Product Name Product Description Product Features Price
A Journey - Vikas Gupta
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Vikas Gupta has gained recognition both in India and abroad as a highly skilled and creative sitarist.

A Journey - Vikas Gupta has gained recognition both in India and abroad as a highly skilled and creative sitarist. His fast growing reputation has been built on his ability to articulate improvised passages with great speed and clarity based on sound raga structure, combined with the skilful control of meend, the technique of pulling the main melodic string across the fret of the sitar in order to vary the pitch of the note. This method of playing allows the sitarist to closely mirror the ways in which the voice is used in Indian music.

Sitar is the best known and most popular stringed instrument in the Northern part of the Indian sub-continent. India is home to a plethora of highly talented and well practiced sitarists, who are sound evidence of the enormous appetite that continues to exist for classical music in this country rightly proud of its cultural riches. The fact that Vikas has managed to attract widespread acclaim from both audiences and critics is testament to his devotion and dedication to music.

For this recording Vikas has chosen two ragas of contrasting moods, Gaud Sarang and Pilu. Gaud Sarang is an energetic raga which evokes feelings of aspiration and hope. It is traditionally performed in the afternoon, which makes it rarely heard outside of India where most concerts take place in the evening. The name suggests it to be a combination of the now obsolete Raga Gaud and Raga Sarang, though its melodic movements are not typical of other Sarang family ragas. Its 'zig-zag' melodic motifs make it a technically challenging raga to handle especially in faster tempo.

Raga Pilu is a romantic raga that is associated mostly with lighter classical vocal genres such as thumri.

£8.99
Aarti Darshan
SRCD 104

Aarti is performed at the end of all ritualistic worship accompanied by the ringing of bells. Chanting and regular recitation of these Aartis with faith and devotion will bring fulfilment in your lives.

Aarti is performed at the end of all ritualistic worship accompanied by the ringing of bells. The lighted lamp is held in the right hand and is waved in a clockwise circling motion that illuminates the deity while the prayers are being recited. The significance of this lies in the fact that our minds become focused when we see the illumined form of the Lord in all his beauty. Many devotees close their eyes while performing the Aarti. This signifies the purpose of our life to find the Lord within and to become one with Him. Therefore, each one of us is a temple of the Lord ­ we hold the Divinity within.

Camphor (Kapur) represents our desires and it is burnt at the end of aarti. Camphor, when it burns ­ leaves no residue. Just as it is lit with the fire of knowledge (aarti) ­ we want the Lord to burn our desires and leave not a trace of Ego. Chanting and regular recitation of these Aartis with faith and devotion will bring fulfilment of wishes, peace, joy and happiness in your lives.

£5.99
Aasha - Sangeeta Shankar
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Aasha: Sangeeta Shankar's playing has a fluidity and silky beauty which draws the listener deeply into the emotional aspects of her music. Recorded at Saptak Festival 2003, Gujarat.

Born into a famous family of traditional violinists, Sangeeta Shankar began her musical training at the tender age of four. Initiated and trained by her illustrious mother Dr. N. Rajam, she quickly mastered the intricacies of playing the violin and started performing concerts when she was only thirteen.

Her career in music has been outstanding, the fruit of several years of long, arduous and dedicated training. Her family boasts some of India's finest violinists, masters of their art in both the North Indian Hindustani and South Indian Carnatic styles of music. Although both styles share many features there are basic differences in form, structure, approach to improvisation and use of different instruments. For example, the North Indians use tabla for rhythmic accompaniment while the South Indians prefer the barrel-shaped Mdringam.

Sangeeta has recorded music from both traditions with her mother, a rare feat for an Indian musician. Her academic distinctions are in keeping with her illustrious professional career, Sangeeta's doctoral thesis from the Benares Hindu University is the culmination of detailed and dedicated research on the contribution of violin and violinists to Indian music.

Sangeeta has performed throughout the world and is a regular attraction at India's most prestigious music festivals, including Saptak, where this performance was captured on 10th January 2003.

Saptak is a twelve day long extravaganza of India's finest classical music held every year in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

£8.99
Aashish Khan
MRCD 1022

Aashish plays the afternoon raag "Bhimpalashri" (or Bhimpalasi), "Lalita Gouri", an uncommon raag that is only played at sunset (also known as Sandhi Prakash Raag) and "Bhairavi", a morning Raag.

Aashish Khan, eldest son of Maestro Ali Akbar Khan, began his training in North Indian classical music at the age of five under the guidance of his legendary grandfather, Acharya Baba Allauddin Khan. He gave his first public performance at the age of thirteen. Since then, he has become one of the most distinguished musicians of our time, a worthy heir to the illustrious tradition of the Senia Bankar and Senia Rababiya Gharana, founded in the sixteenth century by Mian Tansen.

The three tracks recorded here are the afternoon raag "Bhimpalashri" (or Bhimpalasi), "Lalita Gouri", an uncommon raag that is only played at sunset (also known as Sandhi Prakash Raag) and "Bhairavi", a morning Raag. Accompanied by Zakir Hussain on the tabla.

Ustad Zakir Hussain brilliantly pursues his quest to bring Indian classical music to the world. His musical relationship with Aashish Khan began in the late 60's and it is with Aashish Khan that Zakir first left India to tour abroad. In addition to his many honours and distinctions, Zakir was awarded the title of Padma Bhushan by the government of India in 2002.

£8.99
Aashish Khan
SNCD 70394

A Sarod recital of 'Rainy Season Ragas' by Aashish Khan accompanied by Ustad Zakir Hussain on Tabla. Karuna Eff and Daniela Birchel play the Tamboura.

A Sarod recital of 'Rainy Season Ragas' by Aashish Khan accompanied by Ustad Zakir Hussain on Tabla. Karuna Eff and Daniela Birchel play the Tamboura.

£8.99
Ab Soump Diya
SRCD 120

Ab Soump Diya - Bhajans by Swami Satyamitranand Giriji. Swami Satyamitranand Giriji is one of the most respected gurus and has a huge following all over the world.

Ab Soump Diya - Bhajans by Swami Satyamitranand Giriji. Swami Satyamitranand Giriji is one of the most respected gurus and has a huge following all over the world. Widely known for his Scholarship, Swami Satyamitranandji started editing the monthly magazine, Geeta Sandesh in 1955 and at the young age of 27, accepted the Upapeeth at Jyotirmath and was coroneted Jagatguru Shankaracharya, thus becoming the head of a renowned monastery. This allowed him the freedom and a platform to preach spirituality and the benefits of social Service to Humanity. He travelled far and wide preaching the sacred ideals of Sanatan Dharma.

In June 1969 Swamiji abdicated his prestigious status of Jagatguru Shankaracharya in order to concentrate on service to others. As a Sanyasi, he has continued to serve humanity and lead them to the path of spiritual enlightenment and peace, thus continuing the mission started by Swami Vivekananda. In this unique album, Swamiji has penned all the bhajans which have been beautifully rendered by world renowned singers Anup Jalota, Ashit Desai and Hema Desai, Devaki Pandit, Sanjeev Abhyankar and Alap Desai.

£5.99
Abida Parveen sings Songs of the Mystics Vol.1DELE
NRDVD 003

Abida Parveen Sings Songs of the Mystics Volume 1 DVD, Recorded Live at The Royal Festival Hall, London 30th May 2000.

Abida Parveen Sings Songs of the Mystics Volume 1 DVD, Recorded Live at The Royal Festival Hall, London 30th May 2000.

Abida Parveen is feted as heir to the crown of the late Qawwali legend Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. For over a decade her golden voice has swept audiences into trance with scintillating renderings of devotional ecstatic Sufi mystic poetry. She is the only female exponent of devotional music and the only woman allowed to sing at the shrines of the Sufi saints. Singing mainly in Urdu, Sindhi, Hindi, Punjabi and Saraiki, her beautiful, uplifting music transcends all linguistic boundaries and she performs all over the world to people of all creeds.

"Sufism and music are inseparable and their message of love and peace is universal" - Abida Parveen

"Owner of one of the most remarkable voices on the planet" - New York Times

£10.99
Abida Parveen sings Songs of the Mystics Vol.1DELE
NRDVD 003

Abida Parveen Sings Songs of the Mystics Volume 1 DVD, Recorded Live at The Royal Festival Hall, London 30th May 2000.

Abida Parveen Sings Songs of the Mystics Volume 1 DVD, Recorded Live at The Royal Festival Hall, London 30th May 2000.

Abida Parveen is feted as heir to the crown of the late Qawwali legend Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. For over a decade her golden voice has swept audiences into trance with scintillating renderings of devotional ecstatic Sufi mystic poetry. She is the only female exponent of devotional music and the only woman allowed to sing at the shrines of the Sufi saints. Singing mainly in Urdu, Sindhi, Hindi, Punjabi and Saraiki, her beautiful, uplifting music transcends all linguistic boundaries and she performs all over the world to people of all creeds.

"Sufism and music are inseparable and their message of love and peace is universal" - Abida Parveen

"Owner of one of the most remarkable voices on the planet" - New York Times

£10.99
Abida Parveen sings Songs of the Mystics Vol.2DELE
NRDVD 004

Abida Parveen Sings Songs of the Mystics Volume 2 DVD, Recorded Live at The Royal Festival Hall, London 30th May 2000.

Abida Parveen Sings Songs of the Mystics Volume 2 DVD, Recorded Live at The Royal Festival Hall, London 30th May 2000.

Abida Parveen is feted as heir to the crown of the late Qawwali legend Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. For over a decade her golden voice has swept audiences into trance with scintillating renderings of devotional ecstatic Sufi mystic poetry. She is the only female exponent of devotional music and the only woman allowed to sing at the shrines of the Sufi saints. Singing mainly in Urdu, Sindhi, Hindi, Punjabi and Saraiki, her beautiful, uplifting music transcends all linguistic boundaries and she performs all over the world to people of all creeds.

"Sufism and music are inseparable and their message of love and peace is universal" - Abida Parveen

"Owner of one of the most remarkable voices on the planet" - New York Times

£10.99
Abida Parween - Songs of the Mystics-DELETE?
NRCD 5505/6

Abida Parween - Songs of the Mystics: A 2 CD Album recorded Live in UK, June 1989.

Abida Parween - Songs of the Mystics: A 2 CD Album recorded Live in UK, June 1989.

£15.99
Abida: Ghazal Ka Safar - Vol. 1
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Ghazal! The word originates from Arabic, meaning "way or mannerism of talking about women." Thus in fact its an expression of love! Abida Parween at her best.

Ghazal! The word originates from Arabic, meaning "way or mannerism of talking about women." Thus in fact its an expression of love! The ghazal originated in Iran in the 10th century A.D.

The poetic form of ghazal was developed further and to its maximum potential in Iran and in India where Persian was the court language of the Turcomans, Afghans and the Mughals who ruled in the North, and the Bahamanis and their successors in the South. But in this ever-changing world, ghazals have become a reflection of life around us and now there is hardly any sphere of human interaction, which the ghazals haven't touched.

In Ghazal Ka Safar, Abida Parween excels herself in capturing the essence and beauty of this poetic form.

£7.99
Abida: Ghazal Ka Safar - Vol. 2
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Ghazal! The word originates from Arabic, meaning "way or mannerism of talking about women." Thus in fact its an expression of love! Abida Parween at her best.

Ghazal! The word originates from Arabic, meaning "way or mannerism of talking about women." Thus in fact its an expression of love! The ghazal originated in Iran in the 10th century A.D.

The poetic form of ghazal was developed further and to its maximum potential in Iran and in India where Persian was the court language of the Turcomans, Afghans and the Mughals who ruled in the North, and the Bahamanis and their successors in the South. But in this ever-changing world, ghazals have become a reflection of life around us and now there is hardly any sphere of human interaction, which the ghazals haven't touched.

In Ghazal Ka Safar, Abida Parween excels herself in capturing the essence and beauty of this poetic form.

£7.99
Abida: Hazrat Shah Hussain
TDIGH 009C

The timeless beauty of Hazrat Shah Hussain's poetry, when rendered in the robust and crystal clear voice of the inimitable Abida Parveen, witnesses an almost divine transformation.

The timeless beauty of Hazrat Shah Hussain's poetry, when rendered in the robust and crystal clear voice of the inimitable Abida Parveen, witnesses an almost divine transformation.

Shah Hussain's beautifully woven words coupled with Abida Parveen's exuberant style are a flamboyant expression of devotion...of love...of life itself!

£6.99
Abida: Mere Dil Se
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Abida Parween is accompanied by some of the best musicians in Mumbai, India

Abida Parween is accompanied by some of the best musicians in Mumbai, India

£7.99
Adhya Shakti - Hema Desai
SRCD

'Mataji na garba'. Hema Desai and Friends pay homage to Maa Shakti.

'Mataji na garba'. Hema Desai and Friends pay homage to Maa Shakti.

£3.99
Adhya Shakti - Hema Desai
SRCD

'Mataji na garba'. Hema Desai and Friends pay homage to Maa Shakti.

'Mataji na garba'. Hema Desai and Friends pay homage to Maa Shakti.

£3.99
Afroz Bano - Thumri
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Afroz Bano is gifted with a powerful but mellow voice and expresses beautifully the emotions of devotion, mystical love and the pain of separation found in Thumri, the most poetic form of Indian classical music.

Thumri is the most poetic form of Indian classical music. Deriving its content from the Krishna cult, it expresses the emotions of devotion, mystical love and viraha, the pain of separation. Thumri is believed to have originated in the nineteenth century court of Wajid Ali Shah of Lucknow, himself a poet and a great patron of music and dance. In his court thumri flourished alongside kathak dance, the association between the two is still strong today. Changes in the political situation led to the development of two strains of thumri; one under the patronage of the landlords of Lucknow, and the other in Benares.

£8.99
Aishwarya
SS8017861089-2

Young and talented vocal sensation Aishwarya Majmudar sings Gujarati devotional songs. Aishwarya is destined to achieve great success in vocal music.

Young and talented vocal sensation Aishwarya Majmudar sings Gujarati devotional songs. Aishwarya is destined to achieve great success in vocal music. Music by Gaurang Vyas

£7.99
Ajoy Chakrabarty
NRCD 0030

Indian music vocal maestro, Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty in a recital of ragas Bhupali (Bhopali) and Megh, recorded Live at The Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, June 1993.

Indian music vocal maestro, Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty in a recital of ragas Bhupali (Bhopali) and Megh, recorded Live at The Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, June 1993. Accompanied by Saumik Bhadhuri on tabla and Sanjay Chakrabarty on Harmonium.

£7.99
Ajoy Chakrabarty
NRCD 0008

Indian music maestro Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty, in a vocal recital of ragas Bihag, Pahadi and Bhairavi, recorded Live at the Royal College of Music, London, November 1990 (Volume 1).

Indian music maestro Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty, in a vocal recital of ragas Bihag, Pahadi and Bhairavi, recorded Live at the Royal College of Music, London, November 1990 (Volume 1). Accompanied by Ustad Sultan Khan on Sarangi, Samar Saha on tabla and Biresh Roy on Harmonium.

£7.99
Ajoy Chakrabarty
NRCD 0011

Vocal maestro Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty in a recital of ragas Bageshri and Malkauns (Volume 2), recorded Live at the Royal College of Music, London, November 1990.

Vocal maestro Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty in a recital of ragas Bageshri and Malkauns (Volume 2), recorded Live at the Royal College of Music, London, November 1990. Accompanied by Ustad Sultan Khan on Sarangi, Samar Saha on tabla and Biresh Roy on Harmonium.

£7.99
Ajoy Chakrabarty
IAM 1016

Ajoy Chakrabarty, with a powerful and mellifluous voice, is India's foremost vocalist of the Patiala Style.

Indian Classical Vocal: Ajoy Chakrabarty, with a powerful and mellifluous voice, is India's foremost vocalist of the Patiala Style. Here, Ajoy has applied a high level of creative talent by singing a khayal in raga Khamaj, a raga usually sung in the light thumri style, and offers an inspired rendering, bringing out Khamaj's gay mood of love. Accompanied by Ustad Sultan Khan on Sarangi and Samar Saha on Tabla.

£9.99
Ajoy Chakrabarty
IAM 1004

Ajoy Chakrabarty sings the poignant and majestic raga Malkauns and a thumri in raga Bhairavi

Ajoy Chakrabarty sings the poignant and majestic raga Malkauns, "perfect in marriage of the masculine and feminine qualities of the human condition". A thumri in raga Bhairavi is the traditional end to any Indian classical music concert. Ajoy, using all twelve notes and summoning up shades of other ragas, fully reveals the bittersweet qualities of the song. Accompanied by Samar Saha on the Tabla and by Jyoti Goho on Harmonium.

£9.99
Ajoy Chakrabarty - In Union
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Ajoy Chakrabarty is considered by many to be India's greatest vocalists. On this double CD recorded at the Union Chapel, London (Time Out's venue of the year), he explores an amazing repertoire of vocal music.

Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty's voice conveys the spiritual and peaceful message of Indian Raga music, the music of the human soul, the abode of the divine.

'A Chapel or any place of worship is a house of God. People assemble there for a blissful awareness of their relation to the Creator and Preserver. This awareness is a pressing need of the present, as violence and destruction of a global magnitude imperil human civilization and culture.' Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty.

Vocal music remains at the heart of classical music in India, where the human voice is considered a divine musical instrument, expressing the most intimate secrets of the soul. Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty is one of the most popular and influential vocal musicians from the Indian sub-continent today. It is said that the young Ajoy could sing before he could talk. At a time when a career in music was not looked at favourably in the aspiring social circles of Calcutta, his father Mr Ajit Chakrabarty recognised the potential of a musical genius in the making, enduring hardship rather than sacrificing his son's music training. Initially, Ajoy was sent to study with Pandit Gnan Prakash Ghosh, the most influential Bengali music teacher of the twentieth century. His rigorous training with Ustad Munawar Ali Khan, introduced him to the distinctive Patiala style of singing made famous by the legendary Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. The Patiala gharana, developed in the state of Punjab in the nineteenth century, is characterised by the use of a full-bodied, resonant voice over three octaves.

This cd features a full-length live performance recorded at Union Chapel, London on 25th May 2002. It demonstrates Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty's consummate vocal skills and his command of several genres of Indian music including Khayal, Thumri, Bhajan and Bengali light music, capturing the true spirit of both the ancient and the modern. Shib Shankar Ray is the most sought after UK based tabla accompanist, and a fellow disciple of Gnan Prakash Ghosh.

£17.99
Ajoy Chakrabarty - Jeevan
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Ajoy Chakrabarty's contribution to Indian classical music is unparalleled in modern times. His music is a perfect marriage of innovation and tradition reaching out and touching the hearts of listeners worldwide, effectively bridging cultural gaps with a natural ease.

Ajoy Chakrabarty's contribution to Indian classical music is unparalleled in modern times. His music is a perfect marriageof innovation and tradition reaching out and touching the hearts of listeners worldwide, effectively bridging cultural gaps with a natural ease. His live performances, consummate lessons in creative music making, are a product of deep thought and contemplation and at the same time highly spontaneous.

Born in Calcutta in 1952, his parents reminisce that he could sing before he could talk.Despite having fallen on hard times, they spared no pains in fulfilling the great potential their child exhibited. His father Shri Ajit Chakrabarty walked him through his first musical course, before handing over this most prodigious musical talent to some remarkable teachers including Late Kanaidas Bairagi, Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh and the Late Munawar Ali Khan. Though groomed in all the details and intricacies of the Patiala gharana of vocal music, immortalised by Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Ajoy's music is an innovative blend of styles making his music distinctive and truly his own.

£17.99
Ajoy Chakrabarty - Kamala
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Ajoy Chakrabarty can be considered one of India's most inspirational vocalists of the age and he has influenced countless vocalists across the globe. Here, in Kamala, we find him at his best in concert at the famous Saptak Festival, Ahmedabad, India.

Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty is one of India's top classical vocalists who has provided enormous inspiration for younger generation Indian musicians around the world. Born in Kolkota (formerly spelt Calcutta) in 1952, it is said by his elders that as a child, he could sing even before he could speak. His father, Ajit Chakrabarty, trained him in music from an early age before assigning his musical education to various maestros including, Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh, Kanai Das Bairagi and, most famously, Ustad Munawar Ali Khan, son of the late Patiala gharana (style) legend Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. It is this Patiala hallmark that is generally considered the most formative influence in Chakrabarty's music and many fans and critics consider him to be the true torch-bearer of this style. For this reason, he is as popular in Pakistan as he is in India and became the first Indian classical vocalist to be invited to perform across the border.
 
He has won numerous awards including the President's Award for "Best Male Playback Singer" in the 37th National Film Festival a first for a classical singer, since film music awards tend to be reserved for singers of lighter styles.
 
He is also renowned for combining musical talent with an exceptional academic ability and is the author of the book "Shrutinandan" which takes its name from the school he has founded in Calcutta where musical talent (among all age-groups) is nurtured and trained.
 
Ajoy Chakrabarty is also largely responsible for the musical training and grooming of his daughter, Kaushiki, who is now an outstanding, world-famous Indian classical vocalist in her own right.
 
On this double-album "Kamala", Chakrabarty begins with a full recital of Raag Abhogi, which has, relatively recently, made its way into the North Indian repertoire from Karnatic (South Indian) music. Although there no specific musical similarities, Raag Abhogi does suggest shades of Raag Bageshri. On the second disc he moves on to Raag Pahadi (suggestive of cold, mountainous landscapes) an all-time favourite of the Patiala gharana and made enormously popular by Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. From the Pahadi composition "sajanwa kab aaogey" he moves seamlessly into the mantra (chant) "Hari Om Tatsat" another memorable Bade Ghulam Ali Khan number.

£17.99
Ajoy Chakrabarty - Shrine
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In Shrine, Ajoy Chakrabarty enthralled the London audience with his serene and melodious voice. He has made raga music universal to all and continues to demonstrate why many consider him to be one of India's greatest vocalists.

Held at the Queens Theatre in August 2003, Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty enthralled the London audience, with a presentation of Raga music, in his serene and melodious voice. Panditji is one of the most well known singers of India. His expanded knowledge of Indian music is clearly heard through his wide repotoire of music ranging from Raga music, through to Bhajans and film music.

After his initial training under his father Mr Ajit Chakrabarty, Ajoy Chakrabarty trained with one of the most knowledgeable and charismatic masters of his time - Pandit Gnan Prakash Ghosh. The impact of this training can be clearly recognised through his solid understanding of laya and rhythm, and through his demonstration of expertise in all forms of Indian vocal music. He studied for several years with Ustad Munawar Ali Khan, an exponent of the legendary Patiala gharana, known to all by Bade Ghulam Ali Khan.

£8.99
Ajoy Chakrabarty - Twilight Melodies
SNCD 70695

Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty recites 'Twilight Melodies' with Ustad Sultan Khan on Sarangi, Bikram Ghosh on Tabla, Shantanu Bhattacharya on Harmonium and Daniel Bradley on Tamboura.

Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty recites 'Twilight Melodies' with Ustad Sultan Khan on Sarangi, Bikram Ghosh on Tabla, Shantanu Bhattacharya on Harmonium and Daniel Bradley on Tamboura.

£8.99
Ajoy Chakrabarty - Vairagya
NRCD 0135

Vairagya - Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty in an Indian classical vocal music recital of morning raga Gunkali, recorded Live at The Kufa Gallery – London, July 31 1994.

Vairagya - Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty in an Indian classical vocal music recital of the morning raga Gunkali, recorded Live at The Kufa Gallery – London, July 31 1994. Accompanied by Vikram Ghosh on Tabla and Sanjay Chakrabarty on Tanpura.

£7.99
Akhand Zalar Vage
SRCD 061

A collection of Gujarati Devotional songs by well known singers form the Indian Sub-Continent and the United Kingdom.

Akhand Zalar Vage: A collection of Gujarati Devotional songs by well known singers form the Indian Sub-Continent and the United Kingdom. Narration by "Mehul" and music arrangement by Ashit Desai.

£5.99
Akhand Zalar Vage
SRCD 061

A collection of Gujarati Devotional songs by well known singers form the Indian Sub-Continent and the United Kingdom.

Akhand Zalar Vage: A collection of Gujarati Devotional songs by well known singers form the Indian Sub-Continent and the United Kingdom. Narration by "Mehul" and music arrangement by Ashit Desai.

£5.99
Ali Ahmad Hussain Khan - Shehnai
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The playing style of Ali Ahmad Hussain Khan derives from Benares, a city that evokes the divine romance and enigmatic mystery of this unique instrument. This eloquent performance was recorded at the world renowned Saptak festival in Ahmedabad, Gujarat whose listeners were transported back to Benares by the majestic sound of Shehnai.

The playing style of Ali Ahmad Hussain Khan derives from Benares, a city that evokes the divine romance and enigmatic mystery of this unique instrument. This eloquent performance was recorded at the world renowned Saptak festival in Ahmedabad, Gujarat whose listeners were transported back to Benares by the majestic sound of Shehnai.

Ali Ahmad Hussain Khan is one of India's finest Shehnai players sustaining a tradition that has enriched Hindustani culture for generations. His melodious, fluent style disguises the immense technical difficulty which lies behind the art of shehnai playing. This recording features a lyrical rendition of Raag Gorakh Kalyan, capturing all of the emotional intensity and heartfelt joy of Ali Ahmad Hussain Khan's music.

£8.99
Ali Akbar Khan
AMMP CD9002

Signature Series Volume 2: Ustad Ali Akbar Khan's second in the series with three ragas, Medhavi, Khamaj and Bhairavi with Ragmala.

Signature Series Volume 2: Ustad Ali Akbar Khan's second in the series with three ragas.

£9.99
Ali Akbar Khan
AMMP CD9001

Signature Series Volume 1: Sarodist Ustad Ali Akbar Khan accompanied by Pandit Mahapurush Mishra on the tabla.

Signature Series Volume 1: Sarodist Ustad Ali Akbar Khan accompanied by Pandit Mahapurush Mishra on the tabla.

£9.99
Ali Akbar Khan
SNCD 21086

Ustad Ali Akbar Khan in a classical Indian Sarod recital in the series 'Rare Artists - Rare Ragas'. Accompanied by Swapan Chaudhuri on Tabla.

Ustad Ali Akbar Khan in a classical Indian Sarod recital in the series 'Rare Artists - Rare Ragas'. Accompanied by Swapan Chaudhuri on Tabla.

£8.99
Ali Akbar Khan - Passing on the tradition
AMMP CD 9608

This North Indian classical concert was recorded digitally in Cowell Theatre at Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA on May 26, 1995.

Passing on the tradition - Ali Akbar Khan. This North Indian classical concert was recorded digitally in Cowell Theatre at Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA on May 26, 1995. Accompanied by Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri on the Tabla with James Pomerantz and Bruce Hamm on Tanpuras.

£9.99
Ali Akbar Khan - Then and Now
AMMP CD9507

Then and Now - Ali Akbar Khan: This double album celebrates forty years of Indian classical music in America.

Then and Now - Ali Akbar Khan: This double album celebrates forty years of Indian classical music in America. This special set includes the first LP recording ever made of Indian Classical Music by Ali Akbar Khan in 1955 and two selections from his Sarod recital in November 1994 concert.

£18.99
Alla Rakha & Zakir Hussain - Shared Moments
NRCD 9003

Ustad Alla Rakha and Ustad Zakir Hussain in a concert in Basle, Switzerland. Ustad Sultan Khan accompanies on the Sarangi.

Ustad Alla Rakha and Ustad Zakir Hussain in a concert in Basle, Switzerland. Ustad Sultan Khan accompanies on the Sarangi.

£7.99
Amar Bhajan Ganga
SRCD 131

Amar Bhajan Ganga - simple soulful Gujarati bhajans expressing the myriad emotions of love for God in a complete submission to him through singing.

Amar Bhajan Ganga: Music to our ears is heavenly and it is truly divine when rendered in purely devotional form. Such a genre of music is the Bhajan. Nothing is more deeply rooted in the peoples of the Indian Sub-Continent than the tradition of Bhajans; simple soulful songs expressing the myriad emotions of love for God in a complete submission to him through singing.

Many saint poets have written verses which are still treasured to this day. In Amar Bhajan Ganga, we present everlasting Gujarati bhajans penned by some of the legends of the past and the present; Meerabai, Narsinh Mehta, Avinash Vyas and others. In a treasure-trove of divine verses, these are just a miniscule number of bhajans that we all cherish with fervour, and are soulfully rendered here by some of the finest exponents of Indian vocal music.

Just as the revered river Ganga has done since time immemorial, the divine verses rendered in Amar Bhajan Ganga create a sense of timeless flow that nourishes and rejuvenates our Inner Self.

£5.99
Amar Bhajan Ganga
SRCD 131

Amar Bhajan Ganga - simple soulful Gujarati bhajans expressing the myriad emotions of love for God in a complete submission to him through singing.

Amar Bhajan Ganga: Music to our ears is heavenly and it is truly divine when rendered in purely devotional form. Such a genre of music is the Bhajan. Nothing is more deeply rooted in the peoples of the Indian Sub-Continent than the tradition of Bhajans; simple soulful songs expressing the myriad emotions of love for God in a complete submission to him through singing.

Many saint poets have written verses which are still treasured to this day. In Amar Bhajan Ganga, we present everlasting Gujarati bhajans penned by some of the legends of the past and the present; Meerabai, Narsinh Mehta, Avinash Vyas and others. In a treasure-trove of divine verses, these are just a miniscule number of bhajans that we all cherish with fervour, and are soulfully rendered here by some of the finest exponents of Indian vocal music.

Just as the revered river Ganga has done since time immemorial, the divine verses rendered in Amar Bhajan Ganga create a sense of timeless flow that nourishes and rejuvenates our Inner Self.

£5.99
Amjad Ali Khan
NRCD 8501

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan in a Sarod recital – October 1978: Ragas Hemavati, Khamaj and Shyamshree
From the NCPA Archives - Digitally mastered from the original source tapes.

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan in a Sarod recital – October 1978: Ragas Hemavati, Khamaj and Shyamshree
 
The NCPA Archives
Described as the ‘treasure trove’ of Indian classical music, the NCPA Archives has over 5000 hours of music of the ‘who’s who’ of classical music – both in the Hindustani and Carnatic styles. Maintained for over 4 decades in the most ideal conditions of temperature and humidity, and on the best recording formats, the NCPA Archives preserves and protects India’s rich musical heritage.
 
According to the Artists themselves, the work recorded on the Archives features some of their best works, recorded at the prime of their careers. This wonderful ‘khazana’ is being presented to the music loving public for the first time.
£8.99
Amjad Ali Khan
IAM 1019

One of the most celebrated of Sarod artists, Amjad Ali Khan here explores many facets of his traditional heritage and innovative genius.

Amjad Ali Khan, one of the most celebrated of Sarod artists, here explores many facets of his traditional heritage and innovative genius. Bhimpalasi is a late afternoon raga, calm, yet majestic, suiting a dhrupad-based approach; Tribute to America, Amjad Ali's creation, has a lyrical early-morning mood. Accompanied by Abhijit Banerjee on Tabla.

£9.99
Anand Badamikar - Tabla solo
IAM 1084
Born in Solapur, Maharashtra, in 1954, he is a disciple of Pandit Taranath Rao and winner of numerous prestigious competitions in India.

Born in Solapur, Maharashtra, in 1954, he is a disciple of Pandit Taranath Rao and winner of numerous prestigious competitions in India including the much-coveted President of India's Gold Medal for his solo tabla performance. A much sought after artist, he has accompanied most of the Giants of Indian classical music scene.

£9.99
Anjali
Sense 035

"Aarti Tikekar has a rare talent; technically excellent but with bags of soul. This majestic performance is filled with a vibrant passion, beauty and devotion".

Gifted with a richly timbered and wide ranging voice, Arati Ankalikar Tikekar has emerged as an outstanding exponent of North Indian Khayal singing, highly regarded by both listeners and fellow musicians.

Her mellifluous, resonant voice backed up by an infectious personality and compelling stage presence makes her recitals into an absorbing audio visual experience. Fortunately, her musical fluency and eloquence are captured on this recording of her performance at the prestigious annual Saptak Festival, in Ahmedabad, Gujarat on a pleasant winter evening of January 2003.

£8.99
Anoushka Shankar - Anourag
7243 5 56969 22
Anourag: Anoushka Shankar and Father Pandit Ravi Shankar in an Indian classical music sitar recital. Accompanied by Bikram Ghosh and Tanmoy bose on tabla.
"Anourag - Anoushka Shankar". ALL SONGS COMPOSED BY RAVI SHANKAR. As a token of deepest love for his daughter, Ravi Shankar is proud to make a special appearance on this recording. Bikram Ghosh on Tabla & Mridangam, Tanmoy Bose on Tabla, Ravi Shankar - Sitar (track 6)
£12.99
Anoushka Shankar - Live at Carnegie Hall
7243 5 34922 29

Anoushka Live at Carnegie Hall: Recorded Live at Carnegie Hall, New York City, October 6, 2000, except track 6 recorded at the Salisbury Festival, England, June 8, 2001. Accompanied on tabla by Bikram Ghosh and Tanmoy Bose.

Anoushka Live at Carnegie Hall: Recorded Live at Carnegie Hall, New York City, October 6, 2000, except track 6 recorded at the Salisbury Festival, England, June 8, 2001. Anoushka Shankar is accompanied by Bikram Ghosh and Tanmoy Bose on tabla.

£12.99
Anoushka Shankar - Rise
0946 3 11525 2 8

Anoushka - Rise: Anoushka, daughter of the legendary Ravi Shankar, experiments with different music genres.

Anoushka - Rise: Anoushka, daughter of the legendary Ravi Shankar, experiments with different music genres.

£12.99
Anup Jalota - Awara Dhooan
SRCD 027

Awara Dhooan - Anup Jalota: My favourites - geet, ghazal and nazm.

Awara Dhooan - Anup Jalota: My favourites - geet, ghazal and nazm.

£5.99
Anup Jalota - Nayee Bhajan Sandhya
VACDE 1990

Anup Jalota & Kavi Agrawal 'Das Narayan': We feel that this "Nayee Bhajan Sandhya" (16 New Bhajans) is a gift of God. Some kinds of work happen due to effort while some happen due to the blessing of god.

Anup Jalota & Kavi Agrawal 'Das Narayan': We feel that this "Nayee Bhajan Sandhya" (16 New Bhajans) is a gift of God. Some kinds of work happen due to effort while some happen due to the blessing of god. There is no effort of "Jeeva" in this. It is our belief that the bhaktipada, singing and music is the musical "Prasad" from God.

We dedicate this 'Nayyee Bhajan Sandhya' to God which belongs to Him. We pray to God that we derive happiness, peace and bhakti from these bhajans.

£8.99
Arati Ankalikar-Tikekar
IAM 1082

Aratri Ankalikar-Tikekar belongs to the young group of female vocalists who, although having trained in rival stylistic traditions, have drifted towards the mesmerising style and manner of Kishori Amonkar.

Arati Ankalikar-Tikekar belongs to the young group of female vocalists who, although having trained in rival stylistic traditions, have drifted towards the mesmerising style and manner of Kishori Amonkar. Arati has studied under many well-known Gurus but her greatest mentor is none other than the legendary Indian classical vocalist, Kishori Amonkar.

Ramdas Palsule on the Tabla and Ramesh Mishra on the Sarangi accompany Arati Ankalikar-Tikekar in this album.

£9.99
Aruna Narayan
NI 5447

Extremely talented Aruna Narayan is one of the very few Sarangi exponents in India who has made a name for herself in the Indian classical music field.

Extremely talented Aruna Narayan is one of the very few Sarangi exponents in India who has made a name for herself in the Indian classical music field. Aruna Narayan is accompanied by Sanjay Jhalla on Tabla.

£9.99
Arvind Parikh
IAM 1056

Arvind Parikh (b.1927) is not only the senior-most amongst Ustad Vilayat Khan's disciples, but also a unique representative of the lmdad Khan Gharana (stylistic tradition).

Pandit Arvind Parikh is one of India's foremost sitarists. With over 50 years of training under the living legend, Ustad Vilayat Khan, Arvind Parikh (b.1927) is not only the senior-most amongst the Ustad's disciples, but also a unique representative of the lmdad Khan Gharana (stylistic tradition). He has deployed his intellectual acumen to carve out an independent niche for his music within the Vilayat Khan framework, and to emerge as a powerhouse of impetus for the post-independence renaissance in Hindustani (North Indian) music. The world of Hindustani music knows him as a mature performing musician, a serious musicologist, an outstanding teacher, and an effective cultural administrator and ambassador. lndia's unique system of music education, designed for continuity within change, has allowed Arvind Parikh to develop a distinctive musical idiom. Parikh's music has a strong inclination towards the meditative and introspective aspect of Hindustani music, and is devoid of obvious showmanship in its presentation. His raga grammar reflects the meticulous rigour you would expect of a scholar-musician. His compositions represent a graceful integration of diverse musical ideas into an esthetically coherent experience. His forte are the alap (unstructured, free-Rowing part of a raga presentation) and the jhala (the crescendo at the end of a raga presentation) which is, in effect, an alap executed by the left hand, accompanied by a rapid 4-beat rhythmic sub-cycle executed by the right hand.

£9.99
Ashta Prahar - Divine music for meditation
SRCD 042

Ashta Prahar follows the sun on its apparent journey through the day, pausing at each vital section to interpret its beauty and its spiritual significance through a relevant Vedic Shlok in Sanskrit.

Ashta Prahar: In Hindu belief, time is a cyclical rather than a linear concept. The cycle of birth, death and rebirth is evident everywhere in nature, and the sun itself is the most obvious heavenly body that not only sustains life on earth but in so doing, makes a daily "journey" according to the dictates of time. In observing the constraints of time and in its apparent motion, the sun also defines time on earth giving each sector of the 24-hour cycle a unique character of its own.

Starting from sunrise and going all the way to the deepest darkness before the rising sun once again bathes everything in its light and beauty, each time-sector has very definite characteristics. It is linked not only to the wider cosmic scheme of things but also to the more mundane day-to-day human existence in terms of the tasks that have to be performed within the 24-hour cycle.

The day is divided into eight sections of three hours each, known as "Paher" in modern Urdu/Hindi or Prahar in Sanskrit. The raag system of North Indian classical music is also inextricably linked to these time observances. Apart from the observance of time as "taal" (or rhythm) within a melody, each of the eight sections of day have specific raags (or melodic structures) deemed appropriate for that part of day. These are sometimes distributed according to musical properties of the raag, but more often than not, it is based on "ras", which literally means "juice" (or essence) but broadly speaking, it refers to a certain emotion inherent in the melody.

Ashta Prahar follows the sun on its apparent journey through the day, pausing at each vital section to interpret its beauty and its spiritual significance through a relevant Vedic Shlok in Sanskrit. A song in Hindi follows the Shlok (or Shloka) or Braj Bhasha (classical literary Hindi) composed in the appropriate raag for that time of day. Although the raags are relevant to a particular section of the day, the entire Ashta Prahar album can be enjoyed as a continuous journey tracking the changes through the cycles of day and night.

£4.99
Ashwini Bhide Deshpande - Sandhya
Sense 077

Ashwini Bhide is a queen of Indian classical vocals. This is a fine live performance encompassing lyrical Khayal and exotic, intoxicating bhajans.

Ashwini Bhide Deshpande - Sandhya: Gifted with a rich and melodious voice, Ashwini Bhide Deshpande evokes the true spirit of North Indian khayal vocal music, combining devotional fervour with technical excellence in this exciting concert performance recorded on 6th January 2005 at the Saptak Festival, India's largest and most prestigious annual music gathering.

Ashwini has made her reputation on soulful raga renditions built on the spontaneous exploration of the unknown within the framework of the known, searching out the fresh and unpredictable within the perimeters of an established musical code built up over hundreds of years. Raga is the lifeblood of Indian classical music, a framework through which an able artist can generate an infinite variety of melodic sequences. Aswhini Bhide's performances take us on a journey of discovery revealing unseen possibilities of each revered raga.

£8.99
Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande
NRCD 0096

Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande in a classical Indian vocal recital at the festival of 'Women through Ages', recorded Live at The Kufa Gallery, London, November 1996.

Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande in a classical Indian vocal recital at the festival of 'Women through Ages', recorded Live at The Kufa Gallery, London, November 1996. Accompanied by Vishwanath Shirodkar on tabla and Mohan Bhide on Harmonium.

£7.99
Atha Dhyanam
SRCD 080

‘Ahir Bhairav’, one of the most moving morning raags and  ‘Kaushi Kanada’ one of our most beautiful compound raags, help you meditate through sublime Santoor music.

Ulhas Bapat - Santoor - Atha Dhyanam

Prata Dhyana: The raga ‘Ahir Bhairav’ is one of the most moving morning melodies. Its origin lies in the sacred Vedic chants. The note komal ‘Re’ gives a touch of divinity to the raga. The septatonic character of the raga gives it a vast expanse. The raga ‘Ahir Bhairav’ comes closest to the chanting of Vedic Mantras, which have a transforming power. Listening to this raga in the morning brings a state of inner purity.

Nisha Dhyana: The Raga ‘Kaushiki Kanada’ is one of our most beautiful compound ragas. It generates a philosophical mood. There is a touch of sombreness to the note komal ‘Ga’. Late night is the time when one reflects upon the deeds of the day and gives an account to one’s conscience. The state of dhyanam is nothing else but reflection. The raga ‘Kaushiki Kanada’ opens our hearts and elevates us to a higher realm of awareness.

£5.99
Bahauddin Dagar
IAM 1077

Bahauddin Dagar, son of Zia Mohiuddin Dagar, is the youngest exponent of the RUDRA VINA, a 700-year old instrument associated with the Dhrupad genre.

Bahauddin Dagar, son of Zia Mohiuddin Dagar, is the youngest exponent of the RUDRA VINA, a 700-year old instrument associated with the Dhrupad genre of Hindustani (North Indian) art music. Manik Munde accompanies on the Pakhawaj. Studio recording in March 2000, Mumbai, India.

£9.99
Bahauddin Dagar
Sense 093

Bahauddin Dagar in a memorable memorable recital of Raga Bhairavi on the ancient Rudra Veena. Bahauddin represents the twentieth generation of the Dagar music dynasty which represents the Dagarbani school of Dhrupad music.

Bahauddin Dagar in a memorable memorable recital of Raga Bhairavi on the ancient Rudra Veena. Bahauddin represents the twentieth generation of the Dagar music dynasty which represents the Dagarbani school of Dhrupad music.

He started his training on the sitar under the tutelage of his mother Smt Pramila Dagar at the age of seven. After three years of initial training he went on to learn the Surbahar and then the Rudra Veena under his father. After the demise of his father he continued to learn from his uncle Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar.

£8.99
Bandish Fusion - Subhen
SRCD 102

Bandish Fusion by the Tabla Maestro, Subhen Chatterjee. "Undoubtedly one of the best" - Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt.

Bandish Fusion by the Tabla Maestro, Subhen Chatterjee.

"Undoubtedly one of the best" - Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt.

"Has achieved what both the east and the west have been trying for ages" - Indian Express.

Musicians: Raghav & Subhankar Bhaskar on Vocals, Lew Hilt on Bass, Devshankar on Violin, Dr. Rajeeb Chakraborty on Sarod, Uday on Flute, Subhash & Chandrachur on Key Boards, Moloy on Acoustic Drums, Somnath on Ghatam & Kanjira, Sumit Ramabhadran on Guitar.

£3.99
Bhai Gaitonde - Tabla Solo
IAM 1034

Tabla Solo by Bhai Gaitonde.

Tabla Solo by Bhai Gaitonde.

£9.99
Bhaj Dwarkesh
SRCD 073

"Bhaj Dwarkesh" is a collection of devotional songs in praise of Lord Krishna.

"Bhaj Dwarkesh" is a collection of devotional songs in praise of Lord Krishna. Music composed and arranged by Ashit Desai. Singers: Ashit Desai, Hema Desai and Alap Desai.

£4.99
Bhaj Dwarkesh
SRCD 073

"Bhaj Dwarkesh" is a collection of devotional songs in praise of Lord Krishna.

"Bhaj Dwarkesh" is a collection of devotional songs in praise of Lord Krishna. Music composed and arranged by Ashit Desai. Singers: Ashit Desai, Hema Desai and Alap Desai.

£4.99
Bhajan Dhyanam
SRCD 083

An album by Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty with brand new musical compositions (Bhajans) penned by the evergreen poets Meerabai, Surdas, Kabir and others.

"Bhajan Dhyanam": An album by PANDIT AJOY CHAKRABARTY with brand new musical compositions penned by the evergreen poets Meerabai, Surdas, Kabir and others. PANDIT AJOY CHAKRABARTY, son and disciple of Shri Ajit Chakrabarty, received formal education in music from Rabindra Bharati University and became the only fellow of Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata to receive a gold medal. Apart from his father, he learnt music under the tutelage of great gurus like Late Shri Pannalal Samanta, Late Shri Kanaidas Bairagi, Late Guru Jnanprakash Ghosh and Late Ustad Munawar Ali khan. He Learnt Dhrupad from Late Uday Bhattacharya and renditions in different gharanas from various maestros. In the lighter music arena Pandit Chakrabarty is perhaps the only exponent of classical vocal music who has mastered the art of Kirtan rendition, Bengali folk music and Rabindra Sangeet from the experts in the respective fields.

£4.99
Bhajan Parampara
SRCD 035

Anup and Purushottam Das Jalota. Father and son in a unique get-together to render bhajans in semi-classical mood.

"Bhajan Parampara": Anup and Purushottam Das Jalota. Father and son in a unique get-together to render bhajans in semi-classical mood.

£5.99
Bhajan Tribhuwan
SRCD 062

Bhajan Tribhuwan: Penned by some of the great poets and writers of Indian literature.

Bhajan Tribhuwan: Penned by some of the great poets and writers of Indian literature.

£5.99
Bhajan Tribhuwan
SRCD 062

Bhajan Tribhuwan: Penned by some of the great poets and writers of Indian literature.

Bhajan Tribhuwan: Penned by some of the great poets and writers of Indian literature.

£5.99
Bhajanam Madhuram - Chandu Mattani
NRCD 3001

Bhajanam Madhuram - Chandu Mattani renders some of the finest devotional songs in Gujarati. Narration by 'Mehul' Suren Thakkar and the music is arranged and conducted by Ashit Desai.

Bhajanam Madhuram - Chandu Mattani renders some of the finest devotional songs in Gujarati. Narration by 'Mehul' Suren Thakkar and the music is arranged and conducted by Ashit Desai.

Insert contains song lyrics printed in Gujarati and their meanings translated into English.

£5.99
Bhajman Shrinathji
SRCD 092

Bhajman Shrinathji is a unique musical concept for all Krishna devotees and music lovers. Its daily recitation is said to invite Lord Krishna to one's inner most sanctum for peace and happiness.

Shrinathji is an important swarup representing Krishna at the age of seven. In the 15th Century, perhaps, as a reaction to the increasingly ascetic direction in which Hinduism was heading towards, a new off-set of Krishna worship called Pushti Marga, the Path of Grace, was born in Vraja, in north India. Vallabhacharya, the founder of Pushti Marga, stressed worship through the joys of life and living, and devotion to Krishna as the royal child Shrinathji through song, dance, dress, decoration and painting. The swarup of Krishna as Shrinathji is enshrined in a temple in Nathdwara, Rajasthan.

Bhajman Shrinathji is a unique musical concept for all Krishna devotees and music lovers. Its daily recitation is said to invite Lord Krishna to one's inner most sanctum that brings supreme peace and joy to the devotee, thus making one a Krishna Das (the servant of Lord Krishna). Bhajman Shrinathji music composed and arranged by Ashit Desai. Singers of Dhuns: Ashit Desai & Hema Desai.

£2.99
Bhakti Sagar Volume 1
SRCD 019

"Bhakti Sagar" Volume 1. Ashit and Hema Desai: Shlokas-Prarthanas-Bhajans. We recommend "PRARTHANA POTHI" booklet that will enhance your enjoyment of this CD.

"Bhakti Sagar" Volume 1. Ashit and Hema Desai: Shlokas-Prarthanas-Bhajans. We recommend "PRARTHANA POTHI" booklet that will enhance your enjoyment of this CD.

£5.99
Bhakti Sagar Volume 2
SRCD 020

"Bhakti Sagar" Volume 2. Ashit and Hema Desai: Shlokas-Prarthanas-Bhajans. We recommend "PRARTHANA POTHI" booklet that will enhance your enjoyment of this CD.

"Bhakti Sagar" Volume 2. Ashit and Hema Desai: Shlokas-Prarthanas-Bhajans. We recommend "PRARTHANA POTHI" booklet that will enhance your enjoyment of this CD.

£5.99
Bhakti Sagar Volume 2
SRCD 020

"Bhakti Sagar" Volume 2. Ashit and Hema Desai: Shlokas-Prarthanas-Bhajans. We recommend "PRARTHANA POTHI" booklet that will enhance your enjoyment of this CD.

"Bhakti Sagar" Volume 2. Ashit and Hema Desai: Shlokas-Prarthanas-Bhajans. We recommend "PRARTHANA POTHI" booklet that will enhance your enjoyment of this CD.

£5.99
Bhakti Sagar Volume 2
SRCD 020

"Bhakti Sagar" Volume 2. Ashit and Hema Desai: Shlokas-Prarthanas-Bhajans. We recommend "PRARTHANA POTHI" booklet that will enhance your enjoyment of this CD.

"Bhakti Sagar" Volume 2. Ashit and Hema Desai: Shlokas-Prarthanas-Bhajans. We recommend "PRARTHANA POTHI" booklet that will enhance your enjoyment of this CD.

£5.99
Bhav Taranam
SRCD 030/31

"Bhav Taranam": 2 cd set. Devotional Music arranged by Ashit Desai. Singers: Ashit and Hema Desai, Chandu Mattani and Chorus.

"Bhav Taranam": 2 cd set. Devotional Music arranged by Ashit Desai. Singers: Ashit and Hema Desai, Chandu Mattani and Chorus.

£11.99
Bhav Taranam
SRCD 030/31

"Bhav Taranam": 2 cd set. Devotional Music arranged by Ashit Desai. Singers: Ashit and Hema Desai, Chandu Mattani and Chorus.

"Bhav Taranam": 2 cd set. Devotional Music arranged by Ashit Desai. Singers: Ashit and Hema Desai, Chandu Mattani and Chorus.

£11.99
Bhava- Chakra
Sense 066

The Chakra Sense collective is a vibrant mix of great musicians with virtuosity in abundance...from the master Sarod of Tejendra Majumdar and the South Indian Violin of Mysore Manjunath.

BHAVA
Both of India's grammatically similar, yet idiomatically different art music systems prize the duet as an alternative flight path to soaring, spontaneously conceived composition. Potentially, duets are an improvisatory performance form of exquisite piquancy. The oral and written literature of the Indian subcontinent's music is full of memories of encounters of the duet kind'. Some drew tears. Some drew gasps of admiration. Some drew blood. It is said 'losers' in what had become 'ego jousts' keeled over stone dead during or after particularly combative encounters which, in jazz parlance, would be called 'cutting contests'. Blessedly, Dr. Mysore M. Manjunath and Tejendra Narayan Majumdar's achievement in spontaneous creativity is definitely on an artistically benign scale.

Sarod and violin is a seldom heard combination. In this particular case it bridges the subcontinent's North-South divide too. Over the last fifty years only the sarod-violin duet of Ali Akbar Khan and L. Subramaniam has staked any claim to the combination. This recording preserves history in the making. Astonishingly, given the musical heights to be heard here, there was no rehearsal, no pre-discussion. The musicians tuned, set microphone levels and balances, and flew.

£8.99
Bhimsen Joshi
MRCD 1002

Indian classical vocal maestro Bhimsen Joshi recites raga Shuddh Kalyan , Dadra and a bhajan accompanied by Ananda Gopal Bandopadhyaya on tabla. This is a direct digital recording of a live concert by this living legend, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi.

Vocalist Bhimsen Joshi recites raga Shuddh Kalyan , Dadra and a bhajan accompanied by Ananda Gopal Bandopadhyaya on tabla. This is a direct digital recording of a live vibrant concert by Pandit Bhimsen Joshi showcasing classical Indian music at its best.

£8.99
Bhimsen Joshi
SNCD 70299

Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, 'The Doyen of Vocal Music' in a Live recording from a concert in KKL-Stuttgart, Germany. Accompanied by Bharat Kamat on Tabla and Tulsidas Borkar on Harmonium.

Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, 'The Doyen of Vocal Music' in a Live recording from a concert in KKL-Stuttgart, Germany. Accompanied by Bharat Kamat on Tabla and Tulsidas Borkar on Harmonium.

£8.99
Bhimsen Joshi
SNCD 70392

Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, the 'Vocal Phenominal', in a Live recital recorded from the whole night concert, Liederhalle, Stuttgart, Germany '91. Accompanird by P. M.Walawalkar on Harmonium and S. S. Mulye on Tabla.

Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, the 'Vocal Phenominal', in a Live recital recorded from the whole night concert, Liederhalle, Stuttgart, Germany '91. Accompanird by P. M.Walawalkar on Harmonium and S. S. Mulye on Tabla.

£8.99
Bhimsen Joshi
SNCD 703/4

Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, the 'Vocal Phenominal', in a 2-CD SPECIAL EDITION ON 70th BIRTHDAY with P. M. Walawalkar on Harmonium and S. S. Mulye on Tabla. Essentialy SNCDs 70492 & 70392 in one set.

Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, the 'Vocal Phenominal', in a 2-CD SPECIAL EDITION ON 70th BIRTHDAY with P. M. Walawalkar on Harmonium and S. S. Mulye on Tabla. Essentialy SNCDs 70492 & 70392 in one set.

£17.99
Bhimsen Joshi & Dr. Balarmurali Krishna
NRCD 0088

Pandit Bhimsen Joshi & Dr. Balamuralikrishna in a Hindustani (North) & Carnatic (South) Indian classical vocal recital.

Pandit Bhimsen Joshi & Dr. Balamuralikrishna in a Hindustani (North) & Carnatic (South) Indian classical vocal recital, Live at The Royal Festival Hall, London, October 1994.

£7.99
Bhimsen Joshi - In Celebration Vol. 1
NRCD 0075

The living legend Pandit Bhimsen Joshi 'In Celebration' Volume 1 of his 75th Birthday release, recorded Live in England, October 1993. Accompanied by Shashikant Muley on tabla and Tulsidas Borkar on Harmonium.

The living legend Pandit Bhimsen Joshi 'In Celebration' Volume 1 of his 75th Birthday release, recorded Live in England, October 1993. Accompanied by Shashikant Muley on tabla and Tulsidas Borkar on Harmonium.

£7.99
Bhimsen Joshi - In Celebration Vol. 2
NRCD 0086

The living legend Pandit Bhimsen Joshi 'In Celebration' Volume 2 of his 75th Birthday release, recorded Live in England, October 1993. Accompanied by Shashikant Muley on tabla and Tulsidas Borkar on Harmonium.

The living legend Pandit Bhimsen Joshi 'In Celebration' Volume 2 of his 75th Birthday release, recorded Live in England, October 1993. Accompanied by Shashikant Muley on tabla and Tulsidas Borkar on Harmonium.

£7.99
Bhimsen Joshi - In Celebration Vol. 3
NRCD 0087

The living legend Pandit Bhimsen Joshi 'In Celebration' Volume 3 of his 75th Birthday release, raga Shuddh Kalyan and a Bhajan, recorded Live in England, October 1993. Accompanied by Shashikant Muley on tabla and Tulsidas Borkar on Harmonium.

The living legend Pandit Bhimsen Joshi 'In Celebration' Volume 3 of his 75th Birthday release, recorded Live in England, October 1993. Accompanied by Shashikant Muley on tabla and Tulsidas Borkar on Harmonium.

£7.99
Bismillah Khan - Live in London - Volume 2
NRCD 0023

Bismillah Khan's Live Shehnai recording (Volume 2) in London, October 1985. Ustad Bismillah Khan & Party perform Raga Malkauns and two Dhuns.

Bismillah Khan's Live Shehnai recording (Volume 2) in London, October 1985: This archival recording is regarded as one of the best that the Late Ustad Bismillah Khan played. Khan Saheb has played Raga Malkauns and Dhun Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram concluding with Gunj Uthi Shehnai.

In an earlier release (NRCD 0005), he has performed Ragas Keda and Ragheshwari featuring from this same concert.

£7.99
Bombay Bliss
SRCD 058

Bombay Bliss – A unique Indian instrumental music experience of ever-green, scintillating melodies from the Bombay Bollywood scene.

Bombay Bliss – A unique Indian instrumental music experience of ever-green, scintillating melodies from the Bombay Bollywood scene.

Music arranged and conducted by Ashit Desai.

£5.99
Bombay Bliss
SRCD 058

Bombay Bliss – A unique instrumental music experience of ever-green, scintillating melodies from the Bombay Bollywood scene.

Bombay Bliss – A unique instrumental music experience of ever-green, scintillating melodies from the Bombay Bollywood scene.

Music arranged and conducted by Ashit Desai.

£5.99
Brij Narayan
NI 5263

While Brij Narayan adheres to the traditional approach of great sarod players, not least that of Ali Akbar Khan, his music has been deeply influenced by his father, the master of Sarangi.

While Brij Narayan adheres to the traditional approach of great sarod players, not least that of Ali Akbar Khan, his music has been deeply influenced by his father, the master of Sarangi. The first raga which Brij Narayan has chosen to expound is Lalit, a traditional grand raga which has been recorded earlier in the series by Ram Narayan (NI 5183). Lalit should be performed in the early morning, and expresses feelings of longing. In paintings, it is often depicted as a young maiden anxiously awaiting her lover. Accompanied by Zakir Hussain on Tabla.

£9.99
Buddhadev Das Gupta
RAGA 206

A Sarod recital by Buddhadev Das Gupta, accompanied on tabla by Anand Gopal Bandopadhyay. Digitally recorded in 1990.

A Sarod recital by Buddhadev Das Gupta, accompanied on the tabla by Anand Gopal Bandopadhyay. Digitally recorded in 1990.

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Buddhadev Das Gupta
RAGA 210

Buddhadev Das Gupta - Nayak Ki Kanra. A Sarod recital digitally recorded in Fishkill, New York on 14 October 1989. Tabla accompaniment by Anand Gopal Bandopadhyay.

Buddhadev Das Gupta - Nayak Ki Kanra. A Sarod recital digitally recorded in Fishkill, New York on 14 October 1989. Tabla accompaniment by Anand Gopal Bandopadhyay.

Included Booklet: interview by Ira Landgarten.

£9.99
Buddhadev Das Gupta
IAM 1038

Buddhadev Das Gupta performs raga Chhaya, emphasizing the distinctive aspects of his style, while developing the contemplative and playful moods of the raga.

Buddhadev Das Gupta, one of India's greatest Sarod artists, plays in a style emphasizing the Sarod's rhythmic and percussive aspects. He is noted for his understanding of ragas; the intelligence with which he creates endless variations; and the sophistication and virtuosity of his music.

Buddhadev Das Gupta performs raga Chhaya, emphasizing the distinctive aspects of his style, while developing the contemplative and playful moods of the raga. Accompanied by Samir Chatterjee on Tabla.

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Buddhadev Das Gupta
IAM 1072

Buddhadev Das Gupta presents raga Kafi through seven different Gats, each with a distinctive mood and character.

BUDDHADEV DAS GUPTA presents raga Kafi through seven different Gats, each with a distinctive mood and character. Melodically and rhythmically intriguing, Gats are the hallmark of the Md. Amir Khan lineage, and each Gat presents a different facet of this flexible raga. As a result, we are treated to a panoramic, if not encyclopaedic, exposition of raga Kafi.

Samir Chatterjee accompanies on Tabla.

£9.99
Buddhadev Das Gupta
IAM 1006

Buddhadev Das Gupta learned Sarod from the venerable Radhika Mohan Moitra and is often thought of as a "musician's musician",.

Buddhadev Das Gupta learned Sarod from the venerable Radhika Mohan Moitra and is often thought of as a "musician's musician", for his depth of understanding; knowledge of rare ragas; fascinating and complex layakari (polyrhythmic improvisation) and the intricacy and mathematical virtuosity of his "machine-gun" bursts of notes. Accompanied by Samar Saha on Tabla.

£9.99
Call of the Valley
CDNF 150008

Call of the Valley is a symphony in Indian Classical music. The genius of flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia, Santoor maestro Shivkumar Sharma and Guitarist Brij Bhushan Kabra produced this landmark album of exquisite music.

Call of the Valley is a symphony in Indian Classical music. The genius of flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia, Santoor maestro Shivkumar Sharma and Guitarist Brij Bhushan Kabra produced this landmark album of exquisite music. It paints for us a tonal picture of gorgeous valleys, laden with tall green pine and chinar trees and sun-kissed, snow-clad peaks of the mighty Himalayas.

The three instruments that come together to present this euphorious drama are the santoor, the flute and the guitar. This music was conceived by Shivkumar Sharma and it was developed in the elaborate musical form with the help of Hariprasad Chaurasia and Brij Bhushan Kabra.

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Chalisa Darshan
SRCD 105

A garland of the most popular "Chalisas" of modern times: Gayatri, Hanuman, Ram, Krishna and Shiv Chalisa, accompanied by their appropriate "Aartis".

Chalisa Darshan Featured in this CD are a garland of the most famous and popular "Chalisas" of modern times: the Gayatri Chalisa, Hanuman Chalisa, Ram Chalisa, Krishna Chalisa and Shiv Chalisa, accompanied by their appropriate "Aartis".

"Chalisa" means forty and all are composed of forty verses. Each is dedicated to a specific deity and when chanted with feeling and devotion, it leads to the spiritual upliftment of the devotee and consequently, to the betterment of society. In times of trouble, Hanuman stands for stability and equilibrium, complete self-control and a symbol of victory over evil.

Legend has it that Sant Tulsidas composed the Hanuman Chalisa when he was very ill and on its completion, regained his health. Thus, it is believed that the chanting of Hanuman Chalisa is a very powerful prayer in overcoming ill health. Similarly, various Chalisas rendered in this CD will be beneficial to all. Each has its own unique set of qualities that will help sustain happiness and overcome despair. In today's world of stress-induced illnesses, these prayers are all the more relevant for a healthy and peaceful abode within. Chanting of these Chalisas with faith and devotion will bring fulfilment of wishes, joy and happiness in your lives.

