Pandit Omkarnath Thakur – Garawa Mayi Sang Lage, Pts. 1 and 2

February 18, 2008

omkarnath.jpgThe life and long career of renowned Khyal vocalist Pandit Omkarnath Thakur (1897-1967), or Pujya Pandit Shree Omkarnathji Thakur as the record label at right would have it, is documented colorfully elsewhere. Born in poverty, he eventually spent years in Pandit Vishnu Digambar’s music school in Bombay, and became the principal of a music school by age 20. By ca. 1934-1935, when this record was pressed in India, he was already recording masterworks.

Blessed with, according to legend, his father’s “precious mantra” written on his tongue, Thakur’s vocal style is immediately dramatic. He improvises and modulates his voice on lyrics and syllables in an almost dizzying fashion (most apparent in Part 2 of today’s post), known as bol taan in Indian classical music.

This well-known track was most likely released decades ago on LP – it was also released on a hard to locate Indian CD titled “Golden Milestones” but as far as I can tell, the sound quality on that CD is quite poor. Therefore, I offer both sides of this fine performance here.

For more Thakur music on the web, check this post on Mehfil-E-Mausiqi.

Omkarnath Thakur – Garawa Mayi Sang Lage, Pts 1 & 2

Technical Notes
Label: Columbia
Issue Number: VE.1016
Matrix Number: CEI.7358-1, CEI.7359-1

9 Responses to “Pandit Omkarnath Thakur – Garawa Mayi Sang Lage, Pts. 1 and 2”

  1. sroden said

    staggeringly beautiful…!

  2. Vrushank said

    He is a mile ahead of all the existing pandits with unfathomable depth.

  3. Wendell III said

    My god, that is INCREDIBLY beautiful!

  4. kavita said

    it’s out of this world!!!no words to describe it’s beauty.I got goose bumps!!thanks for sharing.

  5. Himendra Thaku said

    Can someone give me the contact of the Gandharva Sangeet Mahavidyalaya established by Pandit Omkarnath Thakur to perpetuate the style of Pandit Vishnu Digamvar?

  6. Himendra Thaku said

    Please give me the contact of Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Music College established by Pandit Omkarnath Thakur.

  7. Himendra Thakur said

    Please correct the last name. Sorry for the typo.

  8. Mr. J said

    Absolutely incredible in every way! This is talent at it’s best!

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