December 9, 2017

Hariprasad Chaurasia and Zakir Hussain: Raga Jog - in studio performance recorded and broadcast by BBC Radio 3 in England in 1987

The first of two recordings by Hari ji this weekend will be this Raga Jog, recorded in the BBC studios and broadcast for the program "Another World" on May 16, 1987.

This was about the time that Hari ji was suddenly getting wider exposure in England. He appeared on CDs on the ECM and Nimbus labels in 1987 and it was also about this time that I was discovering Indian Classical music.

Hariprasad Chaurasia: bansuri
Zakir Hussain: tabla
(unknown tanpura)

The music was split up as noted below and I have seamlessly joined the pieces together for easier listening. I have not included the extremely brief announcer (total of 21 seconds). No other processing was performed on the audio.

The (unedited by me) original info file for this recording is as follows:


Hariprasad Chaurasia & Zakir Hussain
"Another World"
BBC Radio 3 broadcast

Hariprasad Chaurasia : Flute
Zakir Hussain : Tabla
+ additional musician on stringed instrument??

SB > (recorded, not live) > BBC Radio 3 FM broadcast >
unknown tuner > Aiwa F770 > TDK SA-C90 cassette master >
Cassette playback on Pioneer CT-S550S with azimuth correction >
Sony JE530 A/D (44.1k) > Nomad JB3 > .wav > Adobe Audition > .wav >
CDWAV > FLAC frontend > .flac files

Note: The Sony JE530 is a minidisc recorder, however
a pure digital output is available when using it as a
"passthrough" device. Therefore, despite the presence
of a minidisc device in this lineage there is no MD/
ATRAC compression.

  1. Radio Announcer Introduction       0:09
  2. Rag Jog (Part 1) (Flute solo)     10:44
  3. Rag Jog (Part 2) (Flute + Tabla)  33:08
  4. Rag Jog (Part 3) (Flute solo)      3:21
  5. Rag Jog (Part 4) (Flute + Tabla)  11:39
  6. Radio Announcer Outro              0:12
Total Time : [59:13]

Left channel samples x 120% (approximately + 1.5db)
Right channel samples x 135% (approximately + 2.5db)


(after conversion to .wav, suitable for burning to CD)

(highest quality mp3 possible - suitable for listening on portable device)


  1. I have May 26, 1986 as the date. Perhaps the 1987 date was for the broadcast and 1986 for the recording itself.

    --Bart Grooms

  2. Thank you for uploading this broadcast and thanks for your excellent blog. It is great to be able to hear Hariprasad Chaurasia and Zakir Hussain performing together in another context.