Significance of Aarti: Aarti is performed at the end of all ritualistic worship accompanied by the ringing of bells. The lighted lamp is held in the right hand and is waved in a clockwise circling motion that illuminates the deity while the prayers are being recited. The significance of this lies in the fact that our minds become focused when we see the illumined form of the Lord in all his beauty.

Many devotees close their eyes while performing the Aarti. This signifies the purpose of our life to find the Lord within and to become one with Him. Therefore, each one of us is a temple of the Lord - we hold the Divinity within. Camphor (Kapur) represents our desires and it is burnt at the end of aarti. Camphor, when it burns - leaves no residue. Just as it is lit with the fire of knowledge (aarti) - we want the Lord to burn our desires and leave not a trace of Ego.

£5.99
Chandarvo
SRCD 017

Gujarati songs. Purushottam Upadhyay and Hansa Dave. Music by Purushottam Upadhyay.

"Chandarvo": Gujarati songs. Purushottam Upadhyay and Hansa Dave. Music by Purushottam Upadhyay.

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Chandarvo
SRCD 017

Gujarati songs. Purushottam Upadhyay and Hansa Dave. Music by Purushottam Upadhyay.

"Chandarvo": Gujarati songs. Purushottam Upadhyay and Hansa Dave. Music by Purushottam Upadhyay.

£5.99
Channulal Mishra - Spirit Of Benares
Sense 041

Channulal Mishra is a gifted, versatile vocalist with a rich sonorous voice and wide ranging repertoire. He is a musician of deep knowledge, intense lyricism and spiritual depth.

Channulal Mishra is one of India's most gifted and versatile vocalists, with a rich and wide ranging repertoire. His sonorous voice transcends specific styles of singing, creating music in which the aesthetic and the spiritual merge to great effect. On stage he is a figure of composure, lightly strumming the soothing swarmandal, which resonates colourfully with the notes of his chosen raga.

Channulal Mishra is equally proficient in classical and light classical music such as dadra, thumri, chaiti, kajri and bhajan, as is demonstrated in this performance recorded live on 8th January 2003 at the Saptak Annual Music Festival held in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

£8.99
Chantings of India - Hari Kirtan
SRCD 045

One may discover peace and tranquillity, revealing the centre, the Inner Self, through meditation. "Hari Kirtan" is one of the many paths heading towards that inner source and bliss.

Chantings of India - Hari Kirtan

If at all we are looking for peace of mind, there is no way one can have it through physical and materialistic objects. What we see or feel by our senses has certainly a beginning and an end (Adi and Ant); the only thing that is infinite is the Inner Self – the Soul – Atman that has no beginning and no end. It is just because our inner universe is accumulated with memories and thoughts that we are unable to even discover that centre, the source energy (Shakti). It is through meditation that one may discover peace and tranquillity revealing the centre, the Inner Self. "Hari Kirtan – a classical melody is one of the many paths heading towards that inner source and bliss.

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Chillout Forever - Niladri Kumar
SRCD 089

In CHILLOUT FOREVER, Niladri Kumar, the young and exciting sitar prodigy, dazzles and mesmerises the music lover.

In IF, his first instrumental album under the Sona Rupa label, Niladri Kumar surpassed himself in making music that was at once, contemporary and classical.  A unique blend of the western contemporary and traditional Indian music that proved an instant hit with the young and old alike.

In CHILLOUT FOREVER, this young and exciting prodigy is again set to dazzle and mesmerise the music lover. The Sitar in Niladri Kumar's hands transcends one to the nether world with the sweetest and most sensuous of emotions. The subtle and intuitive use of the electronics lends to a perfect synthesis of the sitar, the traditional flute, the sarangi, and the acoustic guitar, vocals and percussion instruments. The result is a sublime musical feast to savour forever!

Flautist Rakesh Chaurasia, Sarod maestro Pandit Tejendra Narayan Mazumdar, Sarangi virtuoso Sabir Khan, Guitarist Ankur Chatterjee, Pakhawaj player Madhav Pawar and vocalists Satyajit Talwalkar and Vijay Prakash together with Niladri Kumar make music to cherish.

NILADRI KUMAR: Son and Disciple of Sitar Maestro PANDIT KARTICK KUMAR, Niladri Kumar is undoubtedly one of the finest young Sitar Virtuoso today. Years of learning have resulted in a prodigious technique and deep understanding of diverse musical styles. His open mind has led to an extension of his musical horizon to incorporate imaginative experiments in world music styles that delight the young and the old.

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Colonial Cousins - Once More
06025

Colonial Cousins – Once More: It was during Lewis's jingles career that the idea of Colonial Cousins was conceived. Lewis had called in Hariharan to sing a jingle for him one evening in 1992. The lyrics for the jingle were late coming in. Lewis began singing something while strumming his guitar, Hari felt inspired to jam with an alaap, and the result: the seamless fusion of Eastern and Western sounds that has become characteristic of the Colonial Cousins.

Colonial Cousins – Once More: It was during Lewis's jingles career that the idea of Colonial Cousins was conceived. Lewis had called in Hariharan to sing a jingle for him one evening in 1992. The lyrics for the jingle were late coming in. Lewis began singing something while strumming his guitar, Hari felt inspired to jam with an alaap, and the result: the seamless fusion of Eastern and Western sounds that has become characteristic of the Colonial Cousins. The year 1996 was a career milestone; he formed the band Colonial Cousins with Hariharan. Their first album, Colonial Cousins was a fusion album and was the first Indian act to be featured on MTV Unplugged. It won a string of awards including the MTV Indian Viewers' Choice award and Billboard Award for the Best Asian Music Group.

Hariharan (born 3 April 1955 in Mumbai) is a versatile, an established ghazal singer, playback singer in Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada & Telugu movies and one of the pioneers of Indian fusion music.

“The most memorable thing in my life is producing the best ever Pop Album in India - Colonial Cousins, and Performing at MTV Unplugged in London.” - Hariharan

Hariharan grew up in Bombay (Mumbai) and has bachelor degrees in Science and Law. The son of renowned Carnatic vocalists, Shrimati Alamelu and the late H.A.S. Mani, Hariharan inherited his parents' musical talents. Alamelu was Hariharan's first guruji (mentor). From her, he picked up Carnatic music skills. He was also exposed to Hindustani music from a young age. In his teens, inspired by the songs of Mehdi Hassan, Hariharan developed a passion for ghazals and started training in Hindustani music from Padmabhushan Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan. He used to put in nine hours of singing practice every day. The committed Hariharan also put heart and soul into learning Urdu when he decided to become a ghazal singer. He has perfected his Urdu diction to such standards that even his audiences in Lucknow, the heartland of the language, have been wowed over.

£7.99
Dandiya Na Taale
SRCD 047

Gujarati Raas Garba music.

Dandiya Na Taale: Gujarati Raas Garba music.

£3.99
Daya Shankar's Shehnai Ensemble
SNCD 74589

Daya Shankar's Shehnai Ensemble with Pandit Anant Lal on Shehnai, Man Mohan Singh on Tabla, Nanak Chand on Dukkar and Shefali Nag on Tamboura.

Daya Shankar's Shehnai Ensemble with Pandit Anant Lal on Shehnai, Man Mohan Singh on Tabla, Nanak Chand on Dukkar and Shefali Nag on Tamboura.

£8.99
Debashish Bhattacharya
IAM 1026

Bhattacharya's imaginative renderings and innovative extensions of playing technique and instrument design reveal the kind of provocative re-thinking that has always been at the vanguard of Indian Classical Music.

Hindustani Slide Guitar: Debashish Bhattacharya's imaginative renderings and innovative extensions of playing technique and instrument design reveal the kind of provocative re-thinking that has always been at the vanguard of Indian Classical Music. Raga Bhimpalasi is played in the afternoon, evoking a contemplative sense of peace and the majestic grandeur of creation. Accompanied by Samir Chatterjee on Tabla.

£9.99
Debashish Bhattacharya
IAM 1042

Debashish Bhattacharya has created his own, unique style and technique of playing the slide guitar.

Hindustani Slide Guitar: Debashish Bhattacharya has created his own, unique style and technique of playing the slide guitar. Here, he offers a sober and mystical rendering of raga Saraswati, evoking the spirit of Saraswati, the Goddess of Music and Learning. Debashish concludes with two lighter pieces, one in raga Mishra Kafi, the other in raga Mishra Pahadi. Accompanied by Subhashish Bhattacharya on Tabla.

£9.99
Debashish Bhattacharya
IAM 1081

Debashish Bhattacharya is one of the most outstanding Indian Slide Guitar players in India today. Here, Debashish plays Raga Pahadi Jhijhoti and is accompanied by Swapan Chaudhuri on the tabla.

Debashish Bhattacharya is one of the most outstanding Indian Slide Guitar players in India today. He is accompanied by Swapan Chaudhuri on the tabla. In this album, Debashish performs an unusual combination of ragas - Pahadi Jhinjhoti.

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Debu Chaudhuri
IAM 1055

Pandit Debu Chaudhuri is a widely known performer and educator of international repute. Pandit Chaudhuri's contributions in the field of music have been widely acknowledged and he is a recepient of some of the highest honours that India can bestow.

Pandit Debu Chaudhuri is a widely known performer and educator of international repute. Pandit Chaudhuri's contributions in the field of music have been widely acknowledged and, in recent years, rewarded with a number of honours being bestowed on him such as the Padma Bhusan, awarded by the Government of India; the Tansen Award; the Raseswar Award of Bombay; and the Tantri Vilas Award of the Punjab.

Devabrata (Debu) Chaudhuri (b. 1935) had his initial training in sitar under Panchu Gopal Datta, a versatile musician active in the late 1940s, who could play Veena, Surbahar, sitar and Sarod with equal facility and command. Later, he came under the spell of great legend of sitar Ustad Mushtaq Ali Khan who, for more than three decades, taught him intensely the essence and beauty of Senia sitar in its undiluted form. At 12, Debuji gave his first public performance. His first All India Radio broadcast was in 1948, and listeners could already feel the confidence and force behind this teenager’s tremendous skill in the art of sitar playing. From 1948 to 1952 he held the Championship trophy at Calcutta University - a record to this date.

In I960, Debu Chaudhuri left Calcutta to join the faculty of Delhi University in New Delhi. In 1967, he travelled abroad with his sitar. Success inspired him to distant lands fifty times since then, covering: Australia, Burma, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, Cuba, China, France, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Greece, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico Switzerland, U.S.A., U.K., the former U.S.S.R. and more. He was the first sitar maestro to perform in Cuba. Prof. Chaudhuri has lectured on music at over 120 Universities abroad and served in the U.K.

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Debu Chaudhuri
IAM 1020

Debu Chaudhuri is the most prominent exponent of the Jaipur-Senia style as learned from his guru, Ustad Mushtaq Ali Khan.

Professor Debu Chaudhuri is the most prominent exponent of the Jaipur-Senia style as learned from his guru, Ustad Mushtaq Ali Khan. Prof. Chaudhuri performs a measured and contemplative exposition of Lalit, an early morning raga with a serious and meditative mood. Accompanied by Anup Ghosh on Tabla.

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Debu Chaudhuri
IAM 1002

Chaudhuri plays sitar in the Jaipur-Senia tradition of his guru, Ustad Mushtaq Ali Khan, and is noted for his "sweet, singing, ringing tone".

Professor Debu Chaudhuri plays sitar in the Jaipur-Senia tradition of his guru, Ustad Mushtaq Ali Khan, and is noted for his "sweet, singing, ringing tone". Raga Desh is a very "sweet" raga associated with the monsoon season, reflecting the joyful spirits as the rains bring relief from the hot, dry summer. Accompanied by Shafaat Ahmed Khan on Tabla.

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Desert Charm - Gypsies Of Rajasthan
Sense 019

Soaring Sufi Vocals, driving percussion, the sounds of desert strings, flutes and snake charming pipes combine to make a majestic and unforgettable desert experience.

Desert Charm - Gypsies Of Rajasthan: Soaring Sufi Vocals, driving percussion, the sounds of desert strings, flutes and snake charming pipes combine to make a majestic and unforgettable desert experience.

Anwar Khan Manganiar - vocal
Barkat Khan Manganiar -vocal
Kachri Khan Manganiar -vocal
Bundu Khan Manganiar -vocal
Chanan Khan Manganiar -vocal
Samdar Khan Langa - vocal
Sidque Khan Langa - Kamayacha
Ghevar Khan Manganiar - Surnai & Pungi
Pempe Khan Manganiar - Khadtal
Gazi Khan Manganiar - Khadtal & Dholak
Kheta Khan Manganiar - Dholak
Firoz Khan Manganiar - Dholak
Karim Khan Langa - Sindhi Sarangi
Fakiri Khan Manganiar - Satara & Murli
Habib Khan Langa - Morchang & Surinda


Sushri Sudha Rajhans- Live Performance Compere.

£8.99
Desert Charm 2 - Nomads Of Rajasthan
Sense 055

This second CD from the very best musicians of Rajasthan is a feast of passionate, devotional, ecstatic voices, powerful driving percussion, desert strings, double flutes and snake charming pipes.

Desert Charm 2 - Nomads Of Rajasthan: This second CD from the very best musicians of Rajasthan is a feast of passionate, devotional, ecstatic voices, powerful driving percussion, desert strings, double flutes and snake charming pipes. Rich and deeply authentic folk music at its very best.

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Desert Slide - Vishwa Mohan Bhatt
Sense 085

Desert slide is a new music collective featuring Grammy award winner Vishwa Mohan Bhatt playing the Mohan Veena (Indian slide guitar) and a selection of the crème de la crème of the Desert musicians of Rajasthan.

The combination of the mesmerising artistry of Bhatt and the soaring passion of vocalist Anwar Khan coupled with the driving hypnotic rhythms of Dholak, Khadtal and the desert strings of Kamaicha and Sindhi Sarangi produces a level of involvement for musician and listener alike which is so engrossing it seems to induce a trance like state. This joyful, deeply spiritual and intense musical experience is also something really special to be part of at a live concert event.

Vishwa Mohan Bhatt - Mohan Veena, Anwar Khan - Vocals, Firoz Khan - Dholak (double-headed barrel drum), Ram Kumar Mishra - Tabla, Gurprit Matharu - Tabla (Track 5), Gazi Khan - Khadtal (wood-block hand percussion), Ghevar Khan Manganiar - Kamayacha (lower register sarangi), Lakha Khan - Sindhi Sarangi (bowed folk instrument), Meher Din Langa - Sindhi Sarangi, Kachre Khan - Vocals.

£8.99
Destiny - Rakesh Chaurasia
SRCD 072

Flautist Rakesh Chaurasia, nephew and disciple of Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, journeys through the physical senses of our world evoking the sounds of Mountains, Valleys, Hills, Rivers and the Seas.

Destiny - Call of the Divine: Mystical flute of the rapidly rising young maestro Rakesh Chaurasia, nephew and disciple of Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, journeys through the physical senses of our world evoking the sounds of Mountains, Valleys, Hills, Rivers and the Seas.

Five Dhuns rendered on this album by Rakesh Chaurasia are derived from classical raags, the tunes being composed to loosely link into landscape and natural geographical features in terms of suggesting certain sounds. All five are in the dadra taal (six-beat cycle) and are performed without a break to suggest the perpetual, unending sound of nature. The continuous unchanging rhythm is designed to sustain a mood of meditation. Another refreshing and meditative album by Rakesh Chaurasia.

£5.99
Dev Darshan - Homage to the Gods
SRCD 069

Dev Darshan: The exalted virtues perceived in the Divine are celebrated in its manifold avatars through Shloks (poetic verses), Stotras (devotional lyrics of praise) and Bhajans (chants).

Dev Darshan – Homage to Gods

The ancient Hindus have composed and chanted innumerable hymns and lyrics in praise and awe of different manifestations of the Supreme. More often then not, these invariably depict, mirror and magnify the varied facets of mankind and its constant struggle to live in peace and harmony. Presented here are newly penned compositions by the renowned Rajesh Johri and Ashit Desai.

In Dev Darshan, the exalted virtues perceived in the Divine are celebrated in its manifold avatars or appearances in the form of Shloks (poetic verses) followed by Stotras (devotional lyrics of praise) and ending with Bhajans (chants) in praise of the Deity. We begin, as is appropriate, with Lord Ganesh, followed by Goddess Shakti (Devi), Lords Krishna, Shiv (Shankar), Ram and Vishnu.

Lord Ganesh: The Elephant headed son of Lord Shiv and Parvati, is considered to be the remover of obstacles, a patron of letters and learning and is the first God invoked at the beginning of worship.

Goddess Devi or Shakti: Is seen as the supreme Goddess representing the Divine will and mother who calls for absolute surrender.

Lord Krishna: The flute bearing Krishna, said to be the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu, is most popular of all the Deities. One of his many facets and the most revered is that of the Divine Lover.

Lord Shiv (Shankar): the Auspicious One is one of the main deities in Hinduism and primarily known as a destroyer and a creator.

Lord Ram: Said to be the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu, is conceived as a model of reason, right action and desirable virtues.

Lord Vishnu: Is worshiped as the protector and preserver of the world and restorer of dharma (moral order).

Recited by Anup Jalota, Ashit & Hema Desai, Sanjeev Abhyankar

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Devjyoti Bose - Devotion
Sense 003

Devjyoti Bose is one of India's outstanding young sarod players. He is the younger brother of one of India's great tabla players, Kumar Bose, and the disciple of Ustad Amjad Ali Khan.

Devjyoti Bose is one of India's outstanding young sarod players. His playing demonstrates a high level of creative energy, with the potential of both upholding the essences of the musical tradition he belongs to, as well as carrying this tradition forward through innovation. He is the younger brother of one of India's great tabla players, Kumar Bose, and the disciple of Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, whose family represents seven generations of sarod players.

Devjyoti Bose has chosen a popular raag for his performance: Raag Malkauns, one of the six primary raags according to ancient musical texts. It is a late night melody consisting of just five notes: deep, peaceful and sublime in character.

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Devotional Songs from Hindu Temples
CRT

Devotional Songs from Hindu Temples: CD included - Music transcribed and adapted for Piano/Keyboard by Colin Tribe. The CD is produced from the "Sibelius" scoring programme and demonstrates the exact rhythms of the notation of the pieces and should be considered a teaching aid, rather than a finished, polished performance.

Devotional Songs from Hindu Temples: CD included - Music transcribed and adapted for Piano/Keyboard by Colin Tribe. The CD is produced from the "Sibelius" scoring programme and demonstrates the exact rhythms of the notation of the pieces and should be considered a teaching aid, rather than a finished, polished performance

The book can also be used as a graded set of pieces for the "Victoria College of Music" Contemporary Piano Syllabus from 2007 and the grade listing is on the final page. VCM has an independent spirit that has flourished since its foundation in 1890 through being innovative and imaginative.

£6.99
Dhruba Ghosh
IAM 1039

Ghosh presents a rendition of raga Kaushi Kanada, a mix of Malkauns and Darbari Kanada, whose grandeur and majesty are now tinged with pathos and urgency.

Dhruba Ghosh presents a rendition of raga Kaushi Kanada, a mix of ragas Malkauns and Darbari Kanada, whose grandeur and majesty are now tinged with pathos and urgency. Dhruba's lyrical style and the Sarangi's natural affinity for dramatic and heart-rending music make this an intense and captivating performance. Dhruba concludes with a light Kajri. Nayan Ghosh accompanies on Tabla.

£9.99
Dhruba Ghosh - Sarangi
IAM 1083

Dhruba Ghosh has achieved a unique and prominent place among Sarangi players: unique because he does not come from a family of hereditary Sarangi players, prominent because he is one of the few living virtuosi of the instrument.

Dhruba Ghosh has achieved a unique and prominent place among Sarangi players: unique because he does not come from a family of hereditary Sarangi players, prominent because he is one of the few living virtuosi of the instrument. Dhruba Ghosh is the son of the legendary tabla maestro Nikhil Ghosh.

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Dhyaan
Sense 042

Dhyaan: Shaukat Hussain Khan has emerged as one of the leading exponents of the Agra Atrauli Gharana.Blessed with a melliflous voice ranging over three octaves, he is performer of exceptional merit.

Originally a Persian word signifying an idea or a concept, Khayal is a form of vocal singing believed to be the creation of Amir Khusro in the thirteenth century. The use of ornamentation in khayal is far greater than in any other classical form, and the style has a tremendous freedom. The history of khayal has been dominated by several families of musicians who have shaped the music of India through the development of their own distinct approaches to classical singing.

Shaukat Hussein Khan was born into one such family with a rich tradition in North Indian khayal music. He is the son of the legendary Late Ustad Sharafat Hussein Khan, the doyen of the Agra-Atrauli Gharana. Shaukat Hussein's initiation into the world of music began at the age of five. His prodigious talent blossomed under the tutelage of his father. Later after his father's demise, he received guidance from his maternal uncles Ustad Yunus Hussein Khan and Ustad Mubarak Ali Khan. He continues to take guidance from Shrimati Pumima Sen, a disciple of Ustad Sharafat Hussein Khan.

£8.99
Divine Chants of Gayatri
SRCD 065

Of all the Divine "Mantras", there is none considered more exalted than the Gayatri. A prayer for spiritual and meditative stimulation, it is addressed to the divine life-giver as supreme God, symbolised in the Sun.

Divine Chants of Gayatri

The classical raags based music and instruments such as the Indian bamboo flute and the Sitar used in this album, explore the full gamut of feeling, emotion, passion, commitment and transcendence that a human being can experience during a day’s cycle. This is aptly fitting, since a student is advised to recite the Gayatri at the dawn of the rising sun and at dusk until he catches a glimpse of the starry sky.

 

Om Bhur Bhuvaha Svaha

Tat Savitur Varenyam

Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi

Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayath

 

The practice of meditation has occurred worldwide since ancient times. The Hindus perfected the art of sacred chanting that dates back at least 3,000 years and is probably the world's oldest continuous vocal tradition. Of all the sacred "Mantras", there is none considered more exalted than the Gayatri.

A prayer for spiritual and meditative stimulation, it is addressed to the divine life-giver as supreme God, symbolised in the Sun. The Gayatri is thus not only the symbol of light but light itself. A "mantra" signifies the sacred formula or verse, the incantation of which leads to spiritual liberation and enrichment of daily life. According to Hindu tradition, the world has come into existence through the union of Mind "(manas)" with word "Vac." The "mantra" therefore has not only sound and meaning, but also energy. To acquire this energy of the Word, one has to grasp the message as well as the vibrations of the "mantra". Properly chanted, it leads one to the harmony and peace that result when forces of the Divine, the Human and the Cosmic lock embrace.

£5.99
Divine Chants of India
SRCD 127

Divine chants of India is a unique compilation of some of the more powerful divine Vedic hymns musically woven in classical ragas, sung by Hariharan, Anup Jalota, Shankar Mahadevan and Devaki Pandit.

Divine Chants of India is a unique compilation of some of the more powerful divine Vedic hymns musically woven in classical ragas, sung by Hariharan, Anup Jalota, Shankar Mahadevan and Devaki Pandit. Chanting of Vedic hymns and mantras in composite sacred melodies of poetic lyrics and sound of music create divine vibrations. Just as 'Meerabai' and Radhika represent the 'lyrics of poetry' and 'rhythm of music' respectively, the delight of Vedic hymns in 'raagas' [rhythms] create grandeur of divine chants and enchanting devotional songs. We are sure you will take delight in listening to the Divine chants of India.

£5.99
Divinity - Divine Music for Meditation
SRCD 026A

Divinity - Divine Music for Meditation: A musical journey of peace and harmony that that truly lets you experience the inner soul.

"Divinity - Divine Music for Meditation" (formerly known as 'A Musical Odyssey'. Music arranged and composed by Ashit Desai. An exploration of the Divine by some of the finest musicians of their generation that showcases the beauty and sanctity of the ancient art of Indian Music. Divinity is a musical journey that truly experiences the inner soul. Gentle and soothing instrumental music that will relax and relieve the stress of modern times that we all suffer from.

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Divinity 10 - Music for Ultimate Peace and Joy
SRCD 136

Divinity 10 - Music for Ultimate Peace and Joy: Divinity 10 brings you more of the meditative spiritual music to soothe your senses.

Divinity 10 - Music for Ultimate Peace and Joy: Whilst the first-ever instrumental disc in the Sona Rupa record-label series, Divinity, introduced new compositions of well known, much loved age-old Bhajans; truly a sublime rendition of our prayers in music, Divinity 2 traversed similar grounds but highlighted the sacredness of particular musical instruments and the Indian classical raags frequently used in Bhajans and Kirtans. Divinity 3, yet again, explored the underlying theme of devotion, meditation and salvation through well-known spiritual and devotional compositions of ancient and modern times whilst Divinity 4 celebrated the Divine through popular devotional compositions, mostly from Indian films.

 

Divinity 5, Divinity 6, Divinity 7, Divinity 8 and Divinity 9 continued the theme of bringing the best of traditional and popular devotional music. In the same vein, Divinity 10 brings you more of the meditative spiritual music to soothe your senses.

 

In what has been a fantastical journey of unprecedented worldwide success in the last ten years of this ever-popular Divinity Series, Divinity 10 is another sumptuous offering from Sona Rupa of the infinite Divine Love. We enjoy and cherish every moment of making music for the Divine and equally, hope that you enjoy your journey with us in quest for peace, harmony and the Inner Self. – Hemant Mattani

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Divinity 2 - A musical Unity
SRCD 037A

Divinity 2 - A Musical Unity is a follow up to the much acclaimed album ‘Divinity – a musical odyssey’ which introduced new, instrumental compositions of well-known, much loved, age-old bhajans (Hindu devotional songs).

Divinity 2 - A Musical Unity, is a follow up to our own, the much acclaimed SONA RUPA album ‘Divinity – a musical odyssey’ which introduced new, instrumental compositions of well-known, much loved, age-old bhajans (Hindu devotional songs).

While it gave those bhajans a new musical focus, DIVINITY 2 covers a range of classical Indian raags that are frequently used in bhajan as well as ‘kirtan’ (Rhythmic utterances of sacred words and texts). Kirtans are usually a choral chant highlighting the significance of many voices chanting as one.

The result is a kind of Unity that emerges from the multiplicity of raags as well as deities suggested through the music. Man has visualised God in many ways and one of the most ancient and enduring ways has been to divide all of God’s attributes into individual deities, some of whom, in turn, become Gods in their own right. Whatever their individual symbolism, by and large they are all descended from that same Unity and man’s sense of oneness that is instrumental to man pursuing his devotional urges.

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Divinity 3 - Divine Music to Invoke Inner Peace
SRCD 075

Divinity 3 - Divine Music to Invoke Inner Peace: The underlying theme of divinity, devotion, meditation and salvation continues continues in Divinity 3.

Whilst the first ever instrumental disc in the Sona Rupa record-label series, Divinity, introduced new instrumental compositions of well-known, much loved age-old Bhajans; truly a sublime rendition of our prayers in music, Divinity2 traversed similar grounds but highlighted the sacredness of particular musical instruments and the Indian classical raags frequently used in Bhajans and Kirtans.

Here, in Divinity3 - Divine music to invoke Inner Peace, the underlying theme of devotion, meditation and salvation continues. Through some of the myriad well-known spiritual and devotional compositions of ancient and modern times, a varied collection of traditional Indian and western instruments again creates an aura of sublime bliss, a sense of wonderment, ecstasy and Unity with the Divine. Sensuous music that invokes the Inner-self. Music for Divinity 3 arranged and composed by Ashit Desai. Musicians: Rakesh Chaurasia - flute, Niladri Kumar - sitar, Zarin Daruwala - sarod, Ulhas Bapat - santoor, Akhlak Hussain - harmonium, Bhavani Shankar - pakhawaj

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Divinity 4 - Spiritual Music for Peace
SRCD 090

In Divinity 4, we continue to explore and celebrate the Divine through popular devotional compositions, mostly from Indian films, to soothe and caress your Inner Soul.

Divinity 4 - Spiritual Music for Peace: Whilst the first ever instrumental disc in the Sona Rupa record-label series, Divinity, introduced new instrumental compositions of well-known, much loved age-old Bhajans; truly a sublime rendition of our prayers in music, Divinity2 traversed similar grounds but highlighted the sacredness of particular musical instruments and the Indian classical raags frequently used in Bhajans and Kirtans. Divinity 3, yet again, explored the underlying theme of devotion, meditation and salvation through well-known spiritual and devotional compositions of ancient and modern times.

In Divinity 4, we continue to explore and celebrate the Divine through popular devotional compositions, mostly from Indian films, to soothe and caress your Inner Soul.

£5.99
Divinity 5 - Music for Enlightenment
SRCD 100

Divinity 5 continues the theme of bringing the best of traditional and popular devotional music to soothe and caress your Senses.

Divinity 5 - Music for Enlightenment: Whilst the first ever instrumental disc in the Sona Rupa record-label series, Divinity, introduced new instrumental compositions of well-known, much loved age-old Bhajans; truly a sublime rendition of our prayers in music, Divinity 2 traversed similar grounds but highlighted the sacredness of particular musical instruments and the Indian classical raags frequently used in Bhajans and Kirtans. Divinity 3, yet again, explored the underlying theme of devotion, meditation and salvation through well-known spiritual and devotional compositions of ancient and modern times. Divinity 4 celebrated the Divine through popular devotional compositions, mostly from Indian films. Divinity 5 continues the theme of bringing the best of traditional and popular devotional music to soothe and caress your Senses.

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Divinity 6 - Music for Peace and Happiness
SRCD 113

Divinity 6 - Music for Peace and Happiness continues the theme of bringing the best of traditional and popular devotional music in the Divinity Series to help realise the Divine within.

Divinity 6: Whilst the first ever instrumental disc in the Sona Rupa record-label series, Divinity, introduced new compositions of well-known, much loved age-old Bhajans; truly a sublime rendition of our prayers in music, Divinity 2 traversed similar grounds but highlighted the sacredness of particular musical instruments and the Indian classical raags frequently used in Bhajans and Kirtans. Divinity 3, yet again, explored the underlying theme of devotion, meditation and salvation through well-known spiritual and devotional compositions of ancient and modern times whilst Divinity 4 celebrated the Divine through popular devotional compositions, mostly from Indian films. Divinity 5, and now, Divinity 6 continues the theme of bringing the best of traditional and popular devotional music to help realise the Divine within.

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Divinity 7 - Music for Devotion and Meditation
SRCD 122

Divinity7 brings the best of traditional and popular devotional music embracing some of the most popular bhajans penned by Meerabai, Sant Kabir and Raidasji, amongst others.

Divinity 7 - Music for devotion and meditation: Whilst the first ever instrumental disc in the Sona Rupa record-label series, Divinity, introduced new compositions of well-known, much loved age-old Bhajans; truly a sublime rendition of our prayers in music, Divinity2 traversed similar grounds but highlighted the sacredness of particular musical instruments and the Indian classical raags frequently used in Bhajans and Kirtans. Divinity3, yet again, explored the underlying theme of devotion, meditation and salvation through well-known spiritual and devotional compositions of ancient and modern times whilst Divinity4 celebrated the Divine through popular devotional compositions, mostly from Indian films.

Divinity5, Divinity6 and now Divinity7 continues the theme of bringing the best of traditional and popular devotional music such as the most exalted of them all, the Gayatri Mantra and the evergreen Shri Krishna Govind Stuti. This spiritual garland of devotion also embraces some of the most popular bhajans penned by Meerabai, Sant Kabir and Raidasji in Divinity7.

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Divinity 8
SRCD 123

Divinity 8 brings you spiritual and devotional music, Stutis and Aartis that are closely associated with the most revered and popular Elephantine Godhead, Lord Ganesh.

Divinity 8 - Auspicious Music for Peace & Prosperity: Whilst the first ever instrumental disc in the Sona Rupa record-label series, Divinity, introduced new compositions of well-known, much loved age-old Bhajans; truly a sublime rendition of our prayers in music, Divinity 2 traversed similar grounds but highlighted the sacredness of particular musical instruments and the Indian classical raags frequently used in Bhajans and Kirtans. Divinity 3, yet again, explored the underlying theme of devotion, meditation and salvation through well-known spiritual and devotional compositions of ancient and modern times whilst Divinity 4 celebrated the Divine through popular devotional compositions, mostly from Indian films.

 

Divinity 5, Divinity 6 and Divinity 7 continued the theme of bringing the best of traditional and popular devotional music. Divinity 8 brings you spiritual and devotional music, Stutis and Aartis that are closely associated with the most revered and popular Elephantine Godhead, Lord Ganesh.

£5.99
Divinity 9 - Blissful Music for Peace & Joy
SRCD 129

Sona Rupa's Divinity Series brings the best of Indian traditional and popular devotional music. In the same vein, Divinity 9 brings you more of the meditative spiritual music to soothe your senses.

Divinity 9 - Blissful Music for Peace and Joy: Whilst the first ever instrumental disc in the Sona Rupa record-label series, Divinity, introduced new compositions of well-known, much loved age-old Bhajans; truly a sublime rendition of our prayers in music, Divinity 2 traversed similar grounds but highlighted the sacredness of particular musical instruments and the Indian classical raags frequently used in Bhajans and Kirtans. Divinity 3, yet again, explored the underlying theme of devotion, meditation and salvation through well-known spiritual and devotional compositions of ancient and modern times whilst Divinity 4 celebrated the Divine through popular devotional compositions, mostly from Indian films.
 
Divinity 5, Divinity 6, Divinity 7, Divinity 8 continued the theme of bringing the best of traditional and popular devotional music. In the same vein, Divinity 9 brings you more of the meditative spiritual music to soothe your senses.
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Dr. Balamurali Krishna
SNCD 70795

Mukundarasam - Songs on Lord Krishna sung by Dr. Balamurali Krishna. Accompanied by T. H. Vinayakram on Ghatam, Bikram Ghosh on Tabla, B. V. Raghavendra Rao on Violin & Salva Ganesh on Kanjira.

Mukundarasam - Songs on Lord Krishna sung by Dr. Balamurali Krishna. Accompanied by T. H. Vinayakram on Ghatam, Bikram Ghosh on Tabla, B. V. Raghavendra Rao on Violin & Salva Ganesh on Kanjira.

£8.99
Duet for Violin & Guitar
SNCD 73388

V. G. Jog - Violin & Brij Bhushan Kabra - Guitar. Vocal - Vijay Kumar Kichlu. Ananda Gopal Bandopadhyaya - Tabla.

"Jugalbandhi: Duet for Violin & Guitar". V. G. Jog - Violin & Brij Bhushan Kabra - Guitar. Vocal - Vijay Kumar Kichlu. Ananda Gopal Bandopadhyaya - Tabla

£5.99
Dynamic
Sense 002

This double CD of exciting live performance is a real treat for tabla fans and is a must have for all students of tabla as the great master demonstrates his incredible skills. Kumar Bose has endorsed this CD as his best solo recording.

Kumar Bose has played a significant role in affirming this perception. His virtuoseo talents first came to attention with his flamboyant performances as Pandit Ravi Shankar's accompanist in the 1970's. The legendary sitarist was largely responsible for encouraging tabla players to be more expressive and expansive in their accompaniment, Kumar Bose became a perfect foil for Ravi Shankar's ground breaking experimentations.

Kumar Bose is the most established disciple of the legendary tabla maestro Pandit Kishan Maharaj, belonging to the Benares school or gharana of tabla playing. Out of the six established tabla gharanas, Benares has most successfully managed to maintain its original stylistic purity and this is largely due to Kumar Bose and his contemporaries. His tabla solos are characterised by a skillful balance between the two drums (tabla and bayan). The warm tones of the left hand bass drum are complimented with complex syncopations of the higher pitched right hand drum.

Remarkably, this is the first live recording release of Kumar Bose. It gives us a unique insight into his mastery as a soloist, bringing out not only rhythmical characteristics of the instrument, but also the intonations and subtle modulations that are essential in the musical appreciation of the tabla.

£17.99
EeSHA' The First Ray of The Sun
NCCD 0005

Vocal: 'EeSHA' The First Ray of The Sun. Mukul Shivputra is the son of one of the greatest vocalists, the late Pandit Kumar Gandharva. Accompanied by Anish Pradhan on Tabla and Appa Jalgaonkar on Harmonium.

Vocal: 'EeSHA' The First Ray of The Sun. Mukul Shivputra is the son of one of the greatest vocalists, the late Pandit Kumar Gandharva. Accompanied by Anish Pradhan on Tabla and Appa Jalgaonkar on Harmonium.

£5.99
EnerG - Feel the Music
SRCD 094

EnerG is an album full of zest and vigour, based on modern format, yet, retaining the structure of Indian Classical Raags.

As the name suggests, enerG is an album full of zest and vigour, based on modern format, yet, retaining the structure of Indian Classical Raags. To accommodate the improvisational part of the classical raags, the whole album was recorded as a Live Concert in the studio! The result is quite phenomenal.

Music is composed by Rahul Ranade and arranged by Atul Raninga who also plays the Keyboards. Flautist Rakesh Chaurasia, Tabla maestro Satyajit Talwalkar, rhythmist Mukul Dongre, Guitarist Tushar Parte, Saxophonist Shyamraj and Bass player Joy Dey, join them in making music.

£3.99
Eternity - The Soul of India
SRCD 034A

Eternity - The Soul of India - (formerly known as 'A Musical Journey'): Indian music has its roots in devotional practices as much as in the rhythms of work and play which make up a rich tradition of this varied and vast land.

Eternity - The Soul of India - (formerly known as 'A Musical Journey'): Indian music has its roots in devotional practices as much as in the rhythms of work and play which make up a rich tradition of this varied and vast land. While 'Divinity - A Musical Odyssey' (SRCD 026A) was an exploration of the Divine, 'Eternity - A musical Journey', is the second in this series and is a journey of discovery, surveying the evergreen, timeless and eternal music of the soil. The album includes a 12 page booklet detailing the regions specific to the tracks and the artists' bio-data.

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Evolution - Kadri Gopalnath & Ronu Majumdar
Sense 101

Evolution: An exciting and rare collaboration between the traditions of South Indian Sax Maestro Kadri Gopalnath and North Indian Bansuri master Ronu Majumdar with a red hot percussion section.

Evolution: An exciting and rare collaboration between the traditions of South Indian Sax Maestro Kadri Gopalnath and North Indian Bansuri master Ronu Majumdar with a red hot percussion section.

This Sense World recording brings together two highly accomplished Indian musicians who have never shied away from exploring new creative territory throughout their respective careers. This unique collaboration sees North Indian flautist Ronu Majumdar team up with South Indian Saxophonist Kadri Gopalnath to play in duet, or jugalbandi, for the first time. Jugalbandi (literally "tied together") is a traditional Indian art form where two musicians with different instruments or styles perform together. It features two instruments with contrasting evolutionary paths in the world of Indian music. The Flute, or Bansuri was the chosen instrument of the ancient Hindu god Krishna, while the Saxophone, born out of western band music in the nineteenth century, is a most recent addition to the Indian music stage.

Furthermore, the recording also brings together two distinct music traditions of India. The Hindustani Music of the North has been born out of a cultural synthesis, influenced by Persian music introduced by the Mughals in the thirteenth century. The indigenous Carnatic music of the South with a history stretching back 2500 years, is considered to
be divine in origin.

Ronu Majumdar, born in Varanasi in 1965, represents the third generation of flautists in his family. He was initiated into the art of playing by his father, Dr. Bhanu Majumdar and received singing lessons from Pandit Laxman Prasad Jaipurwale, an invaluable skill in an art form rooted in vocal music. It was Pandit Vijay Raghav Rao, a scholar and a well-respected performer, who groomed Ronu as a concert flautist. Expert guidance, hard work, and natural talent enabled Ronu to establish himself as one of the most accomplished exponents of his instrument and subsequently a popular concert performer.

His playing style is firmly rooted in the established tradition of the Maihar gharana, which has produced such luminaries as Maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan.

As well as scores of personal achievements and awards including the 'Kumar Gandharva Award for 2006', Ronu has a history of outstanding collaborative successes with significant contributions to "Passages" with his 'grand guru' Pandit Ravi Shankar and composer Philip Glass. He also performed on Ravi Shankar's inspirational "Chants of India" and toured with him in 1988. He has recorded with legends including Beatle George Harrison who championed Indian music to young people in the West, guitarist Ry Cooder and Zakir Hussain, the world's number one tabla exponent. He enjoyed a ten year association with the illustrious Indian film composer R. D. Burman, performing on the popular Bollywood film score "1942-A Love Story".

In Indian culture, Lord Krishna hypnotised his followers, the 'gopis', playing divine music on the flute. The Bansuri has to be one of the world's most simple musical instruments. A flute hollowed out of bamboo, with six fingers holes and one blowing hole. According to legend, an insect pierced bamboo to hide from the storm, and as the wind roared, enchanting tones emanated through the holes.

Kadri Gopalnath was born in Dakshina Kannada district, Karnataka. He acquired a taste for music from his father Thaniappa, an accomplished Nadhaswaram player.Kadri first experienced the Saxophone being played in a big band in Mysore palace and was hooked straight away. He saw possibilities in the Saxophone, which were not contemplated in India at that time. His fascination led him to seek technical tips from the bandleader to set him on his way. From then on, he worked tirelessly over a period of twenty years adapting the instrument to Indian music tastes before taking to the stage. Over this period he has made several modifications to the conventional alto sax.

Kadri served his initial musical apprenticeship under the guidance of Gopalkrishna Iyer of Kalaniketana, Mangalore. Later, in Madras, he came into contact with Mridangist T.V. Gopalkrishnan who identified the youngster's potential and tutored him.Bombay Jazz festival 1980 was a turning point for Gopalnath. John Handy, a jazz musician from California happened to be present at the festival. Hearing Gopalnath play, Handy asked if he could go on stage and perform alongside with him. So well did the two combine, that the mix of improvised Jazz and Carnatic music became an instant hit with the audience.

Renowned in India for his disciplined lifestyle and devotion to a rigorous daily practice, Kadri Gopalnath has participated in major Jazz Festivals in Prague, Paris and Berlin, and performed in the BBC Promenade concert in 1994 at London. In 2004, he was awarded the Padma Shri, one of the highest awards available to Indian musicians.Patri Satish Kumar is one of the most sought after Mridangam accompanists on the circuit. His gurus are some of the great Mridangam players of the modern era including Andhra, Sri Ramachandramurthy, V. A. Swami and V. Narasimhan. From childhood, Satish was inspired into the world of Percussion by his mother Padmavathy, a renowned violinist. He played his first concert at the young age of seven. He is an adaptable player equally at ease with Classical, Fusion or Jazz styles. He is a regular accompanist of Flautist Shashank and violinists Ganesh and Kumaresh.

Rajashekar is a reputed name in the world of Morsing and South Indian classical music. Morsing is the South Indian Jewish harp, a common feature of South Indian Percussion ensembles. He represented India in the World Jewish Harp Festival in Spain 2005.

Considered among the front ranking tabla players from India, Abhijit Banerjee has crafted a unique style and a creative approach which has brought him accolades and awards from all over the world. He is regarded as one of pioneering disciples of the illustrious guru, the late Jnan Prakash Ghosh. His crossover work has included collaborations with musicians such as Ry Cooder, Larry Corryell and Trilok Gurtu.

£8.99
Faiz by Abida
TDIGH 007C

Faiz's ghazals are captured in an exquisite adventure by the subcontinent's only true diva, the matchless singer Abida Parveen.

Faiz by Abida...Timeless poetry rendered sublime...When legendary icon and poet Faiz Ahmed. Faiz's ghazals are captured in an exquisite adventure by the subcontinent's only true diva, the matchless singer Abida Parveen. What emerges is a celebration of life, a throbbing testimony to beauty.

While with Faiz the sleeping Gods come to life, with Abida, virtuosity and vocal genius create a world of almost unbearable beauty.

Faiz by Abida..."She melds virtuosity and devotion...bringing profundity to the music along with flamboyance" - THE NEW YORK TIMES

£7.99
Ganesh
TDIDE 015C
"Ganesh": He Listens, He Sees, He Cares. Signature prayer of Inner Voice sung by Pandit Jasraj. Principal Singer: Sanjeev Abhyankar. Commentary: Harish Bhimani
"Ganesh": He Listens, He Sees, He Cares. Signature prayer of Inner Voice sung by Pandit Jasraj. Principal Singer: Sanjeev Abhyankar. Commentary: Harish Bhimani
£6.99
Gangubai Hangal
NRCD 8502/3

Gangubai Hangal in Indian classical vocal recital – 1974: Ragas Ahir Bhairav, Adana and Yaman
From the NCPA Archives - Digitally mastered from the original source tapes.

Gangubai Hangal in Indian classical vocal recital – 1974: Ragas Ahir Bhairav, Adana and Yaman

The NCPA Archives
Described as the ‘treasure trove’ of Indian classical music, the NCPA Archives has over 5000 hours of music of the ‘who’s who’ of classical music – both in the Hindustani and Carnatic styles. Maintained for over 4 decades in the most ideal conditions of temperature and humidity, and on the best recording formats, the NCPA Archives preserves and protects India’s rich musical heritage.

According to the Artists themselves, the work recorded on the Archives features some of their best works, recorded at the prime of their careers. This wonderful ‘khazana’ is being presented to the music loving public for the first time.

£15.99
Garba-Na Taale - Hema Desai
SR014

"Garba-Na Taale" Garba music by Hema Desai. Music composed and arranged by Ashit Desai.

"Garba-Na Taale" Garba music by Hema Desai. Music composed and arranged by Ashit Desai.

£3.99
Garba-Na Taale - Hema Desai
SR014

"Garba-Na Taale" Garba music by Hema Desai. Music composed and arranged by Ashit Desai.

"Garba-Na Taale" Garba music by Hema Desai. Music composed and arranged by Ashit Desai.

£3.99
Garbe Ramva Aavo
SRCD 085

Garbe Ramva Aavo: Gujarati music for the Navratri Festival with Hema Desai as the Lead Singer. Music by Ashit Desai.

Garbe Ramva Aavo: Gujarati music for the Navratri Festival with Hema Desai as the Lead Singer. Music by Ashit Desai. Chorus singers accompanying Hema Desai are Mala Shah, Manisha Doctor, Neha Vora, Nandita Dholakia, Bijal Parekh and Pooja.

£3.99
Garbe Ramva Aavo
SRCD 085

Garbe Ramva Aavo: Gujarati music for the Navratri Festival with Hema Desai as the Lead Singer. Music by Ashit Desai.

Garbe Ramva Aavo: Gujarati music for the Navratri Festival with Hema Desai as the Lead Singer. Music by Ashit Desai. Chorus singers accompanying Hema Desai are Mala Shah, Manisha Doctor, Neha Vora, Nandita Dholakia, Bijal Parekh and Pooja.

£3.99
Gayatri
TDIDE 003C

Gayatri (Pandit Jasraj) Contents: Gayatri Invocation, Introductory Commentary, Pranayam mantra, Stuti (Shloka 1 & Shloka 2), Chanting of the Gayatri Mantra (108 times) & Gayatri Aarati in chorus.

Gayatri (Pandit Jasraj) Contents: Gayatri Invocation, Introductory Commentary, Pranayam mantra, Stuti (Shloka 1 & Shloka 2), Chanting of the Gayatri Mantra (108 times) & Gayatri Aarati in chorus. Gayatri Invocation: Sung by Pandit Jasraj. Commentary voice: Harish Bhimani.
£6.99
Geetinandan
SN/CD/1001

Geetinandan - Ajoy Chakrabarty & Kaushiki present Geetinandan: Dhamaar, Khyaal, Thumri and Bhajan. 50 Flowers of Devotion by Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty. THIS IS DEFINITELY A CONNOISSEUR'S CHOICE FOR LEARNING AND ENJOYMENT.

Geetinandan - Ajoy Chakrabarty & Kaushiki present Geetinandan: Dhamaar, Khyaal, Thumri and Bhajan. 50 Flowers of Devotion by Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty. The Book has extensive "Indian Notations" for music in Different Ragas plus compositions printed in Hindi, translations in English that are all referenced in the 2CD album sung by father and daughter, Kaushiki.

Illustrated Ragas are as follows: Kafi, Puriya Kalyan, Shankara, Marwa, Todi, Mirabai Ki Malhar, Basant Mukhari, Bhairavi, Bilawal, Miyan Ki Malhar, Komal Asawari, Multani, Basant Bahar, Bhoopali, Bahar, Malkauns, Mishra Mirabai Ki Malhar, Jaijaiwanti, Hameer, Bhatiyar, Darbari, Shuddha Sarang, Piloo, Mishra Charukeshi, Nand, Jaunpuri, Bairagi, Durga, Bhairo, Gawoti, Shuddha Kalyan, Shyam Kalyan, Manj Khamaj, Madhuvanti, Bageshri, Puravi, Rageshri, Kalavati and Mishra Piloo. THIS IS DEFINITELY A CONNOISSEUR'S CHOICE FOR LEARNING AND ENJOYMENT.

£19.99
Ghalib by Abida Parveen
TDIGH 050C

Ghalib by Abida Parveen: For the first time, Sufi Queen Abida Parveen renders ghazals by legendary Urdu poet, Mirza Ghalib.

A believer in pious love, Abida weaves intense love in a mesmerizing musical form called Ghazal in ‘Ghalib by Abida Parveen’. The album makes us experience melancholy, fear of separation, longing, desperation, dilemma in love, obsession and many more moods and shades of love as penned by Mirza Ghalib.
 
The album also marks the creation of a masterpiece as it is for the first time in the history of music that Abida Parveen renders ghazals by Mirza Ghalib. The sound produced thus, creates a beautiful synergy of music and poetry.
£7.99
Ghazal Trio - Alap Desai
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Alap Desai - Ghazal Trio: A new Gujarati album by Alap Desai with lyrics written by Mukesh Joshi and Hiten Anandpara

Alap Desai - Ghazal Trio: A new Gujarati album by Alap Desai with lyrics written by Mukesh Joshi and Hiten Anandpara

£4.99
Ghulam Ali - Mast Nazren
NRCD 5501-2

'Mast Nazren' (Esctatic Glances) - Ghulam Ali accompanied on Sarangi by Ustad Sultan Khan.

'Mast Nazren' (Esctatic Glances) - Ghulam Ali accompanied on Sarangi by Ustad Sultan Khan. Ghazals of Jigar Moradabadi, Ahmed Faraaz, Athar Nafees, Nazir Kazmi & Mustafa Zaidi. Live at the Barbican Centre, London, 19th August 1984.

£15.99
Ghulam Mustafa Khan - Ibteda
Sense 049

Endowed with an exceptional melodious and sensitively adaptable voice, Ghulam Mustafa Khan bears witness, in Ibteda, to the rigorous traditional training he recieved from his distiguished gurus.

Endowed with an exceptionally melodious and sensitively adaptable voice, Ghulam Mustafa Khan's music gives witness to the rigorous traditional training that he received from his distinguished gurus. He hails from a family steeped in North Indian Classical vocal music culture, his forefathers being some of the most prized court musicians honoured and celebrated by the Kings and Maharajas in a musical lineage that goes back to more than 150 years.

Ghulam Mustafa Khan has brought these traditions into the present with great effect, and added his own personal traits.

£8.99
Gianni Ricchizzi
NI 5431

Gianni Ricchizzi represents a small but growing phenomenon: westerners who have successfully studied Indian classical music, to the point of being very accomplished performers.

Gianni Ricchizzi - VICHITRA VINA. The term Vina appears in the earliest musical literature of the Hindus. However, Vina (Veena) can denote any type of stringed instrument. Born in Barletta, Italy, in 1954, Gianni Ricchizzi represents a small but growing phenomenon: westerners who have successfully studied Indian classical music, to the point of being very accomplished performers.

On this CD, Gianni is accompanied by Giuseppe Fiore on Tabla, also from Italy. He studied under the late Badri Maharaj, who was a disciple of the great Benarasi Tabla player Kante Maharaj.

£9.99
Girija Devi
IAM 1076

Girija Devi is the foremost traditional exponent of thumri in India today, representing the rich musical culture of Benares.

Girija Devi is the foremost traditional exponent of thumri in India today, representing the rich musical culture of Benares. Girija Devi sings three romantic thumris in ragas Behag, Desh and Bhairavi, a springtime-inspired Hori in raga Mishra Kafi, and a vivacious and virtuosic tappa in raga Bhairavi.

Accompanied by Subhen Chatterjee on the Tabla and by Ramesh Mishra on Sarangi.

£9.99
Girija Devi (double album)
Sense 004

This double CD (Diva) presents one of the most accomplished contemporary exponents of the thumri style of vocal music, Girija Devi.

Hailing from the city of Benares, the home of spiritual music forms, Girija Devi is one of the few living artists who has equal command over all the major styles of vocal music. She has won the highest acclaim for her contribution to Indian music and even at more than 80 years old she has excellent technique and conveys deep emotion through her singing.This is one special album from a special lady of India. Recorded live at the Saptak Music Festival 2001.

£17.99
Girija Devi - Mandhari
Sense 088

Girija Devi again demonstrates how she has captivated the hearts of so many listeners over the years in another historic concert at India's Saptak festival.

This recording features the celebrated 'Queen of Thumri' Girija Devi treating 2005 Saptak Festival listeners to a remarkable live performance full of lyrical depth, grace and divine magic. Over the twenty five years lifespan of India's premier music festival, Girija Devi has become a regular favourite through her ability to consistently produce memorable recitals packed with an unmatched emotional intensity and energy.

£8.99
Golden Moments
SRCD 124

Golden Moments is music in instrumental form. It is music that colours the landscape of our existence with melodies that are familiar, exhilarating and yet very soothing to listen to.

Golden Moments - Music for Moments to Remember: Music can truly be called the Soul Food of our inner senses and is a pre-requisite to our every day existence. We all possess in abundance, this unquenchable thirst for music that pleases the soul.

In all forms of music, there are moments when we are particularly drawn to melodies and tunes that resonate with the inner being. It is this unique sensual experience that makes you and me hum to a masterful composition.

In Golden Moments, we present such music in instrumental form; popular and contemporary fare that will soothe and caress your senses. It is music that colours the landscape of our existence with melodies that are familiar, exhilarating and yet very soothing to listen to.

Golden Moments will leave an indelible mark on your Inner Being.

£5.99
Gujarati.Com
SRCD 108

A light-hearted look at the serious consequences of dilution, more so than enrichment, of the ancient language and culture of Gujarat.

The influence of the 21st Century technology on all ancient languages is considerable. Gujarati, one of the most widely spoken regional languages outside of India, has not been spared its onslaught either.

As the title Gujarati.Com suggests, brilliantly crafted anglicised Gujarati poetry pertaining to mythological and social references has been spiced up with terms used in the Age of Computers, the Internet, and the Mobile phone. A light-hearted look at the serious consequences of dilution, more so than enrichment, of the ancient language and culture of Gujarat.

£5.99
Gujarati.Com
SRCD 108

A light-hearted look at the serious consequences of dilution, more so than enrichment, of the ancient language and culture of Gujarat.

 The influence of the 21st Century technology on all ancient languages is considerable. Gujarati, one of the most widely spoken regional languages outside of India, has not been spared its onslaught either.

As the title Gujarati.Com suggests, brilliantly crafted anglicised Gujarati poetry pertaining to mythological and social references has been spiced up with terms used in the Age of Computers, the Internet, and the Mobile phone. A light-hearted look at the serious consequences of dilution, more so than enrichment, of the ancient language and culture of Gujarat.

£5.99
Gundecha Brothers - Bhaktamar Stotra
Sense 079

Bhaktamar Stotra gives people the world over the opportunity to listen to the real beauty of the Bhaktamara. It is a heartfelt recitation by the Jain Gundecha Brothers with traditional instruments in an authentic style pioneered in the ancient temples.

Bhaktamar Stotra gives people the world over the opportunity to listen to the real beauty of the Bhaktamara. It is a heartfelt recitation by the Jain Gundecha Brothers with traditional instruments in an authentic style pioneered in the ancient temples.

£8.99
Gundecha Brothers - Darshan
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DARSHAN: ‘With a mind of deep faith we can enter into a divine communion’
THIS CD REPRESENTS THE HIGHEST QUALITY RECORDING AND PERFORMANCE OF DHRUPAD AVAILABLE IN THE WORLD AT THIS TIME.

DARSHAN

‘With a mind of deep faith we can enter into a divine communion’

Dhrupad is the oldest existing form of North Indian classical music. The nature of Dhrupad music is spiritual, seeking not to entertain, but to induce feelings of peace and contemplation in the listener. The word Dhrupad is derived from DHRUVA the steadfast evening star that moves through our galaxy and PADA meaning poetry. It is a form of devotional music that traces its origin to the ancient text of Sam Veda, which was chanted with the help of melody and rhythm called Samgana. Gradually this developed into other vocal styles called 'Chhanda' and 'Prabandha' with introduction of verse and meter. The fusion of these two elements led to the emergence of Dhrupad.

By the eleventh century, Dhrupad music had crystallised into a perfect form which has retained its original structure and purity through to the present day. One significant characteristic of Dhrupad is the emphasis on maintaining purity of the Ragas and the Swaras (notes). According to some accounts, Dhrupad was sung in the temples, with the singer facing the divinity. From this early chanting, Dhrupad evolved into a sophisticated classical form of music. Even today we hear this majestic form of music performed like it was more than 500 years ago in the royal courts of the emperors and kings of India.

Umakant and Ramakant Gundecha are one of India’s leading exponents of the Dhrupad style of music. They are among the most active young performers of Dhrupad in Indian and international circuits. After the Dagar Brothers, it is the Gundecha Brothers who have brought Dhrupad to the forefront on the concert platform. Born in Ujjain in Central India, both were initiated into music by their parents.

£8.99
Gundecha Brothers - Temple Voices
Sense 103

A very rare and inspiring Dhrupad masterclass with the Gundecha Brothers in a trio with the baritone sitar the Surbahar. This fantastic recording is a must for lovers of deeply spiritual music.

A very rare and inspiring Dhrupad masterclass with the Gundecha Brothers in a trio with the baritone sitar the Surbahar. This fantastic recording is a must for lovers of deeply spiritual music.

The Gundecha brothers are at the forefront of the revival in fortune that has overtaken the ancient vocal form, dhrupad. For much of the 20th century it was assumed to be in slow terminal decline, a victim of the all-conquering khayal tradition which had evolved from it in preceding centuries to become the basis of contemporary classical music in India for instruments as much as voices. But you can't keep a great experience unnoticed. The key aspect of dhrupad is its elemental nature. It contains all the elements that still go to make up a full-scale raga elaboration today, and it presents them with elemental focus and intensity.

When the opening stages introduce the notes of the raga one at a time, that is what you hear spread out over many minutes, hugely concentrated in expressive force but largely unadorned except for connecting slides and pitch-bending, rather than buried beneath layers of ornament and frisky invention as you might hear in another alap. When rhythmic movement begins, there is correspondingly more activity from the singers, but the level of excitement rises very gradually. Only in the later stages of the percussion-backed compositions, or bandishes, does the time arrive for a full range of virtuosity to be presented. Compared with the many performers who like to show off their prowess as early as they can, a dhrupad singer will make you wait; but the payoff is all the more thrilling for the length of the build-up.

£8.99
Gurbani Keertan
Sense 078

This CD is part of a series of tributes to Bhai Gurmit Singh Virdee that highlights his faith in Sikhism as well as his passion for music.

Jasbeer Virdee, or Nina as she is affectionately known, daughter in law of Bhai Gurmit Singh Virdee is the UK’s leading exponent of the ‘Kirana’ Gharana Style of Hindustani classical vocal.

£8.99
Guru-Shishya- Hariprasad Chaurasia
Sense 081

Hariprasad Chaurasia stands at the top of the bansuri mountain with his majestic playing.In this fine recording from the Saptak festival India we also see two of the finest young female talents of the bamboo flute carrying on Hariprasad's remarkable musical lineage.

GURU SHISHYA

Hariprasad Chaurasia's remarkable musical journey spans over a period of fifty years in which time the status of the flute in North India has been wholly transformed through his music.

A prolific performer and committed educator, he has established himself as one of the great ambassadors for Indian music in modern times, laying the foundations for future generations to reap the benefits of his mastery. His life's mission has been to popularize the Bansuri, essentially a simple unassuming piece of bamboo with seven holes. It has proved to be a path not without its fair share of struggle and hardship.

Today Hariprasad Chaurasia is a rare combination of innovator and traditionalist. His musical repertoire extends effortlessly beyond North Indian art music into the realm of Indian folk and East-West musical crossover. His collaborations with acclaimed Western artistes like Yehudi Menuhin, George Harrison, John McLaughlin, Jan Garbarek and Mickey Hart have added to his international appeal. Through all these innovations though he remains a firm proponent of the Indian classical tradition whose standards he has never sacrificed. His devotion to the cause of Indian music is reflected in Brindavan, the school he has created specifically designed to impart knowledge in the traditional gurukul system.

He has established major centres devoted to learning in Rotterdam Conservatory, Netherlands and in his native Mumbai. Several of his students are now performing worldwide including Debopriya Chatterjee and Suchismita Chatterjee.

Both Debopriya and Suchismita have served their apprenticeship touring extensively with their guru. Their debut performance at the 25th Saptak Festival in Gujarat on the 1st January 2005, is evidence of their musical coming of age.

£19.99
Gurukul - Sharda Sahai & Vishnu Sahai
Sense 040

The lineage of the Benares gharana flows through Pandit Sharda Sahai in this exciting live performance with Sanju Sahai.

The concept of Gurukul lies at the heart of the tradition of North Indian Classical music. It embodies the living and learning relationship between teacher and pupil, signifying the complete emotional, intellectual and spiritual surrender of the aspiring disciple (shishya) to the guru. Gu" means dark and "Ru" means light, the "Guru" being the one who leads from darkness to light. Guru is a teacher of life or a spiritual mentor who leads the shishya from ignorance to wisdom and enlightenment. 'Kul' (lit. house) refers to the home of the Guru where, the disciple resides until the rigorous learning process is complete.

The tradition of Benares tabla playing which was conceived by Ram Sahai in the eighteenth century today lives through his great great grandson Sharda Sahai, and is in the process of being handed over to his son, Vishnu Sahai. Over five generations a vast repertoire of treasured compositions have been created and passed on through the gurukul tradition.

Recorded at Saptak Festival 2004, Gujarat.

£8.99
Hanuman Chalisa
SRCD 057

Non-stop Hanuman Chalisa rendered in traditional Choppai form with lyrics and translation written in English.

