Seasons of India
Seasons of India has captured the essence of Indian life, infused with the customs and cycles that have shaped generations over millennia.
Baluji Shrivastav plays the seasons of the Indian calendar. Baluji expresses the power and beauty of nature in seven ragas played on sitar, surbahar, dilruba, swarmandel, and accompanied on tabla and pakhawaj jodi by Sukhvinder ‘Pinky’ Singh.
MONSOON - VARSHA
1. Raag Shuddha Malhar - 12:34
Movements: alaab, jod, jhalla
2. Shuddha Malhar - 9:18
Gat original composition Varsha Swagatam “Greetings to the Rain”. 19 beat cycle called beentaal after Baluji’s son Benjamin.
AUTUMN - HEMANT
3. Raag Hemant - 15:59
Movements: droot gat and jhalla in rupak taal (7 beats)
Gat original composition Patjhar “Falling Leaves”
WINTER - SHARAT
4. Raag Bhairav - 8:07
Movements: droot gat and jhalla in tintaal (16 beats)
SPRING - VASANT
5. Raag Vasant Gat- 8:49
Original madhya laya (medium tempo) composition Abhilaasha “Passion of Spring” in tintaal (16 beats)
LATE SPRING - SHISHIR
6. Raag Shri - 13:44
Movements: alaap, original madhya laya (medium tempo) composition Shiva Bhakti “Shiva’s Dance at Sunset”, followed by fast movement droot gat and jhalla in. iktaal (12 beats)
SUMMER - GRISHMAN
7. Raag Darbari - 9:29
Movements: Original madhya laya (medium tempo) composition Chandan. Jhaptaal (10 beats)
Total playing time: 78:20 min.