December 12, 2017

Niaz Ahmed Khan and Fayyaz Ahmed Khan: Raga Yaman [Odeon MOCE 1058] an LP recorded in 1963 and reissued in 1967 in India

Here we have a really lovely and heartfelt example of singing from the Kirana Gharana. These two brothers were born in Jaipur. Fayyaz ji died in 1987; I can find little or no information on his younger brother Niaz Ahmed.

This is a beautifully sung and tastefully recorded LP, recorded in glorious monophonic sound in 1963. I'm beginning to prefer mono recordings of Hindustani Classical music, as it avoids the hard right/left stereo balance common in the 1970s-80s in India.

Niaz Ahmed Khan: vocal
Fayyaz Ahmed Khan: vocal
Mohammad Ahmed: tabla

side 1:
Raga Yaman
a) alap
b) composition in slow Jhumra taal
c) composition in fast teentaal

Side 2:
Raga Bairagi-Bhairav
a) Alap
b) composition in slow Jhaptaal
c) composition in fast teentaal

Equipment used in transfer: 
Preparation: Ultrasonic cleaning for 20 minutes in pure clean water
Turntable:  Audio-technica AT-LP-1240
Cartridge: Audio-technica AT440 mlb
Pre-amplification: Vintage refurbished Pioneer SX-780.
Recorder: Sony PCM-M10 at 24bit/96kHz resolution
Software: AudacityClickRepairand xAct

(the highest resolution I am capable of recording)

(after decoding into wav, can be burned to a CD)

(highest quality compressed audio file)


  1. Absolutely wonderful share Richard! Thank you so much... Any recording by these two brothers is super amazing. They have another LP ECSD 2448
    in which they sing their own creation - Raga Chandraprabha, and an LP ECSD 2732 in which they sing Raag Bageshwari and Todi. All are amazing.....Theres also a CD called 'Invocation' by them in which they sing Raag Lalit, for almost 56 mins. I have this CD, happy to share in case you dont have it.

  2. Wonderful. Thank you very much, Richard. The CD Kiran mentions is from Navras.