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Calcutta Chronicles: Indian Slide Guitar Odyssey

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Calcutta Chronicles: Indian Slide Guitar Odyssey is a musical journey through the centuries of guitar playing in India. Using three unique guitars that BBC award winner Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya designed himself, each beautiful raga explores influences ranging from Gypsy to Sufi with deep sensitivity and free-flowing movement between past and present, tradition and innovation.

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Debashish Bhattacharya is an old hand at combining spirituality with outside-the-box adventuring and impish humor. For his ninth album released in the West, Calcutta Chronicles: Indian Slide Guitar Odyssey, he eschews outside collaborations but nonetheless pursues a multi-cultural agenda. The opening track, "Sufi Bhakti" merges two devotional paths, revealing each while slighting neither. Played upon anandi, a small slide ukulele invented by Bhattacharya, and flanked by Indian harp, tabla drums and a one stringed ektara, the piece has an Islamic flavor punctuated by pauses like polite bows. The title of "Gypsy Anandi" seems to refer less to Roma musical traditions than to their nomadic tendencies. The track, while constructed over a foundation of Indian raga, also encompasses Hawaiian and Afro-Andalucian influences. But on "Kolkata To Kanyakumari," a tribute to the philosopher Swami Vivekenanda (with whom Bhattacharya shares a birthday), he's back in the ancestral fold, combining aspects of North Indian and sacred Carnactic themes. As usual, Bhattacharya's flawless technique, astonishing as it is, takes a backseat to his inspired improvisations. Each tune unfolds in an urgent yet unrushed manner, revealing skeins of drone-laced song energized by ardent emotion and refined by uncountable generations of soul-deep musical intellect. --Christina Roden

1. Sufi Bhakti
2. Amrit Anand
3. Nivedan
4. Ganga Kinare
5. Gypsy Anandi
6. Rasika
7. Aviskaar
8. Kolkata to Kanyakumari
9. Maya

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 8, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Riverboat
  • ASIN: B0014DC0D2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,314 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tom Austin on July 29, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I've been listening to this CD for a few months now, and I keep learning new things. Pandit Debashish has made another masterpiece here. He has made his music accessible to ears unfamiliar with Hindustani music without losing any of the depth and richness that makes that music so magnficent for those already familiar. In this album, Debashish is at once universal and deeply personal as he tells musical stories of his much-beloved home of Kolkata. The pieces are shorter than traditional ragas, and they mix freely in other styles of music, as if to say "there are no walls in music."

The other thing that makes this record so deeply personal is that Debashish has his brother Subhashis with him as a full musical equal on this record. No mere accompanist, Subhashis is a full creator along with his brother. The cover photograph of this album truly captures the joy the brothers feel creating music together, and the joy one feels listening to them.

Once again, Debashish plays his Trinity of Guitars, and brings out new flavors in each instrument. The chaturangui mixes tonalities from many different Hindustani instruments and brings them to the listener's ear in startling new ways. The Gandharvi calls forth the very primal forces of the cosmos, Lord Shiva's dance of creation and destruction. The sweet, innocent Anandi applies balm to the world's wounds and reminds jaded adults that our children will renew the world once again.

Debashish has been one of the world's great musicians for some time now. He keeps getting better. This record is the evidence.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. Thompson on May 4, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I saw this guy in Kent at a local high school performance hall in Washington State a while ago. He is a musical master as is his tabla playing brother and I do me brillant. Even more amazing is that only 40 people showed up to see him at $20 bucks no less. There should have been 4000! Either the advertising sucked or our musical tastes have been degraded so far down the totem pole with Rap and American Idol that people don't even recognise a true artist. Even the Indian community didn't come out to see him.....pathetic.
Ry Cooder and numerous other guitar giants have all praised him and recorded with him. Be that as it may, if you want some serious 'soul' music buy this guys CD.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nobody on March 19, 2010
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I bought this after reading about Artist. His guitar work is on par if not better than John McLaughlins' work.. Buy this and feel safe in your purchase.
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3 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Fred Gomes on September 2, 2008
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I have been listening to world music many years and enjoy indian slide guitar. But the compositions and presentations on this CD are way.... bad. There are so many repetitious riffs that sound like someone in an altered state 'thinking' their music is 'really Jamming' but this is not that. I recommend using this one as a drink coaster . . . buyer beware.
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