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Rikhi Ram and sons, Nizami brothers

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Saturday 22 February 2003

In the second of three programmes, Lucy Duran and Viram Jasani continue their musical tour of North India.

This week they visit Rikhi Ram & Sons' music shop in New Delhi. Renowned throughout the world, they still hand craft sitars for all the leading Indian masters: their customers have included Ravi Shankar, Vilayat Khan and The Beatles. Plus, Lucy and Viram pay homage to the shrine of Nizam Uddin Auliya, the famous Sufi philosopher, and are treated to an authentic Qawali performance during afternoon prayers by the Nizami Brothers. And, leaving Delhi behind they make their way south, where they hear the extraordinary singing boys of Rajasthan in the middle of this vast and magical desert landscape.

Music and featured items

20 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Music Shop in Delhi

    Lucy and Viram talk to the owner of a music shop in Delhi about its customers.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Sakoor Khan Langa
      00:02

      Sakoor Khan Langa Dhun Thental

      Composer: Trad

      BBC Recording

    • Image for Ravi Shankar
      00:05

      Ravi Shankar Raag Samant sarang

      Composer: Trad

    • Image for The Beatles
      00:08

      The Beatles Within you without you

      Composer: George Harrison

  • Hindu Music and quwali

    The Nizami Brothers explain the spiritual and historic significance in the form of Quwali.

  • Music Played

    • Image for the Nizami Brothers
      00:10

      the Nizami Brothers Quwali song for Allah

      Composer: Trad

      BBC Recording

    • Image for the Nizami Brothers
      00:15

      the Nizami Brothers Quwali song for all the Saints

      BBC Recording

  • 1960s and the Sitar

    Lucy and Viram discuss how Indian music came to global attention in the 1960s.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Viram Jasani
      00:20

      Viram Jasani Bhatrili

      Composer: Trad

      BBC Recording

  • Jaisalmer and folk music

    Viram explains how Jaisalmer is associated with folk music tradition.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Yasin Khan
      00:29

      Yasin Khan Raga Soohab

      Composer: Trad

      BBC Recording

  • Children of the Langurs

    Lucy hears the extraordinary sound performed by children.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Rachid Khan, Mehhoob Khan and other children
      00:32

      Rachid Khan, Mehhoob Khan and other children Rag Bhairi

      Composer: Trad

      BBC Recording

    • Image for Rachid Khan, Mehhoob Khan and other children
      00:38

      Rachid Khan, Mehhoob Khan and other children Rag Soohab

      Composer: Trad

      BBC Recording

  • Langur and snake charming

    Lucy learns about the Langur caste tradition.

  • Music Played

    • Image for 40 unidentified children from the village of Badnawar
      00:43

      40 unidentified children from the village of Badnawar Roup Nagan

      Composer: Trad

      BBC Recording

    • Image for unknown Kalbelia group from Jodhpur
      00:46

      unknown Kalbelia group from Jodhpur Song for participating in a Mela

      Composer: Trad

      BBC Recording

    • Image for unknown Kalbelia group from Jodhpur
      00:51

      unknown Kalbelia group from Jodhpur Song for participating in a Mela

      Composer: Trad

      BBC Recording

  • Reflection and looking forward

    Lucy and Viram Jasani reflect on their journey so far and anticipate the next programme.

  • Music Played

    • Image for Asha Bhosle
      00:55

      Asha Bhosle Dil Cheez Kya Hai

      Composer: Khaiyyaam & Shahryar

  • Nizami Brothers

    Nizami Brothers

    Nizami Brothers perform a quwali at the Shrine of Nizam Uddin Auliya.

  • Kalbelia

    Kalbelia

    Kalbelia dancing in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

  • Children of the Desert

    Children of the Desert

    Boys from Badnawar perform traditional Rajasthani folk music.

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