Hanuman Chalisa-Sanjeev Abhyankar

Non-stop Hanuman Chalisa rendered in traditional Choppai form with lyrics and translation written in English.

In the realms of Hinduism, one of the principle epics, The Ramayana, defines the qualities of goodness in Lord Rama that is said to symbolise the Almighty. It also defines the qualities of Shree Hanuman. His selfless single-minded devotion to Lord Rama, infinite intelligence, calm disposition and rare intelligence, one that can perceive and analyse are wonderfully illustrated by Sant Tulsidas in this epic voyage of self-discovery.

Sant Tulsidas has offered its essence in 40 beautiful verses called the Hanuman Chalisa (40 verses about Shree Hanuman). It teaches us how we can purify our lives and be successful in all our efforts just as Hanumanji was successful. It is believed to ward off all evil and offer the devotee protection from all harmful influences and that meditation and chanting of these verses can guide one to a path of success. Here then, we offer you an opportunity to understand the Hanuman Chalisa – one of the most powerful prayers ever in the attempt to realise one-self.

£5.99
Hare Krishna
SRCD 048

This album brings you some of the most popular traditional Kirtans in praise of Krishna with a refreshing touch of classical ragas that please the soul.

Hare Krishna: This album brings you some of the most popular traditional Kirtans with a refreshing touch of classical ragas that please the soul.

£5.99
Hare Krishna - Jagjit Singh
CD 40154
"Hare Krishna": Jagjit Singh in a Live Concert.
"Hare Krishna": Jagjit Singh in a Live Concert.
£5.99
Hari Bhajan
SRCD 115

Hari Bhajan is a feast of spiritual music rendered in Hindi with zest and passion by some of the most well-known singers of the Indian Sub-Continent.

Hari Bhajan is a feast of spiritual music rendered in Hindi with zest and passion by some of the most well-known singers of the Indian Sub-Continent. Sit back and enjoy bhajans sung by Anup Jalota, Ashit Desai, Hema Desai, Devaki Pandit and Chandu Mattani. Music arranged by Ashit Desai and the album produced by Chandu Mattani.

£5.99
Hari Om Sharan - Salutation
SRCD 128

Hari Om Sharan - Salutation: A Tribute to Shri Hari Om Sharan. Shri Hari Om Sharan wrote, composed and sang thousands of bhajans (musical compositions that connect the individual with the supreme).

Hari Om Sharan - Salutation: A Tribute to Shri Hari Om Sharan. Shri Hari Om Sharan wrote, composed and sang thousands of bhajans (musical compositions that connect the individual with the supreme). His life mirrored the soul of the Bhakti tradition. The simplicity, devotion and profound messages in his bhajans will remain immortal. Hari Om - Salutation pays tribute to Shri Hari Om Sharan whose music and life celebrates the essence of prayer and surrender.

£5.99
Hariprasad Chaurasia
NRCD 0090

Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia in a flute recital, Live at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, April 1996. Accompanied by Sukhwinder Singh on tabla.

Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia in a flute recital, Live at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, April 1996. Accompanied by Sukhwinder Singh on tabla.

£7.99
Hariprasad Chaurasia
NRCD 0007

Hariprasad Chaurasia recites classical Indian flute music, Live at the Kufa Gallery, London, June 1990. Accompanied by Fazal Qureshi on tabla.

Hariprasad Chaurasia recites classical Indian flute music, Live at the Kufa Gallery, London, June 1990. Accompanied by Fazal Qureshi on tabla.

£7.99
Hariprasad Chaurasia
NI 5182

Hariprasad Chaurasia is the undisputed master of the Bansuri, the bamboo flute which holds such a special position in the Indian culture. Here he plays Kaunsi Kanhra.

Hariprasad Chaurasia is the undisputed master of the Bansuri, the bamboo flute which holds such a special position in the Indian culture. Associated with the playful and seductive Lord Krishna of Hindu mythology, in its modern form its beguiling tone still holds audiences in its power. The Raga Kaunsi Kanhra should be performed late at night. Its mood may be described as sober, yet romantic. One aspect of Indian classical music, and a supreme test of musicianship, is the combining of melodic features from two ragas to generate a third. In this recording Hariprasad Chaurasia charts his course between two parent ragas (Malkauns and Darbari) to create Kaunsi Kanhra with the assurance and skill expected of a master. He is accompanied by Sabir Khan on Tabla.

£9.99
Hariprasad Chaurasia
NI 5152

Hariprasad Chaurasia is the undisputed master of the Bansuri, the bamboo flute which holds such a special position in the Indian culture. Here, he performs dawn Raga Lalit.

Hariprasad Chaurasia is the undisputed master of the Bansuri, the bamboo flute which holds such a special position in the Indian culture. The Raga Lalit is to be performed at dawn. In poetic and pictorial representations, Lalit variously signifies the concentration of the mind to overcome worldly concerns...a beautiful maiden...the sadness of a woman at the departure of her beloved, all of which could be related to feelings as night ends and a new day begins. Accompanied by Anindo Chatterjee on Tabla. Nandu Kamat & Kulwinder Singh accompany on Tambouras.

£9.99
Hariprasad Chaurasia
SNCD 3385

Fabulous flute of Hariprasad Chaurasia in a classical Indian music recital of Ragas Chandrakauns and Manjh Khamaj with Anindo Chatterjee on Tabla and Ramesh Mishra on Tamboura.

Fabulous flute of Hariprasad Chaurasia in a classical Indian music recital of Ragas Chandrakauns and Manjh Khamaj with Anindo Chatterjee on Tabla and Ramesh Mishra on Tamboura.

£8.99
Hariprasad Chaurasia
SNCD 70798

Hariprasad Chaurasia: Haunting, melodious, mesmeric, spiritual, divine, flirtatious, playful, emotional...all describe his music. His flute stirs your soul, touches your heart, makes you smile, makes you weep and leaves you gasping for more. He is Hariprasad Chaurasia.

Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia: Haunting, melodious, mesmeric, spiritual, divine, flirtatious, playful, emotional...all describe his music. His flute stirs your soul, touches your heart, makes you smile, makes you weep and leaves you gasping for more. He is Hariprasad Chaurasia. His life's mission is to globally popularize the bansuri (Krishna's flute) and make its sounds and melodies as immortal as Lord Krishna himself. In India he is known as the Bansuri Samrat (King of Flute) and in Europe he is hailed as the Chopin of the flute.

As a world-renowned virtuoso of the bansuri, Pandit Chaurasia has delighted and enthralled audiences around the world with his unique mastery of the North Indian bamboo flute (bansuri), his versatility and his inimitable style. No wonder he has been described as "playing celestial music to temporal audiences". Not only is he the undisputed best flute player of the Hindustani Classical Music but also one of the most popular and contemporary musicians in the world. His romance with the flute began five decades back when as a child he stole a flute and ran as if he had got the world's wealhiest treasure!

For more information about Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia and other accompanying artists, please see the review notes below.

£17.99
Hariprasad Chaurasia - A Live Experience deleted
NRCD 0221

Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia in Indian Bamboo flute classical concerts in London, Paris and San Francisco. Hariprasad Chaurasia at his most versatile.

An audience with the living legend, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia in Indian Bamboo flute classical concerts in London, Paris and San Francisco. Hariprasad Chaurasia at his most versatile in this compilation album.

£7.99
Hariprasad Chaurasia - Flute Deity
Sense 023

Just as the deity Lord Krishna hypnotized his followers, Hariprasad Chaurasia captivates us with the sublime beauty of his bamboo flute.

North Indian music thrives on a performer’s ability to improvise in the presence of a live audience. Given the right environment, a great master is able to spontaneously create seemingly endless permutations of melodies derived from the ancient ragas which make up the repertoire of Indian musicians. The yearly Saptak Festival provides a perfect setting for creative music making of the highest level, attracting India’s finest musicians, and an expectant audience well versed in the intricacies of Indian music.

No major music festival in India is complete without the presence of the internationally acclaimed flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia. He is universally regarded as the greatest living master of the Bansuri, the North Indian bamboo flute. Furthermore, he is the most prolific performer of Indian music today, in constant demand from fans and promoters for performances in all corners of the world. Over four decades, he has maintained a hectic international touring schedule which is the envy of the younger generation of musicians.

The fact that Hariprasad Chaurasia does not hail from a family of musicians, makes his achievements the more remarkable. His father was a distinguished wrestler who actively discouraged musical study. Fortunately for the young aspiring musician, the vibrant musical surroundings of his home town Allahabad, provided him access to some of India’s most prominent musicians. His early vocal training bears a major influence on his style of playing, which skilfully reflects all the subtle nuances and textures of the voice.

In Indian mythology, the flute is associated with Lord Krishna, whose divine music hypnotised his followers (gopis) into blind devotion. For almost half a century, Hariprasad Chaurasia has captured the hearts of his audiences, successfully transforming the flute from a marginalized folk instrument into an established part of the Indian Classical music scene.

For this performance, Hariprasad Chaurasia has teamed up with Kumar Bose, one of India’s most respected and skilled tabla players. Kumar Bose is the most established disciple of the legendary maestro, Pandit Kishan Maharaj, belonging to the Benares gharana (school) of tabla playing, and is equally regarded for his tabla solo recitals as well as his accompaniment. (Check out ‘Dynamic’- tabla solo performed live by Kumar Bose- Sense 002)

The first half of the concert (CD 1) features Raga Kaunshi Kanada, a blend of the popular ragas Malkauns and Kanada, and is traditionally associated with the late night.

£17.99
Hariprasad Chaurasia - Four Dhuns
NI 5527

Four Dhuns: Hariprasad Chaurasia is the undisputed master of the Bansuri, the bamboo flute which holds such a special position in the Indian culture.

'Four Dhuns': Hariprasad Chaurasia is the undisputed master of the Bansuri, the bamboo flute which holds such a special position in the Indian culture. Associated with the playful and seductive Lord Krishna of Hindu mythology, in its modern form its beguiling tone still holds audiences in its power. Accompanied by Shib Shankar Ray on Tabla.

£9.99
Hariprasad Chaurasia - Hari Krishna
NRCD 0116/7/8

Hari-Krishna: In Praise of Janmashtami: Hariprasad Chaurasia in a flute recital, recorded Live in India 1998. Accompanied on flute by Rakesh Chaurasia and Rupak Kulkarni.

Hari-Krishna: In Praise of Janmashtami: Hariprasad Chaurasia in a flute recital, recorded Live in India 1998. Accompanied on flute by Rakesh Chaurasia and Rupak Kulkarni. Pandit Madan Mishra accompanied on tabla.

£23.99
Hariprasad Chaurasia - Indian Night Live Stuttgart
SNCD 74689

Indian night live Stuttgart '88 - Hariprasad Chaurasia recites raga Malkauns on the Indian Bamboo flute (Bansuri), accompanied by Zakir Hussain on Tabla.

Indian night live Stuttgart '88 - Hariprasad Chaurasia recites raga Malkauns on the Indian Bamboo flute (Bansuri), accompanied by Zakir Hussain on Tabla. Durga Prasad & Sweta Jhaveri play the Tamboura.

£8.99
Hariprasad Chaurasia - Kirwani by Samarpan
NRCD 6006

Hariprasad Chaurasia, Saxophonist George Brooks, Harpist Gwineth Wentink and the tabla maestro, Vijay Ghate make music at the Waldorf - Astoria in New York on May 16th 2005.

Flautist Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Saxophonist George Brooks, Harpist, Gwineth Wentink and the tabla maestro, Vijay Ghate make music at the Waldorf - Astoria in New York on May 16th 2005. The evening concert took place at the American India Foundation New York 2005 Gala. The music is based on Raga Kirwani.

£7.99
Hariprasad Chaurasia - Raga Ahir Bhairav
NI 5111

The living legend of Bansuri, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia plays raga Ahir Bhairav and a marriage song from Uttar Pradesh. Accompanied by Sabir Khan on Tabla.

The living legend of Bansuri, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia plays raga Ahir Bhairav and a marriage song from Uttar Pradesh. Accompanied by Sabir Khan on Tabla.

£9.99
Hariprasad Chaurasia - Sans Breath
NRCD 9006

Bamboo Flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia plays Raag Yaman, accompanied by Ustad Sabir Khan on the tabla.

Bamboo Flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia plays Raag Yaman, accompanied by Ustad Sabir Khan on the tabla. Yaman enjoys the special position of being the ideal raga for beginners, and at the same time an inexhaustible source of melodic inspiration for established masters, so it is no surprise that a maestro of Hariprasad Chaurasia's stature returns to it time and again.

£7.99
Hariprasad Chaurasia - Shikhar
Sense 044

Hariprasad Chaurasia: A superb double live CD from the great flute maestro with electrifying percussionists Bhavani Shankar on pakhawaj and Vijay Ghate on tabla.

The Sufi mystic Rumi is said to have played the flute to create ecstatic states, whirling to join heaven and earth in love. The Hindu god Krishna, both great god of the universe and shepherd boy attracted his followers through blissful melodies played on his bansuri (bamboo flute). Also known as 'venu', the Indian flute is depicted in the Buddhist art of more than 2,000 years ago, and is mentioned in the ancient Vedic texts. According to one Sanskrit verse the bansuri is the source of swarajnana - the knowledge of music.

For hundreds of years this simple bamboo instrument has been an important feature in Indian folk culture, but its introduction into Indian Classical Music was mostly due to the endeavours of Pannalal Ghosh as recent as the mid part of the twentieth century. He was responsible for adapting khayal, the North Indian vocal style, into flute playing as well as introducing technical amendments to make the instrument more suitable for classical music. However, it is Hariprasad Chaurasia who has played the leading role in transforming the bansuri into a worldwide phenomenon. As well as introducing innovative fingering and blowing techniques, he has increased the repertoire of the flute recital by the introduction of jor and jhalla adopted from the ancient vocal tradition of dhrupad.

£17.99
Hariprasad Chaurasia and his Divine flute
SNCD 9986

Hariprasad Chaurasia and his Divine flute in a scintillating recital of Raga Abhogi. Accompanied by Sabir Khan on Tabla.

Hariprasad Chaurasia and his Divine flute in a scintillating recital of Raga Abhogi. Accompanied by Sabir Khan on Tabla.

£8.99
Harmony - Music for Yoga & Healing Therapy
SRCD 059A

Harmony of Santoor and flute, Ulhas Bapat and Rakesh Chaurasia, weave music in harmony to create sublime bliss.

"Harmony - Music for Yoga & Healing Therapy": In modern times, more and more people are turning to the ancient science of Yoga and Meditation to relieve physical and mental stress. It has been shown that music plays a major role in helping one to relax or meditate. Many recordings made for these purposes solely use electronic instruments, which do not always impart the true feelings as that of natural acoustic instruments.

In Harmony, therefore, the highly renowned Rakesh Chaurasia turns the notes of his mystical Bamboo flute into magic creating a unique sense of bliss. The flute and the hundred stringed instrument known as the Santoor have always been a very likeable combination. Pandit Ulhas Bapat, very senior exponent of this difficult to play instrument and Rakesh Chaurasia have combined to create sublime music that one will cherish for years to come. The spontaneous and improvised music, in Harmony, illustrates the true feeling of their masterful artistry.

No percussion or rhythm instruments have been used so the flow of the music is unhurried and undisturbed. However, it is played to a pulse, a pulse that follows our breathing, our blood flow and our inner senses to create a complete atmosphere of Harmony for the Mind, Body and Soul. Harmony, a truly sublime music that elevates you to a higher plane of consciousness.

£5.99
Hazir 2 - Hariharan & Zakir Hussain
CD
Hazir 2: A sequel Ghazal Album by Hariharan and Zakir Hussain released to rave reviews.
Hazir 2: A sequel Ghazal Album by Hariharan and Zakir Hussain released to rave reviews.
 
"It is 15-16 years since we launched Hazir. I have been hearing from people why we are not taking the initiative beyond what we experimented. In Hazir 2 I guess we have sought to further our musical trip and a whole new listening experience," - Hariharan (Times of India)
£7.99
Hey Gobind Hey Gopal
CDNF 153013
Hey Gobind Hey Gopal: Bhajans by Jagjit Singh and Chitra Singh.
Hey Gobind Hey Gopal: Bhajans by Jagjit Singh and Chitra Singh.
£5.99
Imrat Khan
IAM 1005

Ustad Imrat Khan, the great sitar and surbahar (bass sitar) player, offers raga Puriya Dhanashri, usually played just after sunset.

Ustad Imrat Khan, the great sitar and surbahar (bass sitar) player, offers raga Puriya Dhanashri. It is played just after sunset: the alap and jor on surbahar evokes the unsettled eeriness of the day's change mixed with a certain tranquillity; while the sitar rendering transforms the mood into a joyful embrace of the evening's arrival. Ustad Imrat Khan is at his best in this superlative performance. Shafaatulla Khan on tabla.

£9.99
Imrat Khan
NI 5356

Master of Sitar and Surbahar, the living Legend Ustad Imrat Khan performs Raga Marwa, accompanied by Shafaatullah Khan on the Tabla.

Master of Sitar and Surbahar, the living Legend Ustad Imrat Khan performs Raga Marwa, accompanied by Shafaatullah Khan on the Tabla.

£9.99
Imrat Khan - Yaadein
Sense 074

Yaadein: Ustad Imrat Khan is a musician from one of the distinctive lineages of sitar.

YAADEIN (memories)
Ustad Imrat Khan is a member of one of the most important and influential musical families in the history of Indian music. Essentially, a handful of musical dynasties form the backbone of this most vibrant musical culture which spans over a period of more than 2000 years, carefully and meticulously passing on musical knowledge from generation to generation in the oral tradition.

Few of these families have maintained this important feature as successfully as that of Imrat Khan, boasting a musical ancestry that can be traced back to Miyan Tansen the legendary sixteenth century court musician to the Mughal Emperor Akbar, architect of the Taj Mahal and great patron of the arts.

£8.99
In Memory of Alla Rakha Volume 1
SNCD 70901

In memory of Alla Rakha – the wizard of tabla Volume 1. Recorded LIVE by Bauer Studios, Ludwigsburg, Germany.

In memory of Alla Rakha – the wizard of tabla Volume 1. Recorded LIVE by Bauer Studios, Ludwigsburg, Germany.

£8.99
In Memory of Alla Rakha Volume 2
SNCD 71004

In memory of Alla Rakha – the wizard of tabla Volume 2. LIVE recoding in Stuttgart and Freiburg, Germany. A percussion ensemble conducted and performed by Ustad Zakir Hussain and other artists.

In memory of Alla Rakha – the wizard of tabla Volume 2. LIVE recoding in Stuttgart and Freiburg, Germany. A percussion ensemble conducted and performed by Ustad Zakir Hussain and other artists.

£8.99
Indrakishore Mishra
IAM 1079

Indrakishore Mishra presents a late evening raga Chandrakauns and Megh. He is a Dhrupad vocalist of the Bettiah Gharana founded by his ancestors, Pandits Jasraj Mallik and Yuvraj Mallik

Indrakishore Mishra - Vocal, presents a late evening raga Chandrakauns and Megh. He is a Dhrupad vocalist of the Bettiah Gharana founded by his ancestors, Pandits Jasraj Mallik and Yuvraj Mallik, who served the court of the Mughal Emperor, Shahjehan (17th c.) as dhrupad vocalists and rudra veena players. Manik Munde accompanies Indrakishore Mishra on the Pakhawaj. Studio recording in March 2000 in Mumbai, India.

£9.99
Infinity - Music for the Soul
SRCD 052

Indian music has been passed on from Guru to his Shishya (student) over many centuries and is thus Infinite. In Infinity, Sona Rupa presents raag-based compositions by the leading performers of their generation.

Our sense of and attraction to music shows that it lies in the very depths of our being. In the East, music has long been used to alter states of consciousness and heighten levels of spiritual awareness, in recognition of the fact that music connects us to our innermost being, and in so doing, also connects us to the larger Truth.

Indian classical music encapsulates and defines the subtle physical and mental changes that affect us in our daily lives. The different ragas of music thus emote the various times in our twenty-four hours day. The Indian classical Raga system is very flexible in the sense that although each Raga has a particular sense, the artist has the freedom to improvise according to his interpretation of the raag so each artist would play each particular raga differently. In this respect, the teachings and background play a major part in the interpretation and playing of the raags.

Indian music has been passed on from Guru to his Shishya (student) over many centuries and is thus Infinite. In this album, we present some raag-based compositions by the leading performers of their generation.

Abhijit Pohankar - son of Pandit Ajay Pohankar and student of Pandit Shivkumar Sharma

Rakesh Chaurasia & Rupak Kulkarni - students of Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia

Niladri Kumar - Son and student of Pandit Kartik Kumar

Dilshad Khan - Nephew and student of Ustad Sultan Khan

Aditya Kalyanpur - student of Ustad Allah Rakha & Zakir Hussain

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Inner Feelings - Rakesh Chaurasia & Sunil Das
SRCD 121

In Inner Feelings, the sitar proves a perfect foil to one of the great wind instruments of India, the Bansuri. Inner Feelings is a perfect companion for yoga, meditation, relaxation and contemplation.

A jugalbandhi of sitar and flute, Sunil Das and Rakesh Chaurasia convey their Inner Feelings; music for relaxation, meditation and contemplation. Classical raags are the life-force of Indian music that perfectly encapsulates the myriad moods of a twenty four hour day. Inner Feelings showcases four such moods with the melodious Gorakh Kalyan, the effervescent Bageshri, the ever-popular Yaman Kalyan and the majestic Darbari.

In Inner Feelings, the sonorous singing sitar proves a perfect foil to one of the great wind instruments of India, the Bansuri. Their coming together provides a synthesis that leads to a very meditative and relaxing mood. Rakesh Chaurasia and the brilliant sitarist Sunil Das weave enchanting pieces of soulful music in a contemplative style that ultimately draws in the listener.

Inner Feelings is a perfect companion for yoga, meditation, relaxation and contemplation. A truly wonderful album that energizes the Mind, Body and Soul.

If you enjoy  Divine Chants of Gayatri CD by Rakesh Chaurasia see below for more mantras, sacred vocals and classical Indian music.

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Inner Peace - Rakesh Chaurasia-Anupam Chatterjee
SRCD 097

It is through meditation and music, that one may discover peace and tranquillity revealing the centre, the Inner Self. Inner Peace is one of the many paths heading towards that Inner Source and ultimate bliss. Flautist Rakesh Chaurasia and Pianist Anupam Chatterjee journey together.

Accompanied by Anupam Chatterjee on the Acoustic Piano, Rakesh Chaurasia plays the Bamboo Flute.

If at all we are looking for peace of mind, there is no way one can have it through physical and materialistic objects. What we see or feel by our senses has certainly a beginning and an end. The only thing which is infinite is the Inner Self - the Soul - Atman, which has no beginning and no end. It is just because our inner universe is accumulated with memories and thoughts that we are unable to even discover that centre, the source energy (Shakti).

It is through meditation and music, that one may discover peace and tranquillity revealing the centre, the Inner Self.

Inner Peace is one of the many paths heading towards that Inner Source and ultimate bliss. Flautist Rakesh Chaurasia and Pianist Anupam Chatterjee journey together on this blissful journey.

If you enjoy  Inner Peace CD by Rakesh Chaurasia, see below for more mantras, sacred vocals and classical Indian music.

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Inspirations
SRCD 114

The legendary album Making Music has inspired a new generation of gifted musicians to explore and expand their horizons in different genres. Inspirations is one such album that showcases some of these talented musicians.

The legendary album Making Music has inspired a new generation of gifted musicians to explore and expand their horizons in different genres. Inspirations is one such album that showcases some of these talented musicians.

We are all inspired in our daily lives by what we perceive around us, be it chance encounters with great personalities, supreme craftsmen such as musicians or by the pure beauty exuded by a young child; God personified.

It is difficult if not impossible to define music. Suffice to say that music has been shown to suggest and affect our state of mind. Moreover, musical patterns and structures shape our perceptions of beauty, form, figures, themes and much more. All these provide gifted musicians from different traditions to compose works that are well balanced and make for an enjoyable experience for the connoisseur of music.

Some years ago, Indian music maestros flautist Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia and Ustad Zakir Hussain, themselves inspired by their exposure to diverse musical traditions the world over, collaborated with the legendary Norwegian Jazz Saxophonist Jan Garbarek and the incomparable English Guitarist John McLaughlin to gel together in the album Making Music, a truly ground breaking amalgam of music from the East and West that set a bench mark for the younger generations to aspire to. These Giants were truly inspired by the common thread that exists between varying traditions of world music. In this case, just as Indian classical music allows the artist the liberty to improvise within a defined structure, Jazz musicians such as Garbarek find the same freedom to embellish music with their own unique style. Guitarist John McLaughlin, on the other hand, was exposed to Indian Music, particularly the Carnatic tradition at a very young age that has continued to influence his music to this day.

Call it Fusion or Crossover Music, this unique best selling album continues to inspire today's young generation to make music that is at once unique and yet universal in its appeal. We dedicate this album INSPIRATIONS to these musicians of the Millennium featuring one of the tracks from their albums and hope that our selection of music made by tomorrow's stars in the making, flautist Rakesh Chaurasia, Sitarist Niladri Kumar, Santoor player Rahul Sharma and the multi-talented wizard Talvin Singh will inspire you to greater heights in whatever field you choose.

INSPIRATIONS is sure to relax and soothe your inner senses. It will bring comfort and joy to all.

UNWIND to the music of INSPIRATIONS

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Ishwar Allah Tere Naam
TDIDE 205P

Ishwar Allah Tere Naam is an audio recreation of Ba and Bapuji's Prayer Meetings. The voice extracts of Mahatma Gandhi are from a collection of recordings of his speeches delivered at prayer meetings and recorded by All India Radio.

Prayer meetings were an important part of Mahatma Gandhi and Kasturba's life. All religions and faiths were given equal importance in the daily recitation of prayers. The prayers always culminated by proclaiming "Although we call you by different names, you are One, Give us the wisdom to understand this, O Lord"
 
Ishwar Allah Tere Naam is an audio recreation of Ba and Bapuji's Prayer Meetings. The voice extracts of Mahatma Gandhi are from a collection of recordings of his speeches delivered at prayer meetings and recorded by All India Radio. The collection of Bhajans is from among those sung at the Mahatma's Ashram Prayers.
 
Composed, Arranged and Conducted by Ashit Desai and rendered by Jagjit Singh, Pandit Ajay Chakrabarti, Suresh Wadkar, Kavita Krishnamurti, Shankar Mahadevan, Shubha Mudgal, Karsan Sagathia, Ashit Desai, Hema Desai, Alap Desai, volunteer singers from the Arvada Centre Chorale & Colorado Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Denver, USA and others.
 
This album is dedicated to Bapuji's philosophy of "Sarva Dharma Sama Bhava" Respect for all Religions.
 
- Tushar A. Gandhi
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Jagjit & Chitra Singh - In Concert
CDNF 152008

Another milestone by the unsurpassable Jagjit Singh and Chitra Singh in Concert.

Another milestone by the unsurpassable Jagjit Singh and Chitra Singh in Concert.

Music composed by Jagjit Singh.

£5.99
Jagjit & Chitra Singh-An Evening with
CDNF 152013

An evening with the supreme ghazalkar couple of all time, Jagjit and Chitra.

An evening with the supreme ghazalkar couple of all time, Jagjit and Chitra.

£5.99
Jagjit and Gulzar - Marasim
CD 4947172

Marasim - Memories woven in melody. Jagjit Singh's first ever collaboration with one of India's finest poets, Gulzar.

Jagjit and Gulzar weave their magic in Marasim - Memories woven in melody. Jagjit Singh's first ever collaboration with one of India's finest poets, Gulzar. One of the best selling albums of recent times.

£5.99
Jagjit Singh & Chitra Singh - Come Alive
CDNF 152074-75

Jagjit Singh & Chitra Singh - Come Alive: In a Live Concert with Jagjit and Chitra Singh. A 2 CD Indian music album - Music by Jagjit Singh.

Jagjit Singh & Chitra Singh - Come Alive: In a Live Concert with Jagjit and Chitra Singh. A 2 CD Ghazal music album -  Music by Jagjit Singh.

£11.99
Jagjit Singh - 9 previously unreleased songs
SM
Jagjit Singh - The Master of His Magic: 9 previously unreleased recordings from his personal archives.

Jagjit Singh - The Master of His Magic: 9 previously unreleased recordings from his personal archives. A Collectors’ Edition featuring a personal remembrance by Chitra Singh, includes Book, Rare Photographs & Lyrics for 2 songs in Jagjit Singh’s own handwriting.

£11.99
Jagjit Singh - Live with...
CDNF 152046/7

A concert recorded Live with Jagjit Singh. A feast of beautiful vocal music encompassing folk and ghazals presented in a double album.

A concert recorded Live with Jagjit Singh. A feast of beautiful vocal music encompassing folk and ghazals, presented in a double album.

Music composed by Jagjit Singh.

£10.99
Jagjit Singh - The Voice from Beyond
06025

Jagjit Singh - The Voice from Beyond: Over the past couple of years, I have received innumerable requests & letters from Jagjitji's fans from all over the world requesting access to unreleased gems from the legendary maestro. This is my humble effort to gift his true fans a collection of lost tapes and cue tracks carefully restored and remastered to the best possible maner. - Chitra Singh

INCLUDES 7 UNRELEASED TRACKS + RARE PHOTO POSTCARDS

Jagjit Singh - The Voice from Beyond: Over the past couple of years, I have received innumerable requests & letters from Jagjitji's fans from all over the world requesting access to unreleased gems from the legendary maestro. This is my humble effort to gift his true fans a collection of lost tapes and cue tracks carefully restored and remastered to the best possible maner. - Chitra Singh

INCLUDES 7 UNRELEASED TRACKS + RARE PHOTO POSTCARDS

£7.99
Jai Ganesh - Divine Chants of Lord Ganesh
SRCD 141

Jai Ganesh - Divine Chants of Lord Ganesh - The elephant-deity with big ears and a huge pot-bellied human body riding a mouse has captured the imagination of all Hindu devotees. In Jai Ganesh, Hariharan, Shankar Mahadevan, Anup Jalota, Devaki Pandit, Ashit Desai and Hema Desai render traditional divine chants along with newly penned compositions in praise of Lord Ganesh.

Jai Ganesh - Divine Chants of Lord Ganesh - The elephant-deity with big ears and a huge pot-bellied human body riding a mouse has captured the imagination of all Hindu devotees. The son of Lord Shiva and Parvati, Lord Ganesh is the most lovable, genial and engaging Hindu Deity that pervades the minds of the masses.

Symbolising the synergy of the Soul and the earthly human existence, he is the Lord of success and destroyer of evils and obstacles. Amongst his many facets, he is also worshipped as the god of education, knowledge, wisdom and wealth. His fan-like ears convey that he is all ears to our petition, ever ready to listen and care for all those who invoke his name in daily life. Thus, it is not surprising that on every auspicious occasion, Lord Ganesh's name is invoked to bless and protect.

In Jai Ganesh, Hariharan, Shankar Mahadevan, Anup Jalota, Devaki Pandit, Ashit Desai and Hema Desai render traditional divine chants along with newly penned compositions in praise of Lord Ganesh.

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Jai Jai Shrinathji
NRCD 0069

Indian devotional songs in Gujarati on Lord Shrinathji - Lryrics by Suresh Dalal

Indian devotional songs in Gujarati on Lord Shrinathji - Lryrics by Suresh Dalal. Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Hariharan, Anup Jalota, Ashit Desai, Hema Desai, Jagjit Singh, Chandu Mattani & Purushottam Upadhyay.

£5.99
Jai Krishna
SRCD 101

World-renowned singers Ajoy Chakrabarty, Ashit and Hema Desai, Hariharan, Suresh Wadkar, Shankar Mahadevan and Alap Desai render newly penned compositions in praise of Lord Krishna.

Jai Krishna The flute bearing Krishna, said to be the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu, is most popular of all the Deities. One of his many facets and the most revered is that of the Divine Lover. Known by a myriad of names, to most Hindus he is the God himself, the Supreme Being, the Absolute, the Brahman. Of all the Vishnu avatars, he is the most popular, and perhaps of all Hindu Gods the one closest to the heart of the masses.

In Jai Krishna, world-renowned singers Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty, Ashit and Hema Desai, Hariharan, Suresh Wadkar, Shankar Mahadevan and the highly talented, Alap Desai, render newly penned compositions in praise of Krishna. Alap Desai's debut as a music director on the world stage is enhanced by Atul Raniga's brilliant synthesis of the traditional and contemporary musical arrangements.

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Jai Maa - Divine Chants of Devi
SRCD 103

Jai Maa: The divine chants and prayers of this supreme Cosmic Force, Devi, is said to bring peace and harmony in our daily life. Jai Maa is one such celebration that will help you realise this Cosmic Force.

Jai Maa (Maa - Divine Mother) celebrates the Hindu supreme goddess, Shakti ("Power" or "Energy") in her numerous manifestations. Shakti is conceived of either as the paramount goddess or as the consort of a male deity, generally Lord Shiva.

People of spiritual disposition worship Shakti as the divine will, the divine mother who calls for absolute surrender. In popular worship, Maa Shakti, goddess Shakti is known by many names; some scholars consider most female deities in Hinduism to be her different manifestations. She may be referred to simply as Devi (goddess).

In the eastern Indian state of Bengal, the demon destroying Durga and the fierce destructive Kali play a significant role in people’s daily lives. The autumn festival of Durga Puja is fervently celebrated with the parading of ornately decorated clay models of hers through the streets. On the other hand, the people of Gujarat celebrate Devi and her different manifestations during the nine-night festival of Navratri through music and dance.

Through all four seasons, one or more of Divine Mother’s aspects is celebrated all over India and beyond.

The divine chants and prayers of this supreme Cosmic Force, Devi, is said to bring peace and harmony in our daily life. Jai Maa is one such celebration that will help you realise this Cosmic Force.

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Jai Satya Sai
SRCD 133

Shri Satya Sai Baba was born as Sathyanarayana Raju on November 23rd 1926 in the village of Puttaparthi, in the State of Andhra Pradesh in South India. Millions of devotees from various walks of life worship him as an 'Avatar', and an incarnation of the Sai Baba of Shirdi.

Shri Satya Sai Baba was born as Sathyanarayana Raju on November 23rd 1926 in the village of Puttaparthi, in the state of Andhra Pradesh in South India. Today, millions of devotees from all over the world, professing various faiths and hailing from various walks of life worship him as an 'Avatar', and an incarnation of the Sai Baba of Shirdi.

Thousands gather every day at Prasanthi Nilayam. His ashram established beside the village Puttaparthi, for his Darshan, when he moves among devotees blessing them and providing spiritual solace.

Shri Sathya Sai Baba is an integral manifestation who combines two very significant roles. Firstly he is a great spiritual master, famed for his simple and sweet exposition of the greatest and most intricate of spiritual truths which form the fundamental teachings of all the religions of the world. Secondly he is an inexhaustible reservoir of pure love. He has inspired and continues to inspire millions of his devotees worldwide by his personal example to live the ideal that service to man is service to God.

In Jai Satya Sai, world renowned singers Hariharan, Anup Jalota, Devaki Pandit, Sadhana Sargam, Suresh Wadkar, Sanjeev Abhyankar, Ashit Desai, Hema Desai and Sumeet Tappoo lend their versatile and mellifluous voices to this album of love, devotion and dedication to Satya Sai Baba; divine music that brings joy and eternal peace to the devotee.

£2.99
Jai Shirdi Sai
SRCD 134

Sai Baba of Shirdi (1838 - October 15, 1918) was an Indian Guru and Yogi who is regarded by his followers as an incarnation of God. He is much revered in India and is an equally well-known figure in many parts of the world.

Sai Baba of Shirdi (1838 - October 15, 1918) was an Indian Guru and Yogi who is regarded by his followers as an incarnation of God. Many devotees believe that he was a Sadguru, an enlightened poet-sage through whom the Vedic hymns flowed and whose life's purpose was to guide the initiated shishya (pupil) along the spiritual path. He is much revered in India and is an equally well-known figure in many parts of the world.

Sai Baba is said to have arrived at the village of Shirdi in the western Indian State of Maharashtra when he was about 16 years old. He never revealed his place of birth nor where he came from and it has remained a mystery to this day. Sai Baba lived in a mosque which he named Dwarakamayi, practiced Hindu and Muslim rituals, taught using words and figures that drew from both traditions and was buried in a Hindu temple in Shirdi. 

It is known that he spent considerable period with fakirs and his attire resembled that of a Muslim fakir. In his life and teachings he tried to reconcile Hinduism and Islam. Sai Baba taught a moral code of love, forgiveness, helping others, charity, inner peace, devotion to God and Guru. One of his well known epigrams says of God: "Sabka Malik Ek" ("One God governs all"). 

Sai Baba took Maha Samadhi on October 15 at 2.30pm on the lap of one of his devotees and was buried in the "Buty Wada" according to his wish. Later a Mandir (Hindu temple) was built there known as the "Samadhi Mandir". 

This day also happened to coincide with the Hindu festival of 'Dashera' . It is also believed to be a sign of greatness when an eminent soul leaves the earth on such a holy day. It is no wonder then that in India and the world over, Dashera is also a day when the devotees celebrate with fervour, the life and teachings of Sai Baba. 

In Jai Shirdi Sai, world renowned singers Hariharan, Anup Jalota, Devaki Pandit, Sadhana Sargam, Suresh Wadkar, Sanjeev Abhyankar, Ashit Desai, Hema Desai and Sumeet Tappoo lend their versatile voices to this album of love, devotion and dedication to Shirdi Sai Baba; bringing true eternal peace to the devotee.

£5.99
Jai Shree Hanuman
SRCD 130

In Jai Shree Hanuman, the Chalisas have been rendered in various different Raags by world renowned singers Hariharan, Anup Jalota, Devaki Pandit, Suresh Wadkar, Sadhana Sargam, Sanjeev Abhyankar, Ashit and Hema Desai to give a wonderful musical experience.

Divine Chants of Shree Hanuman: In the realms of Hinduism, one of the principle epics, The Ramayana, defines the qualities of goodness in Lord Rama that is said to symbolise the Almighty. It also defines the qualities of Shree Hanuman. His selfless single-minded devotion to Lord Rama, infinite intelligence, calm disposition and rare intelligence, one that can perceive and analyse are wonderfully illustrated by Sant Tulsidas in this epic voyage of self-discovery. 

 

Sant Tulsidas has offered its essence in 40 beautiful verses called the Hanuman Chalisa (40 verses about Shree Hanuman). It teaches us how we can purify our lives and be successful in all our efforts just as Hanumanji was successful. It is believed to ward off all evil and offer the devotee protection from all harmful influences and that meditation and chanting of these verses can guide one to a path of success. 

 

Here then, we offer you an opportunity to understand the Hanuman Chalisa - one of the most powerful prayers ever in the attempt to realise one-self. In Jai Shree Hanuman, the Chalisas have been rendered in various different Raags by world renowned singers Hariharan, Anup Jalota, Devaki Pandit, Suresh Wadkar, Sadhana Sargam, Sanjeev Abhyankar, Ashit and Hema Desai to give a wonderful musical experience.

 

The tracks in Jai Shree Hanuman end with the ever-green, the ever-popular Hanuman Aarti. The divine music in this album encompasses absolute devotion to Shree Hanuman.

 

Lyrics and translation in English in the Liner Notes.

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Jai Siyaram - Divine Chants of Lord Ram
SRCD 091

Jai Siyaram: Lord Ram, the just ruler, the fearless warrior and the caring master, amongst his other manifestations, is celebrated by the devout in ecstasy and harmony.

The seventh Avatar of Lord Vishnu, Ram is conceived as a model of reason, right action and desirable virtues, a supreme manifestation of the Divine.

In Jai Siyaram, the divine chants of Lord Ram, it is this light that we revere. Such chants packed with divinity have been compiled that entrance the devotees to experience the ethereal, the supreme embodiment of the ideal Man - Ram. They highlight Him as the exemplary beacon for virtue and righteousness. That these traditional musical compositions are rendered in varied moods or raags, at once, enhance and exhilarate the soul in pursuit of the eternal Lord.

In Jai Siyaram, Ram the just ruler, the fearless warrior and the caring master, amongst his other manifestations, is celebrated by the devout in ecstasy and harmony.

World-renowned singers Hariharan, Anup Jalota, Devaki Pandit, Ashit Desai and Hema Desai help enhance this truly sublime experience.

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Jainism
TDIDE 454P

Jainism: This 2CD album comprises of popular stotras and prayers in Jainism like the Navkar Mantra, Bhaktamar Stotra and Ratnakar Pachchisi. Meant for the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti.

Jainism: A part of the ‘Religions of India’ series, this 2CD album comprises of popular stotras and prayers in Jainism like the Navkar Mantra, Bhaktamar Stotra and Ratnakar Pachchisi. Meant for the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti.

£11.99
Jana Gana Mana
TXIDD 012P

MUSIC BY A. R. RAHMAN - UNIQUE RENDERINGS OF THE NATIONAL ANTHEM BY THE MUSICAL MAESTROS OF INDIA. Album includes exclusive booklet, a DVD and a CD.

MUSIC BY A. R. RAHMAN - UNIQUE RENDERINGS OF THE NATIONAL ANTHEM BY THE MUSICAL MAESTROS OF INDIA. Album includes exclusive booklet, a DVD and a CD.

£10.99
Jana Gana Mana
TXIDD 012P

MUSIC BY A. R. RAHMAN - UNIQUE RENDERINGS OF THE NATIONAL ANTHEM BY THE MUSICAL MAESTROS OF INDIA. Album includes exclusive booklet, a DVD and a CD.

MUSIC BY A. R. RAHMAN - UNIQUE RENDERINGS OF THE NATIONAL ANTHEM BY THE MUSICAL MAESTROS OF INDIA. Album includes exclusive booklet, a DVD and a CD.

£10.99
John Mayer's Indo-Jazz Fusion
NI 5569

John Mayer's Indo-Jazz Fusion: 'RAGATAL'.

John Mayer's Indo-Jazz Fusion: 'RAGATAL'.

£9.99
John Mayer's Indo-Jazz Fusion
NI 5499

John Mayer's Indo-Jazz Fusion: 'ASIAN AIRS'

John Mayer's Indo-Jazz Fusion: 'ASIAN AIRS'

£9.99
Josh
Sense 095

This rare, virtuoso packed ensemble featuring Shahid Parvez (Sitar), Shashank Subramanium (Flute), Patri Satish Kumar & Sukhvinder Singh creates a spectacular performance at the legendary Saptak festival.

Two generations ago, North-South Indian duets were seen by traditionalists everywhere as a breach of purity. Now they have become a popular and often highly creative part of most serious musicians' repertoires, paralleling the boom in fusion. They were given an early boost when Ravi Shankar started getting himself accompanied by a South Indian mridangam and ghatam as well as the expected tabla. This wasn't just to show himself off in a new context; the sitar maestro has always been concerned to give solo space to percussionists, and the quick-fire exchanges that resulted in this expanded situation would drive audiences wild.

They still do. There's one right at the end of the present performance, a fitting conclusion to a long night's music-making. Playing at the 2006 Saptak festival in Ahmedabad, the foursome of sitar player Shahid Parvez, Carnatic flautist Shashank, and a percussionist from each of their traditions Sukhvinder Singh and Patri Satish Kumar were the evening's final act and still going strong well after midnight. It was only the second time that Shashank had played with Shahid Parvez, and it was a pretty spontaneous encounter with no rehearsal, just a discussion of the rag. But a measure of its brilliance is that they have already shared several concerts since, in the US and Europe.

£17.99
Kabir by Abida - Gulzar Presents
TDIGH 011C

Begum Abida Parveen takes the listeners into a spiritual trance with some of the most beautiful works of mystic poet Kabir.

BEGUM ABIDA PARVEEN: Unquestionably brilliant, the rightful heir to the legacy of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and the reigning queen of Sufi music, witness Begum Abida Parveen once again as she takes the listeners into a spiritual trance, this time with some of the most beautiful works of mystic poet Kabir.

A disciple of Ustad Salamat Ali Khan, Abida primarily sings the structured, poetic Kafi as also the soulful ghazal genre of singing and improvisational qawwali style. Each rendition exudes an energy that sends the audience in raptures and takes them into a state of that what is truly divine. Singing raw and robust takes them on a journey of rhythmic and melodious nuances. With her effortless renditions she paints a musical picture of surreal beauty out of the timeless poetry of Kabir. It has been often said, that to experience Abida is to experience life itself. Here then is another taste of life, by the sub-continents only Sufi Diva, Begum Abida Parveen.

KABIR: By profession he was a weaver and perhaps that is how Kabir wove simple words into something so wonderful as his poetry. Picking situations that surrounded our daily lives made his poetry eternally relevant. Thus even today, his poetry has a major influence on both the social and the spiritual context.

Characterized by a free use of the vernacular, his lyrics were unfettered by the grammatical bonds of his day. It is this quality which has made his philosophy accessible to generations of Indians. Today Kabir ranks among the world's greatest poets and is perhaps the most quoted authors, attributing to the fact that his work had a universal appeal. The social and practical manifestation of Kabir's philosophy has rung through the ages and across religions. It is a synthesis of Hindu and Muslim concepts, while at the same time it is widely accepted by the Sikhs as well. From Hinduism he accepted the concept of reincarnation and the law of Karma. From Islam he took the affirmation of the single God and the rejection of caste system and idolatry and thus went around in his quest for the ultimate religion, with an approach that was straightforward and honest. He believed that all life is interplay of two spiritual principles, the soul (Jivatma) and the God (Paramatma). Salvation then, is the process of bringing into union these two divine principles. Born more than six hundred years ago, mystic poet Kabir is said to have lived for 120 years and finally relinquished his body in 1518.

GULZAR: Poet, lyricist, writer, filmmaker Gulzar has created some of the most beautiful moments for all of us to enjoy. His poetry paints pictures of pain and loneliness, love and life; it deals with the multitude of emotions present in the realm of human relationships. In ‘Abida Sings Kabir’ he takes a moment to introduce and explain each piece of poetry and the following rendition, in his flawless style, thus enhancing our experience of the album as a whole.

£7.99
Kahet Kabir
SCD 006

"Kahet Kabir": Kabir is seen as a promoter of Universal Religion of Man who opposed superstitious beliefs and empty rituals. Narration in Hindi

"Kahet Kabir": Kabir is seen as a promoter of Universal Religion of Man who opposed superstitious beliefs and empty rituals. This album explores how Kabir came to symbolise all that is free, noble and challenging in the Indian tradition and brought a healing touch of divine love and universal brotherhood. He sang the truth with magical simplicity and charmed people away from religious conflicts, inspiring them to experience the divine in their own hearts. Music Composed, Arranged and Conducted By Ashit Desai. Narrated by Brij Bhushan & Rekha Bhimani. Script by Dr. Shailesh Tevani & Rekha Bhimani
£6.99
Kala Ramnath
Sense 038

Kala Ramnath shows an amazing emotional dimension in this beautiful recording which is mature and deeply moving.

"To write about one's daughter and disciple is a very difficult proposition. All I can say is that I'm thankful to the Almighty that he has given me Kala, who with her immense talent and musical abilities is all set to carry forward my tradition and legacy - The torch bearer of the Mewati Gharana in the true sense of the word. 'Kala' means art and that too related to fine arts. She stands true to her name in every way.
-Pandit Jasraj

Raga Jogkauns is an ingenious musical concept attributed to Jagannathbuwa Purohit "Gunidas" in the middle part of the last century. It successfully combines two of India's most popular and distinctive ragas, Jog and Chandrakauns, creating a unique raga with its' own personality. It is beautifully illustrated here by Kala Ramnath. 

Raga Bhatiyar is an early morning melody with a somewhat haunting appeal. It has a complex structure making it a raga that is only usually tackled by highly practiced and experienced artists. Kala Ramnath again begins with a short alap, before playing two traditional compositions, firstly in sixteen beats then in drut ektaal, a fast tempo twelve beat rhythmic cycle.

£8.99
Kala Ramnath & Ganesh Iyer - Samaya
Sense 102

Kala Ramnath and Ganesh Iyer: A rare collaborative project between two great violinists exploring the richness of raga and tala lying at the heart of both the Hindustani music of the North Indian sub-continent and the Carnatic music of the South with fantastic percussive accompaniment.

Kala Ramnath and Ganesh Iyer: A rare collaborative project between two great violinists exploring the richness of raga and tala lying at the heart of both the Hindustani music of the North Indian sub-continent and the Carnatic music of the South with fantastic percussive accompaniment.

With the richness of raga and tala lying at the heart of both the Hindustani music of the North Indian sub-continent and the Carnatic music of the South, it is surprising that collaborative projects involving musicians from these two distinct, but related styles have been largely an area of unexplored territory to date.

North Indian musician Kala Ramnath and South Indian Ganesh Iyer are at the forefront of a new generation of talented instrumentalists looking to broaden their musical horizons by happily exploring the treasures of each other's traditions.

As Violinists, they play one of the few instruments widely used in both the North and South parts of India, but as this recording demonstrates, there is a rare lyricism and an emotional depth in their music that transcends musical borders.

Kala Ramnath has gained worldwide acclaim for her ability to make the violin 'sing'. Her breathtaking performances have served to boost the status of violin to new levels in Indian music. Up until recent times, the violin was more commonly a feature of South Indian Music recitals, mostly employed as an accompaniment to vocalists. Through Kala's efforts, solo violin has now become a welcome feature of all the major North Indian music festivals, including the thirteen-day Saptak Festival in Ahmedabad, where she has become a regular favourite. Over the span of her career, Kala has successfully developed a distinctive playing style of her own, embracing the essence of vocal music (gayaki) by capturing all the depth and emotion of the human voice.

£8.99
Kalam-E-Sufi
CDNF 154274

Kalam-E-Sufi by Chintoo Singh is a soulful collection of some of the finest sufi compositions. Though Chintoo is known more for his mastery over the guitar, very few are aware of his vocal music prowess. In Kalam-E-Sufi, he effortlessly renders some of the great classics for you to enjoy.

Kalam-E-Sufi by Chintoo Singh is a soulful collection of some of the finest sufi compositions. Though Chintoo is known more for his mastery over the guitar, very few are aware of his vocal music prowess. In Kalam-E-Sufi, he effortlessly renders some of the great classics for you to enjoy.

£8.00
Kalyan Mukherjea
IAM 1062

Kalyan Mukherjea plays ragas Shuddh Kalyan and Shukla Bilawal, both of which have peaceful, calming ambiences.

Kalyan Mukherjea, a Professor of Mathematics, is an unusual member of the Radhu Babu stylistic lineage, which emphasises the Sarod's rhythmic/percussive aspects - an enhancer and modernizer of the traditional idiom. While influenced by the modern vocal style of sitarist Vilayat Khan, he plays a Sarod with a rather Banjo-like tone, which belonged to his Guru’s Guru, Mohammed Amir Khan.

Here he plays ragas Shuddh Kalyan and Shukla Bilawal, both of which have peaceful, calming ambiences. A.G. Bandopadhyay accompanies on Tabla.

£9.99
Kalyani Roy
IAM 1049

One of the foremost female sitarists of India with a performing career spanning almost fifrty years, Kalyani Roy represents the Imdad Khan/Etawah Gharana.

A Sitar recital by Kalyani Roy, one of the foremost female sitarists of India with a performing career spanning almost fifrty years. She represents the Imdad Khan/Etawah Gharana having been trained by several musicians of this tradition, including its reigning exponent, Ustad Vilayat Khan.

She is accompanied on the Tabla by Samir Chatterjee who plays in the Farrukhabad Gharana style and is known for his cleanliness of technique and clarity of tone production.

£9.99
Kaushiki
Sense 097

Kaushiki Chakrabarty: This release marks a special time in the development of possibly India's greatest young female vocal talent. CD1 is a beautiful studio recording which encapsulates a wide range of vocal styles from North and South India, while CDs 2 and 3 capture a remarkable live performance at India's Saptak festival.

Blessed by prodigious natural talent and a cool temperament, Kaushiki has not been distracted for one moment by all the accolades and acclaim she has justly received at such a young age. Her last Sense World Music recording 'Pure' received worldwide recognition beyond the circles of traditional classical music listeners and confirmed a level maturity and depth in her singing which defies her years.

Following on from her success at the BBC World Music Awards in 2005, this unique collection of both studio and live concert recordings demonstrates why Kaushiki has become the great hope for the future of Indian classical vocal music, giving us an invaluable insight into the full range of her musical prowess.

£17.99
Kaushiki Chakrabarty
Sense 112

Kaushiki is arguably the leading light of Indian classical vocalists of the younger generation. She has the ability to captivate and mesmerize audiences with her incredible virtuosity, soulful presentation and humble charm.

Kaushiki Chakrabarty, a BBC Radio 3 Music Award winner (2005), is the daughter of the renowned Indian musician and musicologist Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty. Her initial musical training came from her mother, Chandana Chakrabarty, who noticed that at the age of just two, Kaushiki could reproduce complex musical and rhythmic phrases seemingly effortlessly.

Kaushiki became a formal disciple of the legendary Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh, becoming his youngest pupil at the age of ten. Starting her career as a relatively young vocalist (born 1980) she has, nevertheless, always shown an intense maturity and a tremendous vocal range resulting in undiluted praise from all the leading Indian maestros of our time. Pandit Jasraj, a leading classical vocalist, has said that he finds in Kaushiki an able successor and one who will "keep the lamp burning" in terms of maintaining and furthering the Indian classical vocal tradition.

Although firmly rooted in the North Indian tradition of music, Kaushiki has studied a number of song styles, including Karnatic (South Indian) music. But Kaushiki's main vocal genre remains khayal, a relatively recent form of pure classical song which grew in popularity during 17th and 18th centuries and by the 19th century, it had all but displaced the older dhrupad style of singing.

Although dhrupad has made a comeback in recent years, khayal (a Persian word meaning "the imagination" or "the imagined"), allows for more imaginative and romantic improvisation and embellishment. On this live recording made at the Saptak Festival (2008), Kaushiki gives an extended performance of Raag Maru Bihag (sometimes also spelt "behag"). Maru Bihag is an approximate composite of two very well known raags: Bihag and Kalyan. The final track is a bhajjan (Hindu devotional song) of the late Shobha Gurtu, a renowned vocalist of this genre, in the very popular Raag Bhairavi. Kaushiki is accompanied by Ajay Joglekar on harmonium and Shubhashish Bhattacharya on tabla.

£8.99
Kaushiki Chakrabarty - Pure
Sense 047

Kaushiki is the one young Indian classical vocalist everyone should listen to. Kaushiki's purity of voice, excellent control, maturity and a deep sensitivity demonstrate that this new CD is a milestone in the development of a great talent within India's rich vocal heritage".

Kaushiki Chakrabarty is one of the very few classical vocalists who will make a mark in the 21st century…." This was the assessment made of Kaushiki by Bhimsen Joshi, one of India's greatest classical vocalists of the modern era.

The qualities which have given rise to this level of commendation were certainly evident in this captivating performance of Khayal singing given by Kaushiki at the Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch, London on the 30th of August 2003.

£8.99
Kinna Sohna - Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
NRCD 5512

Kinna Sohna – How Beautiful! This album comprises the part of the Concert featuring the collaboration between Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Michael Brook recalling the earlier iconic collaborations of Michael with the late Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, only on this occasion it is a live performance.

Kinna Sohna – How Beautiful! This album comprises the part of the Concert featuring the collaboration between Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Michael Brook recalling the earlier iconic collaborations of Michael with the late Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, only on this occasion it is a live performance. Many of the tracks feature the same numbers as the original collaborations and there are three additional tracks by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Group as well on this recording.

The first part of the concert, featuring Rahat Fateh Ali Khan's traditional Sufi Qawwalis, has already been released in an earlier album titled Remembering Nusrat. Recorded Live at the Royal Festival Hall, London 14th October 2007. 

Qawwali, the mystical music of Indian and Pakistani Sufism, is rooted in song forms that are over 700 years old. Qawwali songs are devotional songs that extol Islamic virtues and shower praise upon Allah. Qawwali is intended to affect heightened spirituality through ritualised listening known as Sama. The transcendent nature of the poetic lyrics, in combination with vivacious musical base and the participatory act of Sama, stirs ecstatic feelings of mystical adoration among performers and audience members alike. Undoubtedly the most popular qawwali singer of all time was the Pakistani-born Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Six weeks after his death in 1997, nephew Rahat Fateh Ali Khan assumed the qawwali helm.

 

£7.99
Kishan Maharaj & Kumar Bose
SNCD 70493

Brilliancy & Oldest Tradition showcases a Tabla Solo and Duet by Samrat, Kishan Maharaj with Kumar Bose. Santosh Chatterjee provides Lahara (Harmonium) and Saswati Majmudar plays the Tamboura.

Brilliancy & Oldest Tradition showcases a Tabla Solo and Duet by Samrat, Kishan Maharaj with Kumar Bose. Santosh Chatterjee provides Lahara (Harmonium) and Saswati Majmudar plays the Tamboura.

£8.99
Kishori Amonkar
NRCD 0214/5

The living legend and the Doyenne of classical vocal music, Kishori Amonkar recites ragas Gunkali and Madhyamad Sarang, recorded at Studio Beats in Stanmore, Middlesex, England, on April 6 2000.

The living legend and the Doyenne of classical vocal music, Kishori Amonkar recites ragas Gunkali and Madhyamad Sarang, recorded at Studio Beats in Stanmore, Middlesex, England, on April 6 2000.

She was accompanied by Balkrishna Iyer on the Tabla, Purushottam Walwalkar on the Harmonium, Milind Raikar on the Violin and Vidya Bhagat on the Tanpura and Vocal Support.

£15.99
Kishori Amonkar & Hariprasad Chaurasia
NRCD 0047/48

Kishori Amonkar and Hariprasad Chaurasia in a vocal and flute recital in Bombay 1995.

Kishori Amonkar and Hariprasad Chaurasia in a vocal and flute recital. Live at the Shivaji Park, Bombay, January 1995. Accompanied by Pandit Anindo Chatterjee and Balkrishna Iyer on tabla.

£15.99
Krishna Bhakti - Pandit Jasraj
SRCD 112

Jasraj has a gift for raising the energy of a space gradually, delicately, into a swaying crescendo of devout passion. He dedicated the session to compositions in praise of Krishna.

Through history, artistes who have left the most indelible imprints on the sands of time have been the innovators, the ones who have dared to strike their own paths, to explore possibilities, stretch the seams of what is believed to be sacrosanct and holy. Pandit Jasraj is an innovator - an artiste who will be remembered and emulated by future generations for his contributions to musical thought.

Pandit Jasraj rose to stardom in the seventies, offering a totally new approach to classicism - arresting, haunting melody, soft, velvety tonality, delicate, filigree like clusters of ornamentations, sensual languor in phrasing and an overall sheen of romanticism. It captured the imagination of a new generation of listeners who were alienated by the robustness of the classical approach.

And now, into the new millennium, Padma Vibhushan Pandit Jasraj has opened up what can be a new dimension to raga music. He has merged classical values and structures with the rich spiritual ethos and literature of India. He is doing what was done for Carnatic music many generations ago. If a future for spiritual art music emerges in India, musicians and listeners will have to remember Pandit Jasraj for being one of the significant pathfinders. He has raised the bhajan and the stotra from the level of an add-on in a classical concert to an independent musical genre, which enhances music itself and infuses life into the mystical lyrics of the past. Millions of Indians today owe their basic exposure to Sanskrit texts to Pandit Jasraj.

Pandit Jasraj's presentation in the morning session of Swarutsav 2003 was an experience in divine fervour. The maestro has a gift for raising the energy of a space gradually, delicately, into a swaying crescendo of devout passion. He dedicated the session to compositions in praise of Krishna.

'Govind Damodar' is one of Pandit Jasraj's most popular devotional creations, in praise of the Sampoorna Avatara of Mahavishnu. Sri Krishna is the energy, which sustains us today. His Being is merged with the Bhagavad Mahapurana and continues to sustain the manifest world. He is Divinity in human form and humanity expressed in the most divine form. All colours of life find expression in him, He is omnipotent, omniscient. He is Vishwarupa.

'Om Namo Bhagwate Vasudevaya' is one of Pandit Jasraj's most celebrated devotional renditions. 'Govindam Gokulanandam' is an excerpt from Harinamamalastotram - literally a garland of names of Hari - Vishnu.

'Rani Tero Chirjeeyo Gopal' is a moving bhajan, which Pandit Jasraj has rendered with serene elegance and beauty. The bhajan by Surdas on Lord Krishna's childhood is one of the most unique compositions of the artiste.

Recorded live by Deepak Samson and Pratik Biswas on 19th October 2003 at India Today Swarutsav, New Delhi.

£5.99
Krishna Raas Geet
TDIDE 478V

Vasanthi Sridhar presents Krishna Raas Geet - North Indian Kathak dance compositions sung by Sadhana Sargam, Mahalakshmi Iyer and Devaki Pandit.

Vasanthi Sridhar presents Krishna Raas Geet - North Indian Kathak dance compositions sung by Sadhana Sargam, Mahalakshmi Iyer and Devaki Pandit. Lyrics by Vasanthi Sridhar and music composed, arranged and conducted by Ashit Desai. Krishna Raas Geet is accompanied with extensive notes with each track interpreted and explained in English.

£7.99
Krishna Samarpan - Chandu Mattani
SRCD 132

Chandu Mattani celebrates his 75th Birthday with this unique Krishna Samarpan (in praise of Lord Krishna) album that also includes tracks by grand-daughters Shefali and Nehali.

Chandu Mattani celebrates his 75th Birthday with this unique Krishna Samarpan (in praise of Lord Krishna) album that also includes tracks by grand-daughters Shefali and Nehali.

Chandu Mattani's versatile voice lends beauty and melody to the varied themes of the bhajans. His is the voice that enhances the Kutch/Kathiawad/Saurashtra style of folk music and equally, is at ease with the style of gujarati Sugam Sangeet (semi-classical style) singing.

Whether in Mumbai or Leicester, Chandu Mattani is constantly invited to perform at various events throughout the year; rarely will he decline nor accept financial reward. Singing and his faith drives him to live life with immense passion.

£5.99
Krishnam Madhuram
SRCD 093

Krishnam Madhuram: In Hinduism, Krishna Bhakti (to revere) is a devotional movement emphasizing the intense emotional attachment and love of a devotee toward his personal God.

