khansahib's presence by Tim White on November 13, 1999. . Special thanks to Ali Akbar Khan, and to Buddhadev Das Gupta. Associate Producer: Ira Landgarten. Produced by John Wilton.

Producers' Note re Tilak Kamod: As there was enough space on the disc for a good taste of Tilak Kamod, we chose to include some of it rather than none at makes for a refreshing change after mighty Shree Rag. (It was the second and final piece of the concert, and ran about 50 minutes). mp3 file of the complete Tilak Kamod (51 minutes)