Deben Bhattacharya (December 12, 1921, Varanasi, India – July 23, 2001, Paris, France) was a Bengali ethnomusicologist, radio and record producer. Bhattacharya produced over 100 records, 23 films and published more than a dozen books mostly under the auspices of UNESCO. Settled in Paris since 1954, his family gave his huge sound archive to Bibliothèque Nationale De France.
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Music From The Desert Road (Deben Bhattacharya). Music from the Desert Road (Deben Bhattacharya) - B1 Iran - Rhythm of a Train (Drums) 01:32. Music from the Desert Road (Deben Bhattacharya) - A4 Syria - Bedouin Song and Dance 02:26. Music from the Desert Road (Deben Bhattacharya) - B4 Afghanistan - Neemakai (Wedding folk song) 02:38. Music from the Desert Road (Deben Bhattacharya) - A2 Turkey - Mevludin Nebevi (Religious chant) 04:32. Music from the Desert Road (Deben Bhattacharya) - A6 Jordan - Bedouin Song and Dance 02:17
Deben Bhattacharya (1921–2001) was a Bengali radio producer, record producer, ethnomusicologist, anthropologist, documentary filmmaker, photographer, translator, poet, writer, broadcaster, lecturer, and folk music consultant. He produced over 100 records, 23 films and published more than a dozen books in his lifetime and much of his work was carried out under the auspices of UNESCO.
Music from the Desert Road (Deben Bhattacharya) – B2 Iran - Humayun (Traditional melody), 02:06. Music from the Desert Road (Deben Bhattacharya) B5 India Zila from Varanasi (Benares). Music from the Desert Road (Deben Bhattacharya) B3 Afghanistan Atan Dance Music.
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An album culled from the recordings made by the late ethnomusicologist Deben Bhattacharya during a trip to Uzbekistan in 1970, while it was still under Soviet rule. Luckily for the cultural aspects of the old central Asian power, the Soviet hold on culture was relatively weak in Uzbekistan, so much of the culture survived decently. Here, the primary form of music is that based on the Middle Eastern maqam system, though there are aspects of a number of local folk forms as well.
Instruments: dhol (barrel drum), dahna (large kettle drum), damnia (small kettle drum), jhanjhar (cymbals), bhokkar (long horn), turya (large trumpets) and ranasinga (war horn). Performed by villagers from Pithoragarh, led by Sher Singh Rawat. Music from the Himalayas.
Field Recordings from Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Turkey.
Gypsy Music from Hungary. Deben Bhattacharya - Gypsy Primas 08:56. Deben Bhattacharya - She Is No Longer in That Street 09:17. Deben Bhattacharya - Magyar Nota 02:03. Deben Bhattacharya - Coffee House Music 06:52. Deben Bhattacharya - Winter Snow 06:29. Deben Bhattacharya - Gypsy Harp 01:49. Deben Bhattacharya - Verbunk Csardas 02:53. Zingari - Deben Bhattacharya. The Music of Uzbekistan - Deben Bhattacharya. Rythmes et mélodies du Bengale: chants et danses de la moisson - Deben Bhattacharya. Folk Songs And Dances Of North India Recorded In 1954 By Bhattacharya - Deben Bhattacharya.
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|A1||Soor On Santour
Santoor – Hossein Saba
|A2||Soor On Tar
Tar (lute) – Jabad Aliyani
Lyrics By – FirdowsiVocals, Goblet Drum [Zarb] – Sher Koda
|B2||Mahour On Setar
Lute [Setar] – Eskandare Ebrahimi
- Printed By – Graphis Press Limited
- Made By – British Celanese Limited
- Record Company – The Decca Record Company Limited
- Recorded By, Photography [Cover], Liner Notes, Producer – Deben Bhattacharya
NotesThis is a label variation of this version; the layout differs slightly, but most prominently the Argo logos are not the same [see and compare images]. Also, the version in this submission has labels that are slightly smaller than the label area of the record's vinyl.
Although the back cover states "stereo", the full album is mastered in mono, which is immediately clear while listening with headphones.
On back: "Laminated with 'Clarifoil' made by British Celanese Limited."
Tracks A1 and B1 recorded in Tehran, 1955. Tracks A2 and B2 recorded in Meshed, 1955
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Matrix / Runout (Runout Side 1 (stamped): ZRG-3213-IK
- Matrix / Runout (Runout Side 2 (stamped): ZRG-3214-IK
- Matrix / Runout (On Label Side 1): ZRG 3213
- Matrix / Runout (On Label Side 2): ZRG 3214
|ZFB 51||Deben Bhattacharya||Music From Iran (LP)||Argo||ZFB 51||UK||1971|