Krishnam Madhuram: In Hinduism, Krishna Bhakti (to revere) is a devotional movement emphasizing the intense emotional attachment and love of a devotee toward his personal God.

The most popular of all Deities, flute-bearing Krishna is said to be the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu. This gloriously multi-faceted Krishna is celebrated through eight (Ashtak) shlokas and kirtans, delighting in the exploits of Him as the divine child and the divine lover, besides others.

£5.99
Krishnavali
SRCD 081

In Krishnavali, the divine chants of Krishna, the one magical name above all the others, entrance the devotees to the ethereal, the supreme and the sublime soul, the Aatma.

Lord Krishna: The flute bearing Krishna, said to be the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu, is most popular of all the Deities. One of his many facets and the most revered is that of the Divine Lover.

In Krishnavali, the divine chants of Krishna, the one magical name above all the others, entrance the devotees to the ethereal, the supreme and the sublime soul, the Aatma. That these new musical compositions of traditional Shloks, Stutis and Kirtans are rendered in varied moods or raags, at once, enhance and exhilarate the soul in pursuit of the eternal Lord that roams beyond time and space.

In Krishnavali, Krishna the celestial lover, the preserver, the protector, amongst his other myriad manifestations, is pursued and celebrated by the devout in bliss and tranquillity.

World-renowned singers Hariharan, Anup Jalota, Sanjeev Abhyankar, Devaki Pandit, Ashit and Hema Desai and Chandu Mattani enhance this truly exhilarating experience.

Music composed by Hemant Mattani. Arranged and conducted by Ashit Desai.

£5.99
Lagna Mangal - Ashit & Hema Desai
NRCD 3003

Lagna Mangal - Indian Gujarati Marriage Songs by Ashit and Hema Desai with Chorus. Music arranged and conducted by Ashit Desai.

Lagna Mangal - Indian Gujarati Marriage Songs by Ashit and Hema Desai with Chorus. Music arranged and conducted by Ashit Desai.

£5.99
Lakshmi Shankar - Bhakti Ras
NRCD 0056

Lakshmi Shankar in a devotional Indian music recital, Bhakti Ras (Devotional Songs).  Accompanied by Shiv Shankar Ray on tabla and Fida Hussain on Harmonium, recorded Live at the Kufa Gallery and The Nehru Centre, London, September 1992.

Lakshmi Shankar in a devotional Indian music recital, Bhakti Ras (Devotional Songs).

Laxmi Shankar is one of India's most celebrated female vocalists whose voice was first heard around the world in Richard Attenborough's film "Gandhi" (1981). She is also unique in that her musical background encompasses both Karnatak (South Indian) and Hindustani (North Indian) classical music traditions.

She is accompanied by Shiv Shankar Ray on tabla and Fida Hussain on Harmonium, recorded Live at the Kufa Gallery and The Nehru Centre, London, September 1992.

Total playing time 56:13 min

£7.99
Lata Mangeshkar recites the Bhagwad Geeta
CDNF 153106

The legendary Lata Mangeshkar recites the Bhagwad Geeta; chapters 9 and 12. Music by Hridaynath Mangeshkar.

The legendary Lata Mangeshkar recites the Bhagwad Geeta; chapters 9 and 12. Music by Hridaynath Mangeshkar. The chapters are explained in English in the accompanying Liner Notes.

£5.99
Learn & Play Hindi Songs Vol. 1
ISBN 81-901726-7-0

Learn & Play your popular Hindi Songs Volume 1, on Keyboard and Guitar: with Indian and Western notations together with Hindi & English lyrics and Chords.

Learn & Play your popular Hindi Songs Volume 1, on Keyboard and Guitar: with Indian and Western notations together with Hindi & English lyrics and Chords. The book also provides GUITAR TABLATURE for reading notations in staff and playing them on Guitar.

 

£4.99
Learn & Play Hindi Songs Vol. 2
ISBN 81-901726-1-1

Learn & Play your popular Hindi Songs on Keyboard and Guitar: with Indian and Western notations together with Hindi & English lyrics and Chords.

Learn & Play your popular Hindi Songs on Keyboard and Guitar: with Indian and Western notations together with Hindi & English lyrics and Chords. The book also provides GUITAR TABLATURE for reading notations in staff and playing them on Guitar.

£4.99
Learn & Play Hindi Songs Vol. 3
ISBN 81-901726-4-6

Learn & Play your popular Hindi Songs on Keyboard and Guitar: with Indian and Western notations together with Hindi & English lyrics and Chords.

Learn & Play your popular Hindi Songs on Keyboard and Guitar: with Indian and Western notations together with Hindi & English lyrics and Chords. The book also provides GUITAR TABLATURE for reading notations in staff and playing them on Guitar.

£4.99
Lineage Of Dhrupad
Sense 057

Sayeeduddin Dagar passes on the rich heritage of the Dagar lineage in this special recording.The music is deeply devotional and true to the essence of Dhrupad, the most ancient form of Indian vocal music.

Sayeeduddin Dagar hails from a family whose name is synonymous with the art of Dhrupad singing. He represents the nineteenth generation of Dagar musicians who since the mid 18th century have managed to maintain this great cultural treasure in the face of all adversities.

Sayeeduddin was born in 1939 in Alwar, Rajasthan. He began his life-long grooming with his father, Hussainuddin Dagar at the tender age of six, but has benefited from guidance from uncles and cousins of the family, all excellent musicians in their own right. The continuity of the tradition is evident in this recital with vocal support provided by his sons Aneesuddin and Nafisuddin Dagar who are now set to carry the mantle of their forefathers.

£8.99
Magic Mandolin - U. Srinivas
SNCD 75189

The young genius, Mandolin player U. Srinivas, showcases his brilliance with performances of South Indian Ragas. Accompanied by Srimushnam Raja Rao on Mridangam, Zakir Hussain on Tabla and A. Kanyakumari on Violin.

The young genius, Mandolin player U. Srinivas, showcases his brilliance with performances of South Indian Ragas. Accompanied by Srimushnam Raja Rao on Mridangam, Zakir Hussain on Tabla and A. Kanyakumari on Violin.

£8.99
Magic of Krishna
SRCD 135

Krishna is the celestial lover, the preserver, the protector, the one magical, mystical name that inspires and uplifts countless devotees to dedicate their lives to bringing peace, joy and happiness to mankind.

Magic of Krishna: Krishna is the celestial lover, the preserver, the protector, the one magical, mystical name that inspires and uplifts countless devotees to dedicate their lives to bringing peace, joy and happiness to mankind. Said to be the eighth Avatar of Lord Vishnu, Krishna is the most popular of all the Hindu Deities.

 

The one magical word, Krishna, amongst many others, represents the most popular of the myriad facets of the Lord in India and more recently, in the rest of the world. Loved and followed with deep affection by his devotees, either as the child-god or the fun loving, flute bearing, flirtatious young cowherd, Krishna comes close to being the most universally recognised form of the Inner Soul, the Atman.

 

One of the greatest written texts of the Hindus, the Srimad Bhagwad Gita, (the beautiful story of God), describes God, our relationship with Him, and the process for realizing that relationship. The name Krishna, which means “the all-attractive One,” implies that each of us has an eternal relationship with God and we are always drawn either to Him directly or to His energies. God and His names are identical, so by speaking them we enter His purifying company. Regularly reciting, singing, or chanting His names awakens our innate love for Him and gains us release from bondage to matter. The Bhagwad Gita also presents and explains to us through Krishna, the understanding and application of ethics, principals and morals in our daily lives that ultimately leads to a blissful existence on earth.

 

In the Magic of Krishna the all-powerful mahamantra Shri Krishna Sharanam Mamah, called the ‘Ashtaakshar or the eight-syllable mantra’ that literally means “Lord Krishna is my refuge”, reigns supreme. These eight syllables contain within them a profound truth that allows us to distinguish between the separation of the body and the soul, truth and illusion. The underlying meaning of this mantra is based on the concept that everything in the material as well as spiritual world ultimately belongs to God. "Shri Krishna Sharanam Mamah" if oft repeated by a devotee filled with pure love, will help achieve self-realisation. Once a devotee continues to remain aware of this state of separation of body and soul, only then is he or she truly surrendered to Lord Krishna.

 

Combined with the Mahamantra, the Vedic Krishna Stutis and Chants along with newly penned compositions, celebrate the myriad facets of the eternal spirit of Lord Krishna. These wondrous meditative Sanskrit chants will deeply immerse and entrance the listener to experience the Divine within.

 

World-renowned artists Ashit Desai, Hema Desai, Hariharan, Devaki Pandit, Anup Jalota, Sadhana Sargam, Sanjeev Abhyankar and Suresh Wadkar lend their mellifluous voices to help the devotee to truly experience the inner soul.

£5.99
Mahamrityunjaya
TDIDE 026C
Maha Mrityunjaya: Devotional vocals and music by Rattan Mohan Sharma. Commentary by Harish Bhimani.
Maha Mrityunjaya: Devotional vocals and music by Rattan Mohan Sharma. Commentary by Harish Bhimani.
£6.99
Malini Rajurkar
IAM 1073

Malini offers an impassioned and touching rendition of raga Charukeshi (an evening raga) and a playful rendering of a Bandish Ki Thumri in raga Bhairavi.

MALINI RAJURKAR’s style, based in the Gwalior approach, has been influenced by vocalists of the Agra Gharana and by her fondness for the idiosyncratic vocalism of Kumar Gandharva. Malini offers an impassioned and touching rendition of raga Charukeshi (an evening raga) and a playful rendering of a Bandish Ki Thumri in raga Bhairavi. Shubhash Kamat accompanies on the Tabla and Arvind Thaate on Harmonium.

£9.99
Mandala - Sitar & Veena
Sense 100

A rare and beautiful combination of instruments that are deeply embedded in Indian culture and sensitive, thoughtful playing by master musicians Purbayan Chatterjee (Sitar) and Jayanthi Kumaresh (Veena).

'In every Jugalbandi the success lies in finding the right spot where the two systems can meet and converse, discuss, share and enhance each other.' Such communion happens rarely and when it happens something meaningful and ethereal comes out'. - Jayanthi Kumaresh
'This album denotes the flowing of tradition from an ancient instrument with its majestic grandeur to a more contemporary instrument with its ornate lyricism. For me this project is really close to my heart because of the instant chemistry not only between the four musicians but because of the sheer seamlessness with which the Sitar and the Veena blend into each other'. - Purbayan Chatterjee

£8.99
Mandukya Upanishad - A musical experience of Om
TDIDE 064S

Mandukya Upanishad: Born of the timeless vision of the sages and seers of India, the Upanishads are a treasure trove of wisdom, enlightening life as it unfolds in its many dimensions.

Mandukya Upanishad: A musical experience of Om
Born of the timeless vision of the sages and seers of India, the Upanishads are a treasure trove of wisdom, enlightening life as it unfolds in its many dimensions. Unique among the ten principal Upanishads, the Mandukya dwells deep and wide into the power and mystery of Om...the seed sound of creation.
To be able to utter the divine Om with our mortal tongue is a blessing in itself. The culmination of which can only be in a musical odyssey led by the vocal genius of a Pandit Jasraj. Spread in three volumes of this collector's item, the enchanted journey from Omkaar to Om covers the four stages of human consciousness. From the waking stage...to the dreaming, then to the dreamless depths...and finally to Samadhi.

Put into English by Shree Purohit Swami & Nobel Laureate W. B. Yeats. Musically interpreted by Pandit Jasraj. Spoken by Salim Ghouse. Orchestrated by Shaarang Dev.

A MUST HAVE 3 CD ALBUM IN YOUR COLLECTION!

£21.99
Mangal Dhwani
NRCD 4001
Mangal Dhwani - Light Classical Melodies: Shehnai played by Shambhaji Dhumal - ideal music to play during the Indian wedding ceremony.

Mangal Dhwani - Light Classical Melodies: Shehnai played by Shambhaji Dhumal - ideal music to play during the Indian wedding ceremony. Composed & Arranged by Ashit Desai. Alaap Desai - Tabla, Hemant Mattani - Tabla/Dholak, Dhiren Raichura - Guitar & Deepak Shah on Keyboard. Recorded in England. 72:05 min

£4.99
Mara Ghatma Shrinathji
SRCD 098

Mara Ghatma Shrinathji is a unique musical collection for all Krishna devotees and music lovers. New and popular compositions with peace giving lyrics have been encompassed in this album.

Mara Ghatma Shrinathji: Shrinathji is an important swarup representing Krishna at the age of seven. In the 15th century, perhaps, as a reaction to the increasingly ascetic direction in which Hinduism was heading towards, a new off-set of Krishna worship called Pushti Marga, the Path of Grace, was born in Vraja, in North India.

Vallabhacharya, the founder of Pushti Marga, stressed worship through the joys of life and living, and devotion to Krishna as the royal child Shrinathji through song, dance, dress, decoration and painting. The swarup of Krishna as Shrinathji is enshrined in a temple in Nathdwara, Rajasthan.

Mara Ghatma Shrinathji is a unique musical collection for all Krishna devotees and music lovers. New and popular compositions with peace giving lyrics have been encompassed in this album and great singers like Lata Mangeshkar and Jagjit Singh have graced the album with their melodious voices.

Daily recitation and listening of this album will invite Lord Krishna to one's inner most sanctum that brings supreme peace and joy to the devotee, thus making one a Krishna Das (the servant of Lord Krishna).

£5.99
Mara Ghatma Shrinathji
SRCD 098

Mara Ghatma Shrinathji is a unique musical collection for all Krishna devotees and music lovers. New and popular compositions with peace giving lyrics have been encompassed in this album.

Mara Ghatma Shrinathji: Shrinathji is an important swarup representing Krishna at the age of seven. In the 15th century, perhaps, as a reaction to the increasingly ascetic direction in which Hinduism was heading towards, a new off-set of Krishna worship called Pushti Marga, the Path of Grace, was born in Vraja, in North India.

Vallabhacharya, the founder of Pushti Marga, stressed worship through the joys of life and living, and devotion to Krishna as the royal child Shrinathji through song, dance, dress, decoration and painting. The swarup of Krishna as Shrinathji is enshrined in a temple in Nathdwara, Rajasthan.

Mara Ghatma Shrinathji is a unique musical collection for all Krishna devotees and music lovers. New and popular compositions with peace giving lyrics have been encompassed in this album and great singers like Lata Mangeshkar and Jagjit Singh have graced the album with their melodious voices.

Daily recitation and listening of this album will invite Lord Krishna to one's inner most sanctum that brings supreme peace and joy to the devotee, thus making one a Krishna Das (the servant of Lord Krishna).

£5.99
Mashkoor Ali Khan
IAM 1069

Mashkoor Ali Khan is an exponent of the Kirana Gharana of khayal vocalism.

 

Mashkoor Ali Khan is an exponent of the Kirana Gharana of khayal vocalism. Mashkoor (b. 1954) studied vocal music with his father, Sarangi exponent Ustad Shakur Khan (1905-75) who had been groomed by Ustad Abdul Wahid Khan, who, with Ustad Abdul Karim Khan, were the founders of the Kirana lineage.

Mashkoor Ali was initiated into music at a young age, and underwent training for 15 years under his father until the latter's demise. By age 12, Mashkoor was an empanelled radio artist, and is now an "A" Grade Artist of All India Radio. In 1981 he was invited to join the ITC Sangeet Research Academy, India's first conservatory style institution, as a Musician Scholar and in 1990, he was made a Resident Guru. Mashkoor Ali Khan has performed at many of India's most prestigious music festivals and conferences, including the Dover Land Music Conference, the Sawai Gandharva Music Conference, the Tansen Sangeet Samaroh, and the Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Academy Sangeet Sammelan. Mashkoor Ali Khan has toured the U.S. many times with the SRA.

Samir Chatterjee is one of the leading tabla players of India and the U.S. Samir plays in the Farrukhabad Gharana style and is known for his cleanliness of technique and clarity of tone production. Samir (b. 1955) began studying under Amalesh Chatterjee and continued under Shyamal Bose. Since 1994, Samir has lived in New York.

Accompanists: Samir Chatterjee – Tabla, Jyoti Goho – Harmonium, Badal Pradhan – Tanpura, Sangeeta Thakur - Tanpura

£9.99
Masters of Percussion
MRCD 1012

Masters of Percussion: A Collection of performances by some of the finest percussionists in the World.

Masters of Percussion: A Collection of performances by some of the finest percussionists in the World.

The musicians include (in order of appearance): Narada Michael Walden - Drums, K. Sivaraman - Mridangam, Giovanni Hidalgo - Congas, T. H. Vinayakram - Ghatam, Harishankar - Kanjira, Arjun Shejwal - Pakhawaj, Ustad Sultan Khan - Sarangi, Fazal Qureshi - Tabla Tarang, Taufiq Qureshi - Madal Tarang and Zakir Hussain - Tabla.

£8.99
Maunna Tahuka
SRCD 106
In Maunna Tahuka, Sona Rupa presents some of the finest contemporary compositions (Geets) penned by Gujarati poets. Multi-talented and well-known singers lend their voices in a tribute to the music composer of this album, the late Shree Dakshesh Dhruv. Maunna Tahuka is destined to be a connoisseur’s choice.
In Maunna Tahuka, Sona Rupa presents some of the finest contemporary compositions (Geets) penned by Gujarati poets. Multi-talented and well-known singers lend their voices in a tribute to the music composer of this album, the late Shree Dakshesh Dhruv. Maunna Tahuka is destined to be a connoisseur’s choice.
 
Singers: Ashit Desai, Hema Desai, Alap Desai, Nisha Kapadia, Purushottam Upadhyay, Rekha Trivedi, Soli Kapadia, Viraj-Bijal, Jharana Vyas
£4.99
Maunna Tahuka
SRCD 106
In Maunna Tahuka, Sona Rupa presents some of the finest contemporary compositions (Geets) penned by Gujarati poets. Multi-talented and well-known singers lend their voices in a tribute to the music composer of this album, the late Shree Dakshesh Dhruv. Maunna Tahuka is destined to be a connoisseur’s choice.
In Maunna Tahuka, Sona Rupa presents some of the finest contemporary compositions (Geets) penned by Gujarati poets. Multi-talented and well-known singers lend their voices in a tribute to the music composer of this album, the late Shree Dakshesh Dhruv. Maunna Tahuka is destined to be a connoisseur’s choice.
 
Singers: Ashit Desai, Hema Desai, Alap Desai, Nisha Kapadia, Purushottam Upadhyay, Rekha Trivedi, Soli Kapadia, Viraj-Bijal, Jharana Vyas
£4.99
Meera Prem Diwani
SCD 005

Meera Prem Diwani: Meera was born a Rajput princess of unequal valour not on the battlefield but in her devotion and self-abandonment at the feet of the Lord. Narration in Hindi

Meera Prem Diwani: Meera was born a Rajput princess of unequal valour not on the battlefield but in her devotion and self-abandonment at the feet of the Lord. To know Meera we must travel trough her compositions and reach the kingdom of her pure existence. There at the entrance is the Gate of Silence which can be opened only with the resonance of her own lyrics. Once opened we enter the palace of her inner being, a kingdom that pulsates with the beat of love and song. Let us travel through the Gates of Silence with Meera.
Music Composed, Arranged and Conducted By Ashit Desai. Narrated by Harish & Rekha Bhimani. Script by Dr. Shailesh Tevani & Rekha Bhimani
£6.99
Mehdi Hassan Live in Concert London
NRCD 001/2/3

Mehdi Hassan renders ghazals (Poetry of Love) with Sultan Khan on Sarangi, Shaukat Hussain on tabla and Kamran Hassan on Harmonium. 3CD Set

Mehdi Hassan renders ghazals (Poetry of Love) with Sultan Khan on Sarangi, Shaukat Hussain on tabla and Kamran Hassan on Harmonium. Live at The Royal College of Music, London, October 1990. 3CD Set

£24.99
Melodies of the Queen - Lata Mangeshkar
SRCD 063/4

Is there a living Indian who, at least privately, hasn’t hummed some of Melody Queen’s songs and derived personal satisfaction? Lata Mangeshkar has turned myriad tunes into milestones of our music, by her extraordinary artistry.

Is there a living Indian who, at least privately, hasn’t hummed some of Melody Queen’s songs and derived personal satisfaction? Lata Mangeshkar has turned myriad tunes into milestones of our music, by her extraordinary artistry. In this album, some accomplished musicians are letting their instruments do the humming of some of her semi-classical songs, to a collective delight of dedicated listeners - like you.

This is an endeavour at creative interpretation of not only some of her melodies, but also at innovative orchestral arrangements of the songs that we have treasured as immortal. (It’s a little like the genre of Jazz, which does an individualistic elaboration of given notes of a melody). The melodies you are about to savour are like poetry without words, gliding divinely over sweetly familiar musical notes. You almost hear words without an alphabet being vocalised. Here, nostalgia has acquired another attire.

It’s in your hands. Let there be no more words between you and Melodies of the Queen.

£11.99
Melodies of the Queen - Lata Mangeshkar
SRCD 063/4

Is there a living Indian who, at least privately, hasn’t hummed some of Melody Queen’s songs and derived personal satisfaction? Lata Mangeshkar has turned myriad tunes into milestones of our music, by her extraordinary artistry.

Is there a living Indian who, at least privately, hasn’t hummed some of Melody Queen’s songs and derived personal satisfaction? Lata Mangeshkar has turned myriad tunes into milestones of our music, by her extraordinary artistry. In this album, some accomplished musicians are letting their instruments do the humming of some of her semi-classical songs, to a collective delight of dedicated listeners - like you.

This is an endeavour at creative interpretation of not only some of her melodies, but also at innovative orchestral arrangements of the songs that we have treasured as immortal. (It’s a little like the genre of Jazz, which does an individualistic elaboration of given notes of a melody). The melodies you are about to savour are like poetry without words, gliding divinely over sweetly familiar musical notes. You almost hear words without an alphabet being vocalised. Here, nostalgia has acquired another attire.

It’s in your hands. Let there be no more words between you and Melodies of the Queen.

£11.99
Memorable Tabla Duet - Teental
SNCD 70891

Memorable Tabla Duet - Teental: Alla Rakha and son Zakir Hussain at 'Indian Night', Live Stuttgart, Germany '88. Sultan Khan on Sarangi - Lahara.

Memorable Tabla Duet - Teental: Alla Rakha and son Zakir Hussain at 'Indian Night', Live Stuttgart, Germany '88. Sultan Khan on Sarangi - Lahara. Accompanied by Durga Jasraj on Tamboura.

£8.99
Mohan's Veena-Vishwa Mohan Bhatt & Salil Bhatt
Sense 024

Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, the Grammy award winner is back with one his finest performances. In this recording, Vishwa Mohan and & son Salil are perfectly tuned to each others aesthetic vision, making this the ultimate in Indian slide guitar duets.

Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, the Grammy award winner is back with one his finest performances. In this recording, Vishwa Mohan and & son Salil are perfectly tuned to each others aesthetic vision, making this the ultimate in Indian slide guitar duets.

The Indian classical tradition of Jugalbandi, or duet playing, where two musicians perform one raga together, is a challenge demanding a high level of mutual respect and understanding. At it’s height it demonstrates two musical souls united, perfectly tuned into each others aesthetic vision. Father and son, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Salil Bhatt epitomise the true spirit of Jugalbandi in this live performance recorded at the 2002 Saptak Music Festival. The ‘Mohan Veena’ is a radical transformation of the western Hawaiian guitar, adapted by Vishwa Mohan Bhatt to express the subtlest nuances required in Indian classical music.

The Mohan Veena consists of 3 melodic strings, 5 drone strings and a further 12 sympathetic strings and has been designed to ingeniously assimilate the sounds of the ancient Veena, Sitar and Sarod. The tuning of the instrument varies according to the particular raga being played.

Vishwa Mohan Bhatt is universally acknowledged as one of the most innovative Indian musicians today. He has successfully managed to incorporate both vocal and instrumental styles of playing into his music, and his versatility as an artist is reflected in scores of successful musical collaborations with top musicians from over the world. His capacity for invention and assimilation was globally recognised by the award of the coveted Grammy in 1994, for his recording with American slide guitarist Ry Cooder.

£17.99
Moment Records: A Collection - Volume 1
MRCD 1008

Moment Records: A Collection - Volume 1. Featuring some of the giants of Indian Music.

Moment Records: A Collection - Volume 1. Featuring some of the giants of Indian Music.

£8.99
Mudra
Sense 110

D K Datar is one of the few leading senior north Indian violinists playing today. Here we find him in a vibrant duet with Shri Ratnakar Gokhle at the famous Saptak festival India.

D. K. Datar is one of the few leading senior north Indian violinists playing today. Here we find him in a vibrant duet with Shri Ratnakar Gokhle at the famous Saptak festival India.

D.K. Datar is a leading violin player and a rare one at that, as violin is seldom played in North Indian music whether as a solo or accompanying instrument. He trained, initially, with Pandit Vighneshwar Shastri and then with his uncle, the outstanding North Indian classical vocalist Dattatreya Vishnu Paluskar, from whom he learnt the gayaki-ang (voice-like) style of violin. The style has lent a tremendous fluidity to his performances of the lighter genres of dhun (a generic term for any kind of folk tune) and bhajan (Hindu devotional song).

Now considered a veteran of violin, Datar has an outstanding record as educator as well as performer. Despite having played at all the major, prestigious festivals of India leading to the Sangeet Natak Academy award in music, Datar still considers the highpoint of his career to have been the opportunity of accompanying D.V. Paluskar on stage.

£8.99
Music for Sun Power Yoga
SRCD 107

Anne-Marie Newland, founder of SUN POWER YOGA, has compiled this CD as an accompaniment to your yoga practice. She has chosen tracks that are an eclectic mix of pace and style.

Anne-Marie Newland is founder of SUN POWER YOGA and is an international yoga teacher and trainer. She works with everybody, including athletes, dancers, and the less able.

Anne-Marie has compiled this CD as an accompaniment to your yoga practice. She has chosen tracks that are an eclectic mix of pace and style.

Sona Rupa specialises in traditional Indian classical and contemporary music and it was for this reason that Anne-Marie thought it apt that she and Sona Rupa should collaborate in this venture of the past and present coming together.

A SUN POWER YOGA CLASS is a melange of more than one style of Yoga, laced together with a dance-like flowing form called the SUN POWER SERIES.

This CD is ideal for all yoga teachers who teach a class with more than one dynamic; soft, strong or flowing, and for those using yoga at home for self practice.

£5.99
Mystical Om
SRCD 076

What is OM, you may ask? OM is a word of power – the primordial sound; the sound with which this creation was born. All sounds proceed from OM and all sounds return to OM.

 

What is OM, you may ask? OM is a word of power – the primordial sound; the sound with which this creation was born. All sounds proceed from OM and all sounds return to OM.

OM itself is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient. OM has no beginning, no middle and no end. OM is the signature of God.

OM gives strength to the mind, nerves and body. It helps you face problems with poise, clarity and courage. The Yogis say OM widens the consciousness and gives knowledge and power to face life.

OM gives purity, joy, contentment and detachment; a magic wand to blow away the clouds of depression, inertia, negative feelings and fear. When you chant OM, you open yourself to a higher Force and Grace that bestows a sense of detachment, building an aura of harmony and positive vibrations.

OM is pure pleasure, it is pure knowledge, it is pure light and it is pure love.

Thus all Hindu scriptures recognise OM as the ultimate power or SHAKTI. Every Mantra in the VEDAS begins with and ends in OM. OM is the essence of all mantras, without which, they would not have the power to bestow Divine Grace on oneself. Thus meditation of OM is extremely beneficial to mankind.

How to meditate on OM:

Sit in a comfortable position and still your body movements. Tell your body to be at peace. Be quiet in all parts of your being. Then…Meditate on OM by visualising OM and think of its benefits...Meditate on the sound of OM…Feel the vibrations of OM…Hear the resonance and echoes of OM…Let us chant OM.

£5.99
N. Ravikiran
SNCD 15987

Young prodigy N. Ravikiran plays South Indian Ragas on Gottuvadyam.  Accompaniment and Percussion Duet: Trichur R. Mohan on Mridangam and T. H. Subhashchandran on Ghatam. Recorded in 1987.

Young prodigy N. Ravikiran plays South Indian Ragas on Gottuvadyam.  Accompaniment and Percussion Duet: Trichur R. Mohan on Mridangam and T. H. Subhashchandran on Ghatam. Recorded in 1987.

£8.99
Natural
Sense 087

A unique musical collaboration based on long standing friendship and the high musical capabilities of these great maestros, flautist Ronu Majumdar and Santoor player Tarun Bhattacharya.

This recording brings together two Sense World favourites and long time friends, Ronu Majumdar and Tarun Bhattacharya performing in duet, a playing style popularly known in India as 'jugalbandi'.

Alongside their respective solo careers which have flourished over the past two decades, the two maestros have managed to maintain a potent musical partnership based on their complimentary skills and mutual respect.

Jugalbandi (literally "tied together") is an ancient Indian art form where two musicians with different instruments or styles perform together. It is not always straightforward for Indian musicians, who often spend many years in intensive and often isolated practice, to express their best qualities in a collaborative context. But these two versatile musicians have played a major role in popularising a discipline which holds exciting possibilities for musical growth.

Furthermore, both Ronu Majumdar and Tarun Bhattacharya have played significant roles in promoting their respective instruments at a time when Santoor and Bansuri flute are still relative newcomers to the North Indian classical music stage.

£8.99
Navala Norata
SRCD 046

Navala Norata is Gujarati Garba folk music played during the Navratri Festival in the Indian State of Gujarat.

Navala Norata is Gujarati Garba folk music played during the Navratri Festival in the Indian State of Gujarat. Music aranges and conducted by Ashit Desai and tracks sung by Hema Desai, Chandu Mattani, Ashit Desai and Deepali Somaiya.

£3.99
Navala Norata
SRCD 046

Navala Norata is Gujarati Garba folk music played during the Navratri Festival in the Indian State of Gujarat.

Navala Norata is Gujarati Garba folk music played during the Navratri Festival in the Indian State of Gujarat. Music aranges and conducted by Ashit Desai and tracks sung by Hema Desai, Chandu Mattani, Ashit Desai and Deepali Somaiya.

£3.99
Nectar - Kala Ramnath
Sense 072

Kala Ramnath continues to weave a beautiful and rich emotional tapestry once again with this latest offering which is deep and soulful with sparkling technique.

NECTAR
Kala Ramnath is a tradition-bearer of one of the Indian subcontinent's most respected and most unique musical dynasties. She can be described as 'unique' in its precise sense. Like her cousin Sangeeta Shankar, she is a fourth-generation violin player in a seven-generation dynasty of musicians the first three generations having been court-musicians specialising in vocal music in Tripunittura in Kerala on the southwestern flank of India.She was born in May 1967 in Madras in Tamil Nadu and began playing the violin, a full-sized instrument at that, in October 1969. Her first violin teacher was her grandfather A. Narayana Iyer, one of the instrument's true visionaries. “What he used to teach me, I picked up very fast. I had good ‘grasping powers’, he told me once.”

£8.99
Netai Bose
IAM 1047

The foremost exponent of the Senia tradition sitar style, Bose is a disciple of the Late Ustad Mushtaq Ali Khan, a leading sitarist and the most distinguished Surbahar (a large-size bass sitar) exponent.

Netai Bose is the foremost exponent of the Senia tradition sitar style. He is a disciple of the Late Ustad Mushtaq Ali Khan, a leading sitarist and the most distinguished Surbahar (a large-size bass sitar) exponent of his generation.

The Seniya nomenclature links the stylistic lineage to a tradition of instrumental music preserved and developed by the descendants of the legendary Mian Tansen (1491 - 1583), who served the court of the Mughal Emperor Akbar (reign: 1542 - 1605), through his son-in-law, Misri Singh Naubat Khan. Samir Chaterjee, of the Farrukhabad Gharana, accompanies on the Tabla.

£9.99
Nikhil Banerjee
RAGA 214

The late Nikhil Banerjee recites raga 'HEMANT'. Live concert recording in Amsterdam 1970. Accompanied by the great Kanai Dutta on tabla.

The late Nikhil Banerjee recites raga 'HEMANT'. Live concert recording in Amsterdam 1970. Accompanied by the great Kanai Dutta on tabla.

£9.99
Nikhil Banerjee
RAGA 212AB

The Complete Concert: A Live concert recorded at De Kosmos in Amsterdam 1972. Accompanied by Zamir Ahmed Khan on the tabla.

The Complete Concert: A Live concert recorded at De Kosmos in Amsterdam 1972. Accompanied by Zamir Ahmed Khan on the tabla.

Technical Note: The attentive listener may notice traffic sounds from the street outside De Kosmos or other minor blemishes in the original, archival recording. The overall sound quality is excellent and Raga Records is confident that these slight defects will not detract from your enjoyment of these historic performances.

£19.99
Nikhil Banerjee
RAGA 218

Recital by the late Nikhil Banerjee, recorded Live in Amsterdam 1984. Accompanied by Abhijit Banerjee on the tabla.

Recital by the late Nikhil Banerjee, recorded Live in Amsterdam 1984. Accompanied by Abhijit Banerjee on the tabla.

£9.99
Nikhil Banerjee
RAGA 204

Nikhil Banerjee in a Live concert recording in Berkeley 1982, accompanied by Swapan Chaudhuri on the tabla.

The late Nikhil Banerjee in a Live sitar concert recording in Berkeley 1982, accompanied by Swapan Chaudhuri on the tabla.

£9.99
Nikhil Banerjee
RAGA 202

Nikhil Banerjee recites Manomanjari in a concert recorded in Berkeley 1968. Accompanied by Mahapurush Misra on the tabla.

Nikhil Banerjee recites raga Manomanjari in a sitar concert recorded in Berkeley, California 1968. Accompanied by Mahapurush Misra on the tabla.

£9.99
Nikhil Banerjee
RAGA 225

Nikhil Banerjee in a sitar recital of Shree Rag. Live recording in Munich, 1976. Swapan Chaudhuri accompanies on the tabla.

Nikhil Banerjee in a sitar recital of Shree Rag. Live recording in Munich, 1976. Swapan Chaudhuri accompanies on the tabla.

£9.99
Nikhil Banerjee
RAGA 207

Nikhil Banerjee: The Hundred Minute Raga. A 2 CD Sitar album recorded in Berkeley, California. Swapan Chaudhuri accompanies on tabla.

Nikhil Banerjee: The Hundred Minute Raga. A 2 CD Sitar album recorded in Berkeley, California. The bulk of this historic archival recording is of very high quality made with a stereo Nagra Recorder and Schoeps microphones on stage. Swapan Chaudhuri accompanies on tabla.

£19.99
Nikhil Banerjee
NRCD 8504

Pandit Nikhil Banerjee in a sitar recital in 1975: Ragas Maluba Kalyan and Nat Bhairav
From the NCPA Archives - Digitally mastered from the original source tapes.

Pandit Nikhil Banerjee in a sitar recital in 1975: Ragas Maluba Kalyan and Nat Bhairav
 
The NCPA Archives
Described as the ‘treasure trove’ of Indian classical music, the NCPA Archives has over 5000 hours of music of the ‘who’s who’ of classical music – both in the Hindustani and Carnatic styles. Maintained for over 4 decades in the most ideal conditions of temperature and humidity, and on the best recording formats, the NCPA Archives preserves and protects India’s rich musical heritage.
 
According to the Artists themselves, the work recorded on the Archives features some of their best works, recorded at the prime of their careers. This wonderful ‘khazana’ is being presented to the music loving public for the first time.
£8.99
Nikhil Banerjee - Alltime Classic
SNCD 701/02

SPECIAL BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY RELEASE 2003. Nikhil Banerjee Alltime Classic, 2 CDs Album: Indian classical sitarist Pandit Nikhil Banerjee (1931 - 1986) was one of the greatest musical geniuses of the twentieth century.

SPECIAL BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY RELEASE 2003. Nikhil Banerjee Alltime Classic, 2 CDs Album: Indian classical sitarist Pandit Nikhil Banerjee (1931 - 1986) was one of the greatest musical geniuses of the twentieth century. He was the most brilliant and phenomenally gifted musician of his generation. During the major part of his musical career from the mid-fifties to the mid-eighties, he was the undisputed sitar maestro, captivating audiences with his soulful music and dazzling virtuosity far beyond the boundaries of the sub-continent, indeed, around the whole world.

When only sixteen years old, Nikhil was accepted as a disciple by the legendary maestro and guru Ustad Allauddin Khan who had a profound influence on him. He modelled his life in many ways on his guru, having little interest in wealth and luxury. After a period of rigorous practice, devotion and guidance under the tutelage of Baba Allauddin Khan and his son the great sarod maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Nikhil embarked on his path as a professional musician. The purity of his style, the high tone of seriousness in his music and his enchanting lyricism always reflected a devotion to the total development of the raga that allowed for nothing short of perfection. The manner in which he used to unfold a raga was cool and unhurried and he displayed his profound understanding of it in every phrase he coined.

The most important aspect of Nikhil Banerjee's music was that he was able to create a very personal and original style of sitar-playing that was complete and satisfying within the living memory. It was a third style, distinct from Ravi Shankar and Vilayat Khan, the two most significant forces dominating the world of sitar at the time. He received numerous awards in his lifetime. In 1968 he was named the outstanding musician of the year by the Sangeet Natak Academy of India. The government of India posthumously awarded him the title of 'Padmabhushan' a very high honour for his greatness as a musician. CHHANDA DHARA of Stuttgart has been doing an impressive job in publishing the collected works of this remarkable musician, perhaps one of the rarest stars in the galaxy of WORLD MUSIC. Recorded Live in Stuttgart, Germany.

£15.99
Nikhil Banerjee - Live Concert Series 2
SNCD 70595

The Genius of Pandit Nikhil Banerjee is revealed in this Live sitar recital recording of raga Shree with Anindo Chatterjee accompanying on Tabla.

The Genius of Pandit Nikhil Banerjee is revealed in this Live sitar recital recording of raga Shree with Anindo Chatterjee accompanying on Tabla and Sheema Mukherjee on Tamboura.

£8.99
Nikhil Banerjee - Live Concert Series 3
SNCD 70296

The Genius of Pandit Nikhil Banerjee is aptly displayed in this sitar recital of raga Rageshri accompanied by Anindo Chatterjee on Tabla and Sheema Mukherjee on Tamboura.

The Genius of Pandit Nikhil Banerjee is aptly displayed in this sitar recital of raga Rageshri accompanied by Anindo Chatterjee on Tabla and Sheema Mukherjee on Tamboura.

£8.99
Nikhil Banerjee - Live Concert Series 5
SNCD 70198

The Genius of Nikhil Banerjee is show-cased in this sitar recital of classical Indian raga Puriya Dhanashree, accompanied by Abhijit Banerjee on Tabla.

The Genius of Nikhil Banerjee is show-cased in this sitar recital of classical Indian raga Puriya Dhanashree, accompanied by Abhijit Banerjee on Tabla.

£8.99
Nikhil Banerjee - Live Concert Volume 1
SNCD 71198

Sitarist Pandit Nikhil Banerjee, India's Maestro of Melody, in a Live concert performing raga Malkauns. Accompanied by Samir Chatterjee on Tabla.

Sitarist Pandit Nikhil Banerjee, India's Maestro of Melody, in a Live concert Volume 1. Accompanied by Samir Chatterjee on Tabla.

£8.99
Nikhil Banerjee - Live Concert Volume 4
SNCD 70900

Pandit Nikhil Banerjee: Indian classical sitarist Pandit Nikhil Banerjee (1931 - 1986) was one of the greatest musical geniuses of the twentieth century. Concert recorded Live at the Ali Akbar College of Music, San Rafael, California, 12 October 1985.

Pandit Nikhil Banerjee: Indian classical sitarist Pandit Nikhil Banerjee (1931 - 1986) was one of the greatest musical geniuses of the twentieth century. He was the most brilliant and phenomenally gifted musician of his generation. During the major part of his musical career from the mid-fifties to the mid-eighties, he was the undisputed sitar maestro, captivating audiences with his soulful music and dazzling virtuosity far beyond the boundaries of the sub-continent, indeed around the whole world.

When only sixteen years old, Nikhil was accepted as a disciple by the legendary maestro and guru Ustad Allauddin Khan who had a profound influence on him. He modelled his life in many ways on his guru, having little interest in wealth and luxury. After a period of rigorous practice, devotion and guidance under the tutelage of Baba Allauddin Khan and his son the great sarod maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Nikhil embarked on his path as a professional musician. The purity of his style, the high tone of seriousness in his music and his enchanting lyricism always reflected a devotion to the total development of the raga that allowed for nothing short of perfection. The manner in which he used to unfold a raga was cool and unhurried and he displayed his profound understanding of it in every phrase he coined.

The most important aspect of Nikhil Banerjee's music was that he was able to create a very personal and original style of sitar-playing that was complete and satisfying within the living memory. It was a third style, distinct from Ravi Shankar and Vilayat Khan, the two most significant forces dominating the world of sitar at the time. He received numerous awards in his lifetime. In 1968 he was named the outstanding musician of the year by the Sangeet Natak Academy of India. The government of India posthumously awarded him the title of 'Padmabhushan' a very high honour for his greatness as a musician. CHHANDA DHARA of Stuttgart has been doing an impressive job in publishing the collected works of this remarkable musician, perhaps one of the rarest stars in the galaxy of WORLD MUSIC.

Concert recorded Live at the Ali Akbar College of Music, San Rafael, California, 12 October 1985. Nikhil Banerjee was accompanied by Swapan Chaudhuri on the Tabla.

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Niladri Kumar - Faith
SRCD 117

Niladri Kumar - Faith. His faith in the youth of today discovering and enjoying the beauty of Indian classical music is immense as evidenced in the vast following he has in the Indian Sub-continent. Niladri is accompanied tabla maestro Bikram Ghosh.

Divine Sounds of Sitar: Niladri Kumar has Faith, faith in the almighty, faith in himself, his inheritance, heritage, his pedigree, creativity and skill. All this makes Niladri what he is today, a humble yet self-assured young man on the path of distinction and greater success that awaits him in his chosen field of making music with the Sitar.

Niladri Kumar's faith in the youth of today discovering and enjoying the beauty of Indian classical music is immense as evidenced in the vast following he has in the Indian Sub-continent and beyond. We have complete faith in Niladri Kumar. Accompanied on the tabla by maestro Bikram Ghosh.

£5.99
Niladri Kumar - IF
SRCD 070

Niladri Kumar's "IF" is a journey of an individual towards LOVE. Young, passionate and sensitive sitarist Niladri Kumar, son and disciple of the great Pandit Kartick Kumar, journeys through a whole gamut of emotions that reveals Truth, Beauty and Perfection; eternal and divine LOVE.

Niladri Kumar's IF - Magical Sounds of Sitar: "IF" is a journey of an individual towards LOVE. Young, passionate and sensitive sitarist Niladri Kumar, son and disciple of the great Pandit Kartick Kumar of Senia Gharana, journeys through a whole gamut of emotions that reveals Truth, Beauty and Perfection; eternal and divine LOVE.

In IF, Niladri surpasses himself in making music that is at once, contemporary and classical. The Sitar in his hands produces the sweetest and most sensuous of emotions that transcends one to the nether world. The subtle balance achieved between the traditional sitar, flute, tabla, mridangam, khanjira and the western keyboards, results in an album that will appeal to all those who feast on soulful music; an album by Niladri Kumar that will surely set a landmark in world music.

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Nishat Khan
IAM 1024

The irrepressible and virtuosic Sitarist Nishat is endowed with an obsessive music creativity that pushes him to define new musical boundaries - as in this performance of Raga Miyan Ki Malhar.

Nishat Khan, the irrepressible and virtuosic Sitarist, is endowed with an obsessive music creativity that pushes him to define new musical boundaries - as in this performance of Raga Miyan Ki Malhar, the most august, intense and complex of the rainy season ragas, a creation of Tansen, the legendary musicain at the court of Emperor Akbar. Accompanied by Samir Chatterjee on Tabla.

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Nrityanjali - A delightful Bharat Natyam Dance
SNCD 70601

Nrityanjali - A delightful Bharat Natyam (South Indian Classical) Dance by Shefali Nag. Recorded in Stuttgart, Germany, 2002. Guest Artists: Vikku Vinayakram - Ghatam, Sultan Khan - Sarangi.

Nrityanjali - A delightful Bharat Natyam (South Indian Classical) Dance by Shefali Nag. Recorded in Stuttgart, Germany, 2002. Guest Artists: Vikku Vinayakram - Ghatam, Sultan Khan - Sarangi. Other Artists: Hema Venkataraman - Vocal, Guru Thanjai V. Srinivasam - Nattuvangam, V. Venkataraman - Flute, Neelamani Ramakrishnan - Mridangam

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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - Mustt Mustt
cd

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Lahore's Sufi singer extraordinaire, takes you on a journey of mysticism in Mustt Mustt.

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Lahore's Sufi singer extraordinaire, takes you on a journey of mysticism in Mustt Mustt.

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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - Shahbaz
cd

The incomparable Sufi maestro, Ustad Nausrat Fateh Ali Khan and his party in a concert recital of 'Shahbaz'.

The incomparable Sufi maestro, Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and his party in a concert recital of 'Shahbaz'.

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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - The Last prophet
cd

The Last Prophet - Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan & Party: From Qawwali music's greatest living star, mystic messages transcending cultural boundaries.

The Last Prophet - Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan & Party: From Qawwali music's greatest living star, mystic messages transcending cultural boundaries.

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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - The Ultimate Vol. 2
cd

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan The Ultimate Vol. 2. A 2CD album with songs from the peak of his career 1983 - 1984.

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan The Ultimate Vol. 2. A 2CD album with songs from the peak of his career 1983 - 1984.

£14.99
OM - Music for Divine Meditation
SRCD 050

In chapter 17 of Bhagwad Gita, one of the most sacred texts of the Hindus, Lord Krishna has said that the word OM signifies the omnipresence of God.

 In chapter 17 of Bhagwad Gita, one of the most sacred texts of the Hindus, Lord Krishna has said that the word OM signifies the omnipresence of God.

"Om Tat Shat" (From the beginning of the Universe): these three words are used to signify that the omnipresent God is OM and it is said that the OM came into being with the creation. Here, Ashit Desai puts OM to music based on pure Vedic traditions.

"OM" is a musical bliss through the regular use of which, a restive heart and stressful mind can achieve eternal peace and harmony, delirious joy and happiness of being at one with the Creator.

The daily use of "OM" helps you meditate with ease.

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Om Namah Shivay
SRCD 049

This album brings you some of the most popular traditional Shiva Kirtans with a refreshing touch of classical ragas that please the soul.

Om Namah Shivay - Indian devotional music: This album brings you some of the most popular traditional Shiva Kirtans with a refreshing touch of classical ragas that please the soul.

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Om Veday Namah
SRCD 043

Vedic Chants for Peace & Harmony vocalised by various artists. Music by Pandit Bhawani Shankar.

"Om Veday Namah" - Vedic Chants for Peace & Harmony. Music by Pandit Bhawani Shankar. Vocalised by Anup Jalota and Uday Bhawalkar. Accompanied by Rakesh Chaurasia (Flute), Dilshad Khan (Sarangi), Dastgir Khan (Sitar), Keyboards (Abhijit Pohankar & Satyanarayan), Vocals (Chandra Banerjee), Chorus (Pappu & Pancham)

£4.99
Omkarnath Thakur - Pranav Rang
NRCD 0100

Omkarnath Thakur (1897 - 1967) is a towering figure in modern Hindustani music. In an era endowed with formidable vocalists in every significant gharana, he carved out an enviable place for himself.

Pranav Rang - Pandit Omkarnath Thakur (1897 - 1967) is a towering figure in modern Hindustani music. In an era endowed with formidable vocalists in every significant gharana, he carved out an enviable place for himself. Omkarnath Thakur's magnetic personality, theatrical demeanour and intellectual sophistication, enhanced the impact of his mesmerising music, and made him, arguably, the most popular vocalist of his generation.

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Padma Talwalkar
NI 5567

Padma Talwalkar, through her associations with various gurus, has imbibed the styles of Gwalior, Kirana, Jaipur and Agra gharanas.

Padma Talwalkar in Hindustani vocal music. The genre known as khyal has by far the largest number of exponents in the present day. Recitals of the more sober dhrupad genre are becoming quite a rarity in India itself, although surprisingly, dhrupad has become well-known in the West over the past few decades due to the international concert tours of performers such as the Dagar family and their disciples.

Padma Talwalkar, through her associations with various gurus, has imbibed the styles of Gwalior, Kirana, Jaipur and Agra gharanas. She has benefited immensely with her association with the legendary Kishori Amonkar. Thus, as an individual artist, Padma Talwalkar has been able to create a blend of several styles.

She is accompanied on Tabla by her husband, Suresh Talwalkar who was a long-time accompanist of famous Sarangi player, Pandit Ram Narayan. Pramod Dhundra Marathe on Harmonium.

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Pakhawaj Beat - Bhavani Shankar
Sense 013

A stunning live performance by the master percussionist, demontrating all the majestic charms of the Pakhawaj, the king of Indian drums. Bhavani Shankar has come to prominence in the west due to his work with John Mclaughlin and Shakti.

Bhavani Shankar was born into a distinguished musical family, beginning his study of pakhawaj and tabla at the tender age of eight. His father Pandit Babulalji was a renowned Kathak performer, a popular style of Indian classical dance, which specialises in intricate rhythmic patterns.

He is a versatile performer who has accompanied many of India's finest musicians including Hariprasad Chaurasia and Shiv Kumar Sharma. In the last few years he has made his mark as a prolific composer for films and experimental fusion projects, his mesmerising performances with 'Shakti', alongside Zakir Hussain and John McLaughlin, have made him one of the most sought after percussionists in the world.

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Pandit Anindo Chatterjee - Live At Darbar Festival
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The Darbar festival provides a fitting platform for one of the ultimate tabla players of our time...Anindo Chatterjee.

Between the 3rd and 5th of March 2006, a unique gathering of some of India's greatest musicians took place in Leicester to celebrate the life of Bhai Gurmit Singh Virdee, who sadly passed away on 3rd April 2005. A packed audience assembled at the Peepul Centre witnessed three days of exhilarating performances involving over 50 Indian musicians, a fitting tribute to Gurmit Ji's love of life, his musical talent, his spiritual endeavours and his selfless contribution to the music scene.

Since the early 1950s, Bhai Gurmit Singh Virdee had been playing, promoting and teaching tabla. Respected throughout the Indian classical music circle, he performed with world-class artists and taught hundreds of students, many of whom are now renowned performers and teachers in their own right. Gurmitji developed Taal - Rhythms of India (1987-1996) the world's first dedicated organisation for promoting Tabla. Performances included Zakir Hussain, Swapan Chaudhuri, Anindo Chatterjee, Shankar Ghosh and many others. Tablaonline launched in May 2005 world's first portal percussion website. The 2006 Darbar Festival proved to be a landmark event on the UK Indian Classical Music scene and the largest of its kind in Britain to date.

Among the main attractions of the festival were the performances of three giants in the field of North Indian Tabla playing, Swapan Chaudhuri, Anindo Chatterjee and Kumar Bose.

Pandit Anindo Chatterjee is a phenomenon in the art of tabla playing. The power and speed combined with the total clarity and sweetness of his playing is testament to a lifetime of devotion through years of dedicated practice. His vast knowledge of repertoire and ability to improvise in all styles of tabla playing make him an invaluable asset to Indian music and a reference for its scholars. The spontaneity and intuitiveness of both his accompaniment and his solo improvisations speak of the depth of his artistry and often leave his audiences speechless.

The guiding force of Anindoji's amazing musical journey was his beloved uncle Biswanath Chatterjee. His family gave him wholehearted support for his musical endeavours from the very beginning with early childhood lessons from his uncle Amarnath Chatterjee. After receiving first prize in the All India Children's Music Competition at the young age of 6, he was accepted as a disciple by the esteemed judge, Guru Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh, with whom he received over thirty years of rigorous training. During this period Anindo perfected his technique and learned the rich repertoire of traditional tabla playing. In addition he also received two years of taleem (specialised training) from 1964-66 from Ustad Afaq Hussain Khan, a doyen of the Lucknow Gharana.

Anindoji's tabla solo debut was at age 10.He has since developed one of the most dynamic and rich tabla solo performance repertoires of his generation. Infused with the legacy of the Farukhabad gharana yet enriched with aspects of all gharanas, his performances are unpredictable and extraordinarily diverse. With technical and artistic brilliance he presents some of the rarest and most difficult material in the tabla repertoire, this at extreme speeds with uncompromised clarity and beauty. In addition to his vast traditional repertoire, he himself is the composer of countless compositions, through which he explores the realms of possibilities.

As an accompanist, Anindoji made his world debut in 1975, accompanying Sitar maestro Pandit Nikhil Banerjee. Anindoji's musical sensitivity and technical genius, combined with his majestic stage presence make him a favourite accompanist to all the pre-eminent musicians of India.

Over the course of his career he has shared the stage with the late Ustad Vilayat Khan, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Ustad Rais Khan

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Pandit Jasraj
NRCD 0035

One of Classical Indian music's greatest exponents of modern times, Pandit Jasraj performs Live at The Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, 1993, delighting the audience with ragas Triveni and Multani.

One of Classical Indian music's greatest exponents of modern times, Pandit Jasraj performs Live at The Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, 1993, delighting the audience with ragas Triveni and Multani. Accompanied by Kedar Pandit on tabla, Arvind Thatte on Harmonium, Tripti Mukherjee and Ratan Sharma in vocal support.

£7.99
Pandit Jasraj
SNCD 74289

Pandit Jasraj in a classical Indian vocal recital of ragas Nayaki Kanada, Adana, Bhairavi and a Bhajan. He is accompanied by Sultan Khan on Sarangi and Zakir Hussain on tabla.

Pandit Jasraj in a classical Indian vocal recital of ragas Nayaki Kanada, Adana, Bhairavi and a Bhajan. He is accompanied by Sultan Khan on Sarangi and Zakir Hussain on tabla.

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Pandit Jasraj & Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia
NRCD 018/19

Duet by Pandit Jasraj and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. Accompanied by Ustad Zakir Hussain on the tabla, Live at Shivaji Park, Mumbai, December 1991.

Duet by Pandit Jasraj and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. Accompanied by Ustad Zakir Hussain on the tabla, Live at Shivaji Park, Mumbai, December 1991.

£15.99
Pandit Jasraj - Baiju Bawra
TDICL 167P

Baiju Bawra by Pandit Jasraj. The inimitable music maestro Pandit Jasraj, who is fondly called 'Baiju' of Gujarat, pays a heartfelt tribute to Baiju Bawra.

Baiju Bawra by Pandit Jasraj. The inimitable music maestro Pandit Jasraj, who is fondly called 'Baiju' of Gujarat, pays a heartfelt tribute to Baiju Bawra.
 
Baiju Bawra's devotion to music was so great that it is said to have supernatural powers. His single-minded pursuit of his vidya (Knowledge), his complete surrender to it and his legendary singing make Baiju Bawra one of India's finest known singers.
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Pandit Jasraj - Darbar
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The incredible voice of Pandit Jasraj has a unique soulful style and he captures the hearts of the listeners in this superb live performance of Darbari.

Pandit Jasraj is one of the most respected and celebrated exponents of North Indian Classical Music, and after more than fifty years of performing he has become an institution in India and a fine ambassador for Indian culture abroad.

Jasraj comes from a family who boast four generations of musicians, and have been responsible for developing a unique style of singing known as the Mewati gharana. Born in 1930 in Hissar [Haryana], Jasraj was cruelly denied the musical guidance of his father, Pandit Motiramji, who passed away when the young prodigy was just three years old. It soon became apparent that he was a gifted child with a melodious voice and the task of nurturing this precocious talent was handed over to his elder brother Pandit Maniram. Jasraj's music is characterised by a very pure approach embracing the Indian concept of 'bhakti' (deep spiritual devotion), which has the effect of both captivating and elevating his listeners. He approaches each raga as a devotee, with humility and reverence, while paying great attention to the choice of composition and words, not always a major consideration of classical singers. Like so many of India's great artists, he started his career as a tabla accompanist, which gave him a firm grounding in 'laya', the control of rhythmic aspects of performance. Apart from his own family, his spiritual guru, late Maharana Shri Jaiwant Singhji of Sanand, has played a major role in his musical perspective.

In this recording Jasraj performs the most popular classical vocal form, Khayal, which literally means 'vichaar' or imagination. It is a style of presentation which gives maximum scope to the creativity and individuality of the singer. The performance of Khayal usually takes place in two parts, the main Bada Khayal, followed by the sub or Chhota Khayal. The presentation largely depends on the style of Khayal singing adopted by a particular school or gharana. The main difference between the Bada Khayal and Chhota Khayal lies in the tempo or laya to which they are sung, and also in the kind of improvisation that follows the main theme. The Bada Khayal is sung in either slow or medium speed, while the Chhota Khayal is sung at a fast tempo.

Jasraj has become a great favourite at all major music festivals in India, and this recording captures a live performance held on the 4th January 2003 at the prestigious Saptak Festival, an annual celebration of India's finest music, held in Ahmedabahd, in the state of Gujarat.

For this recording, Jasraj has chosen to sing Raga Darbari Kanada, one of the monumental ragas of North Indian classical music. It is one of several ragas composed by the legendary Mian Tansen, the court musician of Emperor Akbar in the 16th century. There are several ragas in the Kanada family, but Darbari is marked by its profound, majestic mood, and renowned for its emotional impact on listeners. Jasraj begins with an invocation, giving praise to the gods, incorporating simple melodic phrases outlining the mood of the raga. The first composition 'Hari Virahi Ja Ko Maan' is a khayal sung in a rhythmic cycle of twelve beats, known as Ektaal. The tempo is very slow, in fact it takes nearly one minute to complete just one rhythmic cycle, but this pace, known as 'vilambit', is most suitable to capture the essence of the raga. Throughout the recital, Jasraj is accompanied by Nandan Mehta on tabla, a senior disciple of Pandit Kishan Maharaj of the Benares gharana. The second composition 'Asi Darbari Gunijan Gave' is in a rhythmic cycle of ten beats (jhaptaal), and for this the singer is joined by both Tabla and Pakhawaj. The use of both percussion instruments is unusual in khayal but the addition of the deeper, resonant tones of the ancient Pakhawaj is conducive to the majestic character of the raga. The second

£8.99
Pandit Jasraj - Devatha
Sense 119

Pandit Jasraj - Devatha: Once again the living legend graces the Saptak stage and performs with characteristic devotion to his art and guiding influences.

Devatha: Pandit Jasraj has been at the forefront of North Indian classical vocal music since the 1970's and is regarded as a national treasure by the music lovers of his country. First inspired to sing at the age of just three after hearing female vocalist Begum Akhtar, his early years were spent studiously listening to gramophone records in a small tea shop conveniently placed on the way to school. His family were highly regarded exponents of the Mewati vocal style.

£17.99
Pandit Jasraj - Inspiration
NRCD 0132

Inspiritation - Pandit Jasraj sings rare raga Shuddh Varari followed by Kabir Bhajan in raga Ahir Bhairav. Accompanied by Vijay Ghate on Tabla, Kala Ramnath on Violin and Mehmud Dholpuri on Harmonium.

Inspiritation - Pandit Jasraj sings rare raga Shuddh Varari followed by Kabir Bhajan in raga Ahir Bhairav. Accompanied by Vijay Ghate on Tabla, Kala Ramnath on Violin and Mehmud Dholpuri on Harmonium.

£7.99
Pandit Jasraj - Soul Food
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Pandit Jasraj was born into a family of outstanding musicians. Without doubt he is one of the great vocalists of the modern era of Indian classical music. His voice and style are instantly recognisable and his music expresses an emotional quality which touches the soul of his listeners.

Soul Food - Pandit Jasraj: The legendary Indian cliassical vocalist combines sublime spiritual expression with technical virtuosity in a superb live concert performance. Pandit Jasraj is without doubt one of the great vocalists in the modern era of Indian classical music. He has been a favourite with concert audiences for more than forty years and his performances have become a major highlight of the prestigious Saptak Music Festival, held annually in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

Jasraj was born into a family of outstanding musicians but suffered the misfortune of losing his father, Pandit Motiramji at an early age. The responsibility for his music education was handed over to his elder brother and guru, the late Pandit Maniramji who trained the young Jasraj thoroughly in the intricacies of the Mewati School of singing. Since then, he has developed a unique vocal style which places equal emphasis on the wording, pronunciation and poetic value of compositions, as well as the distinct mood of each raga. His voice and style are instantly recognisable and his music expresses an emotional quality, which touches the soul of his listeners. This recording captures one of his most compelling performances given on the last night of the twelve-day Saptak Festival.

Pandit Jasraj's rendition of the late evening raga Maru Behag combines sublime spiritual expression with outstanding technical virtuosity. Maru Behag is a combination of two ragas, Behag and Kalyan, and is widely thought to have been created by the great vocalist Alladiya Khan in the early part of the twentieth century.

£8.99
Pandit Jasraj - The Sound Supreme
TDIDE 294P

Pandit Jasraj - The Sound Supreme: From the seeds of Mandukya Upanishad comes this harvest of universal sound, where the 'OM' resonates in all its glory. The first ever musical rendition in a magical human voice puts us in touch with our various states of conciousness.

Pandit Jasraj - The Sound Supreme: From the seeds of Mandukya Upanishad comes this harvest of universal sound, where the 'OM' resonates in all its glory. The first ever musical rendition in a magical human voice puts us in touch with our various states of conciousness, from the waking to the dreaming state, and then through the dreamless depths to the ultimate Samadhi. Enlightening and energizing at the same time, this celebration of the spirit is complemented by a Collector's Booklet and Meditation Cards of rare beauty and value.

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Pandit Kumar Bose - Live At Darbar Festival
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The Darbar festival provides a fitting platform for one of the ultimate tabla players of our time...Kumar Bose.

Between the 3rd and 5th of March 2006, a unique gathering of some of India's greatest musicians took place in Leicester to celebrate the life of Bhai Gurmit Singh Virdee, who sadly passed away on 3rd April 2005. A packed audience assembled at the Peepul Centre witnessed three days of exhilarating performances involving over 50 Indian musicians, a fitting tribute to Gurmit Ji's love of life, his musical talent, his spiritual endeavours and his selfless contribution to the music scene. Since the early 1950s, Bhai Gurmit Singh Virdee had been playing, promoting and teaching tabla.

