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.
Music and featured items
Music Shop in Delhi
Lucy and Viram talk to the owner of a music shop in Delhi about its customers.
Hindu Music and quwali
The Nizami Brothers explain the spiritual and historic significance in the form of Quwali.
1960s and the Sitar
Lucy and Viram discuss how Indian music came to global attention in the 1960s.
Jaisalmer and folk music
Viram explains how Jaisalmer is associated with folk music tradition.
Children of the Langurs
Lucy hears the extraordinary sound performed by children.
Langur and snake charming
Lucy learns about the Langur caste tradition.
Reflection and looking forward
Lucy and Viram Jasani reflect on their journey so far and anticipate the next programme.