Raga Surmalhar Part 1 & 2 – Arunkumar

Vocalist Arunkumar is apparently a versatile singer trained across various Hindustani Classical genres. However, his talents are not appropriately showcased on “Raga Surmalhar” where Arunkumar indulges in KHAYAL VILAMBIT EKTAAL for approximately in one hour [in Part 1] and KHAYAL DRUT TEENTAAL for half an hour [in Part 2] as the instrumentation is mainly restricted to the monotony of a keyboard drone and tabla. If “Raga Surmalhar” is not the most popular of all ragas, one really needs to look at the instrumentation to understand why.


– Reviewed by Parag Kamani

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