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Y5 CYCLE A: World Music Traditions: Indian Classical & Bhangra

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Genre: World Music Traditions

Style: Indian Classical & Bhangra


Kishori Amonkar (India)

Berklee Indian Ensemble (with Shankar Mahadevan)

Bhujhangy Group (Birmingham)


Vidushi Kishori Amonkar - Bengal Classical Music Festival 2014

Berklee Indian Ensemble ft Shankar Mahadevan - 5 Peace Band (Live at Berklee)

The Berklee Indian Ensemble is delighted to present "5 Peace Band" featuring renowned Indian composer and vocalist, Shankar Mahadevan.

Composed by John McLaughlin, "5 Peace Band" was most notably performed by 'Remember Shakti', the reformation of 1970s indo-jazz fusion group, 'Shakti'. Led by John McLaughlin (guitar) and Zakir Hussain (tabla) and U Srinivas (see below for a rehearsal version of this from the 1990s!)

'5 Piece Band' by Remember Shakti

John Mclaughlin, U Srinivas, Zakir Hussain, V Selvaganesh, S Mahadevan (Rehearsal) (1995)

Bhujhangy Group - 'Bhabiye Akh Larr Gayee'

Bhujhangy Group are from near Birmingham and created their own Bhangra style of music inspired by the Bhangra dance style.





Kishori Amonkar


enlightenedKishori was born in Bombay (now Mumbai), India

enlightened She played the swarmandal – An Indian harp with up to 40 strings which are plucked. 

enlightened She lost her voice completely for two years in the middle of her career!


click on the image to start the music lesson video!


Listen to these songs and have a think about the musical elements:


Sahelare Aa Mil Gae - Bhoop Drut

Nainan Neer Bahe

Raga Gunkali: Drut Khyal in Raga Gunkali

Mahavishnu Orchestra - 'Meeting Of The Spirits/You Know You Know'

Meeting Of The Spirits/You Know You Know - The Mahavishnu Orchestra - Live at the BBC 1972
John McLaughlin - guitar
Jan Hammer - keyboards
Jerry Goodman - violin
Rick Laird - bass
Billy Cobham - drums

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Learn all about the swarmandal - the instrument played by Kishori Amonkar



THE SWARMANDAL - Richard Harvey

This is the instrument that Kishori Amonkar is playing in the video above.

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