Jewels of India



On this recording, Pandit Ronu Majumdar has chosen one of the most attractive raags of North India. Raag Jhinjoti is a very flexible evening raag, in which it is possible to portray moods like devotion, innocence and romance. The beauty of Jhinjhoti lies in its simple yet attractive structure, which allows the raag to adapt to all genres of classical composition and performance, be it Dhrupad, Khayal, Thumri or Tappa. He begins his recital with alap, the slow improvised unfolding of the notes. The alap expresses and then unfolds the characteristics of the raag through the execution of particular melodic phrases. After the conclusion of the alap, Ronu Ji plays a composition set to a rhythmic framework of seven beats [Rupak]. A series of improvised patterns weave effortlessly around the movement of the rhythm. The performance of Jhinjoti concludes with a lively composition fixed to a rhythmic cycle of sixteen beats.