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Originally recorded as part of a series of sessions (recorded in Churches no less) for the Connoisseur Society record label in the 60s and early 70s, these two sessions were discovered years later and eventually issued on Ali Akbar Khan’s own label AMMP in 1982. The sarod master is witnessed here sinking his teeth into two ragas; the Darbari Todi and the Bhupali Todi and both are respected and known for their majestic, transcendent moods. The great tabla player Mahapurush Misra who adds a rhythmic push to these meditative gems accompanies Ustad Ali Akbar Khan here, and apparently the whole thing was recorded on tune electronics giving it a warm, buzzing edge barely heard at the time. These are heavy, moving pieces of music, and should be of interest to anyone wishing to sink into the deep world of Indian music and beyond.