78 rpm Records of Indian Music: The Dacca Orchestral Party

This enchanting ensemble is a mix of Indian and Western instruments with occasional vocals. Googling the name “Dacca Orchestral Party” yields nothing. I wonder: would you have heard this group playing in the lobby of a Grand Hotel in the 1920s?

Wonderful. Surely one of the earliest pieces of East-West Fusion in existence.

Raga Kafi:

The little vocal interlude is priceless.


Raga Bhairavi:

The string/percussion section at 2:38 is timbrally fascinating. I could never have imagined such a combination; it almost recalls some of Harry Partch’s orchestrations.