Raag Maru Bihag by Pt. Rajendra Prasanna

Artist ———

Rajendra Prasanna is an important figure in the world of Indian music and culture. He is the foremost exponent of Bansuri & Shehnai and a celebrated artist recognized for his unique ability to perform on two instruments at a topmost level. It is indeed a very rare skill in the field of Hindustani music. He hails from Banaras and comes from a traditional family of musicians of renowned Banaras Gharana. He was groomed by his grandfather Pt. Gauri Shankar and father Pt. Raghunath Prasanna, who was the first in Prasanna family to introduce both Tripura and Krishna flute. Felicitated with Grammy Award certificate in 2004, Rajendra Prasanna became an international personality. He has performed across the globe, including an appearance at renowned festivals and venues in many different countries across the globe.

Raag Maru Bihag is a very serene and a much loved raag. It is said to be of fairly recent vintage. An older raag, raag Maru is believed to be its precursor. But presently, Raag Maru Bihag is broadly acknowledged to be a contrivance of Atrauli-Jaipur founder Alladiya Khan‘s phenomenally insightful mind. The original MaruBihag composition, “Rasiya Ho Na Ja”, has travelled far and wide, and is sung in various textual interpolations. Over the years, in the course of its journey across different regions, the raag has acquired peculiar touches and flavours reflecting the idiosyncrasies of some of the ingenious minds. Raag Maru Bihag’s core being is beholden to Kalyan and supporting material is supplied by Bihag. The teevra madhyam tilts the development assuredly towards Kalyan and the elemental arrangement derives from Bihag. The two parts are mediated by special melodic gestures. This skillfully sophisticated interplay of the two diapasons is the characteristic flavour of Raag Maru Bihag. Raag Maru Bihag is entrenched in popular Indian imagination via the legendary Indian playback singer Mohammad Rafi & Lata Mangeshkar’s song (“Tum to Pyaar ho, Muje Tumse pyaara aur na koi”) from V.Shantaram’s 1963 released “Sehra”, composed by Shri Ramlal ji.


Flute : Pt. Rajendra Prasanna , Rajesh Prasanna

Tabla : Athar Hussain

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