October 26, 2019

Chitti Babu: Carnatic Veena [HTC 8155] a cassette originally recorded in 1968 and manufactured in 1990 in India

Here is a very nice cassette of music by Chitti Babu, the well-known veena performer. I decided to transfer this cassette after the previous upload purely because they share the same Ghatam player.

Chitti Babu was the disciple of ES Shastry, whose work has appeared on this blog in the past.

I was at a veena festival in the US once and met Chitti Babu's eldest son, who was very kind to talk to me briefly. He was cheerful and friendly and I was a little sad that I couldn't spend more time chatting with him.

A1 Chalamela (Varnam)
Composed By – Kuppuswami Iyer
Raga: Natakuranji
Tala: Adi

A2 Sudhamayi
Composed By – Muthayya Bhagavathar
Raga: Amritavarshini
Tala: Rupakam

A3 Kshierasagara Sayana
Composed By – Thyagaraja
Raga: Devagandhari
Tala: Adi

B1 Ragam-Tanam-Pallavi 
Raga: Charukesi

B2 Apadooraku (Javali)
Composed By – Pattabhiramayya
Raga: Khamas
Tala: Madhyadi

B3 Nallanivada-Misra 

B4 Mangalam (A Hymn from Vedas)

Veena – Chitti Babu
Ghatam – Alangudi Ramachandran
Mridangam – Vellore Ramabadhran 

Original printed catalog number on the cover spine is STC038 56884. A small piece of paper has been pasted over it with catalog number HTC 8155.

Transfer: Nakamichi ZX-9 cassette deck, refurbished to "better than new" state by Willi Hermann
Pre-amplification: Vintage refurbished Pioneer SX-780.
Recorder: Sony PCM-M10 at 24bit/96kHz resolution
Software: Audacity and xAct.
Monitoring: Focal Spirit One headphones


24bit, 96kHz FLAC files (935 MB)
highest resolution files I am capable of producing
after decoding to WAV files, these can be burned to CDR
highest quality mp3 files possible 

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