Guess I don't need to introduce these two legends if you are following my releases of them in a while. However, let me repeat 'Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia' and 'Dr. Balamurali Krishna' are two of the greatest doyens of their traditions. And in many aspects, this Jugalbandi Live in Hong Kong is one of the greatest moments of Indian Classical.
Lord Krishna is perhaps the most well known deity throughout the world is one of the very important GOD's in the Hindu mythology who is also connected with flute as it's ultimate master. This particular special box set's music is sourced from the live recording on Krishna Janmashtami celebrations conducted in Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia's own house in 1998 where he performed all night. Pandit Hairprasad Cahurasia was accompanied on Bansuri Flute by Rakesh Chaurasia (His disciple as well as his nephew), Rupak Kulkarni (One of His outstanding disciples) and on Tabla By Pandit Madan Mishra and Santosh Mishra.
Call Of the Valley is a symphony in Indian Classical Music. The genius of three brilliant artistes and a collaboration of their music that is exquisitely sweet and bewitchingly pleasing to the ear. It paints for us a tonal picture of gorgeous valleys, laden with tall green pine and chinar trees and sun-kissed, snow-clad peaks of the mighty Himalayas. The three instruments that come together to present this euphorious drama are The Santoor, The Flute and the Guitar. The Santoor is a folk instrument typical of the Kashmir Valley and is extremely popular with the masses.
Pandit Shivkumar Sharma and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia reunite some 30 years later for a follow-up to their beautiful and groundbreaking Call of the Valley. Sharma (santoor) and Chaurasia (flute) were highly regarded on their instruments back then, and are now acknowledged as living masters. Although Brij Bhushan Kabra has been replaced on Indian acoustic slide guitar by Jayanti Shah, the overall mood is just as lovely and contemplative, even though the role of the guitar has been diminished. The Valley Recalls is beautiful, gentle work, and a worthy successor to Call of the Valley.
Hari Prasad Chaurasia is one of the most popular contemporary flautists. The simple bamboo flute, transformed by the late Pannalal Ghosh into an important instrument for interpreting the finer nuances of Indian classical music, has indeed found a guardian angel in Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. Hari Prasad Chaurasia has not only nurtured Panna Babu's legacy but with his natural talent for music and diligent practice, combined with his highly innovative approach, has made the flute almost indispensable for a concert of Indian classical music, anywhere in the world.