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2018-09-04 06:20

The superb artistry of Shiv-Hari’s 1967 album, Call of the Valley, set the benchmark for contemporary Indian classical music.

Inner Circle Entertainment now highlights the skill of this distinguished duo at two concerts, titled “Ragas of the Valley – A Duet of Santoor” and “Flute, Celebrating the Legacy of Shiv-Hari from Call of the Valley to Silsila”.

“Ragas of the Valley” can be heard at the Baxter Concert Hall in Cape Town on Saturday 10 November.

The ensemble recreating this phenomenal synergy will be renowned flautist Santosh Sant, dynamic fusion performer Sandip Chatterjee on santoor, reputed soloist Subhankar Banerjee on tabla, and pakhawaj maestro Bhawani Shankar.

“Call of the Valley” is considered a classic and a milestone in world music.

This light classical album by Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pandit Brij Bhushan Kabra and Pandit Shivkumar Sharma was recorded on the EMI label, and went on to become one of the most successful Indian classical albums ever recorded. The innovative use of guitar, and fresh, edgy approach to the muse bridged the divide between East and West.

The release was conceived as a suite, and the then 30-year-old musicians used their instruments to tell the story of a day in the life of a shepherd in Kashmir – using ragas associated with various times of the day to advance the dramatic narrative.

This seminal recording is regarded as a mesmerising musical statement that is accessible to Western ears.

“Call of the Valley” is even listed in 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die – an informative reference series compiled by critics dispatched to select the most important works in popular music between the 1950s and the 2010s.V The show will take place at the Baxter Concert Hall on Saturday 10 November. Tickets are available via webtickets and cost between R300 and R600.

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