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Metal / Re: Indian classical music
« on: June 27, 2013, 10:49:01 AM »
I think a lot of emphasis from a western perspective is on high classical indian art.  I like some of this stuff, but to me a lot of it is wormy and dead and performed mostly by high horse riding purists interested in preserving their interpretation of something pure and I hear a lot of assholes try to pontificate about what constitute a trve raga in revivalist terms much like Wynton Marsalis does with jazz. 

Having said that, I am not an expert, but would definitely recommend ALSO checking out field recordings of street music/festivals in addition to the concert hall musicians (who are talented don't get me wrong) that were recommended:

INDIAN LOVE RITES on the Ethnic Folkways Records is a field recording of the Durga Puja in Calcutta.  It is amazing for the fact that it is a snapshot of something that should be witnessed live (not necessarily on religious terms).  It can be obtained for fairly cheap on vinyl.

INDIAN STREET MUSIC: THE BAULS OF BENGAL on the Explorer Series...street musicians in Bengal...fairly obvious...very overlooked and definitely worth the effort in procuring.  Lots of string/voice/drum microtonal bending.

MUSIC FROM THE SHRINES OF AJMER AND MUNDRA on the Lyrichord label is a compilation of field recordings taken from these holy sites where both Hindus and Muslims go to pay homage to Sufi saints.  Like the Indian Love Rites LP, don't expect high fidelity recordings but again, more of a ceremonial vibe.

ALSO...as far as Qawwalis, check the often overlooked Aziz Mian.  Completely unhinged and borderline insane...a grand wordsmith and genius.

Abida Parveen is also interesting...firstly she's a woman and secondly she interprets the work of poet Bulleh Shah whose work is interesting.

An interesting band to check out is Rudra from Singapore who interpolate Carnatic music into their death/black sound. 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVvDOTxEb_Q - HYMNS FROM THE BLAZING CHARIOTS

Those are my picks...I'm no classical Hindustani afficianado, but I do like the low brow in the same way I'd rather listen to some old Bathory than these newfangled music conservatory black metal (like Krallice) any day of the week.