Leicester, UK – Thumri (Sense
World Music) is the title of Afroz Banu’s latest recording. Banu is known as
one of India’s most popular exponents of thumri. “Gifted with a powerful
voice, which has mellowed through sustained ‘riyaz’ (practice), she is
recognized for her ability to sensitively interpret the range of emotions
demanded by the text of the poems that she sings.”
In this concert performance, recorded on 5th January 2003, Afroz Banu sings
five compositions all based on established ragas. The author of the liner notes,
John Ball clarifies: “However in thumri there is an accepted artistic license
to introduce notes from outside the structure of the raga to add effect. This
identifies the ragas as being Misra (literally mixed). This treatment is not
accepted in khayal singing.For this recital Afroz Banu has chosen the traditional thumri
accompaniment of Sarangi, Tabla and Harmonium. The bowed Sarangi is the most
accurate instrument to imitate the subtle vocal nuances of the thumri style; its
haunting effect also helps to maintain the mystical atmosphere created by the
Hidayat Khan accompanies Afroz Basnu on tabla. The tracks included are: 1.
Thumri in Misra Tilak Kamod; 2. Thumri in Misra Pilu; 3. Thumri in Kaushik
Dhwani; 4. Misra Mand; and 5. Misra Bhairavi.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.