Respected throughout the Indian classical music circle, he performed with world-class artists and taught hundreds of students, many of whom are now renowned performers and teachers in their own right. Gurmitji developed Taal - Rhythms of India (1987-1996) the world's first dedicated organisation for promoting Tabla. Performances included Zakir Hussain, Swapan Chaudhuri, Anindo Chatterjee, Shankar Ghosh and many others. The 2006 Darbar Festival proved to be a landmark event on the UK Indian Classical Music scene and the largest of its kind in Britain to date.

Among the main attractions of the festival were the performances of three giants in the field of North Indian Tabla playing, Swapan Chaudhuri, Anindo Chatterjee and Kumar Bose.
 

£17.99
Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri - Live At Darbar Festival
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The Darbar festival provides a fitting platform for one of the ultimate tabla players of our time, Swapan Chaudhuri.

Between the 3rd and 5th of March 2006, a unique gathering of some of India's greatest musicians took place in Leicester to celebrate the life of Bhai Gurmit Singh Virdee, who sadly passed away on 3rd April 2005. A packed audience assembled at the Peepul Centre witnessed three days of exhilarating performances involving over 50 Indian musicians, a fitting tribute to Gurmit Ji's love of life, his musical talent, his spiritual endeavours and his selfless contribution to the music scene. Since the early 1950s, Bhai Gurmit Singh Virdee had been playing, promoting and teaching tabla.

Respected throughout the Indian classical music circle, he performed with world-class artists and taught hundreds of students, many of whom are now renowned performers and teachers in their own right. Gurmitji developed Taal - Rhythms of India (1987-1996) the world's first dedicated organisation for promoting Tabla. Performances included Zakir Hussain, Swapan Chaudhuri, Anindo Chatterjee, Shankar Ghosh and many others. Tablaonline launched in May 2005 world's first portal percussion website. The 2006 Darbar Festival proved to be a landmark event on the UK Indian Classical Music scene and the largest of its kind in Britain to date.

Among the main attractions of the festival were the performances of three giants in the field of North Indian Tabla playing, Swapan Chaudhuri, Anindo Chatterjee and Kumar Bose.

£17.99
Parveen Sultana
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Parveen Sultana has a great voice, a distinctively sweet voice and a three and a half octave range.These among other qualities have made her one of the most influential female khayal vocalists of the modern era of Indian classical music.

The most popular classical vocal form in North Indian Music is without doubt 'khayal'. Although at least five hundred years old, today's concerts in India featuring major khayal singers attract large audiences and its leading exponents are treated with the very highest respect and reverence. A word of Persian origin, Khayal literally means "imagination," and demands improvisational flexibility from the singer as well as careful attention to nuances of intonation, phrasing and rhythm. The subjects of khayal texts range from praise of kings or seasons, the pranks of Lord Krishna to divine love and the sorrow of separation. The texts contain rhyme, alliteration, and play on words. However, the primary focus in a khayal performance is less on the textual or lyrical content of a song than on abstract musical values.

This recording features one of the most important and influential female khayal vocalists of the modern era of Indian classical music.

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Parveen Sultana - Par Excellence
NRCD 0245/6

Begum Parveen Sultana is one of the most acclaimed among India's veteran singers. In this recital, recorded live at the Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, London, on 15 November 2009, Parveen Sultana was accompanied on the tabla by Partha Sarathy Mukherjee. 

Begum Parveen Sultana is one of the most acclaimed among India's veteran singers. She received her inintial training from her father Ikramul Mazid. Later, she moved to kolkatato learn from Pandit Chinmoy Lahiri. For almost the past 40 years, she has been a disciple of 'Sangeet Martand' Ustad Dilshad Khan, to whom she is also married. All except two of the compositions on these discs are by him.

In this recital, recorded live at the Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, London, on 15 November 2009, Parveen Sultana was accompanied on the tabla by Partha Sarathy Mukherjee and on the Harmonium by Chiranjib Chakraborty. She chose two favourite classical ragas to start each section, concluding with the very popular Raga Bhairavi, and included contrasting items to give the recital extra range and appeal, to Western ears as well as Indian.

Parveen Sultana's recital has a devotional mood, with three bhajans to Hindu deities and two khyals in praise of the Almighty.

£15.99
Parveen Sultana - SAFAR
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This special Parveen Sultana concert recording, Safar, is a unique opportunity to loose yourself in the purity and blessed voice of one of the 'Queens' of Khayal.

Begum Parveen Sultana holds a special place in the hearts of Indian music lovers. Over the course of a hugely successful career spanning five decades, Parveen Sultana has built up a unique relationship with her many fans, captivated by her vibrant and mellifluous voice and charmed by an endearing and charismatic stage presence.

This recording treats us to a full concert recital given at the Saptak Festival on the 9th January 2005, featuring a commanding performance by Parveen Sultana covering several North Indian vocal music styles including khayal, tarana, thumri and bhajan.

Saptak is the largest annual music festival in India held in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, featuring the cream of Indian music talents and spanning over 13 days.

£17.99
Passions - Forever in Love
SRCD 086

One of the favourite themes in Ghazal is erotic love and passion. Sona Rupa present some of the most popular ghazals of modern times rendered with passion in Passions - Forever in Love.

Immortal Ghazals: One of the greatest forms of Persian poetry that in India, for the most part, has been the story of Urdu Ghazal. It has been the favourite of both poets and their audiences over centuries. A short lyric, Ghazal demands great skill and thought from the poet, for its couplet must be a complete semantic entity and fully express a whole, well-integrated poetic experience. One of the favourite themes in Ghazal is erotic love and we present some of the most popular ghazals of modern times immortalised by singers Jagjit Singh, Mehdi Hassan, Ghulam Ali, Farida Khanum and Hariharan.

In Passions - Forever in Love, the musicians, showing great skill and spontaneity, have recorded these ghazals in instrumental form and above all, with passion that comes across on every track.

£5.99
Power and Grace 1
Sense 007

Hariprasad Chaurasia: The great bamboo flute master needs no introduction, this performance combines Hariprasad's flute with the master percussionists Anindo Chatterjee and Bhavani Shankar on tabla and pakhawaj.

As an internationally acclaimed flautist, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia has played a leading role in popularising Indian music throughout the world. He is regarded as the greatest living master of the Bansuri, the North Indian bamboo flute.

In Indian mythology, the flute is associated with Lord Krishna, whose divine music hypnotised his followers into blind devotion. For nearly half a century Hariprasad has captured the hearts of his audiences, successfully transforming the flute from a marginalized folk instrument into an established part of the Indian Classical music scene.

Unlike many other great Indian artists, Pt. Chaurasia does not come from a family of musicians; his father was a distinguished wrestler who actively discouraged musical study. Fortunately, living in Allahabad, a town of great vibrant cultural activity gave him access to India's most eminent musicians. Initially he was attracted towards vocal music and his early vocal training bears a major influence on his style of flute playing. In his hands, the flute sings out, echoing all the subtle nuances and textures of the voice.
His performances are always spontaneous, characterised by a rich soulfulness and vitality. Hariprasad Chaurasia has never been afraid to step outside the immediate circles of his own traditions. His collaborations with Western artists like John McLaughlin and Jan Garbarek have added to his international appeal and widespread popularity.

In 1992, he was the first flautist in Indian history to be awarded the Padma Bhushan, India's most prestigious award recognizing excellence in arts.

£8.99
Power and Grace 2
Sense 010

Hariprasad Chaurasia: The great bamboo flute master needs no introduction, this performance combines Hariprasad's flute with the master percussionists Anindo Chatterjee and Bhavani Shankar on tabla and pakhawaj.

As an internationally acclaimed flautist, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia has played a leading role in popularising Indian music throughout the world. He is regarded as the greatest living master of the Bansuri, the North Indian bamboo flute.

In Indian mythology, the flute is associated with Lord Krishna, whose divine music hypnotised his followers into blind devotion. For nearly half a century Hariprasad has captured the hearts of his audiences, successfully transforming the flute from a marginalized folk instrument into an established part of the Indian Classical music scene.

Unlike many other great Indian artists, Pt. Chaurasia does not come from a family of musicians; his father was a distinguished wrestler who actively discouraged musical study. Fortunately, living in Allahabad, a town of great vibrant cultural activity gave him access to India's most eminent musicians. Initially he was attracted towards vocal music and his early vocal training bears a major influence on his style of flute playing. In his hands, the flute sings out, echoing all the subtle nuances and textures of the voice.
His performances are always spontaneous, characterised by a rich soulfulness and vitality. Hariprasad Chaurasia has never been afraid to step outside the immediate circles of his own traditions. His collaborations with Western artists like John McLaughlin and Jan Garbarek have added to his international appeal and widespread popularity.

In 1992, he was the first flautist in Indian history to be awarded the Padma Bhushan, India's most prestigious award recognizing excellence in arts.

£8.99
Prabhakar Karekar
IAM 1015

Prabhakar presents an intense and haunting vision of two ragas: Bilaskhani Todi and Chandrakauns

Prabhakar Karekar has an energetic and soulful vocal style which mingles features of the Agra and Gwalior Gharanas. Prabhakar presents an intense and haunting vision of two ragas: Bilaskhani Todi, a raga steeped in legend, emphasizing a sense of Bairag or spiritual "non-attachment" and Chandrakauns, elegant and meditative in nature, evoking the vision of  a serene moonlit night. Accompanied by Subhash Kamat on the Tabla.

£9.99
Prabhakar Karekar - Eastern Soul
Sense 012

Prabhakar Karekar possesses a deeply soulful and expressive voice. He sings these three Indian classical ragas with vibrancy & spiritual devotion...truly eastern soul.

Prabhakar Karekar is one the most respected vocalists of the Northern Indian style of Classical Music and is a very popular and familiar participant in the music conferences and festivals of India.

Karekar left his home in Goa when he was just fourteen, in search of a music teacher, and began his primary training in music under the versatile Pandit Suresh Haldankar, a classical vocalist who was phenomenally popular for his classical-based drama songs (natyasangeet). He later spent seven years under the tutelage of Pandit Jitendra Abhisheki, who is considered to be a maestro of the vocal traditions (gayaki) of Agra and Jaipur. Since his thirties, Prabhakar Karekar has been learning from one of the most respected exponents of the Agra & Gwalior gharanas or schools of music, Pandit C. R. Vyas. Pt. Vyas imparted to his talented student a scholarly insight into the traditional styles of singing khayal. The exposure to these different teachers and musical traditions helped Karekar to nurture and refine his musical interpretations, instantly recognizable as his very own.

What stands Prabhakar Karekar in good stead is his versatility - he is equally proficient in all forms of vocal music, be it traditional khayal, thumri, dadra, bhajans or Marathi natyasangeet - as well as his ability to evoke and intensify emotions in his expansion of the raga. His performances are laced with rhythmically complex taans or variations, which go beyond merely exhibiting virtuosity. The meticulous manner in which he explores and characterizes the ragas that he performs endear him to the most seasoned of listeners.

Prabhakar Karekar is a popular artiste all over India and abroad. He performs regularly on the national radio and television in his capacity as an "A" grade artiste of the All India Radio and Doordarshan. In the recordings presented in this CD, Karekar begins with two compositions in Raga Desi. The first is set to a slow twelve beat cycle, vilambit ektaal, and it leads to a faster paced item in the sixteen beats cycle, teentaal, which is a composition known as chabri. It is a dedication to the God Rama and is composed by Karekar's Guru, Pandit C. R. Vyas. Raga Desi is a late morning raga, and is meant to portray a certain freshness, radiance and openness of expectation, associated with this time of day.

The second piece presented by Karekar is a slow composition by Pandit Ramasrey Jha in a seven beats rhythmic cycle, rupak taal. All the varieties of the Raga Sarang are meant to portray serenity and calmness. As an afternoon raga, it is meant to counterbalance the extremities of the midday sun in tropical climates. Madhumad Sarang juxtaposes the heat and intensity of the sun with its sweet and soothing notes.

Indian classical music seeks to establish a close correlation with natural cycles and phenomena and evoke the emotions associated with them. Ragas are classified and performed not only according to the times of the day, but also the seasons of the year, and are rendered according to the moods that are considered aesthetically compatible to them.
 
The final piece presented in this album is a composition by an unknown poet set to teentaal, a sixteen beats cycle, in the Raga Hindol. This raga is said to be suitable for the Spring season, therefore vibrant and colourful in spirit. The composition is sung in praise of musical instruments, such as the mridangam, an older percussion instrument, said to bring sincere souls together in song.

£8.99
Prabhu Samarpan - Sanjeev Abhyankar
SRCD 084

The leading disciple of Pandit Jasraj, Sanjeev Abhyankar renders some of the most well known devotional songs in his own inimitable style.

Prabhu Samarpan: The leading disciple of Pandit Jasraj, Sanjeev Abhyankar renders some of the most well known devotional songs in his own inimitable style.

£4.99
Prarthana Mandir
SRCD 119

Prarthana Mandir: God is a prayer away! The performance of Prarthana (prayer) acknowledges the existence of God or a deity. In Prarthana Mandir, we have chosen and recorded prayers that are easy to understand and tunes that are sweet and melodious to sing along to.

Prarthana Mandir: God is a prayer away! The performance of Prarthana (prayer) acknowledges the existence of God or a deity. This act of worship is practiced by a wide variety of religions to promote spiritual, mental and physical well-being. It is through prayers that we praise and celebrate Divinity in its manifold manifestations.

Many believe that the act itself is a form of direct spiritual communication with the almighty, a relationship that is very much personal. For some, it is a relationship that seeks answers to difficult questions and for others, it is finding solace and comfort in complete surrender of one's being to God. The everyday practice of singing prayers in the home by the whole family, particularly amongst Hindu families, is a tradition stretching back millennia that has a powerful spiritual impact on the very young and old alike.

The advent of the twenty first century with the all devouring, rampant consumerism risks destroying the very social and spiritual fabric of societies everywhere. Young children are most likely to be affected by this phenomena and therefore, it is essential that they are nurtured and guided by spirituality and sensitised to all aspects of godliness.

In Prarthana Mandir, we have chosen and recorded prayers that are easy to understand and tunes that are sweet and melodious to sing along to. Singers: Hema Desai, Shefali Mattani, Nehali Mattani, Rupi Venilal, Mala Shah, Manisha Doctor, Pooja and Bijal Parekh.

£5.99
Prarthana Mandir
SRCD 119

Prarthana Mandir: God is a prayer away! The performance of Prarthana (prayer) acknowledges the existence of God or a deity. In Prarthana Mandir, we have chosen and recorded prayers that are easy to understand and tunes that are sweet and melodious to sing along to.

Prarthana Mandir: God is a prayer away! The performance of Prarthana (prayer) acknowledges the existence of God or a deity. This act of worship is practiced by a wide variety of religions to promote spiritual, mental and physical well-being. It is through prayers that we praise and celebrate Divinity in its manifold manifestations.

Many believe that the act itself is a form of direct spiritual communication with the almighty, a relationship that is very much personal. For some, it is a relationship that seeks answers to difficult questions and for others, it is finding solace and comfort in complete surrender of one's being to God. The everyday practice of singing prayers in the home by the whole family, particularly amongst Hindu families, is a tradition stretching back millennia that has a powerful spiritual impact on the very young and old alike.

The advent of the twenty first century with the all devouring, rampant consumerism risks destroying the very social and spiritual fabric of societies everywhere. Young children are most likely to be affected by this phenomena and therefore, it is essential that they are nurtured and guided by spirituality and sensitised to all aspects of godliness.

In Prarthana Mandir, we have chosen and recorded prayers that are easy to understand and tunes that are sweet and melodious to sing along to. Singers: Hema Desai, Shefali Mattani, Nehali Mattani, Rupi Venilal, Mala Shah, Manisha Doctor, Pooja and Bijal Parekh.

£5.99
Prarthana Pothi
JG

PRARTHANA POTHI is a selective collection of classical Sanskrit hymns and ancient and contemporary Bhajans in Hindi and Gujarati.

PRARTHANA POTHI is a selective collection of classical Sanskrit hymns and ancient and contemporary Bhajans in Hindi and Gujarati

The hymns are chosen from Vedic and Post-Vedic scriptures. The Bhajans are selected from both ancient and contemporary Hindi and Gujarati literature.

This special edition is printed in four languages - Sanskrit, Hindi, Gujarati and English.

The English transliteration is provided with diacritical marks and syllabic divisions to assist in the correct pronunciation of each language.

The English version is a free translation, which seeks to express the spirit and essence of the original.

The format is based on the Pothi - a long, loose-leafed book form prevalent in ancient India - and allows for convenient cross-reference.

 

 

Supplementing the book is a set of two CDs - BHAKTI SAGAR Volume 1 & 2 - (available separately) composed and sung by Ashit and Hema Desai.

 

The book has been edited, translated and transliterated by the eminent linguist and Sanskrit scholar, Dr. Jagdish Dave.

£9.99
Prarthna Ne Panthe
SRCD 067

Prarthana Ne Panthe is produced by Chandu Mattani. Music arranged by Ashit Desai. Singers: Ashit Desai and Chandu Mattani. Narration by Dr. Gunvant Shah.

Prarthana Ne Panthe is produced by Chandu Mattani. Music arranged by Ashit Desai. Singers: Ashit Desai and Chandu Mattani. Narration by Dr. Gunvant Shah. The insert booklet is printed in Gujarati with English Transliteration.

£5.99
Prarthna Ne Panthe
SRCD 067

Prarthana Ne Panthe is produced by Chandu Mattani. Music arranged by Ashit Desai. Singers: Ashit Desai and Chandu Mattani. Narration by Dr. Gunvant Shah.

Prarthana Ne Panthe is produced by Chandu Mattani. Music arranged by Ashit Desai. Singers: Ashit Desai and Chandu Mattani. Narration by Dr. Gunvant Shah. The insert booklet is printed in Gujarati with English Transliteration.

£5.99
Purbayan Chatterjee - New Dawn Mind
Sense 025

Purbayan Chatterjee and Satyajit Talwalkar, the two great young masters of sitar & tabla, play with a deeply devotional spirit; souls submitting to the supreme power in the freshness and purity of morning.

A music culture as rich as India’s, looks to its younger generation to inject fresh ideas, carrying forward its legacy of tradition. In recent years, India has unearthed a remarkable talent who is already receiving plaudits for his contribution to the field of modern sitar playing. Purbayan Chatterjee was born into a family immersed in India’s classical music traditions. By the time he was four, he had already begun his musical training. His guide and inspiration has been his father, Partha Chatterjee, a disciple of sitar maestro Nikhil Bannerjee.

For the last few years Purbayan has taken guidance from the legendary Sarod player Ali Akbar Khan, and at a relatively young age has already established himself as one of the leading lights of the Senia Maihar Gharana, a style of Sitar playing fashioned by Baba Allauddin Khan.

In this recording Purbayan Chatterjee has recorded two established ragas which are rarely heard in performance because of their association with the morning when fewer concerts take place.

Raga Bhairav is traditionally performed at sunrise, and is filled with the hopes and aspirations of a new day. Raga Jaunpari is another morning raga with a highly spiritual character. The spirit is one of submission and the melodic combinations created in the higher notes of the scale create a kind of soulful yearning.

For this recording Purbayan is joined by Satyajit Talwalkar, the son of Pandit Suresh Talwalkar and Smt. Padma Talwalkar, two of the best-known practitioners of Indian classical music. Still in his early twenties, he has already established himself as a highly accomplished tabla player.

£8.99
Purbayan Chatterjee - Nirman
Sense 037

The great Young master, Purbayan Chatterjee, explores his instrument and music with a voracious appetite for expression and invention in Nirman.

Nirman

Listening to the sitar of Purbayan Chatterjee one would think that this a musician who has been at the top of his profession for many years such is the level of maturity and technical competence in his playing. In a very short time this young maestro has established himself as an artist of great invention who is poised to take the sitar to new heights. Purbayan achieves a fine balance between the lyrical and technical content in his music, at one moment his sitar sings out the sweetest melody at the next dazzles us with his virtuosity. Satyajit Talwalkar accompanies him on the tabla.

Recorded at Virtual Studios, India.

£8.99
Purbayan Chatterjee - Vibemaster
Sense 017

An exciting recital, filled with sensitivity and innovation, from the great young sitarist Purbayan Chatterjee, hailed by many as a player who will become one of the all time greats.

Purbayan Chatterjee was born in 1976 in Calcutta, and hails from a family immersed in India's richest musical traditions. His most influential guide and inspiration has been his father, Partha Chatterjee, a disciple of Sitar maestro Nikhil Bannerjee and the revered Sarod legend Ali Akbar Khan. In recent years, Purbayan has been able to enrich his playing style with guidance from senior vocalist Ajay Chakrabarty and tabla player Anindo Chatterjee. Still in his twenties, he has reached a level of maturity in his performance that defies his age and suggests a remarkable musician in the making.

The two recordings captured on this CD demonstrate Purbayan Chatterjee's depth of musical creativity and are testament to his versatility as an artist.

£8.99
Pure Joy-Divine Sounds by Niladri Kumar & Friends
SRCD 137

Niladri Kumar: Son and Disciple of Sitar Maestro Pandit Kartick Kumar, Niladri Kumar is undoubtedly one of the finest young Sitar Virtuoso today. Years of learning have resulted in a prodigious technique and deep understanding of diverse musical styles.

Niladri Kumar - Son and Disciple of Sitar Maestro Pandit Kartick Kumar, Niladri Kumar is undoubtedly one of the finest young Sitar Virtuoso today. Years of learning have resulted in a prodigious technique and deep understanding of diverse musical styles. His open mind has led to an extension of his musical horizon to incorporate imaginative experiments in world music styles that delight the young and the old.

Niladri has an uncanny knack of striking an instant rapport with audiences and his dazzling skills and mastery of the sitar are beyond reproach. He is indeed a talented artist promising to extend the musical horizon. Already a recipient of numerous awards, Niladri Kumar has performed all over the world in prestigious music concerts and festivals.

£5.99
Pure Silk
NRCD 6003

Pure Silk: World Music Group - Live at The Barbican Centre, London, 14th July 2000. India's premiere Jazz/Fusion Music Group.

Pure Silk: World Music Group - Live at The Barbican Centre, London, 14th July 2000. India's premiere Jazz/Fusion Music Group. Louis Banks on Piano & Keyboard, Shankar Mahadevan - Vocals, Sivamani - Percussion, Karl Peters - Bass Guitar. Guest Musicians: Satish Vyas - Santoor & Vijay Ghate - Tabla

£7.99
Purity - Musical Bliss
SRCD 033

Extended version of two tracks, one from DIVINITY and the other from ETERNITY due to public demand!

Purity - A Musical Bliss

Music arranged and composed by Ashit Desai. Instrumental: Extended version of two tracks, one from DIVINITY and the other from ETERNITY due to public demand!

£5.99
Purity 2 - Musical Bliss
SRCD 039

'Purity 2 - Musical Bliss' has three tracks (extended versions) from Divinity 2.

'Purity 2 - Musical Bliss' has three tracks (extended versions) from Divinity 2.

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Purity 3 - Music for Enlightenment
SRCD 077

Purity 3 - Music for Enlightenment: Extended track versions of "Hanuman Chalisa" and "He Ram" from "DIVINITY 3"

Purity 3 - Music for Enlightenment: Extended track versions of "Hanuman Chalisa" and "He Ram" from "DIVINITY 3"...Music arranged and composed by Ashit Desai. Musicians: Rakesh Chaurasia - flute, Niladri Kumar - sitar, Zarin Daruwala - sarod, Ulhas Bapat - santoor, Akhlak Hussain - harmonium, Bhavani Shankar - pakhawaj, Alap Desai & Manoj Bhati - tabla, Javed - dholak, Chintu Singh - guitar.

£5.99
Purnima Sen
IAM 1068

A khayal vocalist of the Agra-Atrauli Gharana Purnima's accomplishments testify to India's post independence renaissance, which enabled talented youths from the educated middle-class to pursue the art seriously.

Purnima is a khayal vocalist of the Agra-Atrauli Gharana. Her accomplishments testify to India's post independence renaissance, which enabled talented youths from the educated middle-class to pursue the art seriously and enter a performing domain long dominated by hereditary musicianship. Purnima (b.1937) had her first exposure to the Agra-Atrauli Gharana in her home city of Baroda. Later, after the family moved to Calcutta, she studied with Jaimini Ganguly. After her family moved to New York City, she studied Western classical music and the violin. When she returned to India, living in Delhi, she became a disciple of the Agra scholar-teacher-composer Vilayat Hussain Khan. Upon moving back to Calcutta, she began studying with Agra-Atrauli luminary, Ata Hussain Khan, and then started studying, in parallel, with Sharafat Hussain Khan.

Purnima Sen has participated in Sangeet Sammelans and National Programmes on both radio and television, and has performed at various music conferences and music circles in Calcutta. Her performances abroad include concerts in New York, London, Paris, and Sao Paulo. Purnima has a large repertoire of popular and rare ragas and bandishes and has recorded 100 khayal bandishes for the archives of the Sangeet Research Academy of Calcutta as part of a Ford Foundation Project.

Samir Chatterjee is one of the leading tabla players of India and the U.S. Samir plays in the Farrukhabad Gharana style and is known for his cleanliness of technique and clarity of tone production. Samir (b.1955) began studying under Amalesh Chatterjee and continued under Shyamal Bose. Samir has been a resident of New York since 1994.

Other accompanists: Ramesh Mishra – Sarangi, David Taylor – Tanpura

£9.99
Radiant
Sense 022

The legendary violinist Dr. N. Rajam plays with utmost tenderness, love and humility in this astonishingly beautiful recording. She is truly radiant.

Dr. N. Rajam hails from a family, which boasts generations of great violin players, her brother; T N Krishnan is a well-known South Indian violinist. Her technique was inherited from her father Sr. Narayana Iyer, who encouraged his daughter to absorb influences of vocal music and the ancient string instrument the 'Veena' into her playing. She was responsible for introducing the vocal style, known as 'Gayaki ang' into the violin repertoire. Since then, this style of playing has become a great favourite with Indian classical music audiences.

Later, her yearning for self-development took her to the holy city of Benares, on the banks of the River Ganges, where she embarked on fifteen years of rigorous musical training under the guidance of legendary singer Omkarnath Thakur. As a devoted disciple, N.Rajam served out an invaluable apprenticeship, regularly accompanying her teacher on stage, echoing all of his subtle vocal nuances. Her guru encouraged her to approach music with utmost tenderness, love and humility; virtues which have characterised Rajam's playing for the last thirty years. Those who were lucky enough to have experienced the performances of Omkarnath Thakur speak of music of a high emotional intensity.

She has been able to successfully adapt many varieties of vocal styles into her playing, namely khayal, thumri, tappa and bhajan, vocal styles with distinctive characteristics and traditions. It is the combination of these forms gives her music a sense of completeness. Her technique is the envy of violinists worldwide, and in India, as well as a popular performer, she is regarded as a musician's musician.

In 1984, The Indian government recognised her service to music by honouring her with the 'Padmashree', one of the highest awards bestowed on any artist.

£8.99
RAF - Rakesh and Friends
SRCD 143

“Rakesh and Friends” (RAF) is a young group of extremely talented musicians comprising the versatile Rakesh Chaurasia (Flute), dynamic Gino Banks (Drums), powerful Satyajit Talwalkar (Tabla), electrifying Sheldon D’Silva (Bass Guitar), soulful Sanjoy Das aka Bapi (Guitar) and sparkling Sangeet Haldipur (Keyboard/vocalist and Composer).

RAF effectively blends Indian Classical Music with World Music.

“Rakesh and Friends” (RAF) is a young group of extremely talented musicians comprising the versatile Rakesh Chaurasia (Flute), dynamic Gino Banks (Drums), powerful Satyajit Talwalkar (Tabla), electrifying Sheldon D’Silva (Bass Guitar), soulful Sanjoy Das aka Bapi (Guitar) and sparkling Sangeet Haldipur (Keyboard/vocalist and Composer). RAF effectively blends Indian Classical Music with World Music.

Rakesh who has undoubtedly made his mark as one of the finest young flute virtuoso brought about the initiative about extending the boundaries of his musical realm. He combined his understanding of diverse Indian musical gharana styles with world music styles through imaginative experiments. The young brigade, led by ace flautist Rakesh has helped in giving wings to his artistic expressions.

This album was recorded as a Band performance purely live in the studio to create the art of spontaneity and improvisation that usually only happens on stage, and thus maintain the magic of what happens in the moment.

£5.99
Raga Unveiled - India's Voice
Raga-Unveiled

Raga Unveiled - India's Voice DVD: The History and Essence of North Indian Music. "A raga is a melody bejewelled with notes and emotions that colours or delights the mind." - Sage Matang, circa 700 AD

Raga Unveiled - India's Voice DVD: The History and Essence of North Indian Music. "A raga is a melody bejewelled with notes and emotions that colours or delights the mind." - Sage Matang, circa 700 AD

India, unlike any other country in the world, boasts of cradling an art music that has been sifted and refined over 4000 years. With the even flow of evolution and an unshakable support of theory, raga music is at once vibrant, mesmeric and sublime to this day. At its core is an ambition to profoundly change the performer and the listener at the depest level. Nothing more, nothing less!

Raga Unveiled is a most inspiring and sweeping look at the entire "architectural brilliance" of a musical system that gave birth to this most wonderful and profound musical art form. For the first time on film, eloquent commentaries by musicians, Vedic scholars, and musicologists join hands with spectacular cinematography, intoxicating spectrums of sound, and rare archival footage resulting in a grand synthesis to honour this music in its entirity.

Raga Unveiled inspires, moves and transports one to a place that you never imagined existed. It is a spiritual engagement second to none!

Raga Unveiled Synopsis

Philosophy and History

Here, the fundamental understanding of pure sound as understood by the sages is expressed. Its primary purpose to attain Self Transcendence is covered.

Sound as described in the Vedas, the chantings of the hymns, the more basic folk or deshi renderings, to the development of Ragas all culminate beautifully and bring you to the modern era. The historical and social influences are also covered.

Note and Melody

The meaning of raga and its grammar is clearly unfolded through the help of interviews, demos and beautiful and informative visual graphics. Many wonderful performances are also interspersed.

Tempo and Rhythm

The unique role of rhythm as an equal limb of Raga music is most articulately emphasized. All the different components of the Indian rhythmic system are laid out, followed by befitting demos and graphics. Its brilliance shines forth through the explanations and performance clips.

Moods and Emotions

The Rasa's or moods and emotions in a raga are described and the techniques by which they are infused in the music are beautifully demonstrated by many stalwarts. Covering the importance of the audience in this equation brings out a very unique aspect of this music.

Improvisation

The hallmark of the raga music being the ability to play or sing for unlimited time, is driven very clearly in this chapter. A fantastic example in the form of a 6 person ensemble making music on the spot is perhaps the highlight of this film!

Master and Disciple

The extraordinary system of oral transmission of knowledge from teacher to pupil, and all the subtle nuances of this relationship are covered.

Lineage

Some light is thrown on the system of schools or lineage within the vocal and instrumental genres.

Training and Performance

The ability to be able to perform for such lengths of time and improvise requires a certain extraordinary type of grooming and training system and dedication from the disciple and the guru. Here a glimpse of this is shown leading into how one prepares to become a performer.

Compositional Styles

The journey of the older Dhrupad forms to the present Khyal singing is well explained. Some of the major light classical genres are illuminated. Wonderful renderings of each genre makes this chapter delightful to view.

Instruments

The classification of the instrumental categories are explained. Some unique aspects of Indian instruments are covered. A great tribute is paid to the instrument makers as well. Also covers a sweeping look at the cottage industries that create these exquisite instruments.

Points to Ponder

Here, many great musicians voice their opinions on todays influences on the musical scene with some heartwarming pledges to keep this wonderful heritage alive.

£34.99
Raga Unveiled - India's Voice
Raga-Unveiled

Raga Unveiled - India's Voice DVD: The History and Essence of North Indian Music. "A raga is a melody bejewelled with notes and emotions that colours or delights the mind." - Sage Matang, circa 700 AD

Raga Unveiled - India's Voice DVD: The History and Essence of North Indian Music. "A raga is a melody bejewelled with notes and emotions that colours or delights the mind." - Sage Matang, circa 700 AD

India, unlike any other country in the world, boasts of cradling an art music that has been sifted and refined over 4000 years. With the even flow of evolution and an unshakable support of theory, raga music is at once vibrant, mesmeric and sublime to this day. At its core is an ambition to profoundly change the performer and the listener at the depest level. Nothing more, nothing less!

Raga Unveiled is a most inspiring and sweeping look at the entire "architectural brilliance" of a musical system that gave birth to this most wonderful and profound musical art form. For the first time on film, eloquent commentaries by musicians, Vedic scholars, and musicologists join hands with spectacular cinematography, intoxicating spectrums of sound, and rare archival footage resulting in a grand synthesis to honour this music in its entirity.

Raga Unveiled inspires, moves and transports one to a place that you never imagined existed. It is a spiritual engagement second to none!

Raga Unveiled Synopsis

Philosophy and History

Here, the fundamental understanding of pure sound as understood by the sages is expressed. Its primary purpose to attain Self Transcendence is covered.

Sound as described in the Vedas, the chantings of the hymns, the more basic folk or deshi renderings, to the development of Ragas all culminate beautifully and bring you to the modern era. The historical and social influences are also covered.

Note and Melody

The meaning of raga and its grammar is clearly unfolded through the help of interviews, demos and beautiful and informative visual graphics. Many wonderful performances are also interspersed.

Tempo and Rhythm

The unique role of rhythm as an equal limb of Raga music is most articulately emphasized. All the different components of the Indian rhythmic system are laid out, followed by befitting demos and graphics. Its brilliance shines forth through the explanations and performance clips.

Moods and Emotions

The Rasa's or moods and emotions in a raga are described and the techniques by which they are infused in the music are beautifully demonstrated by many stalwarts. Covering the importance of the audience in this equation brings out a very unique aspect of this music.

Improvisation

The hallmark of the raga music being the ability to play or sing for unlimited time, is driven very clearly in this chapter. A fantastic example in the form of a 6 person ensemble making music on the spot is perhaps the highlight of this film!

Master and Disciple

The extraordinary system of oral transmission of knowledge from teacher to pupil, and all the subtle nuances of this relationship are covered.

Lineage

Some light is thrown on the system of schools or lineage within the vocal and instrumental genres.

Training and Performance

The ability to be able to perform for such lengths of time and improvise requires a certain extraordinary type of grooming and training system and dedication from the disciple and the guru. Here a glimpse of this is shown leading into how one prepares to become a performer.

Compositional Styles

The journey of the older Dhrupad forms to the present Khyal singing is well explained. Some of the major light classical genres are illuminated. Wonderful renderings of each genre makes this chapter delightful to view.

Instruments

The classification of the instrumental categories are explained. Some unique aspects of Indian instruments are covered. A great tribute is paid to the instrument makers as well. Also covers a sweeping look at the cottage industries that create these exquisite instruments.

Points to Ponder

Here, many great musicians voice their opinions on todays influences on the musical scene with some heartwarming pledges to keep this wonderful heritage alive.

£34.99
Raghunath Seth
IAM 1041

A rare night melody, raga Rajeshwari, evocative of a tender kind of seriousness and played with the warm tone and lyricism that Raghunath Seth is noted for.

Raghunath Seth is one of India's finest performers on the bansuri - the bamboo flute. Here, Raghunath Seth presents a rare night melody, raga Rajeshwari, evocative of a tender kind of seriousness and played with the warm tone and lyricism that Raghunath Seth is noted for. He concludes with two short folk-oriented pieces: a Kajri and a Dhun in raga Mishra Bhairavi. Accompanied by Samir Chatterjee on Tabla.

£9.99
Rahul Sharma - Akaash
Sense 052

Rahul Sharma has matured into a fine santoor player in his own right and demonstrates the delicate beauty and depth of his instrument in a dynamic performance.

This recording marks the coming of age of a young maestro who is now firmly established as one of the most popular attractions on the Indian classical music circuit. Since 1996, the gifted Rahul Sharma has shared the stage with his father and mentor, Shivkumar Sharma delighting crowds in all corners of the world with their duet performances known as jugalbandi. That process has been an essential part of the grooming of young raw talent into a mature artist.

Having won over the plaudits Rahul has now declared that his life's priority is to popularise Indian classical music itself. He is well aware that his task has been made lighter through the endeavours of his father, Shivkumar Sharma who has transformed a folk instrument, whose use was confined to the valleys of Kashmir, into a fully fledged classical concert instrument making major modifications to its design in the process. Rahul is only too well aware that his father faced many hardships on this tireless journey performing all over India, waging a continuing battle to establish the Santoor which was not initially accepted by classical purists.

Now Rahul is all set to take the Santoor to greater heights in the twenty first century by adding new dimensions to it with his creativity.

This recording features a pentatonic (five notes) raga, Chandrakauns, associated with the late evening.

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Rahul Sharma - Native Signs
Sense 028

Native Signs- A sumptuous evocation of the delicate and powerful interplay between the ascending talent of Rahul Sharma and the great percussion masters of pakhawaj and tabla. Recorded at Saptak Festival 2003, Gujarat.

Raga Kalavati is a popular raga, adopted by the North Indian Hindustani musicians from the South Indian Carnatic system.

Being the son and student of one of India's music legends does not guarantee an easy road to success. With the privilege of having access to a vast treasure of musical knowledge, comes the burden of comparison and the responsibility of carrying the family name forward.

Rahul Sharma is the son of Santoor virtuoso Shiv Kumar Sharma, who has single-handedly transformed the little known and rarely played Indian Santoor into a favourite with world music audiences, and against the odds firmly established it as an integral part of the Indian classical repertoire.

Rahul Sharma is now emerging as one of the most innovative instrumentalists in North Indian music. His captivating performances suggest a musician poised to take the Santoor onto a new level of popularity. He first performed live with his father in 1996, the tradition of Jugalbandi, or duet playing, providing the ideal platform for the youngster to craft his art under the watchful eye of his father.

Through this testing apprenticeship his attitude towards his predicament has remained characteristically positive. "Comparisons are inevitable", he reveals, "But nothing to get scared of. In fact they are a big challenge. And I am enjoying it,"

In fact, Rahul has seized his opportunity with both hands. He has already entered into a number of successful music collaborations with international artists, and composed the music for Bollywood film hit 'Mujhse Dosti Karoge', working with veteran producer-director Yash Copra. His renditions of traditional folk tunes from Kashmir and the Sufi music tradition are soulful, innovative, and at the same time always sincere to their roots. From the beginning, his father encouraged the young Rahul to listen to music from each and every corner of the world, and many of these influences are now being absorbed into his performances.

This recording captures Rahul performing at the annual Saptak Festival, one of India's most prestigious musical gatherings, in front of an audience made up of seasoned listeners and connoisseurs.

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Rahul Sharma - Santoor
Sense 115

Rahul Sharma is leading the way in exploring and expanding the possibilities of the Santoor in North Indian classical music. Recorded at the Saptak Festival on 3rd January 2008, this articulate performance marks a new level of maturity in his playing suggesting that he has comfortably overcome the challenge of inheriting a huge musical legacy.

Rahul Sharma is leading the way in exploring and expanding the possibilities of the Santoor in North Indian classical music. Recorded at the Saptak Festival on 3rd January 2008, this articulate performance marks a new level of maturity in his playing suggesting that he has comfortably overcome the challenge of inheriting a huge musical legacy.

His family has been the driving force behind the Santoor's rise as an important voice in Indian music. In the 1930s, Rahul's grandfather, Pandit Uma Dutt Sharma, a respected vocalist from Jammu became fascinated by the instrument. At that time the Santoor was a Kashmiri folk instrument used mainly to accompany ecstatic Sufi vocals. He recognised a potential to expand its repertoire into the sphere of Indian Classical Music.

It was left to his son Shivkumar Sharma to single-handedly transform the Santoor into a popular classical instrument, bringing it out of the Valley of Kashmir onto the world stage. He made several key innovations to its form, developed a unique repertoire with an original playing style and succeeded in adapting mostly all of the ragas for the Santoor.

Having been nurtured by his genius father, Rahul is now enjoying a well earned international profile, determined to further popularise the instrument, particularly with the younger generation.

Aditya Kalyanpur learnt tabla from the late Ustad Alla Rakha, maestro of the Punjab Gharana playing style of tabla. He has continued his study with the legendary Ustad Zakir Hussain with whom he has collaborated and performed for many years now. Aditya Kalyanpur is well known for his flourishing tabla solo performance for the Rolling Stones concert held in Mumbai.

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Rahul Sharma - Zen
NRCD 4003

This album uses the fluid nature of reality to weave sounds that are not bound by the strict rigours of Indian classical music. In Zen, Rahul Sharma’s aim is to create a meditative mood that is not restricted by the boundaries of a traditional Indian classical Raga.

Zen – Rahul Sharma: This album uses the fluid nature of reality to weave sounds that are not bound by the strict rigours of Indian classical music. In Zen, Rahul Sharma’s aim is to create a meditative mood that is not restricted by the boundaries of a traditional Indian classical Raga. The sounds themselves are easy-flowing melodies merging, for instance, the classical Santoor with that of electronic instruments, allowing a full array of sounds to engulf the meditative listener.

ZEN – THE MUSIC (As interpreted by Rahul Sharma)

Music is not a theology. Nor is it a philosophy. It is, in fact, the anti-thesis of philosophy in that it teaches us that the existence of the human mind is peripheral, existing only on the circumference. As soon as you move towards the centre (i.e. the centre of your being), the mind disappears. This "disappearance" of the mind signifies the opening of the inner world. This inner journey is one that consists of many stages, and each stage is symbolised through this music. Rahul Sharma has chosen the track titles in accordance with the specific stages of meditation practised in Zen.

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Rais Khan
NRCD 0020

Rais Khan in a recital of Indian classical sitar music, Live at the Kufa Gallery, London, June 1993. Accompanied by Anindo Chatterjee on tabla.

Rais Khan in a recital of Indian classical sitar music, Live at the Kufa Gallery, London, June 1993. Accompanied by Anindo Chatterjee on tabla.

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Rajan & Sajan Mishra
SNCD 71097

Rajan and Sajan Mishra in a classical Indian vocal recital, Live recorded from a whole night concert, KKL Stuttgart, Germany 1997. Accompanied by Anindo Chatterjee on Tabla and Binoy Pathak on Harmonium.

'Dawn Harmony': Rajan and Sajan Mishra in a classical Indian vocal recital, Live recorded from a whole night concert, KKL Stuttgart, Germany 1997. Accompanied by Anindo Chatterjee on Tabla and Binoy Pathak on Harmonium.

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Rajan & Sajan Mishra - Sadhana
Sense 058

The hallmark of Rajan and Sajan Mishra is superb intonation, beautiful imagination and yet a traditional approach combining old compositions with their own original music. Sadhana - 2CD album.

A Sadhana is a ritual prayer that can be in the form of chanted meditation .The purpose being to help to pacify the mind and remove internal and external obstacles. While this performance is not a sadhana in the exact sense, brothers Rajan and Sajan Mishra are renowned for their ability to create heavenly music that soothes the mind, body and soul.

These wonderful Mishra brothers hail from the artistic quarter known as Kabir Chaura in the ancient city of Benares, and represent the tradition of Gharana named after the city.

£17.99
Rakesh Chaurasia & Talvin Singh - VIRA
SRCD 053

'VIRA' means 'Brotherhood', and on this disc it represents a sort of fraternity between two outstanding soloists, the Indian flute player Rakesh Chaurasia and the inimitable British Indian tabla player Talvin Singh.

Rakesh Chaurasia and Talvin Singh in VIRA: There were no rehearsals, and once the Raags were chosen, the recording by Rakesh Chaurasia and Talvin Singh was done in a spontaneous, improvised way in a London studio.

Rakesh Chaurasia and Talvin Singh have, in the past, taken their respective instruments into uncharted territory, so it was only natural that they should play for a duet album like this one. Talvin Singh has long experimented with sound and despite his training as a classical Indian musician has sought to find a texture of sound that while remaining true to the classical tradition also reflects the latest sound technology.

In a traditional classical recital, the soloist always has a repetitive background drone provided by the tanpura (or tamboura.) This provides a kind of background, or mat against which the solo instruments really stand out. But instead of using a single tanpura, this recording features a richer background and texture with the use of special keyboard pads.

Rakesh Chaurasia, one of the foremost flute players of his generation, has already worked on numerous Sona Rupa projects and has also performed with Talvin Singh. But the opportunity of doing this kind of one-to-one recital with Talvin Singh was one that Rakesh welcomed eagerly.

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Rakesh Chaurasia - Bliss
SRCD 071

Bliss: Healing Flute of Rakesh Chaurasia. A selection of seamlessly woven, soothing bamboo flute music blissfully backed by guitar and soft keyboards.

Bliss – Music for Reiki & Healing Therapy 

Healing Flute of Rakesh Chaurasia 

A selection of seamlessly woven, soothing bamboo flute music tracks, backed by guitar and soft keyboards.

Bliss provides the perfect backdrop to any kind of healing therapy, bringing a feeling of calmness, serenity and deep relaxation. Just as a healer concentrates on a given part of the body before seamlessly moving on, each melody thus lasts about five minutes to elevate the experience.

Such states, undoubtedly, enhance our ability to receive and benefit from any kind of healing touch.

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Rakesh Chaurasia - Call of Krishna
SRCD 087

Rakesh Chaurasia's sonorous Bansuri (Indian Bamboo flute), long associated with Lord Krishna, pays homage to the almighty with the rendering of Raag Bhopali.

Rakesh Chaurasia is the nephew and disciple of the legendary flautist Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. Adept at playing the popular and folk music, he is equally at home in the Indian classical genre. In Sona Rupa’s "Mind, Body & Soul" Collection Series, this very gifted flautist has already made his mark on the international scene with Solo and collaborative tracks in various albums.

Despite constant demands by the "Bollywood" industry for his services towards film and stage music, Rakesh has not shied away from his ambition to carve a niche for himself in the Indian classical genre. Over the last few years, he has increasingly accompanied Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia on the international classical stage that has helped to hone his skills further. Now, slowly emerging from the shadows of his illustrious uncle, from whom he has imbibed not only the generosity of spirit and humility but total dedication to his craft, Rakesh Chaurasia showcases his skills in this first-ever classical album.

It is apt that akesh Chaurasia's sonorous Bansuri, long associated with Lord Krishna, pays homage to the almighty with the rendering of Raag Bhopali. 

Pandit Bhavani Shankar, the undisputed Pakhawaj maestro and the very talented Tabla Virtuoso, Satyajit Talwalkar, accompany Rakesh Chaurasia.

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Rakesh Chaurasia - Call of Krishna 2
SRCD 111
Rakesh Chaurasia's Bansuri: Accompanied by Pandit Bhawani Shankar on the Pakhawaj and Satyajit Talwalkar on the Tabla, Rakesh Chaurasia plays the bright and lively South Indian raag Hansdhwani, also known as "Hamsadwani".
Rakesh Chaurasia showcases Raag Hansdhwani. Classical Indian music is probably the most complex musical system in the world with a very highly developed melodic and rhythmic structure. Accompanied by Pandit Bhawani Shankar on the Pakhawaj and Satyajit Talwalkar on the Tabla, Rakesh Chaurasia plays the bright and lively South Indian raag Hansdhwani, also known as "Hamsadwani".
 
In South India, the musicians usually begin a performance with this immensely popular raag. However, until fairly late in the last century, it was rarely performed in the North though this sprightly raag has now become equally popular there as well.
 
Influenced by Carnatic style, Raag Hansdhwani belongs to the Bilawal Thaat. It is a lovely pentatonic raag in major scale, an audava jati raag, in which, notes Ma and Dha, "fourth" and the "sixth", are excluded both in aroha and avaroha, the ascending and descending structure of a raag respectively. The relative simplicity of ascent and descent of this raag allows a musician of Rakesh's calibre ample freedom to improvise.
 
In Call of Krishna2, as is the traditional custom, Rakesh begins with an Alap, serenely unfolding and developing the raag, followed by Jod with the accompaniment of the majestic Pakhawaj of Bhavani Shankar. Rakesh Chaurasia is also accompanied by the tabla maestro Satyajit Talwalkar. Jod is followed by Gat in Teen Taal (16 Beats) and is based on the immortal composition "Ja Tose Nahin Bolun Kanhaiya…" made famous by the legendary Lata Mangeshkar in the 60's film Pariwar. Rakesh and Satyajit end their performance in Drut Teen Taal with all three players expertly showcasing their craft.
 
In this blissful yet very enervating and effervescent performance, the bamboo flute of Rakesh Chaurasia journeys through Krishna's garden of magic and mischief, the ultimate Garden of Eden.
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Rakesh Chaurasia - Call of Shiva
SRCD 110

Rakesh Chaurasia renders raga Malkauns. One of the most ancient of Raags of the Indian classical music system, this beautiful and popular Malkauns belongs to Bhairavi Thaat.

The Divine Bansuri of Rakesh Chaurasia in Raag Malkauns.

One of the most ancient of Raags of the North Indian classical music system, this beautiful and popular Malkauns belongs to Bhairavi Thaat. It is said to have evolved when the supreme celestial dancer, Lord Shiva, performed the Taandav dance.

Brilliantly executed by Rakesh Chaurasia, it is a majestic pentatonic raag that is performed late at night. Though a simple raag in structure, it requires great skills to convey and evoke the mood of a deeply meditative and devotional nature, a sense of conquering the self and reaching a state of inner satisfaction.

In paying homage to Lord Shiva, Rakesh Chaurasia opens with an Alap, gradually unfolding, evolving and defining the divine character and the devotional mood of the raag. The accompaniment in second part, Jod, begins with Pandit Bhavani Shankar's masterful solo opening on the Pakhawaj, the ancient long single-barrelled drum that is so much identified with Lord Shiva's Taandav dance. In the third part, Jhalla, young tabla wizard, Satyajit Talwalkar joins in an exquisite combination in Matta Taal, a unique 9 beat cycle.

The finale brings Rakesh Chaurasia, Bhavani Shankar and Satyajit Talwalkar in an ensemble, with masterful and intricate combinations in Drut Teen Taal (16 beat cycle) that ends in a rapturous heavenly crescendo truly touching one's inner self!

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Rakesh Chaurasia - Call of the Divine
SRCD 0139

Call of the Divine - Magical Flute of Rakesh Chaurasia: Rakesh weaves a wonderful tapestry of sublime music, paying homage to the Divine through Raag Durga, Raag Saraswati and Bhairavi. Rakesh ends with one of the most haunting Bhairavi pieces ever composed.

Call of the Divine - Magical Flute of Rakesh Chaurasia follows the previous albums in the ‘Call of’ Series by Rakesh Chaurasia; Call of Krishna, Call of Shiva and Call of Krishna 2. On this auspicious World Music Day we are proud to announce the release of our latest album CALL OF THE DIVINE by the world-renowned flute maestro Rakesh Chaurasia.

Rakesh weaves a wonderful tapestry of sublime music, paying homage to the Divine through Raag Durga, Raag Saraswati and Bhairavi. Rakesh ends with one of the most haunting Bhairavi pieces ever composed.

He is superbly accompanied by Tabla Wizard Vijay Ghate and Pakhawaj Maestro Pandit Bhavani Shankar.

Call of the Divine is Digitally Recorded in UK for crystal clear sound quality.

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Rakesh Chaurasia - Devotion
SRCD 088

Rakesh Chaurasia and the King of Pakhawaj, Pandit Bhavani Shankar, create a sombre yet sublime temple music in Dhrupad style appropriate for the home or one’s own cocoon elsewhere.

Rakesh Chaurasia in Devotion: In Hinduism, more than in any other major world religion, Man’s environment is sacrosanct to Godliness. It is perhaps the only belief-system where dogma and rituals are not fundamental to its followers worshipping and living life to the full. Therefore, devotion and worship to the almighty is not confined only to grandiose temples but allows one free reign to connect with the Aatma (the Soul), anywhere, at any time of the day; be it at home, a holy site or simply outdoors.

Thus, in this album of Devotion, the very gifted and talented flautist, Rakesh Chaurasia and the King of Pakhawaj, Pandit Bhavani Shankar come together to create sombre yet sublime temple music in Dhrupad style appropriate for the home or one’s own cocoon elsewhere. Eight melodious tracks by Rakesh Chaurasia, beginning with the appropriate dawn Raag Prabhadeshwari, followed by Gujri Todi, Shudh Sarang, Yaman, Jhinjhoti, Mian Ki Malhar, Chandrakauns and the late night Raag Jog provide a perfect backdrop to everyday worship and meditation.

£5.99
Ram Narayan
NI 5183

The Raga Lalit, chosen by Ram Narayan is one of the grandest, and is a favourite for performance at dawn. Its scale, unusual evenby Indian standards, imparts a feeling of instability, a feature of many ragas performed at the junction of day and night, when nature itself is unstable.

The Raga Lalit, chosen by Ram Narayan is one of the grandest, and is a favourite for performance at dawn. Its scale, unusual evenby Indian standards, imparts a feeling of instability, a feature of many ragas performed at the junction of day and night, when nature itself is unstable. Pandit Ram Narayan is accompanied by Suresh Talwalkar on the tabla.

I cannot separate the Sarangi from Ram Narayan, so thoroughly fused are they, not only in my memory but in the fact of this sublime dedication of a great musician to an instrument which is no longer archaic because of the matchless way he has made it speak. - SIR YEHUDI MENUHIN

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Ram Narayan - Sarangi
NI 5245

The SARANGI remains not only the authentic and original Indian bowed stringed instrument but the one which most poignantly, and in the hands of Ram Narayan, most revealingly expresses the very soul of Indian feeling and thought.

Ram Narayan": The SARANGI remains not only the authentic and original Indian bowed stringed instrument but the one which most poignantly, and in the hands of Ram Narayan, most revealingly expresses the very soul of Indian feeling and thought. Anindo Chatterjee on Tabla. Uma Mehta & Uma Phalke - Tambouras.

I cannot separate the Sarangi from Ram Narayan, so thoroughly fused are they, not only in my memory but in the fact of this sublime dedication of a great musician to an instrument which is no longer archaic because of the matchless way he has made it speak. - SIR YEHUDI MENUHIN.

£9.99
Ram Narayan - Sarangi
NI 5119

The SARANGI remains not only the authentic and original Indian bowed stringed instrument but the one which most poignantly, and in the hands of Ram Narayan, most revealingly expresses the very soul of Indian feeling and thought.

Ram Narayan: The SARANGI remains not only the authentic and original Indian bowed stringed instrument but the one which most poignantly, and in the hands of Ram Narayan, most revealingly expresses the very soul of Indian feeling and thought. Suresh Talwalkar on Tabla. Neil Sorrel & Elizabeth Haddon on Tambouras.

I cannot separate the Sarangi from Ram Narayan, so thoroughly fused are they, not only in my memory but in the fact of this sublime dedication of a great musician to an instrument which is no longer archaic because of the matchless way he has made it speak. - SIR YEHUDI MENUHIN

£9.99
Ramesh Mishra
IAM 1036

Ramesh Mishra plays the bowed Sarangi - its three main strings and forty sympathetic strings give it a rich and complex sound.

Ramesh Mishra plays the bowed Sarangi - its three main strings and forty sympathetic strings give it a rich and complex sound. Ramesh comes from a stylistic tradition associated with musicians of the ancient city of Benaras and is now a disciple of Pandit Ravi Shankar. Ramesh Mishra plays raga Jog which has a moody, bluesy kind of feel, followed by a bittersweet raga Mishra Shivaranjani and the Bhajan "Vaishnava Jana To", a favourite of Mahatma Gandhi. Samir Chatterjee accompanies on Tabla.

£9.99
Ranglo - Non-Stop Dhamaka Raas Garba
SRCD 109

Ranglo - Non-Stop Dhamaka Raas Garba for the Indian festive season of Navratri. Singers: Ashit & Hema Desai, Alap Desai.

Ranglo - Non-Stop Dhamaka Raas Garba for the Indian festive season of Navratri. Singers: Ashit & Hema Desai, Alap Desai. 36 tracks of popular traditional Raas and Garba music.

£3.99
Ranglo - Non-Stop Dhamaka Raas Garba
SRCD 109

Ranglo - Non-Stop Dhamaka Raas Garba for the Indian festive season of Navratri. Singers: Ashit & Hema Desai, Alap Desai.

Ranglo - Non-Stop Dhamaka Raas Garba for the Indian festive season of Navratri. Singers: Ashit & Hema Desai, Alap Desai. 36 tracks of popular traditional Raas and Garba music.

£3.99
Ras Rang - Volume 1
NRCD 0081

Ras Rang: 'The Evolution of Thumri' Volume 1. Artists: Birju Maharaj, Ghulam Mustafa Khan, Shobha Gurtu, Jagdish Prasad, Parween Sultana, Sipra Bose, Abdul Hai Khan, Ajay Pohankar, Uday Bhawalkar & Haider Baksh. Recorded in India.

Ras Rang: 'The Evolution of Thumri' Volume 1. Artists: Birju Maharaj, Ghulam Mustafa Khan, Shobha Gurtu, Jagdish Prasad, Parween Sultana, Sipra Bose, Abdul Hai Khan, Ajay Pohankar, Uday Bhawalkar & Haider Baksh. Recorded in India.

Total Playing Time - 76:41 min

£7.99
Ras Rang - Volume 2
NRCD 0082

Ras Rang: 'The Evolution of Thumri' Volume 2. Artists: Birju Maharaj, Ghulam Mustafa Khan, Girija Devi, Parween Sultana, Shobha Gurtu, Savita Devi, Sipra Bose, Jagdish Prasad, Ajay Pohankar & Raghunath Seth. Recorded in India.

Ras Rang: 'The Evolution of Thumri' Volume 2. Artists: Birju Maharaj, Ghulam Mustafa Khan, Girija Devi, Parween Sultana, Shobha Gurtu, Savita Devi, Sipra Bose, Jagdish Prasad, Ajay Pohankar & Raghunath Seth. Recorded in India.

Total Playing Time - 74:38 min

£7.99
Rasayana- Purbayan Chatterjee & Shashank
Sense 060

The combination of sitar and flute is rarely heard and this excellent recording reveals an exciting and fresh collaboration between two of India's finest young musicians and fantastic percussionists.

'Rasayana' means chemistry, which occurs in abundance in this new collaborative
work between musicians from North and South India.

India is a vast country with a rich and vibrant culture playing host to a plethora of musical expressions and styles. From the thirteenth century onwards, when the Mughals first entered the northern part of India, its classical music has evolved into two distinct forms.

The Carnatic tradition of the South is often perceived as the most authentic, untainted form of classical music, while the Hindustani tradition of the north is a fusion of India's own indigenous music and the Persian music culture which accompanied the art loving Mughal Emperors.

Although distinctions can be made between the two forms concerning repertoire and presentation there remains many shared elements. The melodic concept of Raga and the rhythmic system of Tala are central to both styles. "Sruthi Mata Laya Pita", a popular saying with both teachers and students alike, tells us that in Indian music the notes are the Mother, and the rhythm, in the form of tala is the Father!

In recent times artists from both traditions have strived to bridge the gaps. Ravi Shankar has been responsible for bringing several traditional Carnatic ragas into the North Indian classical music repertoire. South Indian ragas such as Charukeshi, Kirvani and Hansadhwani have become extremely popular with audiences in the North. The truth is that modern day India is producing a wealth of young artists who are keen to explore the whole breadth of their own music traditions and cultural inheritance.

£8.99
Rashid Khan
IAM 1051

Rashid Khan exploded on the music scene before he was 25, and became a rage with Hindustani music lovers all over the world. By the time he was 30, Bhimsen Joshi, the reigning monarch of khayal vocalism, had hailed him as the "Great Hope" of Hindustani music.

Rashid Khan exploded on the music scene before he was 25, and became a rage with Hindustani music lovers all over the world. By the time he was 30, Bhimsen Joshi, the reigning monarch of khayal vocalism, had hailed him as the "Great Hope" of Hindustani music.

Rashid (b. 1966), until age 11, was trained at his ancestral home in Badayun (Northern Province) by his grand uncle, Ustad Nisar Hussain Khan (1909-93) of the Rampur-Sahaswan Gharana (stylistic tradition). When Nisar Hussain moved to Calcutta as a resident Guru at the Sangeet Research Academy (SRA), India's first conservatory-style institution, young Rashid Khan moved with him. Rashid spent over twenty years at the academy, first as a scholar, and then as a resident musician. The result is a vocalist who has allowed his own musical temperament to identify and integrate the basics of his grooming with stylistic features inspired by other Gharanas, mainly Kirana.

In this respect, Rashid follows an illustrious string of vocalists who have crossed Gharana boundaries in search of personal meaning. By the time of this 1995 recording, Rashid Khan had already forged the various stylistic influences on his music into a convincing musical presence. If a vocalist can get this far before he is thirty, we know that his best is still to come.

Since Rashid's first public performance in 1977, he has appeared at many of the great Indian music conferences, including the ITC Sangeet Sammelan, Sawai Gandharva Sammelan, Tansen Sangeet Sammelan and has toured widely, including performances in the U.S. and Canada, the U.K., France, Italy and Japan. Rashid Khan is a popular recording artist and has innumerable CDs recorded and available worldwide. Samar Saha accompanies on the tabla.

£9.99
Rashid Khan
MRCD 1017

Vocalist Rashid Khan sings in Khyal style. Accompanied by Ananda Gopal Bandopadhyaya on Tabla and Jyoti Goho on the Harmonium.

Classical Indian vocalist Rashid Khan sings in Khyal style. Accompanied by Ananda Gopal Bandopadhyaya on Tabla and Jyoti Goho on the Harmonium. This is a direct digital recording of a live concert, using minimalist miking techniques to assure as natural and pure a sound as possible. No equalization, compression or any other artificial enhancement of sound was used during recording or mastering.

£8.99
Rashid Khan - Morning Mantra
NRCD 0163

Morning Mantra by Ustad Rashid Khan in an Indian classical vocal music recital of ragas, Bhatiyar, Alhaiya Bilawal and Gaud Sarang, recorded Live at Sunny Towers, Kolkata, December 1995.

