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#darbarfestival | Kaunsi Kanada is often said to blend of two ragas - Malkauns on the way up, and Darbari Kanada on the way down. But the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
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Roopa Panesar remains within the Hindustani classical idiom, but brings a distinctive style to sitar performance. Born in Leicester, she trained under UK-based maestro Dharambir Singh, and went on to receive instruction from others including Shahid Parvez, Bahauddin Dagar, Arvind Parikh, and Ajoy Chakraborty. Her sitar’s design is modelled closely on those from the Imdadkhani gharana, and she takes inspiration from the greats of that region including Vilayat Khan. Aside from touring Europe and the US, she has made numerous BBC appearances, collaborated with Talvin Singh and the Belgian Symphony Orchestra, and recorded on the soundtrack of the film ‘West is West’. She recently released her debut album, Khoj (‘discovery’), and her promising career continues on an upward trajectory. Hear more of Roopa here:
-Puriya (Jhalla) | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJ0jKIiA9t0
-Puriya (Gat) | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jju3y9SO8HM

Kaunsi Kanada’s modern form is often said to blend of two ragas - Malkauns on the way up, and Darbari Kanada on the way down. But the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, with the two sides interacting to create a complex, introspective mood. Sarodi Rahul Bhattacharya describes his reaction to learning it: “This raga is like meeting a sophisticated personality, who is gracious, emotionally open and balanced...you can have a conversation with this raga going over your past experiences as well as what lies ahead...Kaunsi Kanada’s colours span an infinite kaleidoscope”.

The aroha [ascent] and avroh [descent] approximate to nSgmdnS and SndPmgRS respectively. Melodies are often heavily ornamented with meend [glides], gamak [vibrato], and khatka [rapid note flourishes], and tend to resolve with the characteristic phrase gmRS. An older version of the form also blends in ideas from Raag Bageshri. Listen to more interpretations of Kaunsi Kanada here:
-Debasmita Bhattacharya (sarod) | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaMVOat0s30
-Debashish Bhattacharya (sarod) | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXfXpZoCkCw

Recorded at Darbar Festival in 2015, at London’s Southbank Centre:
-Roopa Panesar (sitar)

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