Tabla Tarang: Melody on Drums

Smithsonian Folkways
Release date
23 Jan 1996
Running length
4 tracks
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1 Raag Deen Todi 9:23 210
2 Raag Bilaskhani Todi 12:17 174
3 Raag Bhupal Todi 9:48 162
4 Raag Mia Ki Todi 45:25 138

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Pandit Kamelesh Maitra is the last master of the tabla tarang, a melodic instrument consisting of between ten to sixteen tuned tabla. Tarang means “waves” and aptly describes how rhythm and melody, even harmony, are woven into one flowing element. Trilok Gurtu, known for his eclectic percussion artistry in the jazz world, accompanies on tabla. These four early morning todi create a mood of quietness and devotion: a unique audiophile CD with a richly illustrated 56-page booklet. 76 minutes. “A historic world music milestone. ” — Option Magazine

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  • AdriRae2

    Love this album: had it for years. Relaxing, haunting, enlivening.

    28 Mar 2009 Reply