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Chapter 139: Spring Festival

Asian folk & Indian ragas

Asia is a huge continent, and these folk and classical pieces span countries, languages, and even tonal systems. If you’re not attuned to the nuances of Indian raga, it still makes for pleasant listening, a soothing river of resonance; if you are, the escalating micro-tweaks to the central motif and intricate meshing of sitar and tabla can be downright magical. Operatic Chinese classical compositions like “The Small Murmuring River” are overwhelming in the best way, and the melismatic Sufi chants of Abida Parveen and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan will move you to tears.
1. Namgar

Orphan Camel Colt*

2. Abida Parveen & Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

Chaap Tilak

3. Ravi Shankar

Kafi Holi (Spring Festival of Colors)

4. Hossam Ramzy

Lucy, the Magnificent

5. Ashwini Bhide Deshpande

Raga Shuddha Kalyan

6. National Traditional Orchestra Of China

Dance of the Yao People

7. Peng Liyuan

The Small Murmuring River

8. Sundaram Balachander

Dayapayonidhe, Pt. 2

9. Richard Hagopian

Parov Yegar Siroon Yar

10. Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan & Rupali Dalal

Raga Rageshree: Gat in Madhya Teen Taal

*Not on Spotify