Jag Changa – Raghu Dixit

Jag Changa

Since the days when he was challenged to pick up playing the guitar, self-taught musician and one-time microbiologist Raghupati “Raghu” Dixit revisits his 2nd album, ‘Jag Changa’, which was first released in 2013. On ‘Jag Changa’, Raghu effectively showcases how and why he became India’s premier singer-songwriter, amalgamating Indian ethnic sounds with those from the West through his a multilingual folk music band, the Raghu Dixit Project.

In collaborating with artists that Raghu met during his previous concerts in England, some of whom feature on ‘Jag Changa’, the album consists of eight tracks, sung across multiple languages, including Tamil, Kannada, and Hindi. Tracks include traditional sounds in “Amma” featuring remarkable violin playing by Mysore Bhaskar, the acoustic ballads of “Sajna”, “Yaadon Ki Kyari”, and “The Rain Song”, the finger-snapping “Parasiva”, the pacy title-track “Jag Changa”, the Spanish-influenced “Kodagana Koli Nungitha”, and the country and western feel of “Lokada Kalaji”, which contains horns and banjos!

Raghu Dixit’s music is undoubtedly an amalgamation of Indian ethnic music with musical styles from across the world and, through his band, the Raghu Dixit Project, he firmly establishes that language is indeed no barrier to be able to effectively understand the quality of his outstanding music. Play on, Raghu…


– Reviewed by Parag Kamani

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