Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya
Madeira: If Music Could Intoxicate (Tridev Music India/Magenta, 2013)
Earlier this year, Indian slide guitar maestro and musical instrument inventor Debashish Bhattacharya released an excellent fusion album titled Beyond The Ragasphere. With the new release Madeira: If Music Could Intoxicate, Debashish Bhattacharya returns to his Indian classical music roots with an equally superb album of ragas.
Madeira includes three ragas that show various tempos and moods. The first three pieces feature the virtuosic work of Debashish Bhattacharya on slide guitar accompanied by his similarly talented brother Subhasis Bhattacharjee on tabla.
The title cut, ‘Madeira’ is a Raga Lalit (a dawn raga), with aalap (opening section) performed on chaturangui slide guitar.
The lengthy ‘Morning Gait’ is a Raga Kaunsi Bhairav (morning raga), with composition in slow tempo vilambit teental. Track 3, title ‘Jhoom’ is also a Raga Kaunsi Bhairav, with composition and jhala (conclusion) in medium and fast tempo.
The last two pieces on the album are semi-classical in nature and feature child prodigy vocalist Anandi Bhattacharya who has an admirable voice and technique. ‘Colours of Love’ is a chaiti (semi-classical song sung in the Hindu calendar month of Chait) Raga Manj Khamaj. The last piece ‘O My Beloved!’ is another type of song called thurmi and is a Raga Pilu.
Madeira: If Music Could Intoxicate is an additional masterful recording of Indian slide guitar music by the versatile world class musician Debashish Bhattacharya. As an added bonus the album features the fabulous voice of Anandi Bhattacharya.
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.