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Dhamar in Purvi – Rahimuddin Khan Dagar

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Ustad Rahimuddin Khan Dagar ( mid 1930s)

Ustad Rahimuddin Khan Dagar ( mid 1930s)

A recording of Ustad Rahimuddin Khan Dagar singing a Dhamar ( cycle of 14 beats) in Raga Purvi. Pakhawaj by Pandit Ayodhya Prasad of the Kudao Singh Gharana. It is interesting that in Radio broadcasts in those days the honorifics Ustad, Pandit etc. were selectively used for some artists. A practice that was subsequently discontinued.

In this photo taken a few months after the death of his illustrious elder Brother Nasiruddin Khan in Indore (1936?) Rahimuddin Khan Sab poses with the children of the household.

An insightful article on Ayodhya Prasad with references to other great pakhawaj maestros like Kudao Singh can be found in the book ‘Musicians I Met’ by S.K. Chaubey – Pandit Ajodhya Prasad by S.K. Chaubey

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June 23, 2009 at 12:46 pm

Dhamar – Lalit Ashish Sankrityayan

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Dhamar in Lalit – lyrics – eri paga phari bhijoungi – Ashish Sankrityayan – Pakhawaj Pt. Udhav Shinde – from a concert

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June 23, 2009 at 12:43 pm

Dhrupad Composition in Adana – Nasir Aminuddin Dagar

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Ustad Nasir Aminuddin Dagar

Ustad Nasir Aminuddin Dagar

Here is a composition in Sooltal in Raga Adana by Ustad Nasir Aminuddin Dagar from a concert in Delhi in the 1980’s. Pakhawaj player not known. The beginning is missing which is why he seems to start abruptly with the antara and comes back to sing the sthayi again. The composition curiously refers to the martial feats of fanatical Mughal emperor Aurangzeb who had banned music from his kingdom.

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—  Miya Ki Malhar Abhogi and LalitYaman and Malkauns

Recording from the personal archives of Ashish Sankrityayan

Raga Kedar / Rahimuddin Dagar

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Recording of Rahimuddin Dagar singing Raga Kedar – Brief Alap followed by the Dhamar “maana taja de ri aali aayo hai phaaguna maas’. (1950’s 6mins 37 secs)

Rahimuddin Dagar probably had the greatest mastery over the difficult voice technique of the Dagars among all who were recorded. Notice the effortless use of changing resonances in the voice. The Dhamar lyrics enjoin a beautiful maiden ( Radha?) to leave her reticence and join the revelry of holi. Notice the feeling of supplication in the words “maana taja” and the commanding tone of the “de’ while coming to the first beat – the sam.

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Photo from http://www.dhrupad.info/rahimuddin.htm where you will also find a brief biography of this maestro. An insightful account of Rahimuddin Dagar’s music has been given by S.K. Chaubey in his book ‘Musicians I have Met (1958)’ – Ustad Rahimuddin Khan by S.K. Chaubey
Recording from the personal archives of Ashish Sankrityayan

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February 10, 2008 at 11:44 am