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Lakshmi Shankar: Evening Concert

Track List

>Khyal in Raga Dhaani, Slow Khyal in Ektaal (12 Beats) - Tarana in ... (12 and 16 Beats mix)
>Thumri in Raga Mishra Khamaj - Tala - Deepchandi (14 Beats)
>Bhajan: Gopala, Keherwa Tal
>Bhajan: Janama Marana

Album Notes

Personnel: Lakshmi Shankar (vocals); Viji Subramaniam (vocals); Shyam Kane (tabla).

Recording information: Occidental College (03/29/1986).

Illustrator: Jan Steward.

Photographer: Jan Steward.

Lakshmi Shankar has a heavenly voice, sweet and clear. The "Khyal in Raga Dhaani" is in a blues-like pentatonic scale, and the romantic "Thumri" are delivered in an innocent, direct, lyrical melodiousness. The bhajan "Gopala," by the 16th-century poet Nidhiram, is totally engaging in its pleading yet devotional quality, with Shankar beginning at a high point right from the onset. "Janama Marana," by the saint/poetess of the 16th century, Mirabai, who gave up her life as a queen for devotion to Lord Krishna, has a loving, serious quality. It is a thoroughly enjoyable album. ~ "Blue" Gene Tyranny


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