Live in Bombay 1967

Pandit Taranath

CEX19 Shree M.R. Gautam and Pandit Taranath: Live in Bombay 1967
M.R. Gautam, vocal
Unknown, harmonium
Pandit Tarantath, tabla
1 Raag Khat – Jhaptal 18:40
2 Bhairavi –  Chancar 17:43
3 Tuppa – Fast Sitarkhani 3:09
All music by MR Gautam.
Recorded in a private concert in Bombay Novermber 26, 1967
Recorded and produced by Bengt Berger
Mastered by Claes Persson, CRP Recordings
Album cover by Jon Edergren, Spektra Design

This album will be released on August 24, 2017 and will be available in digital format from that date.

Khyal maestro M.R. Gautam from Benares had come to Bombay for a private concert in November 1967. One of Pandit Taranath’s students was accompanying him on tabla. Pandit Taranath was invited for the concert and once there he was asked to ”sit in” for a few pieces and the audience was excited when he sat down on stage and played for some 40 minutes. As there is very little recorded music with any of these famous musicians we are happy that we brought the Nagra tape recorder and were allowed to record the concert. This album is only available in digital format. Shortly after Pandit Taranath left for the first time for the States, called by Ravi Shankar to teach tablas at his school and later on at Calarts.

CEX19 back and front cover

Here is a very good review by Raul da Gama


  1. Raag Khat - Jhaptal (18:40)
  2. Bhairavi - Chancar (17:43)
  3. Tuppa - Fast Sitarkhani (3:09)


Shri Madurai Ramaswamy Gautam was born in 1924 in Tiruchi in Tamil Nadu. He learnt Hindustani music under the guidance of a number of teachers including Ram Rao Naik, the Dagar brothers, Dilip Chandra Vedi, Anwar Hussain Khan, Siddheshwari Devi and Begum Akhtar.
A dedicated teacher of music, Shri Gautam has served as Head of the Music Department at Banaras Hindu University between 1954 and 1981. Later, during the period 1981 to 1983, he was Vice-Chancellor of Indira Kala Sangeet Viswavidyalaya at Khairagarh. At the start of his career he also worked as a Music Producer for All India Radio. An erudite musician and a fluent speaker on music, he has organized and attended many seminars and workshops all over India and other countries. He has several records, audio-cassettes, and CDs to his credit.
For his service to music, Shri Gautam has been honoured with the Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2008. He is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, London.
Shri M.R. Gautam receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Hindustani vocal music.
Thanks to M.R. Gautam’s son shree Pranav Gautam we have been given permission to release this recording.

more info

Here is a pdf of the cover: cex19_digi
Pressrelease in English CEX19_Press_Eng
Svensk pressrelease CEX19_Press_Swe
More about my tabla guru Pandit Taranth