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vasant rai[edit]

there is a website for Vasant rai www.vasantrai.com

Improving this article[edit]

I tried adding some links and categorised it, but I don't know an awful lot about the subject. For a good article on a similar topic, see Sitar. This should be a good candidate for improvement. riana_dzasta 12:34, 8 November 2006 (UTC)

I have listed it at WP:INCOTW. riana_dzasta 13:13, 8 November 2006 (UTC)
Removed {{Photo requested}} - a photo of the sarod alone would still be highly desirable, though. riana_dzasta 15:15, 8 November 2006 (UTC)
OK, I'm talking to myself, but this has to be written down somewhere - why was a perfectly decent article cropped so mercilessly? Without readding information, too. Oh well, I'll see what I can take from there. riana_dzasta 15:46, 8 November 2006 (UTC)
I just cleaned up the Origins section a bit. It really looks like someone just copied and pasted the entire first half from some other unknown source. There was html formatting in the text, as well as non-standard quote characters. Some of the Origins text should probably be removed, because it's just kind of boring and repetitive. I'm not a subject matter expert, so I don't feel I should do it. --nathanbeach 20:45, 15 July 2011 (UTC)

Rationale for Ranking[edit]

There are no refs cited by this article, so its start class. We all know the sarod is an integral part of desi music so its top importance.Bakaman Bakatalk 05:24, 12 November 2006 (UTC)

Universally the greatest sarod teacher[edit]

Hi there folks, I think terming Allauddin Khan as the universally greatest indian music teacher is a rather subjective attitude. I'm sure there are people who would not agree to this. Allauddin Khan can certainly be pegged as a very well known and virtouso teacher, but to make an absolute statement in such a context is unacceptable. Also saying that Ali Akbar Khan and Amjad Ali Khan are more well known maybe a personal opinion! just as my opinion differs. I started taking ethnomusic classes in boston there i was introduced to a sarod player named Buddhadev Gupta, so for maybe a year I never heard of any other sarod player besides Buddhadev and his teacher. I'm certain that theres many other examples. Like in New York city the Sarod is associated with the name Vasant Rai, in San Fransisco its Ali Akbar Khan, In london its Gurudev Singh, In Isreal theres this other player whose name escapes me, In calcutta the name Buddhadev has an istant connotation to the word sarod. I have to say howver when i was travelling in India, with my brand new dulal sarod, people did ask if I was Amjad Ali Khans student. So over all in MY opinion Amjad is the the most well known. When i mentioned Ali akbar khan or Rajiv taranath or Buddhadev people justr had a blank stare and had never heard these names, but the name Amjad Ali Khan did ring bells in peoples head. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 24.215.253.65 (talk) 21:52, 28 October 2007 (UTC)

-Addressing the above: Alladduin Khan was the father of Ali Akbar Khan, father-in-law of Ravi Shankar, etc. I agree that sweeping statements as the above ("universally best teacher") are subjective and shouldn't be used (perhaps "regarded by many as the..."). That being said, the reason Ali Akbar Khan didn't ring many bells in India is that he (as the Ravi Shankar of Sarod) made the instrument known in the West, and gained most of his fame in the US, whereas Amjad Ali Khan did the bulk of his performing within India. He was the Guru or the Guru's Guru of MANY, MANY very famous performers of today. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 1.38.20.20 (talk) 19:20, 17 November 2013 (UTC)

Female sarod players[edit]

I would like to suggest the inclusion of the names of late Sharan Rani and Zarain Daruwala under the senior players list, as to my knowledge these two were the only female professional sarod players. Wikipedia crusader (talk) 15:06, 26 February 2009 (UTC)

Bahadur Khan[edit]

It seems Bahadur Khan has become a bête noir, with people deleting his name from the list as they please. I do not know if this is out of malice or ignorance, but tend to feel it is the former. Before you delete his name, try to at least listen to some of his recordings. Just because he was not that interested in marketing himself, and his name is mainly known to music connoisseurs, does not mean his name should be deleted from the encyclopedia. He deserves to be in the senior players list, and if not, I can argue against a few others in the same list as well. Wikipedia crusader (talk) 10:04, 25 June 2009 (UTC)


I agree. An American Ethnomusicologist living in UP India and studying the sarod, I've been reading as much as I can on the instrument in addition to learning to play it. In most Indian-written "history of sarod" books, Bahadur Khan's name is included. Among things notable mentioned within, are that he popularized playing Bengali folk songs on the Sarod, and would from time to time work them in to different Raag performances. Why his name doesn't seem to be "en vogue" in many Western publications eludes me, as he is certainly listed as notable by each Indian-written Sarod book I have come across. -MTB

Dr Rajeev Taranath[edit]

Taranath, like Vasant Rai, is one of the rare non-family disciples of the Maihar Gharana to have imbibed a vast corpus of material and the core of Ali Akbar Khan's artistry. Rajeev Taranath is 77 years old, a retired professor of Dharwad University and CalArts, and a great sarod player in every possible respect. It is a shame that his name has been deleted from the list of great sarod players (and pasted into the "young performer" list) on three occasions by an anonymous user. Rajeev Taranath is the winner of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for 2007. That in itself justifies his inclusion amongst senior players. Wikipedia crusader

Dr Kalyan Mukherjea[edit]

A user from the IP address 98.14.222.160 has routinely edited references to Dr Kalyan Mukherjea, Dr Rajeev Taranath and Ms Zarine Sharma amongst 20th century greats of sarod playing. One wonders why this NYC-based user has so much of an objection to the inclusion of these players on this list, where certain lesser players are happily tolerated. Since my earlier intervention with a note on Rajeev Taranath, his place in the list seems to have been secured, but Kalyan Mukherjea appears to be the focused target of 98.14.222.160. So much so, that the entry on Mukherjea in this talk page was also edited out by the same user. It is fine if you wish to evolve a personality cult around a player you like, but this seems to me to be a targeted attack on Dr Mukherjea and others who may be associated with this name. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Glissando1937 (talkcontribs) 07:08, 10 September 2009 (UTC)

Pictures of Sarod players I did delete the photos of sarod players. There can be seperate articles for the artsits. Does anyone have a pic of Amjad ali khan style sarod (just the instrument)?? please post. We already have a Maihar one posted. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 66.108.223.84 (talk) 20:50, 22 October 2009 (UTC)

Vasant Rai[edit]

To the Rajiv Taranath contributer: Well said about Rajiv, he certainly is a very senior musician, however sadly very underrated. He definately deserves a place in the senior/well known Sarod players. I must add, that Vasant Rai was NEVER a student of Ali Akbar Khan, he was Allauddin Khan's student. If you hear his recordings his playing and style are very different from Ali Akbar Khan. Unfortunately due to his very early demise, he did not get a chance to get as exposed as Ali Akbar Khan, or Ravi Shankar, or for that matter even Banerjee. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Deeguitars (talkcontribs) 19:52, 28 October 2009 (UTC)

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