Morning Mantra by Ustad Rashid Khan in an Indian classical vocal music recital of ragas, Bhatiyar, Alhaiya Bilawal and Gaud Sarang, recorded Live at Sunny Towers, Kolkata, December 1995. Accompanied by Pandit Ramesh Mishra on Sarangi and Yogesh Samsi on the Tabla.

£7.99
Rashid Khan - Reflection
Sense 075

Rashid Khan's consummate rendition of Raga Jogkauns held the packed house at the Saptak festival spellbound with a performance reaffirming his status as a doyen of North Indian Khayal singing.

REFLECTION

This recording captures one of the highlights of the 2005 Saptak festival, a twelve day annual celebration of India's finest musical talents held in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

Rashid Khan's consummate rendition of Raga Jogkauns held the packed house at the Kashiram Hall spellbound on the evening of the 7th January 2005 with a performance reaffirming his status as a doyen of North Indian Khayal singing. In spite of having the good fortune to be born great-grandson to Ustad Enayat Hussain Khan, founder of Rampur-Sahaswan Vocal Gharana, Rashid showed little or no interest in music as a young child.

However, his tutelage under his illustrious grand-uncle and guru, the late Ustad Nissar Hussain Khan, changed the course of his life. It was Nissar Hussain Khan who discovered the latent potential of his grandson and nurtured it by training him in the traditional one-to-one manner, first at his own residence at Budaon and subsequently at the Sangeet Research Academy where Rashid was resident until 1999. Nissar Hussain Khan was a strict disciplinarian and the long and arduous training under his guru moulded Rashid Khan into a perfect exponent of the Rampur-Sahaswan gharana, a tradition which boasts a great lineage of classical vocalists including the great Ustads Wazir Khan, Enayat Hussain Khan, Bahadur Hussain Khan, Fida Hussain Khan and Mustaq Hussain Khan.

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Rashid Khan - The Song of Shiva
NRCD 0105

Ustad Rashid Khan recites ragas Bhairav and Deshkar in 'THE SONG OF SHIVA'. Concert recorded Live at Sunny Towers, Calcutta, India, December 1995.

Ustad Rashid Khan recites ragas Bhairav and Deshkar in 'THE SONG OF SHIVA'. Concert recorded Live at Sunny Towers, Calcutta, India, December 1995. Accompanied by Yogesh Samsi on tabla, Jyoti Guho on Harmonium and Ramesh Mishra on Sarangi.

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Rashid Khan - Voice Of India
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Voice of India: The authentic and towering virtuosity of Rashid Khan's vocal performance electrifies the audience in this majestic live performance.

"There is now at least one person in sight who is an assurance for the future of Indian vocal music", this was the accolade bestowed on Rashid Khan from Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, the elder statesman of Khayal singing, when answering the concerns of connoisseurs of Hindustani music about whether its tradition of excellence would continue. Still in his thirties, a comparatively young age by Indian music standards, Rashid Khan has emerged as one of the most revered artists in the modern era of North Indian Classical music. He is one of the few contemporary vocalists whose performances capture the rare quality of 'tasir', the indescribable ability to create a genuine impact on listeners.

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Ravi Shankar - A Morning Raga / An Evening Raga
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Ravi Shankar - A Morning Raga & An Evening Raga: "This beautiful morning raga, 'Nat Bhairav', is a great favourite of mine 'Swaroop' (meaning shape or feature) which I composed, arranged and started performing in my mid-40s, has become one of the most popular ragas with many of the musicians in India.

Ravi Shankar - A Morning Raga & An Evening Raga: "This beautiful morning raga, 'Nat Bhairav', is a great favourite of mine 'Swaroop' (meaning shape or feature) which I composed, arranged and started performing in my mid-40s, has become one of the most popular ragas with many of the musicians in India. There are two other ragas which use the same notes, the 'Sarasangi' in the carnatic system of the South and 'Hijaz' in the North. But, 'Nat Bhairav' stands out from those as it has a composite feature of two separate ragas, 'Nat' and 'Bhairav'. I love 'Mishra Piloo' and enjoy letting myself go on a flight of improvisation as it is so romantic and playful. - Ravi Shankar (2001)

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Ravi Shankar - Concert for Peace
MRCD 1013

Ravi Shankar - Concert for Peace: Performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London. A double CD album featuring Zakir Hussain on tabla and Partho Sarathy on Sarod.

Ravi Shankar - Concert for Peace: Performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London. A double CD album featuring Zakir Hussain on tabla and Partho Sarathy on Sarod.

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Ravi Shankar - Full Circle - Carnegie Hall 2000 DE
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Ravi Shankar and the path to full circle - Carnegie Hall 2000 with Anoushka Shankar. Pandit Ravi Shankar is acoompanied on Tablas by Bikram Ghosh and Tanmoy Bose. Ragas played are Kaushi Kanhara and Mishra Gara.

Ravi Shankar and the path to full circle - Carnegie Hall 2000 with Anoushka Shankar. Pandit Ravi Shankar is acoompanied on Tablas by Bikram Ghosh and Tanmoy Bose. Ragas played are Kaushi Kanhara and Mishra Gara.

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Ravi Shankar - Homage to Mahatma Gandhi
474 959-2
Ravi Shankar composed the raga Mohan Kauns in honour of Mahatma Gandhi. In 1948, a few days after the world was stunned by the brutal assassination of the man of peace, Shankar was asked by a radio producer before a live broadcast from a Bombay studio whether he could play something in honour of the Mahatma.

Ravi Shankar composed the raga Mohan Kauns in honour of Mahatma Gandhi. In 1948, a few days after the world was stunned by the brutal assassination of the man of peace, Shankar was asked by a radio producer before a live broadcast from a Bombay studio whether he could play something in honour of the Mahatma. In feverish inspiration Shankar produced Mohan Kauns. Mohan, an epithet to the god Krishna, provided the note sequence Ga Ni Dha. In the last section of the Gath, the music rises in a powerful crescendo symbolising the triumph of the Mahatma’s spirit over the forces of evil. Ustad Zakir Hussain’s father, the late Ustad Alla Rakha accompanies Pandit Ravi Shankar on the tabla.

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Ravi Shankar - Improvisations
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Ravi Shankar - Improvisations: Improvisations on the theme music from the film-maker Satyajit Ray's Bengali masterpiece, Pather Panchali. Kanai Dutt  accompanies on the tabla.

Ravi Shankar - Improvisations: Improvisations on the theme music from the film-maker Satyajit Ray's Bengali masterpiece, Pather Panchali. Kanai Dutt  accompanies on the tabla.

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Ravi Shankar - In Concert
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Ravi Shankar: In Concert - India's most distinguished musician in concert with Kanai Dutt on tabla.

Ravi Shankar: In Concert - India's most distinguished musician in concert with Kanai Dutt on tabla.

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Ravi Shankar - In London
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Ravi Shankar: In London - Concert recorded in London with Kanai Dutt on tabla and Nodu Mullick on Tamboura.

Ravi Shankar: In London - Concert recorded in London with Kanai Dutt on tabla and Nodu Mullick on Tamboura.

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Ravi Shankar - In New York
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Ravi Shankar - In New York: 'I still remember how Raga Bairagi had become popular with all our musicians since 1949. Most of them not knowing (or not admitting) it as my original conception.

Ravi Shankar - In New York: 'I still remember how Raga Bairagi had become popular with all our musicians since 1949. Most of them not knowing (or not admitting) it as my original conception. The Nata Bhairavi, like all other Carnatic Ragas that I popularized everywhere, is not treated as in the original style of South India, but is my own interpretation.' - RAVI SHANKAR. Alla Rakha accompanies on the tabla.

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Ravi Shankar - In San Francisco
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Ravi Shankar in San Francisco: "It has always been a joy performing in San Francisco. I was inspired to play the rare raga 'Bhupal Todi' and having my accompanist of 25 years, the great tabla player, Alla Rakha, was an added pleasure.

Ravi Shankar in San Francisco: "It has always been a joy performing in San Francisco. I was inspired to play the rare raga 'Bhupal Todi' and having my accompanist of 25 years, the great tabla player, Alla Rakha, was an added pleasure...The last number 'Sindhi Bhairavi' has always been one of my most favourite ragas. It has such a beautiful combination of pathos and memories of separated lovers and the joy and ecstacy of their erotic reunion. I love to improvise and always discover new versions. It is so exciting! - Ravi Shankar (2001)

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Ravi Shankar - India's Master Musician
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Ravi Shankar - India's Master Musician: part of The Ravi Shankar Collection. Chaturlal on tabla and Nodu Mullick on tamboura.

Ravi Shankar - India's Master Musician: part of The Ravi Shankar Collection. Chaturlal on tabla and Nodu Mullick on tamboura.

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Ravi Shankar - Inside the Kremlin
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Ravi Shankar - Inside the Kremlin: Recorded Live at the Palace of Culture, Moscow on July 7th 1988.

Ravi Shankar - Inside the Kremlin: Recorded Live at the Palace of Culture, Moscow on July 7th 1988. Remixed by Ashit Desai in New York. Specially composed by Ravi Shankar for the finale of the Indian Festival and performed by over 140 musicians and singers; the Russian folk ensemble, the Chamber Orchestra of Moscow Philharmonie, the Government Chorus of Ministry of Culture as well as the Indian Ensemble many of whom are Ravi's disciples. Composed in numerous Ragas.

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Ravi Shankar - Portrait of Genius
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Ravi Shankar - Portrait of Genius: Recorded in 1964 with Alla Rakha making his first personal appearance in the USA on this tour. Flutist Paul Horn, well known to jazz audiences also makes his mark in this concert.

Ravi Shankar - Portrait of Genius: Recorded in 1964 with Alla Rakha making his first personal appearance in the USA on this tour. Flutist Paul Horn, well known to jazz audiences also makes his mark in this concert.

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Ravi Shankar - Raga-Mala (Sitar Concerto No. 2)
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Ravi Shankar's Raga-Mala: the recording followed the historic concert of the Festival of India on March 22, 1982, at the Royal Festival Hall, London, in the presence of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and the Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom and the Republic of India.

Ravi Shankar's Raga-Mala: the recording followed the historic concert of the Festival of India on March 22, 1982, at the Royal Festival Hall, London, in the presence of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and the Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom and the Republic of India.

Ravi Shankar - London Philharmonic Orchestra - Zubin Mehta

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Ravi Shankar - Ragas & Talas
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Ravi Shankar - Ragas & Talas: There is an ancient saying: ‘That which pleases or colours the mind is a Raga.’ But, like in any other classical art form, a little knowledge and understanding helps the listener to be moved and to appreciate the Raga in a deeper sense.

Ravi Shankar - Ragas & Talas: There is an ancient saying - ‘That which pleases or colours the mind is a Raga.’ But, like in any other classical art form, a little knowledge and understanding helps the listener to be moved and to appreciate the Raga in a deeper sense.

Beats are universal. That is why Indian drumming is easier to appreciate. But if one can go beyond the pulses of 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, & 8 and keep track of cycles that have 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14 and so forth and the intricate patterns that a performer weaves within them, you will get so much more. - Pandit Ravi Shankar.

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Ravi Shankar - Sound of the Sitar
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Ravi Shankar - Sound of the Sitar: An Indian classical Sitar recital in Ragas Malkauns and Pahadi by Pandit Ravi Shankar. Ustad Alla Rakha accompanies Pandit Ravi Shankar on the tabla.

Ravi Shankar - Sound of the Sitar: An Indian classical Sitar recital in Ragas Malkauns and Pahadi by Pandit Ravi Shankar. Ustad Alla Rakha accompanies Pandit Ravi Shankar on the tabla.

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Ravi Shankar - Three Ragas
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Ravi Shankar - Three Ragas: 'This was my first long-playing recording, recorded by EMI in London in 1956. Many years and records later, when I hear this I feel the spirit of freshness and the vigour of youth in it. In all the records that I made in the last twenty years I have used a lot of ornamentation in the Gats, known as Krintan, Kan and Zamzama.' - RAVI SHANKAR

Ravi Shankar - Three Ragas: 'This was my first long-playing recording, recorded by EMI in London in 1956. Many years and records later, when I hear this I feel the spirit of freshness and the vigour of youth in it. In all the records that I made in the last twenty years I have used a lot of ornamentation in the Gats, known as Krintan, Kan and Zamzama.' - RAVI SHANKAR.

Chatur Lal accompanied Pandit Ravi Shankar on the tabla.

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Ravishankar Upadhyay - Pakhawaj
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Pakhawaj is the most majestic sounding of Indian percussion instruments, generating a resonance which brings to mind evocative images of Ancient India and the music of the Moghul courts. Ravishankar Upadhyay comes from a distinguished musical ancestry and represents the eleventh generation of artists nurturing the traditional art of Pakhawaj.

Pakhawaj is the most majestic sounding of Indian percussion instruments, generating a resonance which brings to mind evocative images of Ancient India and the music of the Moghul courts. Ravishankar Upadhyay comes from a distinguished musical ancestry and represents the eleventh generation of artists nurturing the traditional art of Pakhawaj.

Born in 1969 in Iswarpur village of district Gaya in Bihar, he is the son and student of the late Maestro Pandit Ramji Upadhyay. He started intense and comprehensive Pakhawaj training from the age of eight years. This 'Upadhyay' parampara, or lineage, is 350 years old, hailing from the time his ancestors from Rajasthan were given this title of 'Upadhyay' in the royal courts as a mark of recognition of their mastery. Later, they were requested by the Rajah of Bihata State (Bihar) to move to their province where they were given special place in the royal court.

Over successive generations, this tradition blossomed and many famous artists have been given to the musical world by the family, not only in Pakhawaj playing but in the Dhrupad style of singing as well. The grandfather of Ravishankar, the great Mridang Maestro Pandit Basudeo Upadhyay was both an unprecedented Pakhawaj player and an accomplished Dhrupad singer. His Gharana, or style of Pakhawaj playing, has been named Pandit Basudeo Upadhyay Pakhawaj Parampara, Gaya Bihar.

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Remember Shakti - The Way of Beauty
EDV17

Remember Shakti - The Way of Beauty is a documentary about the formation and the works of Zakir Hussain, John McLaughlin and others in Shakti. Approximate running time of 180 minutes. NTSC for all regions

Remember Shakti - The Way of Beauty: A 60 minutes documentary film 'Shakti Timeless', which tells the story of the Indo-western music group Shakti. Formed in 1975, the group pioneered a groundbreaking and highly influential musical East-meets-West approach. In the 70s, the group, whose name means creative intelligence, beauty and power, consisted of legendary British jazz guitarist John McLaughlin, North Indian tabla master Zakir Hussain and violinist L. Shankar and ghatam (percussion) player T. H. 'Vikku' Vinayakram, both of whom hail from South India. Together, they created a fluid and organic sound that managed to successfully combine seemingly incompatible traditions. After a number of very successful live concerts and albums, they disbanded.

The group was reformed in 1997 under the name 'Remember Shakti' with new talents from India like V. Selvaganesh who replaced his father 'Vikku' and the young prodigy 'Mandolin' U. Shrinivas who replaced L. Shankar. In 2000, the young Indian classical singer Shankar Mahadevan joined the group as the first vocal element in the group.

Through interviews with the original founding members, John McLaughlin and Zakir Hussain, the film uncovers the quest for breaking new musical ground that led to the creation of their own brand of music.

These interviews are interwoven with rare and exclusive historical footage of the group from the 70s to the present day. The film also introduces the younger generation of Shakti and their views on its ever-evolving music.

A 45 minutes live coverage film called 'Sound check' shot at a Remember Shakti concert in Paris (New Morning Club) in 2004 featuring a behind the scenes look at the group.

A 55 minutes live concert in Bombay called 'Saturday Night in Bombay'.

Two live concert videos of the group shot in Montreux Jazz Festival in 1976 and 2004.

Approximate running time: 180 mins. NTSC for all regions. English language documentary. Subtitle options: French, Spanish, German.

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Remembering Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
NRCD 5511

Remembering Nusrat - Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Memorial Concert by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan & Group. Royal Festival Hall, London - 14 October 2007

Remembering Nusrat - Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Memorial Concert by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan & Group. Royal Festival Hall, London - 14 October 2007.

If you liked this CD, you may also like others by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. See Below

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Rhythm Fantasies- Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman
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This exciting collaboration features some of South India's most skillful percussionists. The ensemble reflects the rich variety of drums and percussion that have been played in South India for more than 3000 years.

'Rhythm Fantasies' is an exciting musical collaboration led by Mrudangam virtuoso Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman featuring some of India's most skilled percussionists. The ensemble reflects the rich variety of drums and percussion that have been played in South India for more than 3000 years.

The performance style featured on this recording is known as 'Tala Vidya Kecheri' and involves several percussionists locked into an intense rhythmic dialogue. The interplay is improvised and its success depends on the high technical skills of the participants and their willingness to engage in a healthy spirit of musical competition.

In contrast to Northern India, the South was never successfully invaded by the Mughals and its musical forms thus represent a culture untouched by outside influences. However, both North and South share the basic concept of tala (rhythm) and raga (melody). "Sruthi Mata Laya Pita" a saying popular with both musicians and students states that in Indian music the notes are Mother, and the rhythm, in the form of tala is Father!

Throughout the performance the main rhythmic themes are outlined by Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman, one of the most respected and revered mridangam players in modern times.

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Rhythm Scape - Bikram Ghosh
NRCD 6005

This unique rhythm-driven project showcases the compositional skills of brilliant percussionist, Bikram Ghosh.

This unique rhythm-driven project showcases the compositional skills of brilliant percussionist, Bikram Ghosh. What makes RhythmScape unique is that it stretches beyond rhythm in its reach and achieves a melodic soulfulness and character that sets it apart from the superficiality of most efforts in the realm of fusion.

The Band: Devshankar & Jyotishankar - Violins, S. Sekhar - Mridangam, Snehashish Mazumdar - Mandolin and Pulak Sarkar - Keyboards.

"I do feel that Bikram's RhythmScape has got a fresh new voice of exuberance. It is indeed very exciting" - Pandit Ravi Shankar

"Bikram Ghosh has definitely given a different dimension to the concept of fusion" - Ustad Amjad Ali Khan

"RhythmScape has captured the imagination of musicians and listeners alike" - Shubha Mudgal

"Bikram's RhythmScape is simply brilliant" - Sivamani

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Rhythms in the Landscapes
NRCD 0044

'Rhythms in the Landscapes' is a performance of Kathak Dance by Pandit Birju Maharaj and Vocal music by Ashit Desai. Accompanied by Ustad Zakir Hussain on Tabla.

'Rhythms in the Landscapes' is a performance of Kathak Dance by Pandit Birju Maharaj and Vocal music by Ashit Desai, Live at the Shivaji Park, Bombay, December 1991. Accompanied by Ustad Zakir Hussain on Tabla.

Duration 53:21 min

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Ronu Majumdar
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Ronu Majumdar performs on the bansuri (bamboo flute), one of the most ancient of all instruments. Born (1965) in Varanasi, Ronu was initiated into the art of flute playing at an early age by his father. Dr. Bhanu Majumdar, a gifted flutist.

Ronu Majumdar - Bamboo Flute: Recent years have seen a new generation of performers of North Indian concert music embarking upon their careers, but as they do so they find themselves faced with a great challenge.

These artists must adapt to the pressures of modern concert and recording schedules while remaining true to a musical tradition of considerable antiquity, one of the few truly "classical" traditions in the world. The artist heard on this recording, Ronu Majumdar, is one of the leaders of this group, one who has arrived at a very personal style that balances the opposing forces of continuity and change.

Ronu performs on the bansuri (bamboo flute), one of the most ancient of all instruments. Born (1965) in Varanasi, Ronu was initiated into the art of flute playing at an early age by his father. Dr. Bhanu Majumdar, a gifted flutist. Ronu then went on to study gayaki with the Late Pt. Laxman Prasad Jaipurwale. But it was apparent that Ronu had an exceptional talent, one that needed to be nurtured by a great master. Fortunately, he was able to locate such a teacher in the person of Pandit Vijay Raghav Rao, one of the three or four major bansuri performers of his generation. Under Vijay's tutelage, Ronu went deeply into the intricacies of flute performance, benefiting greatly from this Pandit's depth of knowledge and exceptional ability as a teacher.

During the years that he was studying with Vijay Raghav Rao, it was perhaps inevitable that Ronu would come into contact with Pandit Rao's associate Ravi Shankar. In a sense, Pandit Shankar became his "grand guru," introducing Ronu to a variety of influences, and including him in a number of his projects. The results of these influences and experiences can be clearly detected in Ronu's playing. By introducing Hindustani music to the West, Ravi Shankar is largely responsible for its success in the modern concert hall and has been at the forefront of its development.

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Ronu Majumdar - A Sacred Space
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This beautiful recording marks a new point in the work of the majestic flautist, Ronu Majumdar.

A SACRED SPACE

Pandit* Ronu Majumdar plays the bansuri or venu. It is the subcontinent's defining side-blown flute, an instrument of apparent simplicity yet of enormous sophistication. It is also one of the few instruments (the violin being the other main example) that figures prominently in both of the subcontinent's classical or art music systems. Ronu Majumdar plays bansuri in the Hindustani or Northern Indian style. As a flautist, he is not only a superlative interpreter: he is also an important strand in a Hindustani narrative patchwork.

(* Pandit is a term of respect used to denote someone’s achievements and contribution to their art.)

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Ronu Majumdar - Jewels of India
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Ronu Majumdar is recognised as one of the world's leading bansuri( bamboo flute) players. Jewels of India truly captures the incredible beauty of the bamboo flute.

The bamboo flute is one of India's most ancient and natural musical instruments. The image of Lord Krishna playing his flute, or murali, surrounded by his admirers, is a favourite theme of Indian Art and Mythology. Despite its simplicity in design, the Indian Bansuri flute is notoriously difficult to master. It requires skilful breath control and intricate manipulation of the fingers to effect the sliding of notes, a pre-requisite of Indian classical music.

Ronu Majumdar was born in Varanasi, a spiritual home for Indian music and dance. His wide range of improvisatory skills have made him a major attraction at music festivals in India and abroad. Like many accomplished artists, his first exposure to Indian music was through singing, and this training is evident in the use of subtle vocal inflexions in his playing.

He learnt flute initially from the late Vijay Raghav Rao, who was responsible for nurturing young Ronu into an accomplished musician. Later, he became influenced by the music of Pandit Pannalal Ghosh and Pandit Ravi Shankar.

As Ronu matured into a distinguished artist, he began to experiment on his instrument and made changes to the traditional bansuri to make it more suitable for the music that he wanted to play. He increased the tonal range of the flute to include more notes from the lower octaves. His experimentations resulted in the 'Shankh Bansuri' a modified bansuri with twin pipes that sounded much like the conch shell.

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Roomzoom - Ashit Desai & Hema Desai
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Sona Rupa presents twenty four tracks of Non-Stop Gujarati Raas-Garba music by Ashit Desai and Hema Desai.

Sona Rupa presents twenty four tracks of Non-Stop Gujarati Raas-Garba music by Ashit Desai and Hema Desai.

£5.99
Rudram
TDIDE 039V

Rudram: Shlokas, Stotras, Bhajans and Aarti

Rudram: Shlokas, Stotras, Bhajans and Aarti

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Rupande Shah - Aanand
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Rupande Shah has a major contribution to the development of cultural and music institutions in Gujarat. This live recording (Aanand) from Saptak Festival is an example of her dedication and inspiring performance.

Of all the Music festivals in India, Saptak in Ahmedabad, Gujarat is the most prestigious and well established. It's a star studded celebration of Indian Classical Music with twelve nights of inspired performances appreciated every evening by more than two thousand enthused listeners. Saptak has also created a vibrant music school, which, over twenty five years, has built up a reputation for high quality learning through the devotion and dedication of a small group of committed artists and teachers.

This live performance from the festival recorded on the1st January 2003 features vocalist Rupande Shah who has made a major contribution to the development of cultural and music institutions in Gujarat through her inspiring performances and teaching.

Her father late Shri Kantilal Manilal was a great connoisseur of music. From her childhood, she was initiated in various performing arts under the guidance of Shri Raosaheb Mhasker of Gwalior Gharana.

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Sa Re Ga Ma
SRCD 060

Sa Re Ga Ma: Learn to sing the right way without a Guru! Produced by Anandji (of Kalyanji-Anandji fame)

Sa Re Ga Ma: Learn to sing the right way without a Guru! Produced by Anandji (of Kalyanji-Anandji fame)

  • Do you wish your children to learn to sing the right way? YES.
  • Do you want to be more than a "Bath-room singer?" YES.
  • Then Sa Re Ga Ma is the album for you!
  • A unique album for the young and old alike to learn to sing the easy way, the right way, the fun way, without a personal Guru!

Says Anandji about the format of this first in a unique series of albums, "It is like the fundamental chapter in music on audio. It systematically introduces the seven Shuddh (pure or major) notes, Shadaj or Sa, Rishab or Re, Gandhaar or Ga, Madhyam or Ma, Pancham or Pa, Dhaivat or Dha and Nishad or Ni". This is followed by fourteen lessons in the basic alankars (the basic combinations and permutations of these seven notes). A commentary enlivens the lessons (complete) with two revision exercises) and the entire learning is done to the beat of an attractive fusion rhythm.

Says Anandji, "The pill must be sugar-coated, but the full power of the medicine should lie within!" "We must communicate with kids in a language they can understand," he goes on. "In the beginning, the children will just listen and maybe sing or hum to the catchy rhythm in the background, but slowly this will give way to increasing attention to the seven surs and how they are being sung and combined. We have to create interest in music and not force it down their throats. In the very first lesson, you will notice highlighting of the facts like there are seven notes in music, there are seven days in a week, seven colours in the rainbow and Seven Wonders of the World. There are also tips on breathing techniques to facilitate singing."

This system of teaching by Kalyanji-Anandji has groomed the likes of Bollywood superstars Alka Yagnik, Sadhana Sargam, Sunidhi Chauhan, Manhar, Kumar Sanu and Udit Narayan!

Booklet carries notations in English.

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Sacred Chants of Buddha
HOEM 12

Sacred Chants of Buddha - MUSIC FOR INNER PEACE. Commissioned by the TIMES OF INDIA after the success of "Sacred Chants of Shiva", this CD casts a spacious spell of serene beauty and reflection.

Commissioned by the TIMES OF INDIA after the success of "Sacred Chants of Shiva", this Sacred Chants of Buddha CD casts a spacious spell of serene beauty and reflection. Deep resonant chanting voices are set in an enchanting soundscape of singing bowls, wind chimes, flute, swaramandala. "Buddham Sharanam" shows the power of drums and chanting.

Sacred Budhist chants include "Om Mani Padme Hum" and the "Vajra Guru Mantra". The cinematic soundtrack style of the audio production has created a lot of excitement in India, where this sacred chants of budhha album has sold everywhere, in towns and cities alike.

Features a full-colour 8 page booklet with text and photographs. Produced, arranged and performed by Craig Pruess, with special guest vocalist Pundit Vishwa Prakash, appearing on "Buddham Sharanam". Special instructions are included in this Sacred Chants of Budhha album for using the music in meditation.

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Sacred Chants of Devi
HOEM 14

The Sacred Chants of Devi - 108 Sacred Names of Mother Divine: Sublime and spacious vocal chants to the Divine Mother - Devi. Mother Divine can be found in all the world's traditions and She brings forth the qualities of love, compassion, caring and beauty.

Sublime and spacious vocal chants to the Divine Mother - Devi. Mother Divine can be found in all the world's traditions and She (Maa Shakti) brings forth the qualities of love, compassion, caring and beauty.

These spacious chants can transport the listener to a celestial space of deep calm and bliss. The 108 sacred names of Mother Divine (the "Lalitha Ashtotram") is a sacred text from thousands of years ago. Sacred Chants of Maa 9Mother Divine)features visionary painter and Art of Living vocalist, Ananda, with music, arrangements and production by Craig Pruess. Mother Divine is Pure and powerful.

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Sacred Chants of Rama
HOEM 13A

Sacred Chants of Rama - 2CD Album: The Ramayana is a timeless tale of adventure, loss, longing, perseverance, triumph and supreme devotion. Rama came to this Earth to restore Dharma and the intense life experiences told in this epic can inspire and motivate our lives in countless ways.

"Sacred Chants of Rama" by Craig Pruess and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

"The Ramayana is a timeless tale of adventure, loss, longing, perseverance, triumph and supreme devotion. Rama came to this Earth to restore Dharma and the intense life experiences told in this epic can inspire and motivate our lives in countless ways. The Ramayana continues to be told and enacted in many cultures outside India like Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia, and its amazing story continues to captivate millions around the globe.

The kirtans contained in this double album serve as a reminder that life is a celebration in all ways. If we can dance in the rain during the hard times, then a depth dawns in us. These bhajans remind us that devotion purifies the heart and uplifts the soul. The meditative chants reinforce the underlying importance of daily relation and deep self-exploration. Our home is in our hearts, and we pray that our minds more and more reflect the divine qualities of the soul.

£14.99
Sacred Chants of Shakti
HOEM-28

Sacred Chants of Shakti: Deeply Meditative prayers from devotional verses of Sri Adi Shankaracharya. These sacred chants were composed by the seer Sri Adi Shankaracharya in praise of SHAKTI, the divine feminine principle. 

Sacred Chants of Shakti: Deeply Meditative prayers from devotional verses of Sri Adi Shankaracharya. These sacred chants were composed by the seer Sri Adi Shankaracharya in praise of SHAKTI, the divine feminine principle. These sacred chants were composed by the seer Sri Adi Shankaracharya in praise of SHAKTI, the divine feminine principle. The devotional words describe the many attributes of the Consort of Shiva, Shakti, including this universe's total manifestation as a result of the attraction of Shiva to Shakti. Many beautiful qualities of the primordial Goddess are eloquently expounded in these deeply poetic and spiritual verses. "Shakti" also refers to primordial spiritual energy.

These sacred verses of Sri Adi Shankara are from the text known as the Sri Saundarya Lahari, and can be used for deep meditation, for yoga nidra, relaxation, divine sleep or to purify and clear a space.

The Liner Notes illustrate the verses in Hindi, in English and verse transliteration in English.

£9.99
Sacred Chants of Shiva
SRCD 028

Sacred Chants of Shiva - From the Banks of the Ganges. It is music for relaxation, meditation & healing. The Sacred Chants of Shiva features singers Bhanumati Narsimhan, Urmila Devi Goenka, Craig Pruess and devotees of the Art of Living.

Sacred Chants of Shiva - From the Banks of the Ganges. It is music for relaxation, meditation & healing. The Sacred Chants of Shiva features singers Bhanumati Narsimhan, Urmila Devi Goenka, Craig Pruess and devotees of the Art of Living.

Spacious, transcendental Sanskrit Chants for meditation and silence. Sacred Chants of Shiva has already become a classic in India, selling over millions of copies over three years!

This album Includes "Shiva Manas Puja", "Shivoham" and "Astakams" - chants by Sri Adi Shankara. A long, slow, majestic rendition of "Om Nama Shivaya" with many voices transports the listener to an expansive, sacred space.

The Sanskrit pronunciation and performance has been carefully guided by a great living spiritual master, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of the Art of Living Foundation. His guidance and grace has made these recordings in Sacred Chants of Shiva, extraordinary in their power and depth.

£10.99
Sacred Chants of the Sikhs
Hoem-30

Sacred Chants of the Sikhs album is the epitome of Sikh meditation: NAAM SAMRAAN. Naam means invoking the name of the nameless one or drawing on the Divine feelings of the 'Source of all Reality' which is beyond the limitations of the Mind, thereby reaching a state of bliss and equipoise.

Sacred Chants of the Sikhs album is the epitome of Sikh meditation: NAAM SAMRAAN. Naam means invoking the name of the nameless one or drawing on the Divine feelings of the 'Source of all Reality' which is beyond the limitations of the Mind, thereby reaching a state of bliss and equipoise.

Sikh values extol universal truths and human values like love, equality and compassion to all - irrespesctive of race, colour, profession, religion or status in life.

"These hymns and sacred chants from the Sikh tradition are loved and cherished by millions of Sikhs and Guru Nanak followers around the globe. It has been my pleasure to be involved with the concept of creating this special album. - Gurinder Chadha (UK film director, producer and screen writer)

Dya Singh: All vocals, Chants & Melodies, Craig Pruess: All music & arrangements, Ronu Majumdar: Bansuri, Parvyn Kaur: Additional backing vocals

£10.99
Sacred Mantras of India
SRCD 066

In Sacred Mantras of India, some of the most significant sacred chants and mantras from the Vedas, the Upanishads and the Bhagawad Gita, prayers for spiritual and meditative stimulation, are presented in various moods.

Sacred Mantras of India: The practice of meditation has occurred worldwide since ancient times. The Hindus perfected the art of sacred chanting that dates back at least 3,000 years and is probably the world's oldest continuous vocal tradition. Sacred chanting of the "mantras" or "verses" is the universal and eternal message of love, harmony and peace: the incantation of which also leads to spiritual liberation and enrichment of daily life.

In this "Sacred Mantras of India" album, some of the most significant chants and mantras from the Vedas, the Upanishads and the Bhagawad Gita, prayers for spiritual and meditative stimulation, have been presented in a musical form exemplifying various moods. From the majestic morning raag Bhatiyar to the deeply contemplative late night raag Bhairavi, these sacred mantras explore the full gamut of feeling, emotion, passion, commitment and transcendence that a human being can experience during a day’s cycle. We hope that this Divine musical journey through Sacred Mantras of India will help you realise your inner self.

£5.99
Samadhi - Vishwa Mohan Bhatt
Sense 056

Vishwa Mohan Bhatt: This remarkable musician again astounds the audience with his mastery of the Mohan Vina, a unique Indian slide guitar of his own invention.

Vishwa Mohan Bhatt has risen to become one of his generation's foremost cultural ambassadors for Indian arts. One of the most celebrated shishyas (disciples) of the sitarist Ravi Shankar, he was born in Jaipur in Rajasthan in July 1952, the younger brother of Shashi Mohan Bhatt (1930 - 1997), one of the first three students to study with Shankar circa 1949/50 and the father of the sitarist Krishna Mohan Bhatt. Much of his formative musical education came from the family. His father Manmohan Bhatt taught and as a boy Vishwa Mohan Bhatt soaked up his father's singing, compositions and ragas.

Ramkumar Mishra accompanies Vishwa Mohan Bhatt on the tabla.

£8.99
Samir Chatterjee
IAM 1028

One of India's (and USA's) finest tabla players, Samir Chatterjee plays tabla in the style of Farrukhabad Gharana.

Samir Chatterjee is one of India's (and USA's) finest tabla players. Samir plays tabla in the style of Farrukhabad Gharana and here plays an extended exploration of the classic sixteen-beat rhythm cycle, tintal, that offers a fascinating blend of traditional, contemporary and personal approaches and compositions.

£9.99
Sampoorna Geeta - Hindi
TDIDE 458P

Hindi adaptation of the complete Bhagwad Geeta, which is simple and perceivable. This 4CD pack has Ravindra Jain's music with verses sung by Suresh Wadkar.

Hindi adaptation of the complete Bhagwad Geeta, which is simple and perceivable. A 4CD pack rendered in the singing voice of Suresh Wadkar with music composed by Ravindra Jain. A spiritual album that every home should have one.

£14.99
Samwad - Kala Ramnath & Purbayan Chatterjee
Sense 039

Purbayan Chatterjee is fast becoming one of the best sitar players around and this sumptuous duet with the superb Kala Ramnath on violin is emotionally expressive, vibrant and delightfully exciting.

Kala Ramnath and Purbayan Chatterjee: Two leading lights in the field of North Indian Classical music have been brought together by Sense World Music in an exciting collaboration to perform in the tradition of Jugalbandi, or 'duet playing'.

Individually, both Purbayan Chatterjee and Kala Ramnath demonstrate through their music, a maturity which belies their age, able to combine technical brilliance and virtuosity of the highest level with depth and serenity. They represent a new generation of artists, suggesting an exciting future for all genuine Indian music lovers.

Jugalbandi (lit. 'tied together') is a relatively under-explored concept through which two artists share a musical canvas, striving to present a single picture, while exploring each other's depths of creativity.

£8.99
Sanjeev Abhyankar & Kala Ramnath
NRCD 0179

Sitarist Sanjeev Abhyankar and Indian Violinist Kala Ramnath: coming together of two disciples of the same master, Pandit Jasraj.

Sanjeev Abhyankar and Kala Ramnath in Ekta - Unity

This album represents a jugalbandhi (duet) - coming together of two disciples of the same master. Pandit Jasraj. This unity (ekta) of style and substance exemplified through their musical lineage, albeit through vocal and instrumental manifestations, is obtained with integrity.

When Sanjeev Abhyankar and Kala Ramnath fuse their performances in a manner that complements and supports each other, the outcome is additive and profound, as competitiveness is superseded by a unity of approach mindset and aesthetics. Two performances meld into one as is very much evident in this album!

£7.99
Saprem - Parthiv Gohil
PG

Saprem: Parthiv Gohil first came to prominence through his participation in the very popular TV Talent Show Sa Re Ga Ma. His versatility shone through and saw him perform all over North India. Since then, he has enthralled his audiences worldwide.

Saprem: Parthiv Gohil first came to prominence through his participation in the very popular TV Talent Show Sa Re Ga Ma. His versatility shone through and saw him perform all over North India. Since then, he has enthralled his audiences worldwide. He is equally at ease performing in Hindi. In Saprem, he presents some of the most soulful and varied music that will caress your soul.

£5.99
Saptapadi - Shubh Lagna Geet
SRCD 125
Saptapadi - Shubh Lagna Geet: Hindus celebrate important moments of their lives with music. The Gujarati songs in Saptapadi (Seven Steps) highlight some of the key ceremonies that are sacrosanct to a Hindu wedding.
Saptapadi - Shubh Lagna Geet: In India, probably more than anywhere else in the world, music plays an extremely important part in daily life. Hindus celebrate important moments of their lives with music. Be it prayers to the almighty or the joyous occasion of a baby’s birth, it forms an integral part of the celebrations.
 
Therefore, it is no surprise that marriage ceremonies and rituals are accompanied by music that is considered very auspicious. It reflects and symbolises the varied mood of each part of the sacred ritual, not just coming together of the two souls but also the beginning of a new relationship between two families.
 
The Gujarati songs in Saptapadi (Seven Steps) highlight some of the key ceremonies that are sacrosanct to a Hindu wedding: from the auspicious prayers offered to Lord Ganesh, the joyous welcoming of the groom’s family and friends, the reception of the groom onto the dais followed by the elaborate entrance of the bride, the all-important walk round the sacred fire by the bride and groom, each consisting of seven steps representing seven significant vows affirming their respective responsibilities and duties in marriage, and the bittersweet moment of departure for the newly wed bride.
 
Most of the marriage songs albums end there. However, in Saptapadi, the last track has lyrics by “Meghbindu” and its music is composed by Chandu Mattani. It signifies the beginning of a new chapter in the life of the bride. Leaving behind one’s loved ones and entering a new home is, to say the least, a traumatic event for any young woman. Here, the in-laws specifically address the newly wed bride and daughter-in-law, welcoming her into their home and promising her love and affection equal to that she has had from her own family and friends that she has left behind.
£5.99
Saptapadi - Shubh Lagna Geet
SRCD 125
Saptapadi - Shubh Lagna Geet: Hindus celebrate important moments of their lives with music. The Gujarati songs in Saptapadi (Seven Steps) highlight some of the key ceremonies that are sacrosanct to a Hindu wedding.
Saptapadi - Shubh Lagna Geet: In India, probably more than anywhere else in the world, music plays an extremely important part in daily life. Hindus celebrate important moments of their lives with music. Be it prayers to the almighty or the joyous occasion of a baby’s birth, it forms an integral part of the celebrations.
 
Therefore, it is no surprise that marriage ceremonies and rituals are accompanied by music that is considered very auspicious. It reflects and symbolises the varied mood of each part of the sacred ritual, not just coming together of the two souls but also the beginning of a new relationship between two families.
 
The Gujarati songs in Saptapadi (Seven Steps) highlight some of the key ceremonies that are sacrosanct to a Hindu wedding: from the auspicious prayers offered to Lord Ganesh, the joyous welcoming of the groom’s family and friends, the reception of the groom onto the dais followed by the elaborate entrance of the bride, the all-important walk round the sacred fire by the bride and groom, each consisting of seven steps representing seven significant vows affirming their respective responsibilities and duties in marriage, and the bittersweet moment of departure for the newly wed bride.
 
Most of the marriage songs albums end there. However, in Saptapadi, the last track has lyrics by “Meghbindu” and its music is composed by Chandu Mattani. It signifies the beginning of a new chapter in the life of the bride. Leaving behind one’s loved ones and entering a new home is, to say the least, a traumatic event for any young woman. Here, the in-laws specifically address the newly wed bride and daughter-in-law, welcoming her into their home and promising her love and affection equal to that she has had from her own family and friends that she has left behind.
£5.99
Saptapadi - Shubh Lagna Geet
SRCD 125
Saptapadi - Shubh Lagna Geet: Hindus celebrate important moments of their lives with music. The Gujarati songs in Saptapadi (Seven Steps) highlight some of the key ceremonies that are sacrosanct to a Hindu wedding.
Saptapadi - Shubh Lagna Geet: In India, probably more than anywhere else in the world, music plays an extremely important part in daily life. Hindus celebrate important moments of their lives with music. Be it prayers to the almighty or the joyous occasion of a baby’s birth, it forms an integral part of the celebrations.
 
Therefore, it is no surprise that marriage ceremonies and rituals are accompanied by music that is considered very auspicious. It reflects and symbolises the varied mood of each part of the sacred ritual, not just coming together of the two souls but also the beginning of a new relationship between two families.
 
The Gujarati songs in Saptapadi (Seven Steps) highlight some of the key ceremonies that are sacrosanct to a Hindu wedding: from the auspicious prayers offered to Lord Ganesh, the joyous welcoming of the groom’s family and friends, the reception of the groom onto the dais followed by the elaborate entrance of the bride, the all-important walk round the sacred fire by the bride and groom, each consisting of seven steps representing seven significant vows affirming their respective responsibilities and duties in marriage, and the bittersweet moment of departure for the newly wed bride.
 
Most of the marriage songs albums end there. However, in Saptapadi, the last track has lyrics by “Meghbindu” and its music is composed by Chandu Mattani. It signifies the beginning of a new chapter in the life of the bride. Leaving behind one’s loved ones and entering a new home is, to say the least, a traumatic event for any young woman. Here, the in-laws specifically address the newly wed bride and daughter-in-law, welcoming her into their home and promising her love and affection equal to that she has had from her own family and friends that she has left behind.
£5.99
Sarangi - Ustad Sultan Khan & Ikram Khan
Sense 070

Ustad Sultan Khan the master sarangi player is joined here by the impressive young Ikram Khan.

Ustad Sultan Khan is internationally renowned for the emotional depth of his playing, and his extraordinary technical and melodic control. He is one of the representatives of the Indore Gharana, made famous by Amir Khan. From seven years old he learned from his father, Gulab Khan, who was both an accomplished sarangi player and a vocalist, and like his father he often contributes vocal 'Amir khani' nuances to his performances.

Sultan Khan gave his first performance at the All-India Conference at the age of 11. He has won numerous musical awards, including being a recipient twice of the Sangeet Natya Academy Award (the President's Award). He performed along with Ravi Shankar on George Harrison's 1974 Dark Horse World Tour. In 1997 he had the honour of playing for Prince Charles' 50th birthday celebration. He has composed and recorded music for films such as In Custody and Gandhi. But his true devotion and love lie in playing the classical music of India.

Sultan Khan is joined in duet by Ikram Khan, who was born in Jaipur to a family of Rajasthani musicians. Introduced to the sarangi in his youth, he became a pupil of Sultan Khan.

Ikram was employed for ten years by All India Radio and took part in many concerts and festivals of classical music within the ambit of television. Since 1994 he has regularly visited Europe as a soloist. This meeting with the West has made him aware of the potential for exchange which exists between these two cultures through music. As well as being an ambassador for the sarangi, Ikram shares his knowledge of Indian music as a member of the performing group Kabul Workshop, a vehicle for musical research and a bridge between cultures. It was formed by Francesco Russo from Italy and Khaled Arman from Afghanistan, who met in 1998, complemented by other musicians from Afghanistan and Morocco.

£8.99
Sasha - Tappa Journey
Sense 109

This superb CD marks a new development for the tradition of Tappa, featuring the immense vocal talent of Sasha and the sensitive production of Derek Roberts. It is vibrant, passionate and inspired by the romance and journeys of the ancient Silk Route. The richly crafted arrangements also feature orchestral strings and fantastic percussion.

This superb CD marks a new development for the tradition of Tappa, featuring the immense vocal talent of Sasha and the sensitive production of Derek Roberts. It is vibrant, passionate and inspired by the romance and journeys of the ancient Silk Route. The richly crafted arrangements also feature orchestral strings and fantastic percussion.

Tappa can be considered as is one of the major genres of musical tradition in India and yet it is now heard less often and very little is widely known about it especially in the West. This high energy, appealing music is born out of journeys through exotic territories and its long history is continuing in this new collaborative project between the newly discovered, immense talent of Sasha (Shashwati Mandal Paul) from Bhopal, India and Sense World Music producer and musician Derek Roberts who hails not from India but from the valleys of South Wales.

£8.99
Satyanarayan Katha
TDIDE 051C

Satyanarayan Katha in a complete musical rendition...first time ever! One of the most revered rituals in Hinduism is the performance of Satyanarayan Katha.

Satyanarayan Katha in a complete musical rendition...first time ever! The ancient Indian scriptures have prescribed specific rituals, yagnas and poojas that help one attain spiritual peace, health, prosperity and an overall sense of well-being. These 'guidelines' manifest themselves through five symbolic tales, each one dwelling on a specific aspect.
 
The first one deals with the importance of dedication in our personal and professional lives.
 
The second one emphasizes the value of genuine devotion while worshipping the Lord.
 
The third tale teaches us to have faith in ourself and lead a virtuous life.
 
The fourth one highlights the hurdles that we might encounter when we shy away from our duties and responsibilities.
 
The fifth story talks about the importance of the Lord's blessing and benevolence in our lives.
 
Satyanarayan Katha is performed with heartfelt devotion by most households and institutions alike.
£6.99
Serenity
SRCD 038A

Serenity - Music for Relaxation. (formerly known as 'Romantic Moods': Music Composed and Arranged by Ashit Desai.

Serenity - Music for Relaxation. (formerly known as 'Romantic Moods'): Music Composed and Arranged by Ashit Desai. Rakesh Chaurasia - Flute, Sunil Das - Sitar, Rais Khan - Saxophone, Pradip Sengupta - Mandolin/Banjo, Chandrajeet Gangully - Guitar, Atul Raninga - Keyboards, Alap Desai and Manoj Bhati - Tabla, Javed Shaikh - Dholak, Dyanesh Deo - Bass Guitar, Rajesh Deo - Vibraphone and Suhas Purab - Electronic Percussion.

£5.99
Shahid Parvez
SNCD 70292

Sitar maestro Shahid Parvez in an enchanting concert evening, revealing the beauty of ragas Bairagi Bhairav, Puriya, and Mishra Khambaj. Accompanied on tabla by Vijay Ghate.

Sitar maestro Shahid Parvez in an enchanting concert evening, revealing the beauty of ragas Bairagi Bhairav, Puriya, and Mishra Khambaj. Accompanied on tabla by Vijay Ghate.

£8.99
Shahid Parvez
SNCD 71189

An evening concert by Sitar maestro Shahid Parvez displaying his versatility in ragas Gurjari Todi, Rageshri and Bhairavi, accompanied by Zakir Hussain on Tabla.

An evening concert by Sitar maestro Shahid Parvez displaying his versatility in ragas Gurjari Todi, Rageshri and Bhairavi, accompanied by Zakir Hussain on Tabla.

£8.99
Shankar Ghosh
IAM 1054

Pandit Shankar Ghosh embarks on a performance of virtuosic drumming that is as instructive and informative for the new listener as it is musically and intellectually revealing for the connoisseur.

Shankar Ghosh – Tabla: With so many young and relatively inexperienced tabla players now claiming "Pandit" and "Ustad" status, it is particularly gratifying to have this opportunity to witness the dazzling playing of a musician who has truly earned the right to be known as a Pandit: an experienced and authoritative teacher and master performer of his tradition. In this recording, Pandit Shankar Ghosh embarks on a performance of virtuosic drumming that is as instructive and informative for the new listener as it is musically and intellectually revealing for the connoisseur. 

Born in 1935 and trained under the legendary Pandit Gnan Prakash Ghosh of Calcutta amongst others, he has accompanied such legends as Pandit Ravi Shankar, Pandit Nikhil Banerjee and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. He is a founding member of Ali Akbar College in San Rafael in California, a visiting professor at McGill University in Montreal and has his own institute of music in Bonn, Germany.

£9.99
Shantakaram
SR009

"Shantakaram": Devotional Songs in Gujarati. Vocals: Ashit and Hema Desai, Chandu Mattani. Narration by 'Mehul' Suren Thakkar. Music arranged and conducted by Ashit Desai

"Shantakaram": Devotional Songs in Gujarati. Vocals: Ashit and Hema Desai, Chandu Mattani. Narration by 'Mehul' Suren Thakkar. Music arranged and conducted by Ashit Desai

£5.99
Shantakaram
SR009

"Shantakaram": Devotional Songs in Gujarati. Vocals: Ashit and Hema Desai, Chandu Mattani. Narration by 'Mehul' Suren Thakkar. Music arranged and conducted by Ashit Desai

"Shantakaram": Devotional Songs in Gujarati. Vocals: Ashit and Hema Desai, Chandu Mattani. Narration by 'Mehul' Suren Thakkar. Music arranged and conducted by Ashit Desai

£5.99
Shehnai - Daya Shankar
Sense 053

A masterful, evocative and meditative recording by Daya Shankar of the rarely heard wind instrument, shehnai.

A masterful, evocative and meditative recording by Daya Shankar of the rarely heard wind instrument, shehnai.

This performance by Daya Shankar was captured on the opening night of the twelve day annual Saptak music festival in Ahmedabad, Gujarat on the 1st January 2004. He begins his recital with Maru Behag, a playful raga associated with the evening time. Each raga is assigned to a particular time of day or season and is invested with the power to evoke a state of feeling related to both the human condition and to nature. Most members of the Kalyan family of ragas including Maru Behag belong to a time of calm introspection and radiate a feeling of deep serenity typical of early evening.

£8.99
Shiv Shambho
TDIDE 043C

Shiv Shambho - The Maheshwara Sutras are powerful sounds that are considered to have emanated from the damru of Lord Shiva.

Shiv Shambho - The Maheshwara Sutras are powerful sounds that are considered to have emanated from the damru of Lord Shiva. These fourteen sounds chanted in succession have forceful vibrations that are believed to keep the mind stable and improve our memory and concentration. It is believed that chanting of this mantra also helps people with speech disorders, lisps, stammering and pronunciation problems. Lead vocals and music by Pandit Jasraj.
£6.99
Shivkumar Sharma
NRCD 0060

Shivkumar Sharma in a Santoor recital of Indian classical music, Live at The Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, September 1994. Accompanied by Shafaat Ahmed Khan on tabla.

Shivkumar Sharma in a Santoor recital of Indian classical music, Live at The Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, September 1994. Accompanied by Shafaat Ahmed Khan on tabla.

£7.99
Shivkumar Sharma
NRCD 0013

Shivkumar Sharma in an Indian classical music Santoor recital, Live at The Bailey's Banquet Hall, London, June 1983. Ustad Zakir Hussain accompanies on tabla.

Shivkumar Sharma in an Indian classical music Santoor recital, Live at The Bailey's Banquet Hall, London, June 1983. Ustad Zakir Hussain accompanies on tabla.

£7.99
Shivkumar Sharma & Rahul Sharma
SNCD 71201

The legendary Santoor exponent Pandit Shivkumar Sharma is accompanied by his son, Rahul in a Live concert performance of Chandrakauns, in 2001 in Stuttgart, Germany. Shafaat Ahmed Khan accompanies on the Tabla.

Shivkumar Sharma - Rahul Sharma (Two Generations)

The legendary Santoor exponent Pandit Shivkumar Sharma is accompanied by his son, Rahul in a Live concert in 2001 in Stuttgart, Germany. Shafaat Ahmed Khan accompanies on the Tabla.

£8.99
Shivkumar Sharma - A Captivating Classic
SNCD 70996

"A Captivating Classic - Shivkumar Sharma". Santoor Recital. Shafaat Ahmed Khan on Tabla.

"A Captivating Classic - Shivkumar Sharma". Santoor Recital. Shafaat Ahmed Khan on Tabla.

£8.99
Shivkumar Sharma - Ananda Bliss
NRCD 4004

Musical Homage to Shree Anandamayi Ma by Shivkumar Sharma. Kumar Bose Accompanies on the tabla.

Musical Homage to Shree Anandamayi Ma by Shivkumar Sharma. Kumar Bose Accompanies on the tabla.

£7.99
Shivkumar Sharma - Samman
NRCD 0230

Santoor meastro Pandit Shivkumar Sharma is paid a tribute on his birthday with this album, Samman 70 - Celebrating his 70th birthday in January 2008.

Pandit Shivkumar Sharma is paid a tribute by Navras on his birthday with this album, Samman 70 - Celebrating his 70th birthday in January 2008. Santoor maestro Pandit Shivkumar Sharma is a living legend who has single handedly established this 100 stringed Kashmiri instrument on the Indian classical music scene. Accompanying him on the tabla is a another giant amongst the modern percussionists, Pandit Anindo Chatterjee.

Samman 70 is a Live recording at Liverpool, UK - 9th July 1993.

£7.99
Shivkumar Sharma - Sympatico
Sense 015

Since his first public performance in Bombay in 1955, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma has single-handedly elevated the Santoor from its regional folk music associations into an established classical music instrument. Recorded at Saptak Festival 2001, Gujarat.

Since his first public performance in Bombay in 1955, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma has single-handedly elevated the Santoor from its regional folk music associations into an established classical music instrument of international acclaim. Overcoming initial resistance from scholars and critics, who doubted the Santoor's capacity to express the finer melodic nuances of Indian classical ragas, Shiv Kumar Sharma is today universally recognised as one of the finest ambassadors of Indian culture, drawing mass audiences at major music festivals worldwide. Like all great musical pioneers, his performances demonstrate a fine balance between experimentation and tradition.

Santoor belongs to a large family of instruments, found in similar forms, and known by many different names throughout the world. The word 'santoor' derives from Persia, meaning 'one hundred strains'. It is closely related to the Chinese 'Yang Chin', the Eastern European 'Cymbalon' and the 'Hammered Dulcimer' played in Western Europe and the USA. Santoor found its way into India through the rich folk music of the Kashmir Valleys, employed mostly as an accompaniment to the many vocalists in the region.

Its aesthetic beauty derives from the charming esonance created by its one hundred strings, delicately struck by a pair of sticks carved from the wood of the walnut tree.

£8.99
Shivkumar Sharma - The Inner Path
Sense 027

Shivkumar Sharma's The Inner Path - A deeply spiritual exploration by the greatest master of the Santoor transports musician and listener alike to an experience of bliss. Recorded at Saptak Festival 2003, Gujarat.

For generations, the sound of the Santoor has been used by the people of Kashmir to echo the vast beauty of its surrounding mountain landscapes. Until Shivkumar Sharma came along the Santoor was categorised as a simple folk instrument in India. Prompted by his father and teacher Pandit Umadutt Sharma, he set about re-inventing the Santoor, introducing a series of modifications to increase its tonal range and improve its ability to sustain notes; making it suitable to fulfil the demands of Indian classical music.

Raga Kirvani is a favourite with Indian audiences, and has been successfully absorbed into North India from the Carnatic South Indian music system. The two musical traditions share the same roots, but have developed separately since the thirteenth century, when the northern part of India was invaded by the Moghuls from Persia through Afghanistan.

Raga Kirvani is most conducive to the temperament of the Santoor, expressing a sense of yearning in the slower tempo, while taking on a more romantic, lighter mood in faster tempo as showcased here by Shivkumar Sharma.

£8.99
Shivkumar Sharma - The pioneer of Santoor
SNCD 71091

The pioneer of Santoor - Shivkumar Sharma in a concert recital of raga Puriya Dhanashree followed by a Dhun. Accompanied by Ustad Zakir Hussain on Tabla and Anuradha Chaurasia on Tamboura.

The pioneer of Santoor - Shivkumar Sharma in a concert recital of raga Puriya Dhanashree followed by a Dhun. Accompanied by Ustad Zakir Hussain on Tabla and Anuradha Chaurasia on Tamboura.

£8.99
Shri Chandi Path - Volumes 1/2/3
TDIRE 008/009/010
Shri Chandi Path by Anuradha Paudwal: A 3CDs set
Shri Chandi Path by Anuradha Paudwal: A 3CDs set
£5.99
Shri Hanuman Chalisa
V1060

Shri Hanuman Chalisa: In the Voice of Amitabh Bachchan and 20  leading artistes. Music by Aadesh Shrivastava.

Shri Hanuman Chalisa: In the Voice of Amitabh Bachchan and 20  leading artistes. Music by Aadesh Shrivastava.

£5.99
Shri Krishna Hari
SRCD 116
Shri Krishna Hari is a sequel to one of our best selling albums, Krishnavali.

Shri Krishna Hari is a sequel to one of our best selling albums, Krishnavali.

£5.99
Shri Krishna Mantra
SRCD 055

A musical therapy that alleviates the strains of every day life. This thousands of years old powerful Krishna Mantra is derived from the Bhagwad Gita.

A musical therapy that alleviates the strains of every day life. This thousands of years old powerful Mantra is derived from the Bhagwad Gita. Daily recitation of this Mantra will aid in relieving stress and sleep disorders to achieve eternal peace and harmony. A soothing sensation not to be missed!

£5.99
Shri Ram
TDIDE 038C
Shri Ram: A supreme manifestation of the divine Ideal. Music composed by Rattan Mohan Sharma and commentary by Harish Bhimani.
Shri Ram: A supreme manifestation of the divine Ideal.
 
Contents: Signature Prayer by Pandit Jasraj, Shloka, Commentary, Naam Ramayan, 108 Chants, ‘Shree Ram Chandra Kripalu Bhajmana, Rama Raksha Stotra and Ram Dhun.
 
Instruments: Veena, Flute, Sitar, Mridangam, Keyboards, Percussions, and Vibraphone.
 
Music composed by Rattan Mohan Sharma and commentary by Harish Bhimani.
£6.99
Shrinathji Vandan
SRCD 054

Shrinathji Vandan brings you the Shrinathji Chalisa, Shrinathji Dhun, Chalisa Doha, Mantras and other favourite compositions in praise of Lord Krishna.

Shrinathji Vandan brings you the Shrinathji Chalisa, Shrinathji Dhun, Chalisa Doha, Mantras and other favourite compositions in praise of Lord Krishna.

£5.99
Shruti Sadolikar
NI 5346

Shruti Sadolikar's Indian (Hindustani) classical vocal music follows the traditions of the great vocalist Alladiya Khan (1855-1946) who was also a composer who created a serene, balanced and intricate vocal style (gayaki).

Shruti Sadolikar's Indian (Hindustani) classical music - vocal: The great vocalist Alladiya Khan (1855-1946) was also a composer who created a serene, balanced and intricate vocal style (gayaki), which he taught in all its particulars to his sons and a number of dedicated disciples.

Representing a younger generation of khyal singers, Shruti Sadolikar-Katkar received her inintial training from her father who was also a disciple of Alladiya Khan and his son, Bhurji Khan. In 1968, Shruti continued her studies with Gulubai Jasdanwala, a musician with a vast repertoire of Khyal compositions (bandishes) in the Alladiya Khan tradition. To broaden her knowledge, she has received guidance from Azizuddin Khan, the grandson of Alladiya Khan. She is accompanied in this recording by Anindo Chatterjee on Tabla and Anand Krishna Kunte on Sarangi. Kamaljit Kaur accompanies on the Tambouras.

£9.99
Shubh Dhwani - Shambhaji Dhumal
SRCD 074

Shubh Dhwani - Auspicious Sounds: Shehnai has been an integral part of Indian culture for centuries. Any special occasion, with or without auspicious ceremonies begins with the Shehnai.

Shubh Dhwani: Auspicious Sounds

Shehnai has been an integral part of Indian culture for centuries. Any special occasion, with or without auspicious ceremonies begins with the Shehnai. So strong is the association between this instrument and festivities that the very word Shehnai has become synonymous with celebrations and happiness. In fact, in several parts of the country even today, the temples resonate with the sound of the Shehnai in the early hours of morning.

A small wind instrument, it looks somewhat similar to Oboe, but instead of furnished keys as in Oboe, it has seven open holes. The player closes or opens these holes with his fingers, as he blows, to create the desired melody. Naturally, it requires tremendous finger dexterity and great lungpower, as well as breath control to be able to play the Shehnai well.

Indian music based on light classical raags, this scintillating "Shehnai and Harmonium" album will set a new landmark in its appeal to all auspicious occasions in the Indian Calendar and social functions of every hue and colour. The sweet and exquisite Shehnai music of Pandit Shambhaji Dhumal together with a breathtaking virtuoso Harmonium accompaniment by Ustad Akhlak Hussain in Shubh Dhwani is set to become a ‘must have’ album in the easy-listening collection of the connoisseurs too.

£5.99
Shubh Dhwani - Shambhaji Dhumal
SRCD 074

Shubh Dhwani - Auspicious Sounds: Shehnai has been an integral part of Indian culture for centuries. Any special occasion, with or without auspicious ceremonies begins with the Shehnai.

Shubh Dhwani: Auspicious Sounds

Shehnai has been an integral part of Indian culture for centuries. Any special occasion, with or without auspicious ceremonies begins with the Shehnai. So strong is the association between this instrument and festivities that the very word Shehnai has become synonymous with celebrations and happiness. In fact, in several parts of the country even today, the temples resonate with the sound of the Shehnai in the early hours of morning.

A small wind instrument, it looks somewhat similar to Oboe, but instead of furnished keys as in Oboe, it has seven open holes. The player closes or opens these holes with his fingers, as he blows, to create the desired melody. Naturally, it requires tremendous finger dexterity and great lungpower, as well as breath control to be able to play the Shehnai well.

