Great crowd @CBL_Dublin for the free Indian Classical music recital today. Happy Diwali! Thanks for a great show! pic.twitter.com/pGaWbQ4zhr
— Cory Hanson (@HansonCory1) October 22, 2014
I had never attended a live performance of Indian music, so I was excited. There was a nice crowd queuing up outside library's lecture room- as would be expected for such a fine (and free!) opportunity.
The performers began with a raga, a traditional musical form in which the sitar player and tabla drummer improvise based upon a pre-determined structure- much like jazz players riffing with each other. The raga is a contemplative form, and very long by modern standards. It begins slowly and gains momentum as is continues. The live experience is fantastic- it doesn't really hold up when recorded.
The performance concluded with a vocal piece accompanied by sitar and tabla. This work was also improvised over a structure- the musicians communicated with each other while trading solos.
I walked away more informed and more aware of non-Western music, which I presume is exactly what the good folks over at the CBL wanted. Thanks for a great performance and Happy Diwali!
...And for the curious, here's an example of a sitar/tabla raga. Don't let the lame video title turn you off.