Chants religieux du Bengale - Religious Songs from Bengal
enregistrés aux Indes et édités par Deben Bhattacharya
Bôite à Musique - BAM LD 099 - P.1970
Songs of the Bauls
A1 The new man of love and faith 8'40
A2 On understanding oneself 3'40
A3 Cultivate the human land 7'00
A4 Release your worldly weight 4'45
Purna Chandra A3
Bhaktadas Baul A2
Haripada Debnath A1, A4
Poèmes de Chandidas (XIV• siècle)
B1 Poèmes de Chandidas 22'20
a) Instrumental opening
b) Extempore song and commentary about Krishna's greatness
c) A version of Chandida's song "O firend, who made me hear the name of Shyam?
d) Improvisation, song and commentary about Krishna's encounter with Brinda duti
e) Chandida's song: "It is a disgrace"
Shri Nabagopal, vocal
This is the first of a series of posts where I will pay homage to the work of Deben Bhattacharya to make so many musical traditions known. A well deserved tribute to a remarkable person who was responsible for preserving so much music mostly of the popular traditions from so many different countries but never neglecting the musique savante. I will start by posting some of his early Indian recordings, mainly because the first real contact with live concerts of Indian classical and folk music that I ever had was through the concerts he had helped to arrange together with Rikskonserter while he was living in Sweden from the 1960's - 1970's. It was not just art music but also folkmusic like the Rajastani music of the Langas. That was the first Indian folk music I had ever heard and to hear that live in repeated concerts several hours long with singers and musicians like Alladin, Noor Mohmad and Shumar Khan. Some of these concerts were recorded and broadcasted by the Swedish Radio. I will post some of those broadcasts a little later on. Here is a little something about those times that Deben Bhattacharya spoke about in a most interesting interview that he gave to Kevin Daly in 1982.
"Between ’61 and ’62 I went to live in Stockholm. Sweden was very fruitful for me; Stockholm Radio began to take fairly regular programmes from me. Soon after that, a new organisation called Rikskonsert started in Stockholm. It was run by a man called Nils Wallend, and its job was to impart musical education in Swedish schools, from playgroup to adult – all paid for by the state. They invited me to produce the extra-European music and also I got involved with music of the socialist countries because I had done a lot of work in those countries, and I had a fairly large collection of music from most of the socialist countries except Russia. I brought musical groups from various countries to Sweden, to appear at concerts and in schools to show them what music of other countries was like." You can read the full interview here...
Also don't forget to take a stroll over to the excellent post on the recordings made by Deben Bhattacharya in Israel in June and July in 1957 at the blog here, The World's Jukebox...
A very young Deben Bhattacharya with a gopijantra-playing Baul.
Shri Nabogopal Mithra Shakur
The true sleeve backside
Substitute scavenged from the inside flap.