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Extraordinary Sarangi | Kamal Sabri | Raag Shree | Music of India

Extraordinary Sarangi | Kamal Sabri | Raag Shree | Music of India

Uploader: darbarfestival

Duration: 24:22

Date: September 04, 2018

Indian classical music at its best...

Kamal Sabri plays Raag Shree on the sarangi

He started practising sarangi as a teenager - rather late for someone in a hereditary sarangi family. He has performed widely in India and abroad and does lots of fusion music.

The Sarangi is an unusual instrument - bowed like a violin but the notes are chosen with the tops of the finger, finding each note with the cuticles and fingernails.

It is the only instrument which can produce almost all the nuances of vocal music of any style, be it dhrupad, khayal, thumri, tappa or bhajan or even ghazal, with exact embellishments and intonations.

Raag Shree is a very old North Indian raga of the Purvi thaat, and has traditionally been associated with Lord Shiva. Its mood is one of majesty combined with prayerful meditation and is traditionally performed at sunset.

Filmed on location in India in 2015

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