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Artist: PRAN NATH, PANDIT
Title: Earth Groove: The Voice Of Cosmic India
Format: LP
Label: Change
Country: USA
Price: $17.00
"Gray-area reissue of the first Western LP release from Indian vocalist Pandit Pran Nath. Originally issued on the Douglas label in the U.S., in 1968. Classic, late 60s performance by the master of Indian vocal music. Two sidelong pieces grace this record. A morning raga and an evening raga. Vocals with sitar and tabla accompaniment. Not easy listening by any means, but rewarding in the end." -Change
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Artist: PRAN NATH, PANDIT
Title: Ragas
Format: LP
Label: Far East Sunshine
Country: Italy
Price: $28.00
Reissue of the 1971 Shandar LP, the first recording of Pran Nath released with his permission, according to La Monte Young. With liners by Young, who also plays tambura on the LP. Artwork by Marian Zazeela. Edition of 500.

"Ragas are the spiritual folkloristic way in India of playing music originating from the depths of your soul. Some of you may have heard albums by Ravi Shankar, the grand master of Indian raga, with long hypnotical tracks which do not really tell you if they are entirely improvised or strictly composed tunes when the swirling and tingling tanpura and madly spinning tabla drums get played like a maelstrom of sound. This kind of music is mostly instrumental to generate the ultimate experience of transcending flesh to spirit but in case of Pandit Pran Nath (1918 – 1996), classical Indian singer and musical teacher, you will get an ongoing captivating chanting on a base of droning tanpura and rather relaxed percussion patterns. The instruments underline the spiritual statement given by the mid ranged, slightly darker voice of Pandit Pran Nath. This is a fine release of classical Hindustani music and should appeal to all fans of Ravi or Ananda Shankar along other prototypical representatives of Indian music but there is a major difference and that is the intonation of Pandit Pran Nath. His voice is unique and its raucous beauty captures your perception. The whole album is droning and haunting, so you should be in the right mood to enter the musical world of Pandit Pran Nath." - Far East Sunshine.

Artist: PRAN NATH, PANDIT
Title: Midnight / Raga Malkauns
Format: Double CD
Label: Just Dreams
Country: USA
Price: $26.00
2002 release. "New 2-CD commercial release from Just Dreams, Inc. Two full-CD recordings of Raga Malkauns by Pandit Pran Nath, accompanied by full texts of the vocal compositions presented in Devanagri script, phonetic English, word-by-word translation, and poetic interpretation by Sri Karunamayee, a longtime senior disciple of the Master." - Just Dreams. 2002 release on La Monte Young and Marian Zazeelas label. Disc one feaures Pran Nath, Terry Riley, Ann Riley and Simone Forti, recorded in SF, 1971. Disc two features Pran Nath, La Monte Young, Marian Zazeela and K. Paramjyoti, recorded in NYC, 1976. Very highly recommended!

Artist: PRAN NATH, PANDIT
Title: Ragas Of Morning & Night
Format: CD
Label: Just Dreams
Country: USA
Price: $19.00
“At long last, La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela reissue this seminal, hugely influential album on their Just Dream imprint, the legendary recording from 1968 India of Pandit Pran Nath titled Ragas Of Morning & Night. The original studio session was produced in New Delhi, February 1968, by Jimi Hendrix associate Alan Douglas, it features recordings of "Raga Todi" and "Darbari", which showcase Pran Nath at his prime. Pran Naths exquisite control between microscopically fine degrees of pitch can be easily heard in the former. The first two thirds of the piece is performed slowly and delicately, each sinuous line being given careful weight and consideration. When, in the final few minutes, the pace quickens there is a startling sense of unfolding possibilities, almost an embarrassment of riches after the earlier rigour. The second raga follows a similar structure but the tonal center is entirely different; instead of the plaintive almost keening quality of the morning raga, we hear a calmer, more accepting feeling, as though the singer has graciously acceded to what has occurred that day. This time when the tempo picks up its as if the singer has gotten a second wind late in the day and is suddenly full of joyous energy. The effect of Pran Naths quivering lines and immensely complicated vocal arabesques is liberating enough. When he goes head to head with the tabla player for some intricate sparring, ones jaw tends to drop. Ragas of Morning and Night is a wonderful recording and would serve as a fine introduction both to this musician and to this particular style of singing as well.

"He was a living encyclopedia of the ancient traditional compositions," La Monte Young once said. "And he had an extraordinary knowledge of the proper delineation of each raga." Ragas are connected to certain times of day, seasons and other natural and personal associations, and Pandit Pran Nath insisted on performing them at the appropriate times. A living repository of thousands of obscure ragas, many of which have probably become extinct with his death in 1996, Pran Nath devoted much of his later years to teaching. He numbered La Monte Young, Terry Riley and Jon Hassell among his long time students, who were fascinated by pure intonation and microtones and who were pioneers of Minimalism, and through them his unique phrasing and melodic sensibility have filtered into contemporary composition. Additionally, excellent and detailed liners notes by La Monte Young are included.

