Meditative melodic improvisations and virtuosic rhythmical dialogues, a spicy mixture of North Indian classical music; this is MUSIC MASALA.

Tabla virtuoso Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, rising Sitar star Purbayan Chatterjee, the legendary Rudra Vina master Ustad Asad Ali Khan and other Indian master musicians guide you into the world between Raga and Tala. In concerts and interviews they provide a unique insight into the variety and vitality of Indian musical traditions which will surely inspire all lovers of world music.

MUSIC MASALA is an insider tip for music enthusiasts who can open their ears beyond familiar sounds and it provides a direct access into the sound universe of classical North Indian music.

The Film

Calcutta, winter season: musicians and music lovers meet each other in whole night concert festivals. Young Sitar virtuoso Purbayan Chatterjee demonstrates the musical interpretation of Ragas (indian melodic structures) while under the hands of Tabla maestro Pandit Anindo Chatterjee the world of Tala (indian rhythmic cycles) comes alive.

Travelling with bus, train or in an auto rickshaw – amidst the pulsating everyday life of India, the musical journey leads from Calcutta to New Delhi. Here, musicians of the Dagar family have maintained the tradition of old-classical Dhrupad music and passed it down over 20 generations. Dhrupad singer Ustad Wasifuddin Dagar tells about the origins of this oldest North Indian musical form which goes back to the chants of the Vedas (the holy books of Hinduism). A leap into music history is made in visiting Ustad Asad Ali Khan, one of the last great interpreters of the Rudra Vina; ‘queen and mother of  Indian stringed instruments’, and the most important solo instrument of the old classical instrumental music. The meditative character of Dhrupad finds its rhythmical complement in the majestic tone of the Pakhawaj, which is presented by percussion maestro Pandit Dalchand Sharma and his 9 year old son and pupil.

MUSIC MASALA is a journey into the magical world of North Indian classical music, spanning the modern age and tradition. While musicians and music lovers tell of the uniqueness and beauty of the music, shots of concert highlights combined with pictures full of vibrant indian life, create an unforgettable film experience which enchants the uninitiated as well as experts on India.

Contributing Musicians

Pandit Anindo Chatterjee (Tabla) · Purbayan Chatterjee (Sitar) · Ustad Wasifuddin Dagar, Ustad Fahimuddin Dagar, Ustad Sayeeduddin Dagar (Dhrupad vocal) · Ustad Asad Ali Khan (Rudra Vina) · Pandit Dalchand Sharma (Pakhawaj) · Sougata Roy Chowdhuri (Sarod) · Subhankar Banerjee (Tabla) · Debopriyo Sarkar (Tabla) · and others


PAL | region code free | picture format: 4:3 | Dolby Digital Stereo (AC3) | original english soundtrack | optional german subtitles | 68 minutes
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  • Pandit Anindo Chatterjee
  • Purbayan Chatterjee
  • Ustad Fahimuddin & Sayeeduddin Dager
  • Ustad Asad Ali Khan
  • Pandit Dalchand Sharma
  • Saugata Roy Chowdhuri
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