I’m returning to India for a track by Master Laloo, a singer from Gujarat, presumably. Collecting Indian music has always been daunting to me - I love it, but there are so many excellent artists out there, I’m overwhelmed. That said, I enjoy what I have, and what I continue
to pick up. Hell, it’s all a giant experiment, for the most part, and that’s what continues to make it fun.
While Laloo doesn’t perform some of the same vocal gymnastics as other masters of Indian classical music, there’s something very appealing to me about the combination of voice, harmonium, and tabla. Basically, what I’m trying to say is that I enjoy listening to this record, which is what it’s all about. Judging by the label and the pressing (which was made in the Gramophone Company’s Indian plant, at Dum Dum), I would guess this stems from the early to mid-1930s.
I could find nothing on the Master in question, although I am in the process of trying to obtain a title translation. If anyone else can step up to the plate, please do! However, the label is quite difficult to read due to the gold on green background.
On a side note, R. and I went to a concert of Central Asian music in Los Angeles the other night. I always feel nervous beforehand that a concert like that will be too faux world-y for me, but it was very good, and one artist stood out: the Kazakh singer and dombra player Ulzhan Baibussynova. Although she performed only three songs, they were riveting. She appears on the recent Smithsonian Folkways release Bardic Divas.
Technical NotesLabel: HMV Issue Number: N. 2569 Matrix Number: BX. 4884
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