For a decade and a half, Pran Nath lived in Young and Zazeelas loft for a good part of each year, and the New York night owls were typically required to rise at 3am each day to prepare tea for their teacher, who slept at the other end of the loft. He would then perform his riaz (practice) and give them a lesson - if he chose to.

"He was the head of the household recalls La Monte Young. "We were not allowed to have friends. We had to give up everything - rare ly did we even get to vis i t our parents. He was very protective of us and extremely possessive of us. But we got the reward. The reward is, if you make the guru happy, then you get the lessons." - Just Dreams. Remastered CD edition, 500 copies.

Artist: PRAN NATH, PANDIT
Title: In Between the Notes: A Portrait of Pandit Pran Nath
Format: VHS
Label: Other Minds
Country: USA
Price: $38.00
"documentary on the Master Indian Vocalist and his influence on American artists Terry Riley, La Monte Young & Marian Zazeela. NTSC format." - Mela Foundation.

Artist: PRAN NATH, PANDIT
Title: In Between the Notes: A Portrait of Pandit Pran Nath
Format: DVD
Label: Other Minds
Country: USA
Price: $40.00
"documentary on the Master Indian Vocalist and his influence on American artists Terry Riley, La Monte Young & Marian Zazeela.." - Mela Foundation. Now on DVD.

Artist: PRAN NATH, PANDIT
Title: The Raga Cycle, Palace Theatre, Paris 1972
Format: CD
Label: Sri Moonshine
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"The Raga Cycle at the Palace Theatre in Paris, 1972 showcased PANDIT PRAN NATH at the peak of his powers. The Raga Cycle took place over three consecutive days. Friday, May 28th night ragas, Saturday May 29th, late afternoon ragas and Sunday, May 30th morning and mid-day ragas. These three concerts stand as a truly awe-inspiring monument, an example of perfection of the high Art of Hindustani music by one of the greatest masters of the Kirana Gharana. Kirana, a small village north of New Delhi, produced many of the giants of Indian classical vocal music. Among them, Ustad Abdul Waheed Khansahib, Pran Nath-jis guru, and the immensely popular Ustad Abdul Kareem Khan. Accompanying Pran Nath in these Palace Theatre Concerts are his American disciples LA MONTE YOUNG and MARIAN ZAZEELA, tambouras, and TERRY RILEY, tabla." - Sri Moonshine.
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Artist: PRAN NATH, PANDIT
Title: The Raga Cycle, Palace Theatre, Paris 1972 Vol. 2
Format: Double LP
Label: Sri Moonshine Music
Country: USA
Price: $31.00
"The raga cycle given by Pandit Pran Nath at the Palace Theater in Paris 1972 was the first time a Master Indian Classical Vocalist had presented three consecutive days of ragas sung at the appropriate times of day, giving the Western audience insight into the characteristics that inform the moods and atmospheres of evening, afternoon, and morning ragas. The recording here is from the Saturday, May 27, 1972 afternoon concert and features Raagini Bheempalasi and Raag Puriya Dhanaashree. This is the Maestro at the very summit of his creative and vocal powers. His inspiration merged with his excitement of being in Paris and added to the uniqueness of these performances. As he guided his ragas at an unhurried pace with a surety and command of the musical language, details emerge in the music so profound that new delights continue to surface. Pandit Pran Nath was born in 1918 in Lahore, India which was to become Pakistan. He was one of the foremost disciples of the legendary singer, Ustad Abdul Waheed Khan, Sahib of Kirana. Khan Sahib was known for his long extended renditions of ragas in the melodic Kirana style, often lasting hours. His knowledge of raga science was unparalleled, allowing him to unveil endless permutations and combinations of phrases. Pandit Pran Nath absorbed this knowledge of raga from his Guru, building on these majestic forms in a unique and inimitable way. Pran Naths rich vocal quality and imaginative renditions of well-known ragas singled him out as one of the greatest masters in the history of Indian Classical Music. Pan Naths music is ancient and modern, full of fresh flights of imagination. It is no wonder that his numerous performances in the West attracted devotees and students. Besides La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela, he instructed musicians of the American avant garde, including Jon Hassell, Lee Konitz, Allaudin Mathieu, Charlemagne Palsestine, Sufi Pir, Shabda Kahn and many others. His impact on contemporary music continues to grow." - Terry Riley.

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