Golden Raaga Collection Vol 3

Ashwini Bhide Deshpande

About this album

Born in a family with strong musical traditions, Ashwini Bhide Deshpande started her early classical training under the guidance of Pandit Narayanarao Datan. She then completed her 'Sangeet Visharad' from the Gandharva Mahavidhyalaya. Since then
she has been under the tutelage of her mother Smt. Manik Bhide, who has been instilling in her the intricacies and traditions of the Jaipur-Atrauli Gharana. Currently, Ashwini Bhide Deshpande is also receiving guidance from one of the stalwarts of the
Jaipur Atrauli Gharana, Shri Ratnakar Pai.

Fans of Ashwini Bhide Deshpande may note that she has a Masters degree in Microbiology and a doctorate in Biochemistry from the University of Bombay!

Raga Multani

A well-known raga with very sombre overtones to it, this raga is known to have originated in this region of Multan as suggested by the name. It is essentially an afternoon raga. This raga has been classified under the Todi That but there are disputants to this claim, who consider that it is likely that it belongs to the Dhanashree That.

Raga Gaud Malhar

A combination of features present in Raga Malhar and Raga Gaud (that is died out now). Both of the above are ragas played in the rainy season and consequently, Raga Gaud Malhar is also almost exclusively associated with this season. It is played any time of the day during the rainy season. This is regarded by most of the musicians as a fairly solemn raga.

Raga Bhairavi

One of the most common and frequently performed ragas in the Hindustani tradition, this is one of the favorite ragas to end a performance with. Many artists seek to finish off his performance with a thumri, dadra or bhajan in this raga, as is the case
with Smt.Deshpande here.

While it is essentially suited to expressing the various emotions underlying separation of two lovers, Raga Bhairavi is versatile enough to express other moods and emotions as well depending on the phrases used. The artiste possesses enough freedom in changing the patterns of performance of the raga and bringing in the emotional mood he desires. Raga Bhairavi is
traditionally a morning raga but it is accepted that it can be performed at any time of the day or night.


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