Ravi Shankar at Monterey Pop Festival

The Monterey Pop Festival was held in Monterey, CA in the summer of 1967 becoming the first widely publicized and attended rock music festival.  The festival is noted for hosting the first major U.S. performances of Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, and Ravi Shankar.   John Phillips of The Mamas & The Papas was the key organizer and promoter of the event.  All revenue from ticket sales was donated to charity and all the performers except for Ravi Shankar were not paid.  Shankar was paid $3,000 for his four-hour-long Sunday afternoon sitar performance.  He is accompanied by Ustad Alla Rakha on tabla.

Here is “Dhun In dadra and fast teental (6 and 16 beats)” the last piece from Shankar’s set at Monterey:

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Badar Ali Khan – Hai Peer Hamara Ali Ali

Qawwali master Badar Ali Khan (aka Badar Miandad) sings the late qawwali “Hai Peer Hamara Ali Ali” in the presence of Shaykh Muhammad Tahir ui Qadri.  Badar Ali Khan comes from a noted family of qawwals and was a cousin of the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, a qawwali singer famous in the West for his prolific recording career of qawwali music.

Qawwali is a form of devotional music of Sufis of the Hindustani region of South Asia.  The style is more than 700 years old and noted for creating high states of spiritual ecstay, wajad, – in both performers and listeners – central to the Sufi practices of the region. Enjoy!

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Begum Akhtar – Kaisi yeh dhoom machaai

So I know I have been posting a lot today – I am working on my thesis concerning Sufi music of Pakistan and Northern India and in my research I have found a bunch of great music I want to share with everyone – so deal with it.

Our next video is of Northern Indian ghazal singer Begum Akhtar singing “Kaisi yeh dhoom machaai.”  Begum Akhtar is considered one of the greatest Hundistani singers of the twentieth century and this piece is a fine example of her work.  She has been a personal favorite of mine for a few years now but I only recently found this video – enjoy!