Kesarbai KerkarKesarbai Kerkar

Label:Mississippi/Change Records – MRP-033, Canary Records – C-11
Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Genre:Folk, World, & Country
Style:Indian Classical


A1Lalat: Ghatan Lagi Rain
A2Malkauns: Main San Meet
A3Nat Kamod: Nevar Baju Re
A4Lalita Gouri: Preetam Saiyan
B1Goud Malhar: Maan Na Kari
B2Kukubh Bilawal: Devi Durge
B3Desi: Mare Dere Aao
B4Bhairavi: Jaat Kahan Ho
B5Todi: Haan Re Dainya

Companies, etc.



This version contains all the tracks featured in the original 1963 release, presented in a completely different order.

[from booklet]
All performances recorded in Bombay. Editorial advice by Bill Meyer. Thanks to Namita Devidayal for her original research.

Recording details:
A1 October, 1944
A2 April, 1945
A3 July, 1946
A4 November, 1947
B1 November, 1947
B2 January, 1949
B3 January, 1949
B4 April, 1953
B5 April, 1953

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched): MRP033-A S-83433
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched): MRP033-B S-83434

Other Versions (4)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
New Submission
Raga Lalat / Raga Malkauns (LP, Album, Compilation)OdeonMOAE 156India1963
New Submission
Kesarbai Kerkar (9×File, FLAC, Compilation)Canary RecordsnoneUS2013
New Submission
Raga Lalat / Raga Malkauns (LP, Album, Compilation, Reissue)His Master's Voice, His Master's VoiceEALP. 1278, EALP 1278IndiaUnknown
New Submission
Raga Lalat / Raga Malkauns (LP, Album, Compilation, Reissue)His Master's Voice, His Master's VoiceEALP. 1278, EALP 1278IndiaUnknown


  • Adam_A's avatar
    Edited 2 years ago
    I've come to learn a lot about Indian classical music from LPs that I have found over the many years at thrift stores, used record stores, etc. But I recognize that so many artists are lost to me because they released few records and also during a time when the LP wasn't as nearly popular as 78s. Kesarbai Kerkar was the foremost female vocalist of her generation, but like many artists during that time they prized live performances over recording. We are lucky to have any compilation of artists from that time, and Kesarbai Kerkar is no exception. It's important to note that before her, female vocalists were not given as much of an important standing as their counterpart male performers. Kesarbai Kerkar changed all this with her voice that cuts deep. Even those who compiled the record for the Voyager satellite flight outside of our solar system included one of her recordings as the only example of Indian music to reach into outer space. (The song 'Jaat Kahan Ho' is presented on this record.) She was also an incredibly feisty individual and totally uncompromising. Not someone who might have wanted to meet, but her dedication to her music was absolutely unparalleled. As soon as she recognized she was losing her skills in her older age she retired forever, even refusing to see friends so that they could always remember her for who she was. What a life!



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