Petals of Bliss Romantic Ragas
North Indian classical music is based on traditional modal structures known as ragas, and on rhythmic cycles, known as talas. Together, they include a broad spectrum of melodic and rhythmic possibilities. The classical system of improvisation within the frame work of raga and tala makes possible an unequaled diversity of expressions and moods: tranquil, meditative, joyous, devotional, compassionate, erotic and romantic. "Two particularly brilliant young Indian musicians joined forces for a masterful display of traditional music of India. As young players, Bhatt and Hussain represent a new school of freedom in Indian music. Traditions are observed to the letter, but the sense of style in the new wave has blossomed into a greater spectrum of expression... Krishna Bhatt on sitar and Zakir Hussain on tabla proved exceptional craftsmanship and artistry of their music." San Fransisco Chronicle.