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Rikhi Ram and sons, Nizami brothers

Lucy Duran and Viram Jasani visit the sitar makers whose customers have included Ravi Shankar and the Beatles. They also hear the extraordinary singing boys of the Rajasthan desert.

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.

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  • Music Shop in Delhi

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

    Duration: 09:18

  • Music Played

    • Sakoor Khan Langa

      Dhun Thental

      Composer: Trad

      • BBC Recording.
    • Ravi Shankar

      Raag Samant sarang

      Composer: Trad

    • 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.

    Duration: 09:28

  • Music Played

    • the Nizami Brothers

      Quwali song for Allah

      Composer: Trad

      • BBC Recording.
    • 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.

    Duration: 06:32

  • Music Played

  • Jaisalmer and folk music

    Viram explains how Jaisalmer is associated with folk music tradition.

    Duration: 06:03

  • Music Played

    • Yasin Khan

      Raga Soohab

      Composer: Trad

      • BBC Recording.
  • Children of the Langurs

    Lucy hears the extraordinary sound performed by children.

    Duration: 10:36

  • Music Played

    • Rachid Khan, Mehhoob Khan and other children

      Rag Bhairi

      Composer: Trad

      • BBC Recording.
    • Rachid Khan, Mehhoob Khan and other children

      Rag Soohab

      Composer: Trad

      • BBC Recording.
  • Langur and snake charming

    Lucy learns about the Langur caste tradition.

    Duration: 11:31

  • Music Played

    • 40 unidentified children from the village of Badnawar

      Roup Nagan

      Composer: Trad

      • BBC Recording.
    • unknown Kalbelia group from Jodhpur

      Song for participating in a Mela

      Composer: Trad

      • BBC Recording.
    • 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.

    Duration: 02:38

  • Music Played

    • Asha Bhosle

      Dil Cheez Kya Hai

      Composer: Khaiyyaam & Shahryar

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