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Article: Review of Antara Multimedia Guide to Indian Music

By Haresh Bakshi
  The Title of the CD: ANTARA [for PC/MAC]
Publisher: Maia media and Culture

The CD "Antara" is designed to lead to appreciation of Indian classical music. It very effectively uses aesthetically appealing icons of the original miniatures. The presentation, thus enhanced, grips you and invites you to repeat your visits.

Antara comprises three hours of video, consisting of illustrations, animations and demos with commentaries. The CD has a provision for listening to shruti-s (microtones), using glissando from one note to another. The CD also exposes you to various taal-s, enticing you to play the game of of recognizing those taal-s. It also has incorporated a music lesson in the traditional style.

Coming to music proper, Antara has in store for you, three hours of clips of music recordings by well known artists like Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and Shruti Sadolikai Sadolikar. The tracks incluse twenty clips by Ustad Amjad Ali Khan (Sarod), the same number of vocal tracks by Shruti Sadolikar,Vrinda Mundkar, Murli Manohar Shukla, and Raghunandan Panshikar. Other instrumental tracks include Shahanai, Santoor, Sitar, Veena, Harmonium and Sarangi.

If you want to explore and browse the CD, you can go to various sections like musicians, gharanas, origin and development of Indian music, India and the West etc. The number of raga-s dealt with is twenty. Their aroha, avaroha, vadi, samvadi, time and rasa have been listed out.

We do wish the number of raga-s included in the CD was larger!

Antara CD is a good, attractive multimedia introduction to Indian classical music, covering many topics of relevance and interest. Maia media and Culture should be commended for the production value of Antara.




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