June 2020

Transcriptions of Afghani music for Rubab

I am publishing on this site a collection of various music transcriptions for Rubab that I have made, collected, or rearranged in the past few years of study.

Some are based on transcriptions made by others (credited in the score), but most of them have been made by me, and therefore they are likely to have some mistakes. The transliteration of titles, performers and ragas is also approximate and may not be accurate. Please get in touch if you have any suggestions or amendments.

I have been mainly interested in capturing the essence of the various songs and melodies that I have transcribed, without all the ornaments and repetitions that in any case will vary between performances. Please consider them as "skeletons" of melodies that need to be interpreted.

I am sharing them with the hope that they could be useful to other Rubab students: they are all written in Western notation and Sargam, assuming Do=Sa, and I have linked some recordings on YouTube, which are not necessarily those that I have used for the transcriptions.

Credits:

Raag Title Video / Source
Ahir Bhairav Raag Ahir Bhairav - Jhaptal
Robab - The Soul of Sound - Track #1
Virtuoso from Afghanistan - Smithsonian Folkways - Track #3
Ahir Bhairawi Raag Ahir Bhairawi
Ahir Bhairawi Raag Ahir Bhairawi
Daud Khan Sadozai
Anandi Paye Ashke Man
Anandi Raag Anandi
Asa Layli Kodam Ast
Rubab et Dutar - Track #1
Asa Naghmeh-Ye Kashal
Online Afghan Rubab Tutor
Basanta Mukhari Raag Basanta Mukhari
Daud Khan Sadozai
Basanta Mukhari Setarahai Rangin
Bhairav Farkhar
Mahwash - Ghazals afghans - Track #5
Bhairav Ghazal - Gar Konad Saheb-E-Man
The Rough Guide To Music of Afghanistan - Disc 1 - Track #2
Bhairav Raag Bhairav
Bhairav Raag Bhairav
Ustad Mohammad Omar
Bhairavi Da Zamong Zeba Watan
(Daa zamung zeba watan)
Bhairavi Kataghani
(Qataghani)
Music Of Central Asia, Vol.3 - The Art Of The Afghan Rubâb - Track #3
Bhairavi Mola Mamad Djan
(Biya Ke Borem Ba Mazar)
The Rough Guide To Music of Afghanistan - Disc 1 - Track #2
Bhairavi Naghmeh-Ye Kashal
Online Afghan Rubab Tutor
Bhairavi Pa Ro Ro Kegda Qadamuna Ashna
Robab - The Soul of Sound (2006) - #8 Rag Bhairawi
Bhairavi Sheikh Ahmad - E Jâm
Afghanistan: Le rubâb de Hérat - Track #1
Bhairavi Syamui & Jalali
(Bagzar ba nalam sabzam hai)
Bhairavi Wa Malanga Yara
Bhopali Naghmeh-Ye Kashal
Virtuoso from Afghanistan - Smithsonian Folkways - Track #2
Bhopali Raag Bhopali
Robab - The Soul of Sound (2006) - Track #3
Bhopali Emen Raag Bhopali Emen
Chandrakauns Raag Chandrakauns
Ezatullahi Naghma-Ye Klasik
Memories of Herat - Instrumental Music of Afghanistan - Track #1
Gurjari Todi Raag Gurjari Todi
Ustad Mohammad Omar
Jawan Puri Raag Jawan Puri
Kaushik Dhwani Raag Kaushik Dhwani
Kedar Raag Kedar
Kesturi Mata Pa Mro Stargo
Kesturi Naghmeh-Ye Kashal
Online Afghan Rubab Tutor
Kesturi Nemme Biya
(Nan me bya)
Ustad Durai Logari
Kesturi Raag Kesturi
Kesturi Yo Palom Yaar Lavangeen
(Yau palam yar Laanghina)
Kesturi Yo Palom Yaar Lavangeen
Khamaj Aisha
(Taa Va Kai Az Maa Jodaaye Aayesh)
Khamaj Raag Khamaj
Khamaj Vaishnava Jan To
Nat Bhairav Nastaran
Music from the Crossroads of Asia - Track #8 Song of the Cricket
Nastaran - Track #1 Elegantine
Pahari Raag Pahari
Pari Naghmeh-Ye Kashal
Online Afghan Rubab Tutor
Pilu Alak Naray
(Halek narey chinar dey)
Pilu Manand Uqab
Pilu Mast-O-Ghazalkhan
Mahwash
Radio Kaboul - Track #3
Pilu Naghmeh-Ye Kashal
John Baily - Ustad Rahim
Online Afghan Rubab Tutor
Pilu Raag Pilu
Virtuoso from Afghanistan - Smithsonian Folkways - Track #4
Pilu Raag Pilu
Pilu Raag Pilu
Daud Khan Sadozai
Pilu Raag Pilu
Pilu Zama Khkulee Janana
Rahim Ghamzada
Sindhi Bhairavi Ay Negare Man
Ustad Zaland
Sindhi Bhairavi Ay Sarban
Sindhi Bhairavi Ghazal
Sindhi Bhairawi Raftem Az In Bagh
Telang Raag Telang
Ustad Mohammad Omar
Yaman Naghmeh-Ye Kashal
Virtuoso from Afghanistan - Smithsonian Folkways - Track #1
Online Afghan Rubab Tutor
Yaman Kalyan Sobhe Keshware Maiwat
Baran
Ustad Mohammad Omar
Rubab Master from Afghanistan - Recordings from the archives of WDR - Track #5
Ghazal (unknown)
Daud Khan Sadozai
Khater-e Mara
Daud Khan Sadozai
Layli Jan
Layli Jan
Mahwash
Radio Kaboul - Track #9
Nazko Nazko
Robab - The Soul of Sound (2006) - #7 Robab and Tambur (folk)
Nazko Nazko
Ustad Mohammad Omar
Rubab Master from Afghanistan - Recordings from the archives of WDR - Track #7
Saqi rakra da sro labo
Pa Dwaro Laso May Newaly
(Pa dwaro laso me newale)
Song (unknown)
Uzbeki Keliwali