Indian music based on light classical raags, this scintillating "Shehnai and Harmonium" album will set a new landmark in its appeal to all auspicious occasions in the Indian Calendar and social functions of every hue and colour. The sweet and exquisite Shehnai music of Pandit Shambhaji Dhumal together with a breathtaking virtuoso Harmonium accompaniment by Ustad Akhlak Hussain in Shubh Dhwani is set to become a ‘must have’ album in the easy-listening collection of the connoisseurs too.

£5.99
Shubh Dhwani - Shambhaji Dhumal
SRCD 074

Shubh Dhwani - Auspicious Sounds: Shehnai has been an integral part of Indian culture for centuries. Any special occasion, with or without auspicious ceremonies begins with the Shehnai.

Shubh Dhwani: Auspicious Sounds

Shehnai has been an integral part of Indian culture for centuries. Any special occasion, with or without auspicious ceremonies begins with the Shehnai. So strong is the association between this instrument and festivities that the very word Shehnai has become synonymous with celebrations and happiness. In fact, in several parts of the country even today, the temples resonate with the sound of the Shehnai in the early hours of morning.

A small wind instrument, it looks somewhat similar to Oboe, but instead of furnished keys as in Oboe, it has seven open holes. The player closes or opens these holes with his fingers, as he blows, to create the desired melody. Naturally, it requires tremendous finger dexterity and great lungpower, as well as breath control to be able to play the Shehnai well.

Indian music based on light classical raags, this scintillating "Shehnai and Harmonium" album will set a new landmark in its appeal to all auspicious occasions in the Indian Calendar and social functions of every hue and colour. The sweet and exquisite Shehnai music of Pandit Shambhaji Dhumal together with a breathtaking virtuoso Harmonium accompaniment by Ustad Akhlak Hussain in Shubh Dhwani is set to become a ‘must have’ album in the easy-listening collection of the connoisseurs too.

£5.99
Shubh Dhwani - Shambhaji Dhumal
SRCD 074

Shubh Dhwani - Auspicious Sounds: Shehnai has been an integral part of Indian culture for centuries. Any special occasion, with or without auspicious ceremonies begins with the Shehnai.

Shubh Dhwani: Auspicious Sounds

Shehnai has been an integral part of Indian culture for centuries. Any special occasion, with or without auspicious ceremonies begins with the Shehnai. So strong is the association between this instrument and festivities that the very word Shehnai has become synonymous with celebrations and happiness. In fact, in several parts of the country even today, the temples resonate with the sound of the Shehnai in the early hours of morning.

A small wind instrument, it looks somewhat similar to Oboe, but instead of furnished keys as in Oboe, it has seven open holes. The player closes or opens these holes with his fingers, as he blows, to create the desired melody. Naturally, it requires tremendous finger dexterity and great lungpower, as well as breath control to be able to play the Shehnai well.

Indian music based on light classical raags, this scintillating "Shehnai and Harmonium" album will set a new landmark in its appeal to all auspicious occasions in the Indian Calendar and social functions of every hue and colour. The sweet and exquisite Shehnai music of Pandit Shambhaji Dhumal together with a breathtaking virtuoso Harmonium accompaniment by Ustad Akhlak Hussain in Shubh Dhwani is set to become a ‘must have’ album in the easy-listening collection of the connoisseurs too.

£5.99
Shubha Mudgal - Chaahat
TDICL 091C

Chaahat by Shubha Mudgal is Lyricist Manju Sanghi’s personal journey of discovery.

Chaahat by Shubha Mudgal is Lyricist Manju Sanghi’s personal journey of discovery. She says: "I was fortunate to hear the poetry of the greatest masters of 'Sufism' such as Ras Khan and Rahim Khan in my childhood. The simple language they used contained so much beauty and splendour that it enchanted me and always held my deep interest...The poet in me surfaced when I went through immense loneliness and started questioning the very purpose of life. In a flash of a moment these verses came through me and a lot of questions about the cosmic and the Creator got answered automatically."

£4.99
Shubha Mudgal - Shama
Sense 080

Shubha Mudgal has attracted a new generation to Indian classical music. Her sense of musical adventure and creative instincts have led her to become one of India's most popular and admired female vocalists.

Shubha Mudgal has succeeded in attracting a new generation of listeners to Indian classical concerts inspired by her refreshingly eclectic approach to singing.

Her sense of musical adventure combined with a willingness to tap into her own creative instincts have led her to become one of India's most popular and admired young female vocalists. Even a music culture as vibrant and self sustaining as that which exists in the Indian sub-continent sometimes needs the injection of a personality who is not afraid to move forwards. It is aptly showcased here by Shubha Mudgal in SHAMA.

£8.99
Shujaat Khan
IAM 1064

Son of the legendary Sitar maestro, the late Ustad Vilayat Khan, Shujaat Khan plays Raga Shuddh Kalyan and Tilak Kamod. Shujaat Khan is accompanied by Sandeep Das on the Tabla.

Son of the legendary Sitar maestro, the late Ustad Vilayat Khan, Shujaat Khan plays Raga Shuddh Kalyan and Tilak Kamod. Shujaat Khan is accompanied by Sandeep Das on the Tabla.

£9.99
Shujaat Khan
IAM 1085

Shujaat Khan is the son and disciple of sitar maestro Ustad Vilayat Khan (1928-2004), a legend in his own lifetime.

Shujaat Khan is the son and disciple of sitar maestro Ustad Vilayat Khan (1928-2004), a legend in his own lifetime. Shujaat represents the seventh generation in an unbroken lineage of distinguished musicians known as the Etawah Gharana (tradition/family).

This family has evolved a distinctive style of playing plucked instruments which has moved steadly towards simulating the vocal idiom with fidelity, of which, Shujaat Khan is the principal torch bearer today. In this album, he is accompanied by Samir Chatterjee on tabla.

£9.99
Shujaat Khan
IAM 1009

Shujaat Khan plays raga Shahana reflecting the romance and beauty that enlivened the Mughal Court's grandeur followed by a Dhun in Pahadi.

Shujaat Khan plays raga Shahana reflecting the romance and beauty that enlivened the Mughal Court's grandeur. Shujaat then plays a Dhun in raga Pahadi and also sings the lyrics about the mischievous and flirtatious Krishna teasing an outwardly upset, but inwardly pleased, girl. Accompanied by Akram Khan on Tabla.

£9.99
Shujaat Khan
IAM SP5501

Shujaat Khan sings and plays four songs in a light and lyrical mood, blending a personal approach to light-classical and folk music with bouncy dance rhythms and a soulful Sarangi accompaniment.

Shujaat Khan sings and plays four songs in a light and lyrical mood, blending a personal approach to light-classical and folk music with bouncy dance rhythms and a soulful Sarangi accompaniment by Ramesh Mishra and Tabla by Samir Chatterjee.

£9.99
Shujaat Khan
IAM 1046

Shujaat Khan presents a powerful and moving performance of raga Bilaskhani Todi, created as legend would have it, on the spot by Bilas Khan as he sang a tribute to his deceased father, the legendary Tansen.

Shujaat Khan presents a powerful and moving performance of raga Bilaskhani Todi, created as legend would have it, on the spot by Bilas Khan as he sang a tribute to his deceased father, the legendary Tansen. Shujaat Khan follows with a soothing rendition of the evergreen raga Bhairavi. Accompanied by Samir Chatterjee on Tabla.

£9.99
Shujaat Khan - Virasat
Sense 114

Sitar maestro Shujaat Khan possesses an exquisite lyrical quality which reminds us of the vast depth of melodic riches  to be discovered within Indian sub-continent. He comes from a remarkable family who have carried the torch of musical excellence for generations. This Live recording captures Shujaat Khan at his best with sensitive tabla accompaniment from Sandeep Das.

Sitar maestro Shujaat Khan possesses an exquisite lyrical quality which reminds us of the vast depth of melodic riches  to be discovered within Indian sub-continent. Shujaat comes from a remarkable family who have carried the torch of musical excellence for generations. This Live recording captures Shujaat Khan at his best with sensitive tabla accompaniment from Sandeep Das.

£8.99
Shujaat Khan - Yaadein
NRCD 0203

Yaadein - Memories: Shujaat Khan, eldest son of the legendary Sitarist, Late Ustad Vilayat Khan, performed at the first memorial concert of his father on 27 February 2005 at the Royal Festival Hall, London.

Yaadein - Memories: Ustad Shujaat Khan, eldest son of the legendary Sitarist Ustad Vilayat Khan performed at the first memorial concert of his father on 27 February 2005 at the Royal Festival Hall, London. Arunangshu Chaudhury and Shankar Debnath accompany on the tabla.

£7.99
Silsila Suron Ka
TXICL 240C
Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, the internationally acclaimed Bansuri player and Pandit Shivkumar the master instrumentalist of the Santoor, in an Indian Classical Live Duet performance.

Pandit Shivkumar was born on January 13, 1938, Jammu, India. He is the master instrumentalist of the Santoor and is credited with single-handedly making the Santoor a popular classical instrument.

He has composed music for many Hindi films in collaboration with Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia starting with Silsila (1980). They came to be known as the "Shiv-Hari" music duo.

Pandit Shivkumar Sharma is the recepient of national and international awards, including an honorary citizenship of the city of Baltimore, USA. In 1985, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1986, the Padma Shriin 1991, and the Padma Vibhushan in 2001 to name a few.

Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, the internationally acclaimed Bansuri player, was born on July 1, 1938 in Allahabad. He had an early love of music and by the age of 15 was taking his first steps toward a lifetime as a performer by studying classical vocal with Pandit Raja Ram of Benaras.

He has become one of India's most respected classical musicians, earning several awards, suchas the Padma Bhushan (1992), Padma Vibhushan (2000) to name a few.

Hariprasad Chaurasia and Shivkumar Sharma are accompanied by Vijay Ghate on Tabla and Bhawani Shankar on the Pakhawaj.

We recommend this DVD; a connoisseur's choice!

£10.99
Singing Sarangi - Ustad Sultan Khan
SNCD 73988

Singing Sarangi of Ustad Sultan Khan in a dazzling display of supreme skill in performance of ragas Kaunsi Kanada, Chandra Madhu and Mishra Tilang. Accompanied by Zakir Hussain on Tabla.

Singing Sarangi of Ustad Sultan Khan in a dazzling display of supreme skill in performance of ragas Kaunsi Kanada, Chandra Madhu and Mishra Tilang. Sultan Khan is accompanied by Zakir Hussain on Tabla.

£8.99
Sitar 2 - Shahid Parvez
Sense 054

Shahid Parvez again demonstrates that he is the complete musician in this consumate sitar performance.

In Shahid Parvez's exposition of Bihag - a raga, the soul of which has been depicted as 'melancholy in the calm of the night, thirst for enjoyment' - he demonstrates not only his uncontested musicianship and his powers of extemporization but also the underlying, fundamental principle of Hindustani (Northern Indian) classical music. For any soloist of any standing, merely replicating past achievements by past masters of the sitar (or whatever other instrument) spells an admission of failure.

Shahid Parvez belongs to a tradition of improvised music within a musical system that demands spontaneous creativity in composition and the need to breathe new life into old forms. No raga's interpretation should stray from its strictly delineated bounds, its melody contoured with set ascending and descending melodic patterns. Rhythm and tempo complete the 'picture'. (And many ragas have visual representations and interpretations in the form of ragamala paintings; in the case of Bihag, historically a complicated, transferred one.) For a musician-composer such as Shahid Parvez the watchword must remain continuity in change; change in continuity. His performance here reflects that simple-to-say but harder-to-achieve mantra.

£8.99
Sufiaana - The Complete Sufi Experience
88697

Sufiaana - The Complete Sufi Experience: From the Classic Sufi songs to the latest Sufi Hits

Sufiaana - The Complete Sufi Experience: From the Classic Sufi songs to the latest Sufi Hits in a 5 CD Pack that will proudly adore any Indian music collection. Sufi music for the connoisseur.

£14.99
Sugata Marjit - Five Morning Ragas
IAM 1063

Sugata Marjit presents five classic sunrise/morning ragas: Gunakri, Lalit, Bilaskhani Todi, Bhatiyar and Deshkar.

Sugata Marjit, a Professor of Economics, makes music that reflects the diversity of his grooming, and the stylistically diffused musical environment of post-independence India. It is vibrant, gripping, and explicitly enjoyable music that invites an animated, rather than a cerebral or emotional response - music that "makes people dance" (Sugata’s words), rather than sit still in their seats with eyes closed.

Sugata presents five classic sunrise/morning ragas: Gunakri, Lalit, Bilaskhani Todi, Bhatiyar and Deshkar. Samir Chatterjee accompanies on Tabla and Ramesh Mishra on Sarangi.

£9.99
Sulochana Brahaspati
NI 5305

Sulochana Brahaspati is a renowned Indian artist who has had a thorough training in traditional vocal music, and performs in the dhrupad, khyal, thumri, dadra and tappa genres.

Sulochana Brahaspati - Indian classical music vocal. People in the West are beginning to realise that in India the voice is considered the major instrument, and fortunately, concert promoters are following suit by inviting widely respected singers from the sub-continent to the West. Sulochana Brahaspati is a renowned Indian artist who has had a thorough training in traditional vocal music, and performs in the dhrupad, khyal, thumri, dadra and tappa genres.

On this Cd, she renders raga Bilaskhani Todi in the classical khyal tradition, followed by a tappa composition in raga Mishra Bhairavi. She is accompanied by Sultan Khan on Sarangi and Anindo Chatterjee on Tabla, both top-ranking artists with a well-established international career. The term KHYAL has been translated variously as thought, imagination, contemplation or fantasy.

£9.99
Sulochana Brahaspati-Girija Devi-Shruti Sadolikar
NI 1740

Hindustani Classical Vocal: 3 CD album with Sulochana Brahaspati accompanied by Sultan Khan on Sarangi and Anindo Chatterjee on Tabla...Shruti Sadolikar accompanied by Anand Krishna Kunte on Sarangi and Anindo Chatterjee on Tabla...Girija Devi accompanied by Ramesh Mishra on Sarangi and Shubhen Chatterjee on Tabla.

Hindustani Classical Vocal: 3 CD album with Sulochana Brahaspati accompanied by Sultan Khan on Sarangi and Anindo Chatterjee on Tabla...Shruti Sadolikar accompanied by Anand Krishna Kunte on Sarangi and Anindo Chatterjee on Tabla...Girija Devi accompanied by Ramesh Mishra on Sarangi and Shubhen Chatterjee on Tabla.

Total Playing Time - 3 hours 31 minutes

£21.99
Sultan Khan
NRCD 0004

Sarangi Maestro Ustad Sultan Khan's Sarangi recital in ragas Jaijaiwanti and Mishra Shivranjani, Live in London 1992. Accompanied by Shaukat Hussain Khan on the tabla.

Sarangi Maestro Ustad Sultan Khan's Sarangi recital in ragas Jaijaiwanti and Mishra Shivranjani, Live in London 1992. Accompanied by Shaukat Hussain Khan on the tabla.

£7.99
Sultan Khan
IAM 1018

Sultan Khan plays Raga Marwa, played at dusk and conjures up the introverted calm and contemplative mood of that hour.

Ustad Sultan Khan is a maestro on Sarangi, a bowed instrument with a unique viola-like, harmonically complex tone due to 35 to 40 sympathetic strings running under the three playing strings. Raga Marwa is played at dusk and conjures up the introverted calm and contemplative mood of that hour. Sultan Khan is accompanied by Anuradha Pal on Tabla.

£9.99
Sultan Khan - Sarangi
IAM 1074

Ustad Sultan Khan plays unaccompanied alaps in early morning ragas Basant Mukhari and Lalit and afternoon ragas Shuddh Sarang and Bhimpalasi.

Ustad Sultan Khan plays unaccompanied alaps in early morning ragas Basant Mukhari and Lalit and afternoon ragas Shuddh Sarang and Bhimpalasi. He has avoided the pyrotechnics, which usually distinguish his performances, offering a sober and peaceful glimpse into the melodic essence of each raga.

£9.99
Sultan Khan - Sonorous Sound of Sarangi
SNCD 70502

Recorded live from a concert given in Germany, Ustad Sultan Khan presents a detailed rendition of Raga Charukeshi. Basically a South Indian melody, Charukeshi has become a popular item in the repertoire of North Indian artists. Zakir Hussain accompanies on the tabla.

Recorded live from a concert given in Germany, Ustad Sultan Khan presents a detailed rendition of Raga Charukeshi. Basically a South Indian melody, Charukeshi has become a popular item in the repertoire of North Indian artists. Though a morning raga in the South Indian system, Charukeshi is generally performed in the evening in the North Indian system. Sultan Khan’s rendition captures the sensuous and melodious character of the raga, and subtly conveys its nuances to the listener. In this raga, the fifth and sixth notes in the scale (Dha and Ni) are flattened.

£8.99
Sultan Khan - Taras The Longing
NRCD 9034

Like all experienced Sarangi players, Sultan Khan has benefited from a thorough grounding in vocal music. It is clearly apparent in his playing style: as with most of his performances this one is clearly based on vocal models, Khyal in particular.

Taras – The Longing: Sultan Khan made his first public performance at the age of eleven and has not looked back since, establishing himself in the first rank of masters of the Sarangi. Like all experienced Sarangi players, Sultan Khan has benefited from a thorough grounding in vocal music. In fact his approach was influenced directly at a formative stage by the guidance of the great khyal singer Ustad Amir Khan. This is clearly apparent in his playing style: as with most of his performances this one is clearly based on vocal models, Khyal in particular. Sultan Khan's wonderful musicianship allows him to bring to the Sarangi some of the flair and rhythmic exchange that typifies modern instrumental styles without compromising this vocal base.

Ustad Zakir Hussain, who needs no further introduction, accompanies Sultan Khan on the Tabla.

£7.99
Sultan Khan - The Legend Continues
NRCD 0112/3

Ustad Sultan Khan on Sarangi: 2 CD Album. Accompanied by Ustad Shaukat Hussain Khan on tabla. Live at The Royal College of Music, London, October 1990.

Ustad Sultan Khan on Sarangi: 2 CD Album. Accompanied by Ustad Shaukat Hussain Khan on tabla. Live at The Royal College of Music, London, October 1990.

£15.99
Sundar Gopal - Lord Krishna
SRCD 056

Sundar Gopal...Gujarati Indian devotional music dedicated to young toddler, Lord Krishna. Vocals rendered by Ashit Desai and Hema Desai.

Sundar Gopal...Gujarati Indian devotional music dedicated to young toddler, Lord Krishna. Vocals rendered by Ashit Desai and Hema Desai.

£4.99
Sundar Gopal - Lord Krishna
SRCD 056

Sundar Gopal...Gujarati Indian devotional music dedicated to young toddler, Lord Krishna. Vocals rendered by Ashit Desai and Hema Desai.

Sundar Gopal...Gujarati Indian devotional music dedicated to young toddler, Lord Krishna. Vocals rendered by Ashit Desai and Hema Desai.

£4.99
Sundaram - Ganesh & Kumaresh
Sense 062

A unique South Indian musical partnership of the violin maestros, Ganesh and Kumaresh that has blossomed since their earliest childhood.

SUNDARAM (Beauty) by Ganesh and Kumaresh

Brothers Ganesh and Kumaresh are two of India's leading violinists, having developed a unique musical partnership that has blossomed since their earliest childhood. Trained by their father, Shri Rajagopalan, Ganesh and Kumaresh had played in their hundredth stage appearance before the younger brother was ten years old.

Since then, Ganesh and Kumaresh have received numerous accolades and awards and developed a violin technique that is powerful, precise and displays an incredible virtuosity. Their style of playing is a true blend of tradition and creativity. As well as being an accomplished vocalist Ganesh has also featured in the celebrated Tabla Beat Project with Zakir Hussain and Bill Laswell.

In performance, a typical Carnatic raga is presented in a set form beginning with free improvisation in the 'alapana' section, followed by a composition (Kriti), and finally improvisation based on rhythmic ideas using the notes of the chosen raga.

£8.99
Suno Zara - Devaki Pandit
TDIPP 103E

Devaki Pandit, an already accomplished Indian classical vocalist, showcases her versatilitility in "Suno Zara - When love comes calling..." with a magical masterly display and rendition of Love immortal.

Devaki Pandit, an already accomplished Indian classical vocalist, showcases her versatilitility in "Suno Zara - When love comes calling..." with a magical masterly display and rendition of Love immortal. Also featuring Roop Kumar Rathod.

£7.99
Sur Ke Shyam
SCD 008
"Sur Ke Shyam" Surdas: This album traces how Surdas, the 'Sun' of Indian poetry emerged in the 15th/16th century devotional renaissance and wove the magic of different threads of sublime emotions in his songs.
"Sur Ke Shyam" Surdas: A huge tidal wave of devotion was sweeping across India during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. This album traces how Surdas, the 'Sun' of Indian poetry emerged in this devotional renaissance and wove the magic of different threads of sublime emotions in his songs and created vivid patterns of divine love that touched the hearts of everyone and became a leading disciple of Shree Mahaprabhuji.
Music Composed, Arranged and Conducted By Ashit Desai. Narrated by Harish & Rekha Bhimani. Script by Dr. Shailesh Tevani & Rekha Bhimani.
£6.99
Sur Ke Shyam - Surdas
SCD 004

"Sur Ke Shyam" Surdas: A huge tidal wave of devotion was sweeping across India during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. This album traces how Surdas, the 'Sun' of Indian poetry emerged in this devotional renaissance. Narration in English

"Sur Ke Shyam" Surdas: A huge tidal wave of devotion was sweeping across India during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. This album traces how Surdas, the 'Sun' of Indian poetry emerged in this devotional renaissance and wove the magic of different threads of sublime emotions in his songs and created vivid patterns of divine love that touched the hearts of everyone and became a leading disciple of Shree Mahaprabhuji. Music Composed, Arranged and Conducted By Ashit Desai. Narrated by Harish & Rekha Bhimani. Script by Dr. Shailesh Tevani & Rekha Bhimani.

Narration in English

£6.99
Surbahar - Pushparaj Koshti
Sense 106

Pushparaj Koshti in a truly authentic rendition of Dhrupad on the rarely heard Surbahar by a master exponent of the instrument with fine accompaniment by Manik Munde on the Pakhawaj 'the king of Indian drums'.

Pushparaj Koshti in a truly authentic rendition of Dhrupad on the rarely heard Surbahar by a master exponent of the instrument with fine accompaniment by Manik Munde on the Pakhawaj 'the king of Indian drums'.

Pushparaj Koshti is a renowned player of both the Sitar and the Surbahar, and thanks to the sources of his teaching has become a leading exponent of the dhrupad style. His first sitar teacher was his father, the late Ramlal Koshti (who was a disciple of the sarod player Hafiz Ali Khan, the illustrious father of Amjad Ali Khan), but later he studied with the veena maestro Zia Mohiuddin Dagar. The Dagars, along with their pupils the Gundechas, are at the forefront of contemporary dhrupad performance and Pushparaj Koshti has continued to learn under the guidance of the vocalist Zia Fariduddin Dagar. He is an A grade artist of All India Radio and has appeared throughout India and across Europe, including a stint as teacher at the Rotterdam Conservatory, the continent's leading institution in the field of world music education.

Manik Munde, who accompanies on pakhawaj the double-ended drum that is the customary percussion for dhrupad - is one of the instrument's leading masters. Born in Maharashtra, he studied with Bhakta Ganesh Anna Chaudhari, Pandit Mahant Amarnath Mishra, and Govind Deshmukh.

£8.99
Suresh Talwalkar & Satyajit Talwalkar
Sense 111

This CD is a unique recording of Suresh Talwalker released to mark his 60th birthday. He is a musician who has had a profound influence on the world of tabla. Here he plays with his son Satyajit in a rare presentation which includes the 14 beat Deepchandi with an accompanying vocal lehera which enhances the beauty of the recital.

Pandit Suresh Talwalkar is one of the most influential and revered Indian tabla players of our times, acknowledged by his contemporaries as a musician who has played a leading role in shaping modern tabla playing aesthetics. He is a rare combination of outstanding Guru and brilliant performer, who has developed a distinctive solo repertoire while introducing several significant innovations into the tradition. His performances are highly energetic and animated, engaging audiences who take joy in witnessing an exceptional artist fully immersed in the sheer joy and abundance of his music on stage.

His accompaniment is renowned for its high level of musicality, and his ability to empathize fully with the soloist has endeared him to music lovers. He carries with him a vast knowledge of Indian rhythm, not only tapping into the vast tabla repertoire of North India, built up by great masters over hundreds of years, but also as a connoisseur of the rich and often complex Carnatic tala system of South India.

This CD is a unique recording of Suresh Talwalker released to mark his 60th birthday. He is a musician who has had a profound influence on the world of tabla. Here he plays with his son Satyajit in a rare presentation which includes the 14 beat Deepchandi with an accompanying vocal lehera which enhances the beauty of the recital.

 

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Swar Sangati
SRCD 118

Swar Sangati - Swar is a musical note and Sangati is togetherness. In Swar Sangati, Ashit Desai makes music that amply illustrates the effect of the 'power of togetherness' that choral singing brings to devotional and spiritual music.

Swar Sangati - Swar is a musical note and Sangati is togetherness. Choral singing is an alien concept in Indian classical, contemporary and folk music and thus, it is rarely performed or heard in the Indian Sub-Continent outside of the Christian Church. In the western world, the church and choir singing are synonymous with the highest art form of singing the praise of the almighty. The concept here is of the unison of notes that make a musical composition. These melodies, compositions or songs sung in unison and harmony by a group of singers has the effect of adding 'thickness' to the sound, and is often described as 'lush' or 'rich'.

We have chosen those special compositions, in prayer form, that praises the almighty God. These are penned by eminent poets of the western Indian State of Gujarat that are further enriched and enhanced by well known popular composers. These have minimal orchestrations and the treatment is simple, thus elevating the voices that are in unison and harmony.

In Swar Sangati, Ashit Desai makes music that amptly illustrates the effect of the 'power of togetherness' that choral singing brings to devotional and spiritual music. An album which will be loved by all music lovers.

£5.99
Swar Sangati
SRCD 118

Swar Sangati - Swar is a musical note and Sangati is togetherness. In Swar Sangati, Ashit Desai makes music that amply illustrates the effect of the 'power of togetherness' that choral singing brings to devotional and spiritual music.

Swar Sangati - Swar is a musical note and Sangati is togetherness. Choral singing is an alien concept in Indian classical, contemporary and folk music and thus, it is rarely performed or heard in the Indian Sub-Continent outside of the Christian Church. In the western world, the church and choir singing are synonymous with the highest art form of singing the praise of the almighty. The concept here is of the unison of notes that make a musical composition. These melodies, compositions or songs sung in unison and harmony by a group of singers has the effect of adding 'thickness' to the sound, and is often described as 'lush' or 'rich'.

We have chosen those special compositions, in prayer form, that praises the almighty God. These are penned by eminent poets of the western Indian State of Gujarat that are further enriched and enhanced by well known popular composers. These have minimal orchestrations and the treatment is simple, thus elevating the voices that are in unison and harmony.

In Swar Sangati, Ashit Desai makes music that amptly illustrates the effect of the 'power of togetherness' that choral singing brings to devotional and spiritual music. An album which will be loved by all music lovers.

£5.99
Swara Sadhana - Ustad Abdul Haleem Jaffar KhanDELE
NRCD 0186

This recording was made in Jaipur on 18th June 1968, with Ustad Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan accompanied on the tabla by Sadashiv Pawar.

This recording was made in Jaipur on 18th June 1968, with Ustad Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan accompanied on the tabla by Sadashiv Pawar. Although the recording is incomplete and has the occasional blemish, it remains a valuable record of a great musician one that will be welcomed by his many admirers. Like the earlier release of the same artiste (Ustad Abdul Halim Khan - Ragas Tilak Kamod, Jaijaivanti and Sindhi Bhairavi - NRCD 0110), this recording was made by the intrepid and prodigious ethno-musicologist, late Deben Bhattacharya, with the benefit of just one microphone shared between two musicians, at a performance in a Jaipur palace!

Raga Zilla Kafi: This performance features the romantic, thumri-oriented raga Zilla Kafi. This is a hybrid of two light modes sharing the same scale, Kafi thaat, which has the 3rd and 7th notes flat (Ga and Ni komal). Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni

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Swarshala Pro3 (15 Instruments)
Swarshala Pro3

NORMAL PRICE £94.99: SwarShala Pro3 (15 Instruments): Sarod, Sitar, Guitar, Tanpura, Santoor, Tabla, Pakhawaj, Dholak, Nagara, Manjeera, Harmonium, Bansuri, Shehnai, Sarangi, Voice.

SwarShala Pro3 (15 Instruments): Sarod, Sitar, Guitar, Tanpura, Santoor, Tabla, Pakhawaj, Dholak, Nagara, Manjeera, Harmonium, Bansuri, Shehnai, Sarangi, Voice.

£59.99
Swarshala Pro3 Carnatic Edition
Pro3 Carnatic Volume 1

NORMAL PRICE £94.99: Swarshala3 Pro CARNATIC EDITION - Volume South 1 (18 instruments): Mridangam (2X), Ghatam, Kanjeera, Morsing, Chende, Dollu, Udukke, Tavil, Ghat Singhari, Tamte, Veena, Nadaswaram, Konnakol, Tanpura (3X), Manjeera. 

Swarshala3 Pro CARNATIC EDITION - Volume South 1 (18 instruments): Mridangam (2X), Ghatam, Kanjeera, Morsing, Chende, Dollu, Udukke, Tavil, Ghat Singhari, Tamte, Veena, Nadaswaram, Konnakol, Tanpura (3X), Manjeera.

Learn: Discover Indian music through a complete multimedia tutorial.

Practice: Tailor your practice session to your needs. Swarshala will play along whatever melody and rhythm you require.

Compose: Drag from a collection of ready-made components to create multi-track compositions that can be shared among other users of Swarshala.

Can I use the Swarshala3 Pro version to:

Learn about Indian music through a multimedia presentation? YES

Play included collection of rhythm and melodies during my practice? YES

Create new melodic or rhythmic components? YES

View items in Piano Roll notation? YES

Export to Wave/Midi files? YES

Play the featured instruments through my sequencer? YES

Play the featured instruments through my attached keyboard? YES

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Syndicated - Shastriya Syndicate
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Shastriya Syndicate: Experience a great collaboration of Indian creativity steeped in a rich heritage which is emotionally expressive, vibrant and delightfully exciting.

If you want to experience a great collaboration of Indian creativity steeped in a rich heritage which is emotionally expressive, vibrant and delightfully exciting look no further than the Shastriya Syndicate.

Sense World Music has always been at the forefront when it comes to the development of new musical projects and the crossing of boundaries, so when Purbayan brought his Shastriya Syndicate to us we felt it was a project that could excite and move listeners and concert goers worldwide.

The Syndicate compositions draw on the rich cultural heritage which has helped produce fantastic music from both the North and South of the Indian subcontinent; the music keeps the purity of its heritage but also sometimes fuses both traditions in a fresh and inspiring way.

The musicians involved in the Syndicate are some of the greatest masters of their generation and the combinations of musicians and instruments are extremely well matched with respect to their personal chemistry and tonality. All this lends itself to great recordings, fantastic concerts and a healthy future for the group.

This inspired band is set to win the hearts of established listeners and a new world music audience with its heady mix of absolutely authentic Indian classical music presented in an exciting format.

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Synergy - Shahid Parvez
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Sitarist Shahid Parvez plays with a soulfulness and delicacy rarely heard but also incredible rhythm and speed.

Sitarist Shahid Parvez belongs to one of the legendary musical dynasties of the Indian sub-continent; he represents the seventh generation of sitar players, in a family having produced a long line of virtuosos, including his uncle Ustad Vilayat Khan.

As well as ably representing these traditions, Shahid Parvez has successfully carved out his own unique style of playing. His playing expresses soulfulness, born out of the vocal style associated with his family, combined with a dynamic virtuosity which has the capacity to produce seemingly endless passages of stunning improvisation. Shahid Parvez's music has earned him genuine respect amongst fellow musicians and great popularity amongst world audiences.

£17.99
TABLA DUET: Unique Tradition - Rare Combination
SNCD 73788

'Unique Tradition - Rare Combination' of Son and Father, Zakir Hussain and Ustad Alla Rakha delight us with their dazzling skills. Ustad Sultan Khan on Sarangi provides the Lahara and Shefali Nag plays the Tamboura.

'Unique Tradition - Rare Combination' of Son and Father, Zakir Hussain and Ustad Alla Rakha delight us with their dazzling skills. Ustad Sultan Khan on Sarangi provides the Lahara and Shefali Nag plays the Tamboura.

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Tajendra Narayan Majumdar
IAM 1066

Tajendra Narayan Majumdar recites the romantic Indian classical ragas Kafi Kanada and Manjh Kauns.

Tajendra Narayan Majumdar in a Sarod recital accompanied by Tanmoy Bose on the tabla. Tajendra Majumdar recites the romantic Indian classical ragas Kafi Kanada and Manjh Kauns.

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Talaash - Purbayan Chatterjee
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A deeply emotive and mature CD from one of the new young generation sitar masters, Purbayan Chatterjee.

Purbayan Chatterjee - Talaash

Purbayan Chatterjee is a sitarya - a sitar player with a signature playing style that is bedded in tradition. He is the product of generations of tradition carriers, having undergone an awakening in a particular style of musical interpretation and tutelage. That is how it ought to be. Furthermore, the way Purbayan Chatterjee plays is also how it should be, with him unfurling his own, progressively distinctive voice.

An interwoven system of artistic lineage is deeply engrained in Northern Indian life and culture. It is this principle, like the master-apprentice relationship in Europe's guilds and trades that was and still is applied readily to diverse activities such as sports, Ayurvedic medicine, sculpture or the transmission of musical skills. Purbayan Chatterjee in turn is demonstrating that he too has a great deal to hand on. He too has a personal vision bedded in a singular tradition.

These unbroken lineages have enabled and permitted teachers to hand down knowledge, experience and skills of a passion and potency that have existed and been refined from teacher to pupil, from generation to generation. Depending on their faith, these gurus (teachers) are typically known as pandits or ustads, depending on whether these masters are, respectively, Hindu or Muslim. In Hindustani or Northern Indian musicology, the direct transmission of knowledge from teacher to pupil (shishya) is called guru-shishya parampara. In olden times this form of tuition was primarily, if not exclusively, an oral tradition. No matter how venerable a tradition is, little is immune to change or re-interpretation, for factors like literacy, magnetic tape and the microchip have all coloured how things are done in modern times. As an overriding principle however, the guru-shishya parampara permeates Northern Indian music.

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Tarun Bhattacharya
IAM 1013

Santoor maestro Tarun Bhattacharya plays Gurjari Todi, a morning melody with a unique, rather transcendental quality and known for its devotional and serious, yet gentle, emotive power.

Tarun Bhattacharya plays Santoor with superb technique and a disciplined exuberance in melodic and rhythmic interplay. Raga Gurjari Todi is a morning melody with a unique, rather transcendental quality and is known for its devotional and serious, yet gentle, emotive power. Abhijit Banerjee accompanies Tarun Bhattacharya on the Tabla.

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Tarun Bhattacharya
IAM 1052

Tarun Bhattacharya is one of the most significant exponents of the santoor to emerge on the Hindustani music scene since Shivkumar Sharma elevated this charming folk instrument to the concert platform in the 1950s.

Tarun Bhattacharya is one of the most significant exponents of the santoor to emerge on the Hindustani music scene since Shivkumar Sharma elevated this charming folk instrument to the concert platform in the 1950s. Tarun had his early training in music from his father, Robi Bhattacharya, a disciple of the Sarod maestro, Radhika Mohan Maitra, and from Dulal Roy, a very versatile musician from the home state of Bengal.

Tarun took some lessons from Shivkumar Sharma, and finally obtained the mentorship of the great sitarist, Ravi Shankar. Taruns music represents a major step towards the exploitation of the santoors musical potential. Sharma gave a distinctive melodic orientation to the santoors percussive-melodic language, refining the percussive element. Tarun, on the other hand, has retained the percussive bias of the idiom, while drifting away from the melodic path to explore the limits of harmony and polyphony achievable on the Santoor. Taruns music is attempting a virtual paradigm shift through the manipulation of a rich and diverse acoustic experience, oftentimes treating the santoor as a slide-guitar.

Like Shivkumar before him, Tarun has been involved with several design alterations on the instrument. He has increased the height of the box-resonator to achieve superior acoustic output in terms of volume as well as timbre. He has installed a fine-tuning mechanism for each string in order to enable quick retuning and installed an additional bass string, on which he executes melody as on a slide-guitar. Bikram Ghosh accompanies him on the tabla.

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Tarun Bhattacharya - Transcendence
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Tarun Bhattacharya is the most established Santoor player of the younger generation. His music possesses a rare dynamic vitality, with a highly developed aesthetic sense.

Tarun Bhattacharya is the most established Santoor player of the younger generation. He hails from Calcutta, which has become a 'hotbed' for musical talent, ensuring a healthy future for India's classical music culture. His music possesses a rare dynamic vitality, with a highly developed aesthetic sense and an impressive command of rhythmic syncopation.

Like many of India's leading artists, his earliest music training came from home. He was first encouraged to learn Sarangi, Sarod, Sitar, Tabla and Piano before finally settling for the Santoor. Initially guided by his father, his musical skills have been fine-tuned by the revered Pandit Ravi Shankar, and his bent for innovation is a tribute to his mentor.

Tarun Bhattacharya has embarked upon revolutionary changes to the Santoor, which have enhanced its tonal quality and increased its range, introducing glides and slides which emulate the bending of notes characteristically associated with more established instruments like the Sitar.

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Tears on a Lotus - Gundecha Brothers
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Dhrupad is one of the most ancient musical forms in India, whose roots are traced back to the 2000-year-old tradition of chanting hymns from the Vedas. The Gundecha brothers are two of the greatest younger generation exponents of this ancient art.

Dhrupad is one of the most ancient musical forms in India, whose roots are traced back to the 2000-year-old tradition of chanting hymns from the Vedas. Dhrupad, literally meaning 'slow step', can be characterised as a musical exploration of sound. Subjects used as a source for dhrupad poetry include hymns in praise of Hindu and Islamic saints as well as philosophical reflections on music. Today, Dhrupad is a musical style that is outside the mainstream of classical Indian music. Nevertheless, it is a vibrant and living tradition that influences and in turn eclectically absorbs elements from different musical styles.

The brothers Umakant Gundecha and Ramakant Gundecha have come to be recognised as two of the leading exponents of the new generation of Dhrupad vocalists.

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Tejendra Majumdar - Andaaz
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Andaaz: The majestic sarod is a remarkable instrument in the hands of a master like Tejendra Narayan Majumdar.

Andaaz - Tajendra Narayan Majumdar

One of the most versatile and eloquent of North Indian classical instruments, the Sarod like so many stringed instruments around the world - is a descendant of the lutes of central and western Asia. Its ancestors arrived with the invading Mughals and developed over the centuries in parallel with the music they played.

With fewer sympathetically vibrating strings than the currently even more popular Sitar, the Sarod has a more direct and clear sound. Free from the Sitar's extraordinary halo of overtones, it has the effect instead of cutting straight to the heart like a human voice. Its quick responses can emulate many vocal techniques, and in its own right it is capable of wonderfully extended ornamentation of a note after it has been plucked, as Tejendra Narayan Majumdar shows soon after he begins to play here.

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Tejendra Narayan Majumdar
IAM 1086

Tejendra Narayan Majumdar is one of the foremost Sarod players of his generation. Tejendra represents the Maihar-Seniya Gharana and is a disciple of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan.

Tejendra Narayan Majumdar is one of the foremost Sarod players of his generation. Tejendra represents the Maihar-Seniya Gharana and is a disciple of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan.

Tejendra Majumdar is accompanied by Samar Saha on the Tabla.

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Tejendra Narayan Majumdar
IAM 1008

Tejendra Narayan Majumdar performs raga Bageshri - romantic love is the mood.

Sarod: Tejendra Narayan Majumdar performs raga Bageshri - romantic love is the mood, but the lover is absent and the mood is tinged with sadness. Tejendra concludes with raga Zilla Kafi, a specialty of the Maihar Gharana, which shares Bageshri's romantic mood, but not its pathos. He is accompanied by Kumar Bose on Tabla.

Born in a musician's family, Tejendra was initiated to sarod by his grandfather Sri Bibhuti Ranjan Majumdar, nurtured by his father Shri Ranjan Majumdar and groomed for years under the tutelage of Late Ustad Bahadur Khan. After his Ustad's untimely demise, Tejendra continued his riyaz under the supervision of Sri Ajoy Sinha Roy. He bloomed under the guidance of the greatest sarod maestro of our times, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan.

Tejendra's music sparkles with the very rare combination of virtuosity with classical purity and a deep sense of aesthetics. His style today is a rare fusion of dhrupad, tantrakari and gayaki ang, representing the baaj of Maihar gharana.

Tejendra took part in almost all the prestigious concerts and conferences in the country and abroad. He has to his credit a number of CDs and cassettes. Today he is one of the most popular classical musicians from India. He has established himself not only as a major artiste of the country but also as a connoisseur and critic's delight.

Tejendra has been accompanied by all great tabla players of India, including Pandit Kishan Maharaj, Sankar Ghosh, Pandit Swapan Chowdhary, Anindo Chatterjee, Kumar Bose, Sabir Khan and Ustad Zakir Hussain.

.. Tejendra surpassed all other young players of the sarod… seems to peer above them all in his excellence alike in all departments of the sarod art. A great future certainly awaits him. Tejendra's meends, with all their swimming grace, tempt one to call him 'Meend ka Raja'. The Hindu

.. Tejendra Majumdar's sarod was aesthetically excellent. Technically, he has mastered the sarod to a level where he can move freely and with ease within the boundaries of his style. The Asian Age

Most artistes tend to relax in their training and riyaz once they have collected a file of favorable press reviews and stagnate subsequently. But there are a few who never cease to be the disciple of music; they continue to learn and go on striving to attain greater heights in their art by keeping up their unrelenting practice. Tejendra Narayan Majumdar belongs to the latter category.

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Tejendra Narayan Majumdar
IAM 1044

Sarod maestro Tajendra Narayan Majumdar offers a performance of the rare, early morning raga Ahiri.

Sarod maestro Tejendra Narayan Majumdar offers a performance of the rare, early morning raga Ahiri. Ahir refers to a community of cowherds in northern and western India and suggests the origin of this raga in a tribal or folk melody. Accompanied by Tanmoy Bose on the tabla, Tejendra concludes with a moving rendition of the bittersweet raga Bhairavi.

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Tejendra Narayan Majumdar
IAM 1027

Tejendra has evolved a delightful lively style featuring deep tones alternating with soft ones, meends spanning over two octaves, dhrupad-style gamak taans and clusters of notes in one stroke.

Sarod maestro Tejendra Narayan Majumdar has evolved a delightful lively style featuring deep tones alternating with soft ones, meends spanning over two octaves, dhrupad-style gamak taans and clusters of notes in one stroke.

Raga Hem Behag has a gentle, peaceful ambience; raga Mishra Shivranjani is bittersweet mixture of sadness and compassion. Tajendra Majumdar is accompanied by Tanmoy Bose on Tabla.

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Tejendra Narayan Majumdar
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Tejendra Narayan Majumdar plays sarod with beautiful delicacy and emotional maturity. A rare combination of deeply moving, passionate music.

Tejendra Narayan Majumdar is one of the most influential and well-respected musicians in India today. He is one of the leading exponents of the Senia Maihar gharana, a musical 'family' which has produced giants such as Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan. Like so many of India's musicians, his training started at home from an early age. His grandfather, Bhibuti Ranjan Majumdar, and father Ranjan Majumdar provided early inspiration and guided the young prodigy through the initial part of his learning. Later, Tajendra became the disciple of the distinguished Sarod maestro Ustad Bahadur Khan and embarked on a path of rigorous training that was to last for eighteen years.

All great Indian musicians share a seemingly unlimited appetite for learning and self improvement, which continues throughout their career. After the death of his guru, although by then a popular performing artist in his own right, Tejendra has pursued musical training and guidance under the tutelage of the most revered Sarod legend, Ali Akbar Khan.

Through his own endeavours and practice and with the benefit of all these influences, Tejendra Majumdar has successfully developed a unique style of playing incorporating the dynamic instrumental approach, tantrakari with the melodic, lyrical vocal style known as gayaki. His success in blending these two styles has made him one of the most sought after performing artists in India and abroad today.

This recording consists of two classical ragas and one semi-classical piece. Raga Bilaskhani Todi is a very popular and powerful morning melody belonging to the Bhairavi group of ragas. It was created more than four hundred years ago by Bilas Khan, the son of India's greatest musician Mia Tansen, the legendary court musician of Emperor Akbar.

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The Ancient Weave
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Shubendra Rao (Sitar) & Partha Sarothy (Sarod): Two great artists sharing the same loom, joining together to weave a single picture of exquisite beauty and charm.

Shubhendra Rao is one of the most brilliant instrumentalists of his generation. And like many great Indian musicians was introduced to music by his father. N. R. Rama Rao, himself a noted disciple of Ravi Shankar, who first initiated the young Shubhendra into the intricacies of the Sitar. At the age of eighteen, the aspiring maestro moved to Delhi to live with and learn from his Guru in the true tradition of guru-shishya.

Under his own roof, Guru Ravi Shankar nurtured the young musician's talents, and gave him a deep insight into the qualities required to become a complete artiste. An important part of his learning was accompanying his teacher, sharing the stage in solo concerts and orchestras throughout the world. Music critics have universally acknowledged him as a worthy successor to his Guru's tradition. Shubhendra Rao is also deeply involved in experimenting with new musical idioms. He has composed for dance ballets and collaborated with Chinese, Japanese and Jazz musicians.

Partha Sarothy is one of the most respected musicians in India. His virtuosity on the Sarod makes his exploration of ragas an exercise in harmony and tranquillity, and his controlled, meditative approach gives his music a rare depth and charm. Partha also started his musical training under his father who was a disciple of Pandit Radhika Mohan Moitra. Partha then took lessons for nearly a decade from Ustad Dhyanesh Khan, son and disciple of the legendary Sarod maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. Since 1980, he has been under the direct guidance of Pandit Ravi Shankar, India's greatest musician. Partho is based in Calcutta, the cultural mecca of India, and has been performing for the last 30 years throughout India and all over the world.

In this recording, Shubhendra Rao and Partha Sarothy have paid homage to their guru by performing one of Pandit Ravi Shankar's own creations Raga Charukauns, which is a perfect blend of two other ragas, Charukeshi from the South Indian tradition and the ancient Raga Malkauns.

£8.99
The Best of Shakti
MRCD 1011

The Best of Shakti features Guitarist John McLaughlin, Violinist L. Shankar, Tabla wizard Zakir Hussain and Ghatam maestro T. H. 'Vikku' Vinayakram.

The Best of Shakti features Guitarist John McLaughlin, Violinist L. Shankar, Tabla wizard Zakir Hussain and Ghatam maestro T. H. 'Vikku' Vinayakram.

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The Bhagwad Gita
TDIDE 148P

The Bhagvad Gita, it is believed, is the essence of India’s Vedic wisdom. As a perennial source of knowledge, it has intrigued the philosophical mind of men and women from all over the world. 2-CD Album

THE BHAGAVAD GITA
The Bhagvad Gita, it is believed, is the essence of India’s Vedic wisdom. As a perennial source of knowledge, it has intrigued the philosophical mind of men and women from all over the world. Capturing the greatest philosophical and religious dialogue known to mankind, it recounts the discourse given by Lord Krishna to Arjuna, who was reluctant to fight his relatives facing the other side on the battlefield of Kurukshetra. A discourse on the science of self-realization, it is an arresting moment in the life of one who suddenly feels the need to question his duty.
Compiled in 18 chapters and 700 Shlokas, it is a detailed rationalization of important concepts such as Karma Yoga - Transcendental Knowledge, Dhyana Yoga - Knowledge of supreme truth, attaining the Supreme, the opulence of the Absolute, the Universal Form, Devotional Service, Nature, the enjoyer and Consciousness, Divisions of faith, perfection of Renunciation and more. Compressed in a set of two compact volumes, the chosen verses in the album strive to present the supreme spiritual mystery and secrets of Gita, in a style that is simple and elegant. Sung by S. P. Balasubramanium in Sanskrit and translated into English, it is an attempt to capture the unfathomable ocean of wisdom that lies in this Holy Scripture.
PROLOGUE: The Bhagavad-Gita is the eternal message of the Lord Himself and the word of God becomes the path of enlightenment for all, irrespective of caste, creed, age and gender; social or economic status in the society. It is a whole literature in itself, containing a code of life, a philosophy of social and ethical relations, and a speculative thought on human problems and their solutions. Fundamentally, the Gita preaches three things. First - do your duty to the best of your ability without the expectation of results, second - believe that God is present equally in all human beings, and third - the ultimate aim of all mortals is to attain salvation.
The noblest of Scriptures and the Greatest of Sagas, the Gita is bound to show light and happiness to everyone who listens attentively to each and every syllable of knowledge contained in it.
The Bhagwad Gita is a 2-CD Album
£11.99
The Divine Wheel - Kala Ramnath - Rupak Kulkarni
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The Divine Wheel: This new collaboration between the world renowned talent of Kala Ramnath and supremely gifted Rupak Kulkarni is a beautiful example of the endless process of divine creative exploration.

The remarkable violin skills of Kala Ramnath have become the envy of international violinists. Her performances have charmed audiences worldwide and consequently served to boost the status of violin to new levels in Indian music. Up until recent times, the violin was more commonly a feature of South Indian (Carnatic) Music recitals, and then used mostly as an accompaniment instrument. Through Kala's endeavours, solo violin has now become a welcome feature of major North Indian music festivals, including Saptak, where she has become a firm favourite. Over the span of her relatively short career, Kala has successfully developed a distinctive playing style which embraces the essence of the gayaki (vocal) experience, capturing all the depth and emotion of the human voice.

Kala Ramnath is the fourth generation violinist hailing from an illustrious family of musicians stretching back over seven generations. Her family boasts some of India's finest musicians including her aunt Dr. N. Rajam, from whom she took formative training, and Prof T.N. Krishnan, a violin maestro who has enjoyed a prolific musical career spanning over sixty years.

Kala began her musical journey in 1969 at the age of just two. Her grandfather A. Narayana Iyer first recognised her talents, and took the step of introducing her to both Hindustani and Carnatic music. Attracted by the ornate and romantic Hindustani khayal vocal form, Kala chose North Indian music, a style of playing which gives the soloist wider improvisatory scope to elaborate on the raag. Kala's music has in recent years matured and been refined under the guidance of one of India's musical legends, vocalist Pandit Jasraj, who saw in her the potential to create a unique playing style inspired by the Mewati vocal gharana.

Rupak Kulkarni is a hugely gifted and versatile musician. Though his background is steeped in classical music he has been able to skilfully translate his skills with ease into Indian film music and several successful collaborative projects. His flute playing can be heard in several hit movies including Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gam.

His playing style is a well balanced blend of both the Gayaki (vocal style) and Tatkari (the stringed instrument style). Rupak's first musical instincts were nurtured by his late father Pt. Malhar Kulkarni. Later, he enjoyed a long and exhaustive apprenticeship with flute maestro Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia to become an outstanding exponent of the 'Maihar Gharana' style of playing. Rupak has also played his part in some exciting collaborative projects working with the likes of Trilok Gurtu, Taufiq Qureshi and master Djembe drummer Adama Drame (West Africa).

The Bansuri is hollowed out of bamboo, with six finger holes and a blowing hole. According to Indian folk lore, it was an insect which pierced a hole in the bamboo to hide from a storm, and as the wind roared, the hole echoed with an enchanting tone. The word bansuri originates in the Sanskrit word 'bans', meaning bamboo, and 'swar', meaning musical note. The flute, sometimes known as benu, plays a significant role in Indian folk culture. Lord Krishna is said to have exuded charm and attracted females (gopis) through the divine playing of his flute, to such an extent that even the married cowgirls found his beauty irresistible! Krishna's devotees have named the flute 'Krishna ki Patrani' (Krishna's Queen).

Vijay Ghate is considered to be one of the most outstanding tabla players in North Indian music. He has trained with Pandit Suresh Talwalkar, an icon amongst tabla players of India, and one the most progressive and profound thinkers on tabla playing. Vijay has been performing since the age of sixteen and has toured worldwide with many of India's prominent musicians. As an accompanist he is a favourite with the likes of Hariprasad Chaurasia, Shivkumar Sharma, Kala Ramnath and Shahid Parvez. He is equally comfortable as a soloist as well as an accompanist to instrumentalists, vocalists and Kathak dancers, having a huge stock of repertoire, and a capacity to improvise freely and spontaneously.

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The Golden Bow - Santosh Kumar Nahar
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Santosh Kumar Nahar: A passionate fire and great virtuosity burns brightly in this superb new Indian violin talent.

Santosh Kumar Nahar is fast emerging as one of the most exciting young violinists of the North Indian, Hindustani style of Classical Music. He has become a regular and very popular performer at India's most prestigious music conferences and festivals. In India, music is a complete way of life for many families, and Santosh hails from one such family steeped in the traditions of India's classical music. His father, Prahlad Prasad Mishra a renowned vocalist and musician, along with his uncles and elder brothers made sure the young violinist received a comprehensive grounding in the practices of this most refined and revered art form, with further training in the techniques of violin playing coming from Shri T.M.Patnaik.

Exposure to different teachers has helped the young violinist to refine his own musical interpretations. Through hours of rigorous practice, Santosh Nahar has been able to successfully merge the melodic vocal style, known as gayaki, with the dynamic instrumental, tantrakari style.

Santosh Kumar Nahar's performances are laced with fluent taans, elaborate improvised passages, which exhibit stunning virtuosity.

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The Legendary Ravi Shankar Volume 1
SNCD 70599

The Legendary Ravi Shankar: The Golden Jubilee Concert recorded Live in Barbican Centre in 1999, London. Assisted by his son Shubho Shankar on Sitar and accompanied by the great Kathak Dancer, Durga Lal, on Pakhawaj.

The Legendary Ravi Shankar: The Golden Jubilee Concert recorded Live in Barbican Centre in 1999, London. Assisted by his son Shubho Shankar on Sitar and accompanied by the great Kathak Dancer, Durga Lal, on Pakhawaj.

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The Legendary Ravi Shankar Volume 2
SNCD 70699

The Legendary Ravi Shankar Volume 2. Golden Jubilee concert recorded Live in Barbican Centre, London. Assisted by his son Shubho Shankar on Sitar and accompanied by Kumar Bose on tabla.

The Legendary Ravi Shankar Volume 2. Golden Jubilee concert (Bihag and Pancham Se Gara) recorded Live in Barbican Centre, London. Assisted by his son Shubho Shankar on Sitar and accompanied by Kumar Bose on tabla.

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The Living Legend of Bansuri: Hariprasad Chaurasia
SNCD 70998

The Living Legend of Bansuri - Hariprasad Chaurasia in a flute recital of raga Kalaranjani. Volume 2 of LIVE recording from the whole night concert in KKL-Stuttgart, Germany '97. Accompanied by Anindo Chatterjee on Tabla.

The Living Legend of Bansuri - Hariprasad Chaurasia in a flute recital of raga Kalaranjani. Volume 2 of LIVE recording from the whole night concert in KKL-Stuttgart, Germany '97. Hariprasad is accompanied by Anindo Chatterjee on Tabla.

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The Living Legend of Bansuri: Hariprasad Chaurasia
SNCD 70898

The Living Legend of Bansuri - Hariprasad Chaurasia in a flute recital of ragas Shivanjali and Lalit. Volume 1 of Live recording from the whole night concert, KKL-Stuttgart, Germany '95. Accompanied by Zakir Hussain on Tabla and T. H. Vinayakram (Vikku) on Ghatam.

The Living Legend of Bansuri - Hariprasad Chaurasia in a flute recital of ragas Shivanjali and Lalit. Volume 1 of Live recording from the whole night concert, KKL-Stuttgart, Germany '95. Hariprasad is accompanied by Zakir Hussain on Tabla and T. H. Vinayakram (Vikku) on Ghatam.

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The Majestic Tabla of Swapan Chaudhuri
SNCD 71093

The Majestic Tabla of Swapan Chaudhuri in a Tabla Solo performance with Ramesh Mishra on Sarangi (Nagma), Sumit Bandopadhyay and Jane Chaudhuri on Tamboura.

The Majestic Tabla of Swapan Chaudhuri in a Tabla Solo performance with Ramesh Mishra on Sarangi (Nagma), Sumit Bandopadhyay and Jane Chaudhuri on Tamboura.

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The Music of Yog
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The Music of Yog: This new series of CDs have been produced because of an overwhelming demand from professionals working in the area of yoga and relaxation for genuine music which comes from the heart.

The Music of Yog: This new series of CDs have been produced because of an overwhelming demand from professionals working in the area of yoga and relaxation for genuine music which comes from the heart. People are tired of hearing pseudo spiritual music which in reality is made using modern synthesizers and samplers by producers who make a nice ethereal sound but create very little genuine musical substance.

The ancient sound of traditional Indian music comes from a different place it comes from lifetimes of dedication to the development of the music and links with the ancient spiritual culture of India, the birthplace of so many of the earth's deeper spiritual values.

The traditions of Indian classical music have links to the practices of nada yoga and are deeply interwoven with many aspects of spiritual life. It is said to have evolved from the ancient Vedas. One of the earliest musical forms, the thevarams which belong to the 7th Century, are religious lyrics, as are the divya prabandams which formed part of temple music. Temples were the earliest patrons of music along with royalty.

Temples were the hub of all cultural activity and artistic expression. Culture itself was rooted in religion. Music was considered one of the best forms of worship.

Nadopasana is considered a path to enlightenment and a method to serve the Supreme. The Vedas, the Upanishads, the Puranas all contain references to music.

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The Power of Gayatri
SRCD 126

The Power of Gayatri: Based on raag Bhopali, this light and lilting Gayatri mantra music is rendered in the evergreen, mellifluous voices of Hariharan, Anup Jalota, Shankar Mahadevan, Devaki Pandit and Sadhana Sargam to caress your inner senses.

The Power of Gayatri: The practice of meditation has occurred worldwide since ancient times. The Hindus perfected the art of sacred chanting that dates back at least 3,000 years and is probably the world's oldest continuous vocal tradition.

Of all the sacred “Mantras”, there is none considered more exalted than the Gayatri. A prayer for spiritual and meditative stimulation, it is addressed to the divine life-giver as supreme God, symbolised in the Sun. The Gayatri is thus not only the symbol of light but light itself. A “mantra” signifies the sacred formula or verse, the incantation of which leads to spiritual liberation and enrichment of daily life.
According to Hindu tradition, the world has come into existence through the union of Mind “(manas)” with word “Vac.” The “mantra” therefore has not only sound and meaning, but also energy. To acquire this energy of the Word, one has to grasp the message as well as the vibrations of the “mantra”. Properly chanted, it leads one to the harmony and peace that result when forces of the Divine, the Human and the Cosmic lock embrace.

In The Power of Gayatri, well versed in the nuances of Indian classical raags, some of the most popular and sought after singers weave their own magic to uplift and entrance the listener to a higher state of being.

Based on raag Bhopali, this light and lilting Gayatri mantra music is rendered in the evergreen, mellifluous voices of Hariharan, Anup Jalota, Shankar Mahadevan, Devaki Pandit and Sadhana Sargam to caress your inner senses.

The last track in this Power of Gayatri album is presented in the traditional vedic choral-chants form.
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The Raga Guide
Raga Guide

The Raga Guide: A 196 page book with 4 CDs. A Survey of and introduction to 74 Hindustani Ragas, the melodic basis for the Northern Indian classical music.

The Raga Guide: A 196 page book with 4 CDs. A Survey of 74 Hindustani Ragas. The Raga Guide is an introduction to Hindustani ragas, the melodic basis for the classical music of Northern India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh.

It is the modern reference work for listeners and connoisseurs, students and scholars. HARIPRASAD CHAURASIA (FLUTE), BUDDHADEV DASGUPTA (SAROD), SHRUTI SADOLIKAR-KATKAR (VOCAL), VIDYADHAR VYAS (VOCAL). Produced in collaboration with Rotterdam Conservatory.

'As a quick, easy and reliable reference work on the main ragas of Hindustani music, The Raga Guide is a godsend.' - Neil Sorell, SONGLINES

£39.99
The Raga Guide
Raga Guide

The Raga Guide: A 196 page book with 4 CDs. A Survey of and introduction to 74 Hindustani Ragas, the melodic basis for the Northern Indian classical music.

The Raga Guide: A 196 page book with 4 CDs. A Survey of 74 Hindustani Ragas. The Raga Guide is an introduction to Hindustani ragas, the melodic basis for the classical music of Northern India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh.

It is the modern reference work for listeners and connoisseurs, students and scholars. HARIPRASAD CHAURASIA (FLUTE), BUDDHADEV DASGUPTA (SAROD), SHRUTI SADOLIKAR-KATKAR (VOCAL), VIDYADHAR VYAS (VOCAL). Produced in collaboration with Rotterdam Conservatory.

'As a quick, easy and reliable reference work on the main ragas of Hindustani music, The Raga Guide is a godsend.' - Neil Sorell, SONGLINES

£39.99
The Senior Dagar Brothers - Raga Todi
RAGA 220

The Senior Dagar Brothers: It is the first ever full length recording of these legendary dhrupadiyas, Moinuddin and Aminuddin Dagar in front of many illustrious names.

The Senior Dagar Brothers: Mohinuddin and Aminuddin Dagar in a morning raga Todi concert in Calcutta June 8 1957. It is the first ever full length recording of these legendary dhrupadiyas in front of many illustrious names. The renowned Sri Purushottam Das of Nathdwara Temple (Rajasthan) accompanied the Dagar Brothers on the Pakhawaj.

£9.99
The Tabla Series - Akram Khan
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Akram Khan, the foremost exponent of the Ajrana gharana of tabla playing today is noted for the beauty and balance of his sound and the marvellously subtle and sophisticated use of the bayan (bass drum).

Akram Khan is the foremost exponent of the Ajrara gharana of tabla playing in India today. His training began from early childhood at the hands of his great grand father Ustad Mohamed Shafi Khan who introduced him first to the initial techniques and concepts of tabla. He then went on to study more intensively with Ustad Niazu Khan who was able to groom young Akram in the subtleties of tabla playing.

