Thursday, December 18, 2008

CD Review: Zia Mohiuddin Dagar [2 CD]

Zia Mohiuddin Dagar
Zia Mohiuddin Dagar [2 CD]

The late-Zia Mohiuddin Dagar was one of the very few specialists in the rudra vina (Indian chordophone). Anyone who is familiar with Indian ragas will be enthralled by Zia's amazing playing skills. On disc one, Zia plays an alap from the Yaman raga. Disc two features the raga Shuddha Todi. Thankfully, the music is well-documented in the liner notes. This set is highly recommended for the ethnomusicology student of classical Hindustani music, as well as the casual listener of South Asian classical music. ~ Matthew Forss

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