Raag Nandeshwari (CEX26)

On November 1, 2019 we are happy to release a digital-only album with Chandrashekar Naringrekar where he gives Raag Nandeshwari a thorough treatment on both his instruments, the surbahar and the sitar. He is accompanied on pakhawaj and tabla by Maruti Kurdekar.

Chandrashekar Naringrekar was Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar’s closest student and a great sitar- and surbahar exponent. He stayed in “Rukmini” Building in Chembur where his guru and some gurubhais like Ravi Bellare and the Krishnamurthy family (Ramani, Shivakumar and Sridhar) stayed and a wonderful musical atmoshphere prevailed with a small concert in Ustad’s room taking place every Sunday.

Chandu outside “Rukmini” building (the slums in the background are gone since long)

Later Chandu took office as principal of music at Kala Arts Academy in Panjim where he hired Maruti Kurdekar as main tabla teacher, so in the nineties they played a lot together. In 1993 they played a lovely concert at Chandu’s home for fellow Swedish tabla student Fredrik Johansson and me, now you can hear it as well.

Please enjoy this thorough treatment of one of Z.M. Dagar’s favourite ragas, Nandeshwari where they first play surbahar and pakhawaj and then sitar and tabla.

Maruti V. Kurdekar


  1. Nandeshwari - alap, jor, jhala (Surbahar) (30:21)
  2. Nandeshwari - Dhammar (Surbahar-pakhawaj) (9:16)
  3. Nandeshwari - Gat Jhaptal, (Sitar-tabla) (16:03)
  4. Nandeshwari - Gat, Teental (Sitar-tabla) (4:10)


Chandrashekar Naringrekar, Surbahar on tracks 1 & 2, Sitar och 3 & 4

Maruti V. Kurdekar, Pakhawaj on tracks 1 & 2, Tabla och 3 & 4

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CEX26 Chandrashekar Naringrekar: Raag Nandeshwari

Recorded by Fredrik Johansson and Bengt Berger in Panjim January 17, 1993
Mastering Claes Persson, CRP Recording
Cover photo, Fredrik Johansson
Graphic design, Jon Edergren, Spektra
Produced by Bengt Berger

This is a digital-only album, here is the iTunes booklet for CEX26.
If you download the album and burn your own cd, you can download this cover for CEX26