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Subject: [Leica] IMGs: add'l Global Union esp (kyle jayanand)
From: jayanand at (Jayanand Govindaraj)
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2010 20:43:51 +0530
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Ali Akbar Khan played the sarod, a fretless string instrument - he and Ravi
Shankar had a common guru, Khan's father Allauddin Khan, so they grew up
together, played the same music, and with Alla Rakha (Zakir Hussain's
father) on the tabla, were the greatest musical trio of all time, IMHO. Ravi
Shankar's first wife was also Ali Akbar Khan's sister, and the breakup of
that marriage caused considerable tension in their relationship, and they
did not play together for 20 years or so. I was fortunate to be in Mumbai in
the late 1980s where they played together again, with Alla Rakha and Zakir
Hussain in attendance, and the telepathy and interplay was mind blowing -
what you could only get from musicians who have played extensively together
from the age of five - remember Indian Classical Music is almost 100%
improvisation. Caught two of the three concerts there, one of the greatest
musical experiences that I have had. There is a fair amount of recorded work
available of the "trio" and it makes for rewarding listening. Sadly Ali
Akbar Khan passed away a few months ago.


On Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 8:11 PM, George Lottermoser <imagist3 at>wrote:

> Ah yes Jayanand.
> I have been listening to sitars and tablas since 1964 or 5.
> I purchased my first sitar LP from Rizzoli's bookstore in New York in 65;
> Ali Akbar Kahn if memories serves correctly.
> Attended a Ravi Shankar in Chicago in the early 70's.
> I continue to listen to sitar music at least a few times a month.
> The Rolling Stones used a sitar in "Paint it Black" in 66.
> Can't remember when the Beatles' George Harrison actually laid down a sitar
> track
> pretty sure it was mid to late 60's.
> But of course the Shankar/Menuhin collaboration
> truly preserved the very best of both classical Indian
> and Western musical traditions.
> Regards,
> George Lottermoser
> george at
> On Sep 28, 2010, at 8:23 PM, Jayanand Govindaraj wrote:
> > I have never seen an electric sitar before, and that too one that is
> light
> > enough to be played standing up! In Indian classical music, where the
> sitar
> > has its roots, the only instrument that very very occasionally gets
> > amplified is the violin. Otherwise all the instruments used are
> accoustic.
> > Let me leave you with the first ever major collaboration of
> Indian/Western
> > fusion music that I know of, three titans of their respective instruments
> in
> > the 1960s:
> >
> ><
> >
> > Cheers
> > Jayanand
> >
> > On Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 2:20 AM, George Lottermoser <imagist3 at
> >wrote:
> >
> >> Including never before seen images
> >> of Kitami from the non-violin side
> >> especially for Kyle and Jayanand.
> >>
> >> <>
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