View Full Version : Guitarist from India

07-25-2002, 02:58 AM
I thought I would let you guys know about a guitarist from India that plays some pretty interesting things. His name is R. Prasanna. I really love Indian music, so when I came across THIS guy I 'freaked'. Here is the first stuff of his that I heard:

This is his personal web site. I know that he has done a few CD's of his original music and they are available here. I haven't listened to it yet, though. I am stuck on his traditional stuff for now.


If any of you decide to check him out, make sure that you at least give his traditional playing a listen. He is the only 'electric guitarist that I know of who is playing legit Carnatic music. Very interesting stuff. His phrasing on this stuff

If you aren't familiar with Indian music here is something to keep in mind: the primary melodic musicians will sometimes play an intro that will introduce the thematic material to be used within the piece. This is done in free time and can last for quite some time. Bear with it, when the percussion joins things start to groove and you will be treated to group interaction and thematic development of the highest level. If any of you aren't very familiar many of the artists in this genre, let me know and I can recommend more or you can explore the site at
musicindiaonline.com (http://www.musicindiaonline.com/) MY two favorite haunts there are Hindustani (vocal and instrumental links) followed by Carnatic (vocal and instrumental).

The Bash
07-26-2002, 09:50 PM
This is a cool subject. Thnxs for the links I'll get a chance to check em out tonight. So I may be asking a question the link will answer.
But you got any Indian links for dummies :)
That is I love listening to the stuff but know very little about it.
Not that u have to know jack to enjoy it but my appreciation and understanding of classical music and jazz grew as I learn more about forms/history stlye. Something like Vivaldi's Four Seasons makes much more sense when you understand what he's actually shooting for. So I'm sure there's a lot I'm missing.

07-27-2002, 01:17 AM
Here are a few links I found:

Feeling the Raga (http://www.expressindia.com/ie/daily/19990415/ile15113.html)

Partial Glossary (http://sawf.org/bin/tips.exe/gettip?user=Sawf+Archives&class=EZine&subclass=Music&tipid=1122&co=0&arch=1&pn=Music)

Another Glossary (http://ccrma-www.stanford.edu/~pchordia/ragaRadio/glossary.html)

Ali Akbar College of Music (http://www.aacm.org/)

Ravi Shankar (http://ravishankar.org/)

I haven't looked too deeply at this one, but it seems cool... (http://www.ragascape.com)

Essay (http://www.medieval.org/music/world/india.html)

08-19-2002, 11:28 PM
What a great topic! I've always loved the music of India and this opens up all sorts of new avenues for exploring. I used to listen to radioofindia.com before they went to the windows media platform.

Thanks again!!