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Indian Classical Music
a drum, yamen
--the mother of voluptuousness--
rests in the arms
of the vanquisher of demons.
How could I forget
that puts to shame
the blue Jumna.
Raga Sarara (ancient text)
Up: B, D, E, F#, G, A, B, C
Scale Down: C, B, A, F#, E, D, C
Main Note: E
Always played during the early part of the night
Yamen is one of the principal ragas of North Indian classical
music. Legend has it that Raga Yamen was invented by Amir
Khursau (1253-1325) who also invented the khayal style of
Mood This orchestral version by V. Balsara from the
difficult-to-find 1960's album Raga Mood serves as a
to raga Yamen. The tala (rythmic pattern played by the tabla
drums) in this selection is in xx beats.
Amir Khan Khayal in jhumra tal (14 beats) and Khayal in
tintal (16 beats). 1960s.
Niaz Ahmed and Ustad Fayyaz Ahmed Khan Khayal in jhumra
tal (14 beats). Mohammad Ahmed, tabla. 1960s.
Ghosh Jhumra tal (14 beats) followed by tintal (16
beats). Pannalal Ghosh was one of the great flute players in
India. He was born in Bangladesh in 1911 and died in 1960.
Yamen Kalyan is like raga Yamen, however a very exact and subtle
use of the F Natural note is introduced.
Joshi Jhaptal. Gulam Rasool, tabla. Calcutta. 1960s.