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Raga

Synopsis
Opens with Yehudi Menuhin playing a record of the morning raga ‘Ahira Bhairava’ and shows musicians playing the same raga in their city of Jaipur in Rajasthan. Shows how the complex raga system is founded on simple folksong types and on Hindu religious chants. Shows the making of the complicated stringed instruments for playing ragas and music students undergoing the traditional oral training. The relationship between raga music, painting and poetry, the masculine or feminine character and emotional content of each raga and its appropriate time for playing are discusses. Ends with a complete performance of the devotional morning raga ‘Sindh Bhairavi’, played by sitarist Halim Jaffer Khan.
Series
Music and Society: Asian Insights, Series
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. VHS. col. 30 min.
Year of production
198
Availability
Sale; 1995 sale: £25.00 (+VAT +p&p)
Subjects
Anthropology; Music
Keywords
ethnomusicology; Indian music

Distributor

Name

World Microfilms

Contact
Stephen Albert
Email
microworld@ndirect.co.uk
Web
http://www.microworld.uk.com/ External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7586 4499
Fax
020 7722 1068
Address
PO Box 35488
St John’s Wood
London
NW8 6WD
Notes
World Microfilms distributes the Audio Forum collection of CDs for language learning and the Sussex Tapes library of video and audio material for sixth form and undergraduate teaching. The Sussex Tapes collection concentrates on the areas of English, history and music. Architecture programmes from the Masters of Architecture and Pidgeon Digital (qv) series of slides are sold on DVD as well as being accessible online via subscription.

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