In his films, Satyajit Ray demonstrated excellent command over film music. Besides working with maestros like Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Vilayat Khan and Ali Akbar Khan, he himself took up writing lyrics, composing songs and music for many of his films, starting as early as the 60s. 
 

Musique de films

The Music of Satyajit Ray (1984) - Utpalendu Chakrabarty

Ustad Vilayat Khan

Ustad Vilayat Khan (1928–2004) was one of Indias's well known sitar maestros. He was one of the great pioneers of his generation to introduce Indian Classical Music to the West, along with Ravi Shankar, Ali Akbar Khan, Nikhil Banerjee and his younger brother Imrat Khan. Widely regarded by many as the greatest sitarist of his generation, he recorded his first 78-RPM disc at the age of 8, and gave his last concert in 2004 at the age of 75.

 

He composed and conducted the score for the famous Satyajit Ray's The Music Room (Jalsaghar) (1958).

Ustad Vilayat Khan (1928-2004) était l'un des plus fameux sitaristes de l'Inde.

Il était l'un des grands pionniers de sa génération dans l'introduction de la musique classique indienne en Occident, à l'instar de Ravi Shankar, Ali Akbar Khan, Nikhil Banerjee et son plus jeune frère Imrat Khan.

Largement considéré comme le plus grand sitariste de sa génération, il fit son premier enregistrement à 8 ans et donna le dernier de ses concerts en 2004 à 75 ans.

 

Il composa et dirigea la bande originale du Salon de musique (Jalsaghar) de Satyajit Ray (1958).

Pour la musique de son quatrième long-métrage, Ray réunit Vilayat Khan, les vocalistes Salamat Ali Khan et Akhatari Bai et le joueur de shanaï Bismillah Khan.

For 1959's Jalsaghar (The Music Room) Ray brought in Vilayat Khan, vocalists Salamat Ali Khan and Akhatari Bai (Begum Akhtar), and shehnai player Bismillah Khan to create a momumental piece of work. It was an exemplary choice of musicians
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For 1959's Jalsaghar (The Music Room) Ray brought in Vilayat Khan, vocalists Salamat Ali Khan and Akhatari Bai (Begum Akhtar), and shehnai player Bismillah Khan to create a momumental piece of work. It was an exemplary choice of musicians.
Read more at http://www.artistdirect.com/nad/store/artist/album/0,,321262,00.html#1AuBq3dX8g7bAuZr.99

For 1959's Jalsaghar (The Music Room) Ray brought in Vilayat Khan, vocalists Salamat Ali Khan and Akhatari Bai (Begum Akhtar), and shehnai player Bismillah Khan to create a momumental piece of work. It was an exemplary choice of musicians.
Read more at http://www.artistdirect.com/nad/store/artist/album/0,,321262,00.html#1AuBq3dX8g7bAuZr.99

For the music of his fourth long-feature Ray brought in Vilayat Khan, the vocalists Salamat Ali Khan et Akhatari Bai and the shehnai player Bismillah Khan.

This music was written with Olivier Rittener, a guardian of the disappearing instrument the sarangi and the vichitra veena. Stephan Montangero performs the tablas after a twenty years of learning from the great masters of Calcutta and Sujay Bobade, an outstanding Indian bansuri (flute) player.
Daniel Symons aka Dymons recorded, arranged and mixed all of these adding in his synth wizardry and programming. Also melding in some of his field recordings gathered on his own pilgrimages to India. This production was created in his “Alchemy Studios” in Switzerland.

 

Credits
Released 22 November 2013


Daniel Symons: production · synths · arrangements
Sujay Bobade: bansuri
Olivier Rittener: sarangi · vichitra veena · sitar
Stephane Montangero: Tabla

Amrit Nectar of Immortality

Le documentaire «Amrit nectar d’immortalité» se déroule pendant le Kumbha Mela à Haridwar, le plus grand pèlerinage hindou, au nord de l’Inde.

 

Il témoigne du séjour des pèlerins assemblés au bord du fleuve sacré, le Gange. Le reportage nous plonge dans la foule de plusieurs millions de personnes, d’ethnies variées, s’étant déplacés sur des milliers de kilomètres pour s’immerger ensemble, au moment précis déterminé par le positionnement des étoiles et décrit dans les livres les plus anciens.
Des rituels sont pratiqués, des échanges ont lieu, on fête, on partage, on se bouscule et on prend conseil chez les Gurus et les Saints.

Entre les plans documentant le festival, le film donne la parole à des personnes – Yogis, hommes d’affaire, grand-mère, scientifiques, protecteur, protectrice de l’environnement, vieil exilé Suisse. Tous sont en recherche de l’essence de leur vie. Chacun à sa façon, chacun traçant son chemin.

Le film est un récit sur des hommes et des femmes en pèlerinage, en voyage dans un autre monde, en recherche d’amrit nectar d’immortalité.

 

Un fim de Jonas Scheu et Philipp Eyer

«Amrit Nectar of Immortality» is a documentary which was shot at the time of the biggest pilgrim’s festival of the world – the Kumbh Mela – in Haridwar (north India). The film tells the stories of people and their connection with the holy river Ganges. Pilgrims, ascetics, yogis, western emigrants, scientists and environment activists report from their life on the holy river, their belief, the future of the Ganga and the importance of Amrit – the nectar of immortality.
But what is Amrit? Is it a mysterious drank? The holy water of Ganges? Or rather an inner way to the immortality of the soul? The film is a journey in search of answers to these questions, a journey in a strange world, in search of the nectar of immortality.

 

A film by Jonas Scheu and Philipp Eyer

 

Babulal Nagara Master

"Je m'appelle BABULAL ! 

Je suis Maître de Nagara. Aujourd'hui je le certifie, même si les autres ne le savent pas, je suis le dernier Maître de Nagara, car tous les Maîtres des autres villages sont morts, et moi, je suis toujours prêt à jouer !

 

A l'époque je me suis rendu aux portes du palais pour demander au Maharadjah : " Seigneur, oh ! mon Roi, donnez-moi la chance de devenir votre joueur de Nagara ! ", car le sien était mort. A la cour du Maharadjah, on jouait des cymbales sacrées : les Dhals. Lorsque le Maharadjah "Kashi Narej" gouvernait, Je jouais sur le dos des éléphants…"

 

Un film de K-Soul & Léonard