August 2, 2020

Vasant Rai and Alla Rakha Play Ragas of Meditation and Happiness [SRV 73013] an LP recorded and released in the US in 1975

Vasant Rai was born in 1942 and at the age of seven began musical studies. At 16 he became one of the last disciples of Allauddin "Baba" Khan, the sarod maestro who taught four legends of Hindustani music: his son Ali Akbar Khan, sitarists Ravi Shankar and Nikhil Banerjee, flautist Pannalal Ghosh, and many others. 

Rai died at the relatively young age of 43, and left only a handful of classical albums which supplement several "fusion" LPs. His collaborations with musicians such as Don CherryCarlos SantanaJohn McLaughlin, and the "world-fusion" band Oregon continue to bring new listeners to his body of recorded work.

Alla Rakha (1919-2000) was one of the towering figures of 20th century music. His collaborations with Ravi Shankar were legendary, but his tabla work was more than just as a partner to Ravi ji. His students included his son, Zakir Hussain.

Equipment used in transfer:

Preparation: Ultrasonic cleaning for 20 minutes in pure clean water
Turntable: Audio-technica AT-LP-1240
Cartridge: Shure M97xE
Pre-amplification: Vintage refurbished Pioneer SX-780.
Recorder: Sony PCM-M10 at 24bit/96kHz resolution
Software: AudacityClickRepair, kid3, and xAct.


highest resolution files I am capable of producing

after decoding to WAV files, these can be burned to CDR

highest quality mp3 files possible 


  1. Nice to have you back and posting again. Thank you for all of these gifts

  2. Really appreciate your posts. Never heard of Vasant Rai however his pedigree seems impeccable. Looking forward to hearing this.

  3. Thank you so much for all the pleasure I've had from your posts over the years.

  4. Thanks for the hi-res transfers, and the other options. I came to Vasant Rai through his association with the group Oregon (who were on the same Vanguard label). I particularly liked the recording quality of his "Spring Flowers" and "Autumn Song" albums, and this one is very good too.