Violinists in the Hindustani Tradition?

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debamitro
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Re: Violinists in the Hindustani Tradition?

Post by debamitro » Thu Jun 25, 2009 12:54 pm

Here I'd like to share that there are other violin styles in Hindustani Classical which do not belong to the 'gaayaki' ang. The baaz which I have learnt from my guru Shri Sharat Chandra Srivastava is one such style. He is based in Delhi, and is a student of his grandfather, Shri Joi Srivastava. Joi-ji (who used to be known as 'Joi-babu' in Allahabad) was a student of Baba's gharana. Whether he directly had learnt from Baba I am not sure -- but his elder brother did learn sarod from Baba. Joi-ji also had learnt sarod initially, and then shifted to violin, and mastered it within the age of 20. He was a contemporary of Hariprasad-ji and slightly junior to Ravi Shankar, and used to accompany many leading artists including Ravi Shankar-ji. Later on he shifted to Delhi and was an AIR artist all his life.

His style takes many elements from the Senia-Maihar gharana, and blends it with the depth of dhrupad, and the sweetness of folk music (my personal observations). The tragedy is that Joi-ji never made any commercial recordings, and was content with teaching students and performing live. So all that survives of his music is some private recordings in the possession of his grandson (my guru-ji), and what his students carry. To have a taste of this style, you can listen to some extracts from my guruj-ji's live performances available on youtube:
Jaijaivanti alaap: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNWVUb45 ... annel_page
Kirwani alaap: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJOY9d1G ... annel_page
Kirwani teental: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opuhIgfL ... annel_page

I believe there are many other such artists/teachers in Hindustani Classical violin who have never come into the spotlight (and that, I think, applies to all performing arts in India) and I am lucky to encounter one of them.

debamitro
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Re: Violinists in the Hindustani Tradition?

Post by debamitro » Wed Jan 28, 2015 4:54 am

I have recently uploaded some rare Hindustani violin recitals from All India Radio Delhi by Pt Joi Srivastava in his latter days:
Desh: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Es2-sAgfoJ0
Bhimpalasi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zod_gNzzvEs
Vrindavani Saarang: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1WGsPN7VpQ

His playing style is very sweet and has dhrupad-ang in its heart -- no gimmicks or races! Enjoy

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