Vineet Vyas - The King of Dhamaar
This album is a heartfelt tribute to my esteemed Guru, the late Pandit Kishan Maharaj. I have attempted to show the range of vocabulary and exploration of the Dhamaar (14 beat) time cycle, highlighting the technical aspects of upaj (improvisation) throughout the recording in the uthaan, bantts, chalans and relas. I have also presented some tukdas, i.e. fixed compositions. I have been wonderfully supported on Harmonium by Ajay Joglekar of Mumbai.
A personal note from Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Sarod Maestro:
I am so happy to see Vineet carrying forward the legacy his monumental guru.This album truly is a testimony of that era and that relationship. Dhamaar was a time cycle that was synonymous with Pandit Kishan Maharaj. The musical presentation in this recording captures the literal story of Dhamaar and the way the taal is to be unfolded by the school of Banaras.
I am really happy to hear Vineetís interpretation of the training he bequeathed from his guru. I wish him all the very best to carry on the great work. May he timelessly take forward the legacy of Pandit Kishan Maharaj.
- Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Sarod Maestro
1-6. Tabla solo in Taal Dhamaar
7. Uthaan in Dhamaar
8. Damaru - Lord Shiva's Cosmic Drum