His father, tabla player Ustad Hasmat Ali Khan has been an inspiration thoughout his career. In recent times, Akram Khan has become one of the most popular accompanists having shared the stage with many of the great musicians of India including Ustad Vilayat Khan. His playing is noted for the beauty and balance of his sound and the marvellously subtle and sophisticated used of the bayan or bass drum.

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The Tabla Series - Rimpa Siva
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Few Indian musicians have created as much excitement and discussion in recent times as young Rimpa Siva.

Rimpa Siva
Few Indian musicians have created as much excitement and discussion in recent times as Rimpa Siva. Those who have been fortunate enough to witness her live performances have been stunned by her virtuosity and her awareness of the traditions that feed into the modern repertoire of tabla playing. Her story is remarkable by any stretch of the imagination. At the age of fourteen she had already accompanied many of the contemporary celebrities of Indian Classical music including Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia and Pt. Ajoy Chakrabarty in sell out tours of the USA and Europe. The breathe-taking power, precision and speed exhibited in her solo tabla playing has challenged many preconceptions about the role of women in the world of tabla playing.

Throughout her short career her guide and inspiration has been her father Prof. Swapan Siva, an eminent teacher of the Farukhabad gharana. As a young child she would look on studiously while her father gave tabla lessons to his male disciples. Since girls are hardly ever initiated into learning the tabla, Rimpa’s father didn’t concern himself about it too much at first. Rimpa however was mesmerized by the sounds of the drums and started dabbling with it from the age of three. It was when she was about nine that her father noticed Rimpa had mastered certain aspects of the instrument which people usually get to only around 16-17 years of age and realized he had real talent on his hands.

Rimpa’s solo tabla performances have taken her to all corners of her native India and beyond. Travelling to Norway in 1996, at the age of ten, she was awarded the Arun Land Rej Memorial Fund for her performance, which included a cash award of fifty thousand rupees. In June 1997, she was invited to the Netherlands to participate in the World Child Festival. In 1998 a documentary film titled ‘Rimpa Siva: Princess of Tabla’ was made in France to honour this child prodigy. Rimpa's music was given a tinge of fusion by Pt Hariprasad Chaurasia at the New Millennium year programme for Indian National TV.

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The Tabla Series - Subhankar Banerjee
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Subhankar Banerjee has successfully absorbed the music of many great maestros of different traditions and plays with a powerful artistery and sensitivity.

Subhankar Bannerjee
At the age of five this musical wonder kid was placed under the tutelage of Shri Swapan Shiva, celebrated artiste and teacher of the Farukhabad Tabla Gharana. Since then he has been dedicating himself to the study of tabla, successfully absorbing material from maestros belonging to other Gharanas and traditions of tabla playing.

He received awards in his early age from celebrities like Satyajit Ray, Pandit Ravi Shankar and the President of India in 1987. Training in vocal music from his childhood made him a competent singer as well as a sensitive and sympathetic tabla accompanist. In addition to being a reputed soloist, Subhankar is one of the most popular accompanists for many of the prominent musical celebrities of India including Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pt. Ravi Shankar and Pt. Shivkumar Sharma. Over the last twenty years he has maintained a highly demanding schedule, annually clocking up thousands of miles and reaching all corners of the globe.

Amongst Subhankar Bannerjee's most celebrated performances have been those at the Fiftieth Anniversary celebrations of Pakistan and the Nobel Peace Prize Awards in Oslo.

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The Tabla Series - Yogesh Samsi
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Yogesh Samsi is one of those rare tabla players whose reputation has been built on his consummate artistry in both fields of accompaniment and solo playing.

Yogesh Samsi is one of those rare tabla players whose reputation has been built on his consummate artistry in both fields of accompaniment and solo playing. The son of the renowned vocalist Pandit Dinkar Kaikini, Yogesh Samsi was initiated into tabla by his father at the tender age of four, and later received guidance under Pandit H.Taranath Rao. However it was under the gifted tutelage of the legendary Ustad Alla Rakha that Yogesh received intense training for twenty three years and, matured into a fine young tabla player.

Yogesh has accompanied almost all the top ranking instrumentalists and vocalists and dancers of India, including Ustad Vilayat Khan, Pt Dinkar Kaikini, Pt Bhimsen Joshi, Pt Shivkumar Sharma, Pt Hariprasad Chaurasia, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and Pt Birju Maharaj. Apart from accompaniment Yogesh has performed numerous memorable solo performances in India and abroad. He has also had the privilege of accompanying his teacher Ustad Alla Rakha and his son the great maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain in their solo performances.

Besides performing Yogesh Samsi has a sound scholastic approach to the subject and has taken several successful workshops in world music centres in India, U.S.A, U.K, South Africa and Japan. He is also a highly respected teacher, creating a syllabus for learning tabla designed specifically for teachers in the West, an initiative which is sure to have great benefits for the advancement of tabla worldwide. Yogesh has also worked on an instructional CD-Rom about tabla which is now available for students.

With the growing influences of modern and fusion music, Yogesh Samsi strives to keep up his revered Guru's word of preserving the tradition in the presentation of tabla solo.

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The Tabla Series- Partha Sarathi Mukherjee
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Partha Sarathi Mukherjee, one of the leading exponents of North Indian Tabla playing demonstrates his versatility by drawing on a wide range of traditional compositions from different styles and sources.

Partha Sarathi Mukherjee has established himself as one of the leading exponents of Tabla playing in North Indian Music. He is the foremost disciple of the legendary tabla maestro and doyen of Benares Gharana, Pandit Samta Prasad, receiving his initial training from his father Shri Ashok Kumar Mukherjee. A versatile and highly skilled musician, Partha Sarathi has traveled extensively within India and abroad performing in major festivals with an array of internationally reputed artists including Ustad Imrat Khan, Begum Parveen Sultana, Ustad Shahid Parvez, Ustad Shujaat Khan, Pandit Rajan and Sajan Mishra and Pt. Ronu Majumdar among others.

His work includes playing authentic traditional solo Tabla, accompanying classical Indian artists (dancers and musicians) and collaborating with western Jazz, Middle Eastern musicians and composers of great repute. In August 2004 he performed in the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Athens. Furthermore, he has worked with composer Ross Daly (Greece) in several performances across Europe, and collaborated with Flamenco Guitarist Eduardo Niebla (Spain), Double Bass player Achim Tang (Austria), Jazz Guitarist Giorgio Serci (Sardinia, Italy), Percussionist Ronny Barrac (Lebanon) & Composer Flautist Deepak Ram (South Africa/USA) to name few.

He has made a name for himself as a composer, creating several thematic abstract rhythmic scores for Anurekha Ghosh & Company's choreographic productions, for which he has received wide critical acclaim. In this solo, Partha Sarathi Mukherjee has demonstrated his versatility in the field of tabla playing by drawing on a wide range of traditional compositions from different styles and sources. Throughout the performance he maintains a rich quality of tone and clarity which has become a mark of his tabla presentation.

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The Valley Recalls - Volume 1
NRCD 0066

Shivkumar Sharma & Hariprasad Chaurasia in a Flute and Santoor recital Vol. 1 'IN SEARCH OF PEACE, LOVE & HARMONY'.

Shivkumar Sharma & Hariprasad Chaurasia Flute and Santoor Vol. 1 'IN SEARCH OF PEACE, LOVE & HARMONY'. Live at The Nehru Centre, Bombay, December 1995. The sequel to their 1968 ground-breaking album, CALL OF THE VALLEY.

£7.99
The Valley Recalls - Volume 2
NRCD 0067

Shivkumar Sharma & Hariprasad Chaurasia in a Flute & Santoor recital Vol. 2. Live at The Nehru Centre, Mumbai, December 1995.

Shivkumar Sharma & Hariprasad Chaurasia in a Flute & Santoor recital Vol. 2. Live at The Nehru Centre, Mumbai, December 1995. Sequel to their ground-breaking 1968 Album CALL OF THE VALLEY.

£7.99
The Valley Recalls Volume 2 DELETED
NRDVD 006

The Valley Recalls Volume Two (DVD) NTSC 4:3 All Regions: Pandit Shivkumar Sharma and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia in a Jugalbandhi of Santoor and Flute.

The Valley Recalls Volume Two (DVD) NTSC 4:3 All Regions: Pandit Shivkumar Sharma and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia in a Jugalbandhi of Santoor and Flute.

Pandit Anindo Chatterjee on Tabla, Shubhankar Bannerjee on Tabla and Pandit Bhawani Shankar on Pakhawaj

"Connecting the past and the present is one of the goals of Indian music but in the process sometimes something extraordinary occurs and a contemporary masterpiece is unfurled to touch the future...Posterity will have seen history in the making at the Nehru Centre on 30th December 1995" - KEN HUNT

Special Features: Exclusive interviews with Shivkumar Sharma and Hariprasad Chaurasia

Total Running Time: 1 hour 33 Minutes

NTSC 4:3 All Regions

£10.99
The Valley Recalls Volume 2 DELETED
NRDVD 006

The Valley Recalls Volume Two (DVD) NTSC 4:3 All Regions: Pandit Shivkumar Sharma and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia in a Jugalbandhi of Santoor and Flute.

The Valley Recalls Volume Two (DVD) NTSC 4:3 All Regions: Pandit Shivkumar Sharma and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia in a Jugalbandhi of Santoor and Flute.

Pandit Anindo Chatterjee on Tabla, Shubhankar Bannerjee on Tabla and Pandit Bhawani Shankar on Pakhawaj

"Connecting the past and the present is one of the goals of Indian music but in the process sometimes something extraordinary occurs and a contemporary masterpiece is unfurled to touch the future...Posterity will have seen history in the making at the Nehru Centre on 30th December 1995" - KEN HUNT

Special Features: Exclusive interviews with Shivkumar Sharma and Hariprasad Chaurasia

Total Running Time: 1 hour 33 Minutes

NTSC 4:3 All Regions

£10.99
Thumri - Music of North India
IAM 1012

Thumri - Vocal and Instrumental Light Classical Music of North India.

Thumri - Vocal and Instrumental Light Classical Music of North India. Thumri is the predominant light classical genre of North India. Initially cultivated and practiced by courtesans into the early 20th Century, thumri managed a transition to the urban concert hall, shedding its disrepute and acquiring a more classicized sophistication.....Ustad Halim Jaffar Khan (Sitar), Vidyadhar Vyas (Vocal), Rajeev Taranath (Sarod), Dhruba Ghosh (Sarangi), Ajoy Chakrabarty (Vocal) and Debashish Bhattacharya (Indian Slide-Guitar).

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Touching Air - Kala Ramnath
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At a young age, Kala Ramnath has already established herself as one of the most outstanding violinists of India.

At a young age, Kala Ramnath has already established herself as one of the most outstanding violinists of India. She comes from a distinguished musical family that has produced generations of well-known violinists. The credit for grooming most of them goes to Vidwan Narayana Iyer, who has uniquely trained his students in both the North and South Indian musical forms.

From the thirteenth century onwards, India has developed two distinct musical systems. The Karnatic music of the South lays greater emphasis on fixed compositions. It has remained largely unchanged for hundreds of years and has maintained a close connection with music of the temples. The Hindustani music of North India places more stress on improvisation and virtuosity. It has been subject to external influences, most notably the Moghul Invaders.

In spite of its ability to reproduce every shade and nuance of vocal music, the violin has very few outstanding exponents in the North. On the contrary, Karnatic music boasts a long list of virtuoso violinists, who continue to enjoy sustained popularity in the South.

Kala Ramnath has based her solo career on the expansive style of North Indian music. More specifically, she plays in the Hindustani vocal style of Khyal, which out of all vocal genres allows its performers the greatest opportunity to display the depth and breadth of their musical knowledge and skill. Kala's performances demonstrate an impressive combination of technical excellence and a deep emotional quality imbibed from her distinguished guru, Pandit Jasraj.

£8.99
Tranquillity - Music for Peace & Harmony
SRCD 036A

Tranquillity - Music for Peace & Harmony: captures that harmony which comes with the mind and body being tuned to the music of the higher spheres, creating an intensely peaceful state that produces an easy sense of beauty and tranquillity.

"Tranquillity - Music for Peace & Harmony" (formerly known as 'A Musical Harmony). Instrumental: Composed and Arranged by Abhijit Pohankar. This album aims to capture that harmony which comes with the mind and body being tuned to the music of the higher spheres, creating an intensely peaceful state that produces an easy sense of beauty and tranquillity for the mind, body and soul.

Musicians: Abhijit Pohankar (Keyboard) Rakesh Chaurasia & Rupak Kulkarni (Flute) Niladri Kumar & Bhupal Panshikar (Sitar) Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya (Santoor) Pandit Brij Narayan (Sarod) Rajendra Singh (Swarlin) Bikram Ghosh & Bhooshan Moonjh (Tabla) and Chandrajeet (Spanish Guitar)

£5.99
Tribute to Kishan Maharaj
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Pandit Kishan Maharaj is widely recognized as one of the greatest Indian tabla players of the modern era. This CD captures some of the best performances of his later years and is a fitting tribute and remembrance of the master who has passed from this life.

On the 5th May 2008, Indian music lost a true legend with the passing away of Pandit Kishan Maharaj at the age of 85. This grand master of tabla playing who, according to Kathak maestro Birju Maharaj, had 'the history of Indian music on his fingertips' was an heroic figure who will be remembered as a highly charismatic and creative performer who played an essential role in establishing tabla as a solo instrument and helped to raise the status of tabla players all over the world.

His ability to play innovative and playful cross rhythms, and to spontaneously produce complex calculations particularly in 'tihai' patterns, made him one of the most revered and respected tabla players of his time admired by audiences and peers alike. After Shehnai maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan's death, he was the lone surviving classical music legend in Varanasi (Benares), the place whose lineage and mantle he so proudly carried for well over seventy years of an extraordinary musical journey.

Pandit Kishan Maharaj is widely recognized as one of the greatest Indian tabla players of the modern era. This CD captures some of the best performances of his later years and is a fitting tribute and remembrance of the master who has passed from this life.

£17.99
Trinity - Music of the Gods
SRCD 040

"Trinity", is a symbolic tribute to that universal soul, or "World Spirit", culminating in a trinity of its own: three distinct faces of the evergreen, all-time favourite raag, Bhairavi, which is depicted here in three unique ways through compositions that give this raag its eternal qualities.

The three aspects of God represented through the Hindu "Trimurti" (Trinity) are an embodiment of the supreme, impersonal, eternal and universal spirit. Brahma the creator, Vishnu the preserver and Mahesh (or Shiva) the destroyer. Destruction, in this sense, is more about renewal - or the dismantling of older structures to make way for the new hence Shiva has strong associations with man's creative instincts. Indian classical music, it is believed, was almost solely the domain of the gods and is said to appeal to humans because of its proximity to God, or the Universal Soul.

This album, "Trinity", is a symbolic tribute to that universal soul, or "World Spirit", culminating in a trinity of its own: three distinct faces of the evergreen, all-time favourite raag, Bhairavi, which is depicted here in three unique ways through compositions that give this raag its eternal qualities. These compositions of Bhairavi are given a tripartite treatment through three "King" instruments. Shehnai (which gets its name from the Persian word "Shah", meaning King and "Ney" meaning flute), the Bansuri or bamboo flute which is closely associated with Lord Krishna, and the Sitar, the best-known Indian classical instrument outside India. These three instruments end the finale of the album by merging into one, symbolically alluding to the many facets of the three main deities as ultimately representing the ONE.

"Trinity" also presents a unique collection of some of the best-loved "Bandishes" (song compositions) in a number of important classical raags. There are old favourites like Raag Bihag, Kedar and Rageshree while Jansamohini and Charukeshi are brand new compositions. Pilu and Kafi, better known for their romantic "thumri" (light classical song) styles, are given a sombre, devotional flavour while still retaining the effervescent spirit of the thumri.

£5.99
Tulsi Ke Ram
SCD 007

Tulsi Ke Ram: Goswami Tulsidas emerged on the scene with the revival of one of the greatest epics of all times, The Ramayan.

Tulsi Ke Ram: Goswami Tulsidas emerged on the scene with the revival of one of the greatest epics of all times, The Ramayan. Through his inspired writings he re-oriented and simplified the story of Lord Rama with the strong message of victory of good over evil.
This album journeys through the life of Tulsidas and tells how one small incidence was o change the course of his life. It became the motivation for his spiritual quest and inspired him to compose his magnum opus - The Rama Charit Manas.
Music Composed, Arranged and Conducted By Ashit Desai. Narrated by Brij Bhushan & Rekha Bhimani. Script by Dr. Shailesh Tevani & Rekha Bhimani
£6.99
Tulsi Ramayan - Shri Ramcharitramanas
CDNF 153061 - 65

The legendary Mukesh presents Tulsi Ramayan - Shri Ramcharitramanas in this 5 CD set.

The legendary Mukesh presents Tulsi Ramayan - Shri Ramcharitramanas in this 5 CD set.

£19.99
Uday Bhawalkar
NI 5489

Uday Bhawalkar - Dhrupad & The Dagar Tradition: Uday Bhawalkar performs in the vocal dhrupad genre, which he studied under Zia Mohiuddin and Zia Fariduddin of the Dagar family. Dhrupad is the older classical music tradition still prevalent in India today.

"Uday Bhawalkar" DHRUPAD & THE DAGAR TRADITION: Uday Bhawalkar performs in the vocal dhrupad genre, which he studied under Zia Mohiuddin and Zia Fariduddin of the Dagar family. Dhrupad is the older classical music tradition still prevalent in India today, though it has far fewer performers than the modern classical vocal genre, khyal.

There are just a handful of dhrupad instrumentalists; one of the best known of our times, rudra vina maestro Zia Mohiuddin Dagar, passed away in 1990 (see Nimbus CDs NI 5276 and NI 5402). See also Raga Records CDs 219, 220 & 221AB by Dagar brothers. Born in 1966 in Jaora, Madhya Pradesh, Uday Bhawalkar is one of the younger generation of professional dhrupad performers in India and abroad. He started learning dhrupad in December 1981, when he received a four-year scholarship to study at the Dhrupad Kendra in Bhopal. Uday Bhawalkar is accompanied by Manik Munde on Pakhawaj.

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Uday Bhawalkar - A Dhrupad Recital
NRCD 0058

Uday Bhawalkar in a Dhrupad recital of ragas Puriya and Jog, recorded Live at The Queen Elizabeth Centre, London, July 1995. Accompanied by Manik Munde on Pakhawaj.

Uday Bhawalkar in a Dhrupad recital of ragas Puriya and Jog, recorded Live at The Queen Elizabeth Centre, London, July 1995. Accompanied by Manik Munde on Pakhawaj.

£7.99
Ulhas Kashalkar
IAM 1071

Ulhas Kashalkar is amongst the leading khayal vocalists. Recites ragas Shankara, Sanjh Saravali & Bhairavi in a tribute to Sitar maestro, Vilayat Khan.

Ulhas Kashalkar is amongst the leading khayal vocalists. Recites ragas Shankara, Sanjh Saravali & Bhairavi in a tribute to Sitar maestro, Vilayat Khan.

Ulhas Kashalkar is amongst the leading khayal vocalists. Ulhas (b. 1955), until age 20, was trained in vocal music by his father, an attorney. Along with this, he qualified for his first and graduate degrees in Hindustani music. Thereafter, under a scholarship from the Government of India, Ulhas moved to Bombay for training with vocalists groomed in the traditional System of stylistic indoctrination. He trained for six years with Pandit Ram Marathe, a vocalist of the Gwalior and Agra traditions and for another six years with Pandit Gajananrao Joshi, a Gwalior Gharana maestro who had incorporated Agra as well as Jaipur-Atrauli features into his idiom. Ulhas' exceptional mind integrated this eclectic grooming into a convincing personal statement.

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Ulhas Kashalkar - Sparsh
Sense 113

Ulhas Kashalkar could be described as a singer's singer who seamlessly combines creativity and tradition. He is renowned for his authentic and highly aesthetic presentations of rarer traditional raags and possesses the rare ability to switch between the three distinct styles of Jaipur, Gwalior and Agra gharanas even in the course of a single performance.

Ulhas Kashalkar could be described as a singer's singer who seamlessly combines creativity and tradition. He is renowned for his authentic and highly aesthetic presentations of rarer traditional raags and possesses the rare ability to switch between the three distinct styles of Jaipur, Gwalior and Agra gharanas even in the course of a single performance.

Ulhas Kashalkar has been described as a singer who seamlessly combines creativity and tradition. Gifted with a melodious voice, he has managed to assimilate the rich qualities of three traditional North Indian classical vocal styles (Jaipur, Gwalior and Agra gharanas) into his own unique performance. He is renowned for his authentic and highly aesthetic presentations of rarer traditional raags and possesses the rare ability to switch between the three distinct styles even in the course of a single performance. Throughout his career he has focussed on performing Khayal, the predominant classical singing style of North India, attaining excellence in this field rather than being distracted by lighter classical genres.

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Umeed - Sultan Khan & Manju Mehta
Sense 104

Umeed - Sarangi maestro Sultan Khan and Sitarist Shrimati Manju Mehta in a rare jugalbandhi concert at the Saptak Festival 2004.

Umeed features a duet of two of India's most esteemed string players, bringing together the rare combination of Sitar and Sarangi. The pairing of Manju Mehta and Sultan Khan is an example of a musical partnership which has proved a popular feature of the Saptak Festival over the years.
£17.99
Unique Ravi Shankar
SNCD 70991

A unique sitarist, Ravi Shankar recites ragas Bhatiyar and Sindhi Bhairavi in an all-night Indian music festival, Live in Stuttgart 1988. Accompanied by Kumar Bose on Tabla.

A unique sitarist, Ravi Shankar recites ragas Bhatiyar and Sindhi Bhairavi in an all-night Indian music festival, Live in Stuttgart 1988. Shankar is accompanied by Kumar Bose on the Tabla.

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Ustad Alla Rakha & Zakir Hussain
MRCD 1001

Tabla Duet in Teental (16 beats) by Ustad Alla Rakha and Zakir Hussain. Accompanied by Ramesh Mishra on Sarangi Lehara.

Tabla Duet in Teental (16 beats) by Ustad Alla Rakha and Zakir Hussain. Accompanied by Ramesh Mishra on Sarangi Lehara.

This is a direct digital recording of a live concert, using minimalist miking techniques to assure as natural and pure a sound as possible. No equalization, compression or any other artificial enhancement of sound was used during recording or mastering.

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Ustad Nizamuddin Khan
IAM 1014

In this exploration of the sixteen-beat cycle, Tintal, Nizamuddin Khan gives a fascinating performance which conveys the charm and beauty of solo drumming.

Tabla Solo: Ustad Nizamuddin Khan is one of the great Tabla stylists, renowned for his solo performances and his sensitive and inspired accompaniment. In this exploration of the sixteen-beat cycle, Tintal, Nizamuddin gives a fascinating performance which conveys the charm and beauty of solo drumming.

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Utsav Lal - Piano Moods
TDIFU 002C

Utsav Lal, 16 years old "Raga Pianist" is based in Dublin, Ireland. One of India's youngest concert pianists, Utsav has acquired international acclaim with rave reviews for his renditions of Indian classical ragas on Piano.

Utsav Lal, 16 years old "Raga Pianist" is based in Dublin, Ireland. One of India's youngest concert pianists, Utsav has acquired international acclaim with rave reviews for his renditions of Indian classical ragas on Piano.

Utsav Lala has been hailed as a child prodigy, featuring in the Indian Limca Book of Records '07. Marrying off the predominantly western classical instrument, the Piano, with the age old Indian classical Ragas, Utsav has enthralled audiences worldwide with his unique piano playing style and exceptional musical genius and created the new and rich sound of "Raga Piano Music".

A trained Jazz Pianist and a certified Western Classical Pianist from Trinity School of Music, London, Utsav drew his inspiration at an early age from Indian Classical Music, breaking traditional barriers to be one of the first Indian musicians to draw on the "Power of Ragas on the Piano". Utsav's expression of his Raga Music need no written scores and the music flows from within, naturally and impromptu...aptly earning him the title of "RAGA PIANIST" amongst music lovers in international concert circuits.

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Vasant Rai
RAGA 226

Until his death at the young age of 43 in 1985, Vasant Rai was one of the world's most acclaimed masters of Indian music. Here, he recites raga Kanada.

Until his death at the young age of 43 in 1985, Vasant Rai was one of the world's most acclaimed masters of Indian music. Born in 1942, Vasant became proficient on sitar, violin and flute and appeared in his first concert at the age of 11 years. In 1958, after 13 years of musical experience, Vasant became the disciple of the incomparable guru Ustad Allauddin Khan, and was the last student to receive the Indian Maestro's complete musical training. Vasant Rai emerged a virtuoso on the Sarod.

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Vedanta - Wasifuddin Dagar and Bahauddin Dagar
Sense 094

The Dagar family are a pre-eminent dynasty that kept faith with dhrupad through its years of wider neglect - Wasifuddin Dagar and Bahauddin Dagar belong to its 20th generation of singers in a line starting from the 18th century.

The Dagar family are a pre-eminent dynasty that kept faith with dhrupad through its years of wider neglect - Wasifuddin Dagar belongs to its 20th generation of singers in a line starting from the 18th century. Born in 1969, he is the nephew of Zahiruddin Dagar and son of Faiyazuddin Dagar, famous internationally as the Dagar Brothers; and he is the grandson of both Nasiruddin Dagar on his father's side and Hussainuddin Dagar on his mother's. Once his talent was recognised, the various elders offered to share their wisdom as is the family habit. Wasif's eldest uncle Aminuddin Dagar was always during his lifetime a great source of inspiration and encouragement. Wasif was under the direct tutelage of his father and uncle from the age of five.

They first presented him at a guru-shishya (master-pupil) festival in Bhopal, and after the early death of his father he performed alongside his uncle in February 1989. He was further educated in jugalbandi, the duo singing which is a family speciality, and as the 'Dagar Duo' he and his uncle toured internationally. He continues to be guided by Fahimuddin Dagar, Fariduddin Dagar and Sayeeduddin Dagar. Since the death of his uncle in 1994, Wasifuddin has continued the Dagarvani tradition as a soloist, merging techniques and styles of both his gurus. His presentation of dhrupad is a unique blend of his uncle's training, his father's quality of voice and temperament, his own personality and his knowledge of the characteristic styles of his elders. Over the years he has developed a liking for numerous subtle variations and musical improvisations on a single phrase, bringing out many diverse shades of meaning.

Bahauddin Dagar, the rudra veena player, belongs to the same generation of the family and was born in 1970. He began his training at the age of eleven under the guidance of his father, the rudra veena maestro Mohiuddin Dagar, considered as the greatest veena player and teacher of his time. After his father died, he continued under the guidance of his uncle Fariduddin Dagar, the eminent dhrupad vocalist who has also guided Wasifuddin and is one of the four last senior Dagars alive. Presenting himself for the first time in 1989, Bahauddin Dagar is now regarded as the leading light of instrumental dhrupad and has toured throughout India and abroad.

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Veena Sahasrabuddhe
NRCD 0045

Veena Sahasrabuddhe in a classical Indian vocal music recital of raga Madhmad Sarang and a Bhajan, Live at the Kufa Gallery, London, May 1994. Accompanied by Sanjay Deshpande on tabla and Sudhanshu Kulkarni on Harmonium.

Veena Sahasrabuddhe in a classical Indian vocal music recital of raga Madhmad Sarang and a Bhajan, Live at the Kufa Gallery, London, May 1994. Accompanied by Sanjay Deshpande on tabla and Sudhanshu Kulkarni on Harmonium.

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Veena Sahasrabuddhe - Vani
NRCD 0137

Vani: Indian classical vocal music recital of Bhimpalasi by Veena Sahasrabuddhe. Raga Bhimpalasi (or Bhimpalashri) is an afternoon raga, evoking a gently melancholic atmosphere. Recorded Live at Kufa gallery, London, May 1994.

Vani: Indian classical vocal music by Veena Sahasrabuddhe. Accompanied on Tabla by Sanjay Deshpande and by Sudhanshu Kulkarni on Harmonium. Raga Bhimpalasi (or Bhimpalashri) is an afternoon raga, evoking a gently melancholic atmosphere. Recorded Live at Kufa gallery, London, May 1994.

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Veran Vansadi - Ashit & Hema Desai
SRCD

"Veran Vansadi": 'RAAS'. Ashit & Hema Desai.

"Veran Vansadi": 'RAAS'. Ashit & Hema Desai.

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Veran Vansadi - Ashit & Hema Desai
SRCD

"Veran Vansadi": 'RAAS'. Ashit & Hema Desai.

"Veran Vansadi": 'RAAS'. Ashit & Hema Desai.

£3.99
Vidyadhar Vyas
IAM 1017

Vidyadhar Vyas offers a buoyant, well structured rendering of the sweetly romantic raga Malgunji and Surdas Bhajan set to the bittersweet raga Bhairavi.

Vidyadhar Vyas is an eminent vocalist of the Gwalior style, with a warm, round tone extending into a sweet and ringing tenor region. Vidyadhar Vyas offers a buoyant, well structured rendering of the sweetly romantic raga Malgunji and Surdas Bhajan set to the bittersweet raga Bhairavi. Pandit Bhai Gaitonde on Tabla and Anant Kunte on Sarangi.

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Vijay Ghate
Sense 098

Vijay Ghate demonstrates elements of his unique repertoire and his innovations as a great tabla player of his generation. The solo is performed in teentaal.

Vijay Ghate is considered to be one of the most outstanding tabla players in the modern era of North Indian music. Born in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, Vijay showed an early inclination for rhythm which was fostered by his family. He moved to Mumbai to study with Pandit Suresh Talwalkar, an icon amongst tabla players of India, and one the most progressive and profound thinkers on tabla playing.

Vijay has been performing since the age of sixteen and has toured worldwide with most of India's prominent musicians. As an accompanist he is a favourite with many of India's leading players including Hariprasad Chaurasia, Shivkumar Sharma, Kala Ramnath and Shahid Parvez.

He is equally comfortable as a soloist as well as an accompanist to instrumentalists, vocalists and Kathak dancers, having a huge stock of repertoire, and a capacity to improvise and to play spontaneously according to the situation. As a soloist, he brings to the stage a distinctive vibrant energy which enhances both his creativity and technical acumen. For his solo repertoire Vijay draws on compositions and inspiration from all of the traditional six gharanas (playing styles) in his performance.

Accompanied by Gayatri Shankar - Vocals and Milind Kulkarni - Harmonium

The solo is performed in teentaal, a popular sixteen beat rhythmic cycle. Throughout, the tempo is skilfully regulated by Vocalist Gayatri Shankar and Milind Kulkarni on Harmonium, singing and playing a repeated lilting melody line known as lehara (or nagma). The use of a vocalist to keep the lehara is a rare phenomenon first introduced by Suresh Talwalkar, serving to heighten the musicality of the tabla solo experience. The vocalist is given the opportunity to improvise freely around the melody giving the tabla solo breathing space, at the same time helping to enhance the mood of the soloist.

The word "lehara" is a derivative of the word 'lahar', meaning current of a river or a stream. The lehara also helps in highlighting the most emphatic beat in the cycle known as 'sam' (literally "equal" or "together"), which occupies the first beat of a taal.

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Vijay Kichlu
IAM 1011

Vijay Kichlu offers an impassioned performance of raga Bhairav, an early morning raga with a devotional, contemplative and compassionate mood.

Vijay Kichlu studied Dhrupad with the Dagar Brothers and Khayal with Latafat Hussain Khan, whose style had a strong connection with Dhrupad. Vijay Kichlu offers an impassioned performance of raga Bhairav, an early morning raga with a devotional, contemplative and compassionate mood. A. G. Bandopadhyay on Tabla.

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Vilayat Khan
IAM 1075

Ragas Marwa, Puriya and Sohini presented by Vilayat Khan in a masterly demonstration of raga differentiation under the constraints of identical tone material.

Ustad Vilayat Khan presents ragas Marwa, Puriya and Sohini in a masterly demonstration of raga differentiation under the constraints of identical tone material. Marwa, played at sunset, has a meditative character; Puriya, played in the evening, has a somewhat more upbeat, aggressive character; Sohini, a late night raga has a sprightly character. Vilayat khan is accompanied by Akram Khan on the Tabla.

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Vilayat Khan
IAM 1035

Raga Shree: mature, thought-provoking and played with the lyrical virtuosity that has made Vilayat Khan legendary.

Ustad Vilayat Khan is one of the greatest Sitar players of the century, noted for his trademark sitar sound and inimitable 'vocal' playing style. This recording of raga Shree by Ustad vilayat Khan is an event of major importance, in the presentation of a definitive performance of a "major" raga by one of the visionary Indian classical artists of the century - mature, thought-provoking and played with the lyrical virtuosity that has made Vilayat Khan legendary. He is accompanied on the tabla by Akram Khan.

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Vilayat Khan
IAM 1045

Vilayat Khan performs his own creation, Enayetkhani Kanada, named after and dedicated to his father and Guru, the great sitarist Ustad Enayet Khan.

Ustad Vilayat Khan performs his own creation, Enayetkhani Kanada, named after and dedicated to his father and Guru, the great sitarist Ustad Enayet Khan. The moods run the gamut from euphoria to sadness as Vilayat Khan fondly remembers his father, while adding new dimension and depth to the Kanada raga rendition. Accompanied by Akram Khan on Tabla.

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Vilayat Khan
IAM 1001

Sitarist Ustad Vilayat Khan offers an extraordinary performance of Raga Bhairavi.

Sitarist Ustad Vilayat Khan offers an extraordinary performance of Raga Bhairavi. Beautiful and bitterswet, Bhairavi is often pictured as a woman longing for the return of her absent lover. Usually played in the light thumri style, Vilayat Khan explores this raga's more serious side in an extended alap and jor.

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Vilayat Khan
IAM 1030

Sitar maestro Ustad Vilayat Khan offers his unique interpretation of the rare raga Bhankar.

Ustad Vilayat Khan is a maestro whose synonymy with the Sitar is now a fact which the musical world naturally takes for granted. Here, Ustad Vilayat Khan offers his unique interpretation of the rare raga Bhankar, creating a model spectacle, incorporating fleeting glances of many other related and unrelated ragas. He is accompanied by Akram Khan on Tabla.

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Vilayat Khan
IAM 1040

Ustad Vilayat Khan performs his own creation, delightful and romantic, raga Sanjh Saravali, literally an "evening melody".

Ustad Vilayat Khan performs his own creation, delightful and romantic, raga Sanjh Saravali, literally an "evening melody". Ustad Vilayat Khan presents this in a slow, lyrical development typical of a khayal vocal rendering, and brings to bear all his creativity and technical prowess to make this performance an enchanting vision of love and beauty. Vilayat Khan is accompanied by Akram Khan on Tabla.

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Vilayat Khan
SNCD 71197

Ustad Vilayat Khan in a recital of raga Bhairo Bahar, accompanied by his son Hidayat Khan on Sitar and Ustad Zakir Hussain on Tabla. Live recorded from a whole night concert, KKL - Stuttgart, Germany 1997.

Dawn to Dusk: Ustad Vilayat Khan in a sitar recital of raga Bhairo Bahar, accompanied by his son Hidayat Khan on Sitar and Ustad Zakir Hussain on Tabla. Live recorded from a whole night concert, KKL - Stuttgart, Germany 1997.

£8.99
Vilayat Khan
SNCD 70895

Ustad Vilayat Khan in a sitar recital of raga Mand Bhairav accompanied by Ustad Zakir Hussain on Tabla and Hidayat Khan on Tamboura. Live recording from the whole night concert, KKL Stuttgart, Germany 1995.

Ustad Vilayat Khan in a sitar recital of raga Mand Bhairav accompanied by Ustad Zakir Hussain on Tabla and Hidayat Khan on Tamboura. Live recording of the performance by Vilayat Khan from the whole night concert, KKL Stuttgart, Germany 1995.

£8.99
Vilayat Khan
IAM 1065
Vilayat Khan in a rarely heard Solo Sitar recital in Raga Khamaj, recorded in 2003.
Vilayat Khan in a rarely heard Solo Sitar recital in Raga Khamaj, recorded in 2003.
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Vilayat Khan & Bismillah Khan - Eb'adat
NRCD 0038/39

Ustad Vilayat Khan & Ustad Bismillah Khan - EB'ADAT. Volume 1. A Sitar and Shehnai recital in London.

Ustad Vilayat Khan & Ustad Bismillah Khan - EB'ADAT. Volume 1. A Sitar and Shehnai recital, Live at the Barbican centre, London, October 1994.

£15.99
Vilayat Khan & Shujaat Hussain
NRCD 0052/53

Vilayat Khan & Shujaat Hussain, father and son, in a Sitar & Surbahar recital, London, November 1993. Vilayat and Shujaat are accompanied by Sabir Khan on tabla.

Vilayat Khan & Shujaat Hussain, father and son, in a Sitar & Surbahar recital, LIVE at The Royal Festival Hall, London, November 1993. Vilayat and Shujaat are accompanied by Sabir Khan on tabla.

£15.99
Vilayat Khan - A Night to Remember
NRCD 0252/3

Ustad Vilayat Khan - A Night to Remember - Live at The Royal Festival Hall, London October 2002: A TWO CDs Album - Accompanied by Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri on the Tabla. Plus a complimentary CD 'Soul to Soul' featuring Sitarist Hidayat Hussain Khan and Enayat Hossain on Tabla featuring Ragas Sanjh Saravali and Chaiti Dhun.

Ustad Vilayat Khan - A Night to Remember - Live at The Royal Festival Hall, London October 2002: A TWO CDs Album - Accompanied by Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri on the Tabla. Plus a complimentary CD 'Soul to Soul' featuring Sitarist Hidayat Hussain Khan and Enayat Hossain on Tabla featuring Ragas Sanjh Saravali and Chaiti Dhun.

£15.99
Vilayat Khan - A Rare Genius - Delete?
NRCD 0157

A Rare Genius - Vilayat Khan in an Indian classical music recital on Sitar and Surbahar. This Vilayat Khan concert recorded in Princeton, USA, in 2001.

A Rare Genius - Vilayat Khan - Indian classical music recital on Sitar and Surbahar. Recorded in Princeton, USA, in 2001. This is a unique album in that it includes a very rare performance by Ustad Vilayat Khan on Surbahar, an instrument whose origin is very much associated with his ancestors but which Vilayat Khansaheb has not been often seen to perform with, albeit ha has taught it to many musicians in his wider family. Accompanied by Vijay Ghate on the Tabla.

£7.99
Vilayat Khan - Delete?
NRCD 0010

Ustad Vilayat Khan Live at The Royal Festival Hall, London, November 1993. Accompanied by Ustad Sabir Khan on tabla.

Ustad Vilayat Khan in a Sitar recital, Live at The Royal Festival Hall, London, November 1993. Vilayat Khan is accompanied by Ustad Sabir Khan on tabla.

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Vilayat Khan - Live in Mumbai India
TM001/TM002

Vilayat Khan Live in Mumbai,India: A unique concert by Sitar maestro Ustad Vilayat Khan performing a recital in raga Jog Kauns accompanied by Ustad Zakir Hussain on Tabla and Hidayat Khan on Sitar. This album includes a rare solo recital by Ustad Vilayat Khan.

Vilayat Khan Live in Mumbai,India: A unique concert by Sitar maestro Ustad Vilayat Khan performing a recital in raga Jog Kauns accompanied by Ustad Zakir Hussain on Tabla and Hidayat Khan on Sitar. This album includes a rare solo recital by Ustad Vilayat Khan.

£14.99
Vilayat Khan - Ragas to Riches Vol. 1
NRCD 0146-7

Ragas to Riches - Ustad Vilayat Khan: A 2CD Album Volume 1. Sitar recital with Sukhwinder Singh Namdhari on Tabla and Hidayat Hussain on Sitar. Live at the Royal Festival Hall, London, November 5, 2000.

Ragas to Riches - Ustad Vilayat Khan: A 2CD Album Volume 1. Sitar recital by Vilayat Khan accompanied by Sukhwinder Singh Namdhari on Tabla and Hidayat Hussain on Sitar. Live at the Royal Festival Hall, London, November 5, 2000.

£15.99
Vilayat Khan - Vistaar
NRCD 0143

Ustad Vilayat Khan - Vistaar: The gradual unfolding of a raga in a slow, free flowing unmeasured rhythm. Vilayat Khan recorded 'Live' in Calcutta in memory of Ustad Inayat Khan.

Vilayat Khan - Vistaar: The gradual unfolding of a raga in a slow, free flowing unmeasured rhythm. Racorded 'Live' in Calcutta in memory of Ustad Inayat Khan. Ustad Vilayat Khan is accompanied by Hidayat Hussain on Sitar and Yogesh Samsi on Tabla.

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Violin Dynasty- N. Rajam & Sangeeta Shankar
Sense 073

N. Rajam & Sangeeta Shankar: Mother and daughter in concert, demonstrating the silky skills and lush tones that only years of experience and a deep and close understanding of each other's playing can bring.

VIOLIN DYNASTY
The art of Violin playing in North India has been wholly transformed through the music of N. Rajam and her family in recent times. First introduced into colonial India in the early nineteenth century when Baluswami Dikshitar learned the instrument from the army bandmaster at Fort St.George in Madras, the Violin, enthusiastically embraced in the Southern part of India, soon became an integral part of Carnatic music (South Indian) performances. A whole new technique almost indistinguishable from its Western counterpart was perfected to suit a totally new type of music.

In India violin is played sitting down on the floor, the neck of the instrument pointing to the ground resting firmly on the ankle with the base of violin resting against the chest. Traditionally fingering is based around the middle finger (which slides up), and the index finger (which slides down), and there is extensive use of the use of micro-tones and grace notes. Open tunings, such as DADA are commonly used in order to incorporate the drones which are such an important part of Indian music.

The reception for the violin was on the whole cooler in the northern part of India, many considering the sound too thin for its Hindustani music compared to the sonorous Sarangi.

All this changed when N. Rajam first appeared on the scene at the age of fifteen. Having studied intensely with Pandit Omkarnath Thakur, one of India's most revered vocal masters, she developed a unique style of playing which captured all the nuances of North Indian vocal music, and brought the violin to the fore of the Indian classical music repertoire. Her early performances were so inspiring that many emerging violinists dropped the prevailing gatkari (instrumental) approach.

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Violin Virtuoso
NRCD 0213

Violin Virtuoso: Dr. L. Subramaniam and son Ambi Subramaniam live at Barbican Centre, London, April 23 2006. Accompanied by K. Sekar and Sukhwinder Singh Namdhari.

Violin Virtuoso: Dr. L. Subramaniam and son Ambi Subramaniam live at Barbican Centre, London, April 23 2006. Accompanied by K. Sekar and Sukhwinder Singh Namdhari.

£7.99
Virala - Vishwa Mohan Bhatt - Mysore Manjunath
Sense 122

A grand merging of two different instruments, mohan veena and violin. And the two distinct traditions of Indian classical music; the Northern (Hindustani) and Southern Indian (Karnatic). This is a fine group performance by some of India's greatest contemporary maestros.

A grand merging of two different instruments, mohan veena and violin. And the two distinct traditions of Indian classical music; the Northern (Hindustani) and Southern Indian (Karnatic). This is a fine group performance by some of India's greatest contemporary maestros.

Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt - Mohan Veena: Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, (sometimes known as V.M. Bhatt) is the creator of Mohan Veena". He is one of the most celebrated disciples of sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar. His major breakthrough on the international music stage came in 1994, with a Grammy Award for his album "A Meeting by the River", a collaboration with the American slide-guitarist Ry Cooder.

The "mohan veena", which Bhatt plays by laying the instrument across his lap, is a sort of a cross between a steel strung acoustic guitar and sitar but its sound is uncannily close to one of India's oldest string instruments, the veena (an archaic generic term for any string instrument, also known as been in North India ). Bhatt's Mohan Veena has 19 strings: three for melody, four producing a drone and 12 sympathetic ones mounted to a piece of wood added to the side of the neck. It is played using a slide like the old blues guitarists. The tautness of strings on this hybrid instrument contribute to its enormously rich tone and the instrument's ability to play microtones and sustain a note far longer than would be possible on a normal guitar.

Mysore Manjunath - Violin: Dr Mysore Manjunath's growth as a musician from child prodigy to mature solo performer was a steady one and his remarkable talent for the violin, accompanied by a wide range of musical expressions have made him one of the most sought-after classical violinists of his time. During his early career, he secured his niche by gaining a reputation as an outstanding accompanist before embarking on a trail blazing solo route. He has also played some of the most brilliant violin duets of all time with his elder brother, Mysore Nagaraj, making the brothers a celebrated violin duo on the Karnatic music scene. The violin has been an integral part of Karnatic music for some 200 years having being introduced into South India by European musicians.

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Vishwa Mohan Bhatt
RAGA 208

A digital Live recording of a Mohan Veena recital by Vishwa Mohan Bhatt in Pittsburg, USA 1989. Bhatt is accompanied by Sukhvinder Singh on the tabla.

A digital Live recording of a Mohan Veena recital by Vishwa Mohan Bhatt of ragas Bihag and Desh in Pittsburg, USA 1989. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt is accompanied by Sukhvinder Singh on the tabla.

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Vishwa Mohan Bhatt - Indian Delta
Sense 005

Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, considered as the world's greatest Indian slide guitarist has come to prominence in the west due to his grammy award winning collaboration with Ry Cooder on 'Meeting by the River'.

The guitar is the latest addition to the repertory of Indian music instruments. This relatively simple six-stringed instrument has been transformed in the hands of Vishwa Mohan Bhatt.

After introducing a series of modifications including the addition of fourteen extra 'sympathetic' strings, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt has since developed a playing style, which ingeniously assimilates the sounds of the ancient Veena, Sitar and Sarod. Its sound is so distinctive that it is now known as the 'Mohan Veena'.

Vishwa Mohan Bhatt hails from an illustrious family of musicians from Jaipur, in Rajasthan. He started his musical training with his eldest brother, Shashi Mohan Bhatt, before taking guidance from Pandit Ravi Shankar. His capacity for invention and assimilation was globally recognised in 1994 with the coveted Grammy Award for 'Best World Music Album' for his collaborative recording with American guitarist Ry Cooder. He is only the second Indian musician awarded the honour, after his own mentor Ravi Shankar.

If you liked this album by Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, then you may also like others listed below. 

£8.99
Vishwa Shanti Mantra
SRCD 099

In the ancient Upanishads and the Vedas - the Rigveda, the Yajurveda, the Samaveda and the Atharvaveda, one can find numerous mantras that are dedicated solely to peace.

In the modern world, the meaning of peace has taken on a very narrow focus. It generally implies no war, no nuclear weapons, no conflict.

We have lived with the mistaken illusion that peace is in our hands. But the wrath of nature experienced in recent times leaves us bewildered and helpless.

The tsunami, the earthquakes, the devastating floods, forest fires and hurricanes have filled our lives with fear and uncertainty.

In the ancient Upanishads and the Vedas - the Rigveda, the Yajurveda, the Samaveda and the Atharvaveda, one can find numerous mantras that are dedicated solely to peace. Peace that is all encompassing and all pervading.

These are the Shantimantras.
Each one of these Shantimantras end with the refrain,
Om! Shanti! Shanti! Shanti!
Nothing in our ancient scriptures is stated without deep thought.

Peace is invoked thrice to attain peace on three levels:

The Adhyatmika Peace - Peace that is sought on the mental and physical level that protects our mental and physical well being.
The Adhibhautika Peace - Peace with the five elements, earth, water, fire, air and ether.
The Adhidaivika Peace - Peace that protects us from the fury of the Gods.

One cannot help but wonder at the foresight and wisdom of the sages that inspired them to write mantras such as these more than 5000 years ago, which are so relevant in today's times.

Thus this Vedic invocation of peace gains great contemporary significance.
Let us introspect and resolve to give our best to restore harmony and peace around us.

Let us chant these mantras with Ashit and Hema Desai for peace to prevail.

£5.99
Voices from the Heart - Rajan and Sajan Mishra
Sense 001

Rajan Misra and Sajan Misra represent the true spirit of the rarely heard tradition of duet performance known as jugalbandi. They are the most successful vocal partnership in Indian music over the last two decades.

Rajan and Sajan Misra represent the true spirit of the rarely heard tradition of duet performance known as jugalbandi. They are the most successful vocal partnership in Indian music over the last twenty years, exhibiting in their musical improvisations a high level of mutual understanding and aesthetic rapport.

The brothers Rajan and Sajan Misra hail from the holy city of Benares (Varanasi), which boasts a wealth of great instrumentalists, percussionists and dancers. They belong to a family of music maestros and were trained extensively by their father and uncle.

Their performances are always soulful in character, with the capacity to extract the spiritual side of any raag. Apart from their mastery of the musical syntax, the richness and depth of their combined voices creates a sublime tonal texture. In their development of the raag in duet performance, they are able to mould and transform the mood of the listener.

The Misra brothers define their music as an act of devotion and gratitude towards Saraswati, the Hindu Goddess of Music and Learning. Raag Saraswati, chosen for the performance featured on this CD, is to be appreciated in this context. It is an enchanting evening melody, rarely performed these days.

The first part of this live peformance is set to a rhythmic framework of twelve beats (ektaal) in a slow tempo, sensitively provided by Shri Nandan Mehta. Here, Rajan and Sajan Misra present the main composition and embark on a step by step elaboration of the raag, slowly, gently gaining in momentum, highlighting the expressive faces of the raag. This is followed by a composition in the same raag, in a faster tempo, based on a rhythmic cycle of sixteen beats (tintaal). This part of the performance gives the artists the opportunity to demonstrate their virtuosity and the more ornamental side of their artform, illustrating their wide vocal range with powerful flourishing patterns and dynamic taans or cyclical variations.

This is followed by a devotional piece known as bhajan in Raag Shivranjani set to Rupak taal, a rhythmic cycle of seven beats in a lilting medium tempo.

£8.99
Vrindavan - Songs of Krishna
SRCD 096

Vrindavan is synonymous with Krishna Consciousness, an abode of pure love, peace and tranquillity: sentiments superbly vocalised by Hema Desai, Devaki Pandit and Sadhana Sargam.

Vrindavan - Songs of Krishna:

To escape being slain by the evil king of Mathura (Modern Uttar Pradesh), the young child Krishna was smuggled across the Yamuna River to Gokula (or Vraja, modern Gokul), where the leader of the cowherds, Nanda, and his wife Yashoda raised him.

The child Krishna, performer of many miracles, was adored for his mischievous pranks. As a youth, the cowherd Krishna became renowned as a lover, the sound of his flute prompting the gopis (wives and daughters of the cowherds) to leave their homes to dance ecstatically with him in the forests of Vrindavan. His favourite among them was the beautiful Radha.

The flute bearing Krishna, said to be the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu, was and is, the most popular of all Deities. Krishna became the focus of numerous Bhakti (devotional) cults, which over the centuries produced a wealth of religious poetry and music. Thus, Vrindavan became synonymous with Krishna Consciousness, an abode of pure love, peace and tranquillity. Hema Desai, Devaki Pandit and Sadhana Sargam capture these divine sentiments in their own inimitable style in this album.

£5.99
Wasifuddin Dagar - Dhrupad
Sense 050

Dhrupad is the highest devotional art form from North India's rich and vibrant music heritage. In this excellent live performance, Wassifuddin Dagar is the new torch bearer representing the twentieth unbroken generation of Dhrupad singers in this remarkable Dagar family.

The Dagar Family are today's torch bearers of Dhrupad singing, the highest devotional art form from North India's rich and vibrant music heritage. Wasifuddin Dagar represents the twentieth unbroken generation of Dhrupad singers in this remarkable family. As well as successfully passing on the tradition from one generation to the next, the family has also been committed to sharing their vast musical knowledge with devoted students from all corners of the world.

Mohan Shyam Sharma accompanies Wasifuddin Dagar on Pakhawaj.

£8.99
Wasifuddin Dagar - Dhrupad Vocal
RAGA 223

Wasifuddin Dagar - Dhrupad Vocal: An evening rag Bihag concert recorded in New York 2000. Accompanied by Shyam Sharma on pakahawaj.

Ustad F. Wasifuddin Dagar is the son and nephew of the Late Dagar Brothers, Ustad N. Faiyazuddin and N. Zahiruddin Dagar, his father and uncle respectively. He started his career at an early age as a soloist and also performed with his uncle in jugalbandhi. The only heir and direct descendent, Wasifuddin Dagar represents the twentieth generation of Dhrupad style of singing in the Dagar family. As the President of the Dhrupad Society of Delhi, he has taken on the onerous task of preserving and disseminating this unique style of singing.

This is an evening raag Bihag concert recorded in New York 2000. Wasifuddin Dagar is accompanied by Shyam Mohan Sharma on pakahawaj.

£9.99
Welcome Home - Craig Pruess
HOEM 07

Welcome Home by Craig Pruess. Music is a celebration of life, an expression of the inner consciousness of the musician and composer.

Welcome Home by Craig Pruess. Music is a celebration of life, an expression of the inner consciousness of the musician and composer. Craig Pruess has long been involved in many aspects of music recording and performing.

Inspired by his spiritual Master, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Craig has produced, arranged and performed CDs including the "The Sacred Chants of Shiva", the "Sacred Chants of Buddha" and the "Sacred Chants of Ram", amongst others.

£9.99
White - Rahul Sharma
SRCD 095

Rahul Sharma: White is the symbol of LIGHT, PURITY, JOY and GLORY! White is WINTER! White is INFINITY! White is PERMANENT! Just like it's birthstone, "THE GARNET", which signifies "CONSTANCY".

Rahul Sharma, the budding Santoor maestro on the Indian classical music scene, thrives on challenges, loves to crossover boundaries, take un-treaded paths and try the never before. Rahul derives his inspiration from nature. He loves to travel both physically and through net surfing.

Rahul tries to remain connected with spirituality with meditation every day. White showcases Rahul Sharma's talent at fusing the traditional Indian music with the modern western concepts.

£3.99
Wind - The Elements: Hariprasad Chaurasia
CDM 95008

Wind - The Elements: Composed by the greatest Indian Flute Maestro of the modern era, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. An instrumental album to soothe one's senses.

Wind - The Elements: Composed by the greatest Indian Flute Maestro of the modern era, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. An instrumental album to soothe one's senses.

£5.99
Yashila - Drive East
Sense 084

Kala Ramnath is considered by many to be one of the finest violinists India has to offer. Here we find her in Yashila - also featuring exciting percussionists Abhijit Banerjee and Somnath Roy.

Kala Ramnath needs little introduction these days and is considered by many to be one of the finest violinists India has to offer. Here we find her in Yashila - a new Sense World Music collective, featuring exciting percussionists Abhijit Banerjee and Somnath Roy. Their debut CD 'Drive East' is an electrifying brand of New India Fusion which melds the best of North and South Indian classical tradition with a hint of flavours from other world regions such as Latin America, Europe and the Middle East.

Yashila is a trio whose collective creative imagination and identity draw on and reveal considerable talents and an artistic vision cross-pollinated by regional difference and very different life experiences. To my mind, aside from Yashila's musicality, it is their economy of touch, so unusual in musical marriages, that sets this music apart from the run-of-the-mill. Yashila's music combines two vital qualities - the active and the reflective.

Abhijit Banerjee was born in Ranchi, close to Calcutta, in the state of Bihar. He provides the group with its distinctive tabla and pakhawaj (double-headed barrel drum) musicality and finesse.

£8.99
Yoga Cycle - Pure Conciousness
SRCD 138

Yoga Cycle-Pure Conciousness presents soothing music that will help practitioners of every kind of Yoga and Meditation to experience ultimate bliss and happiness.

Yoga Cycle - Pure Conciousness: In modern times, people the world over are ever more drawn towards the ancient science of Yoga and Meditation in order to relieve physical and mental stress. Yoga practice has its roots deeply embedded in the Indian sub-continent where it is associated with meditative practices in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Practiced widely in varied forms, the primary aim of Yoga is to help attain physical and mental discipline through various practical techniques. Mastering these techniques ultimately leads the practitioner to experience higher states of consciousness.

It has been shown that music plays a major role in helping one to relax or meditate. The Indian Bansuri and the hundred stringed Santoor have always been a very likeable combination. In Yoga Cycle, therefore, the sweet resonant sound of the Santoor in the hands of Pandit Ulhas Bapat and the magical mystical Bamboo flute of Rakesh Chaurasia combine to create sublime music to assist in the practice of Yoga.

Just as the day follows the night in an infinite cycle, Indian music reflects the change of moods one experiences during this time through raags (colours of the mind). The raags used in Yoga Cycle reflect this; the flow of the cyclical music is unhurried and undisturbed. It helps create a complete atmosphere of bliss and harmony for the Mind, Body and Soul.

Yoga Cycle - Pure Conciousness presents soothing music that will help practitioners of every kind of Yoga and Meditation to experience ultimate bliss and happiness.

£5.99
Yoga Unveiled
YU

Yoga Unveiled is a one-of-a-kind documentary film that covers the most comprehensive overview of the yoga tradition in its true essence. An artistic and inspirational triumph, it should be viewed by all! – Deepak Chopra, MD

Yoga Unveiled - Evolution and Essence of a Spiritual Tradition: No longer an obscure discipline practiced only by mystics, yoga now occupies a central place on the world stage, with 20 million practising in the U.S. and millions more worldwide. Few practitioners, however, are aware of yoga’s remarkable potential as a vehicle for personal transformation. Yoga Unveiled is a breath taking journey of sight and sound that illuminates the essence of yoga as its creators understood it thousands of years ago. Harnessing the colourful commentary of the most prominent yoga scholars, teachers, and medical experts, Yoga Unveiled reveals how yoga began, tells the story of its passage to the West, describes its numerous branches, recounts the fascinating biographies of the foremost yoga masters, and explores yoga’s astonishing medical potential.

 

Stunning cinematography, ornate visual displays, and stirring music create a truly enchanting viewing experience. The great devotees of yoga grace the screen with their profound wisdom and delightful manner. 5000 years of knowledge presented in one visually beautiful film.

 

Yoga Unveiled is a unique look at the oldest spiritual practice in the world.

 

Yoga Unveiled is a one-of-a-kind documentary film that covers the most comprehensive overview of the yoga tradition in its true essence. An artistic and inspirational triumph, it should be viewed by all! – Deepak Chopra, MD

Key Features of the Documentary 


1. What is Yoga?
¨ The experts define yoga in their own words.

 

 

2. Origins of Yoga¨ An overview of the formation of the yogic philosophy in ancient India.
¨ Extensive commentary by Georg Feuerstein, Subhash Kak, and Edwin Bryant, the foremost yoga scholars.
¨ Archival footage of the excavation of the Indus Valley Civilization, the birthplace of yoga.
¨ An exploration of the Vedas and Upanishads, the ancient sacred texts which gave rise to yoga.

 

 

3. The Branches of Yoga¨ Detailed commentary on Bhakti yoga, Karma yoga, Jnana yoga, Raja yoga, Tantra yoga, and Hatha yoga.
¨ The great modern masters and scholars share their insights on each branch.
¨ Rare archival footage of the great Swami Sivananda

 

6. Yoga and Modern Medicine
¨ Interviews with the pioneers in the field, including Dr. Dean Ornish, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Dr. Herbert Benson, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Father Joe Pereira, among others.
¨ An overview of their alternative medicine programs.

£29.99
Yoga Unveiled
YU

Yoga Unveiled is a one-of-a-kind documentary film that covers the most comprehensive overview of the yoga tradition in its true essence. An artistic and inspirational triumph, it should be viewed by all! – Deepak Chopra, MD

Yoga Unveiled - Evolution and Essence of a Spiritual Tradition: No longer an obscure discipline practiced only by mystics, yoga now occupies a central place on the world stage, with 20 million practising in the U.S. and millions more worldwide. Few practitioners, however, are aware of yoga’s remarkable potential as a vehicle for personal transformation. Yoga Unveiled is a breath taking journey of sight and sound that illuminates the essence of yoga as its creators understood it thousands of years ago. Harnessing the colourful commentary of the most prominent yoga scholars, teachers, and medical experts, Yoga Unveiled reveals how yoga began, tells the story of its passage to the West, describes its numerous branches, recounts the fascinating biographies of the foremost yoga masters, and explores yoga’s astonishing medical potential.

 

Stunning cinematography, ornate visual displays, and stirring music create a truly enchanting viewing experience. The great devotees of yoga grace the screen with their profound wisdom and delightful manner. 5000 years of knowledge presented in one visually beautiful film.

 

Yoga Unveiled is a unique look at the oldest spiritual practice in the world.

 

Yoga Unveiled is a one-of-a-kind documentary film that covers the most comprehensive overview of the yoga tradition in its true essence. An artistic and inspirational triumph, it should be viewed by all! – Deepak Chopra, MD

Key Features of the Documentary 


1. What is Yoga?
¨ The experts define yoga in their own words.

 

 

2. Origins of Yoga¨ An overview of the formation of the yogic philosophy in ancient India.
¨ Extensive commentary by Georg Feuerstein, Subhash Kak, and Edwin Bryant, the foremost yoga scholars.
¨ Archival footage of the excavation of the Indus Valley Civilization, the birthplace of yoga.
¨ An exploration of the Vedas and Upanishads, the ancient sacred texts which gave rise to yoga.

 

 

3. The Branches of Yoga¨ Detailed commentary on Bhakti yoga, Karma yoga, Jnana yoga, Raja yoga, Tantra yoga, and Hatha yoga.
¨ The great modern masters and scholars share their insights on each branch.
¨ Rare archival footage of the great Swami Sivananda

 

6. Yoga and Modern Medicine
¨ Interviews with the pioneers in the field, including Dr. Dean Ornish, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Dr. Herbert Benson, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Father Joe Pereira, among others.
¨ An overview of their alternative medicine programs.

£29.99
Z. M. Dagar
RAGA 219

Zia Mohiuddin Dagar on Rudra Vina. A Live concert recording in Seattle, USA 1981.

 

Zia Mohiuddin Dagar on Rudra Vina (Veena). A Live concert recording in Seattle, USA 1981.

 
£9.99
Z. M. Dagar - Rudra Vina
RAGA 222

Zia Mohiuddin Dagar plays Rudra Vina at University of Washington, Seattle, March7, 1975 (Marwa) and April 20, 1979 (Bageshree).

Zia Mohiuddin Dagar plays Rudra Vina at University of Washington, Seattle, March7, 1975 (Marwa) and April 20, 1979 (Bageshree).

£9.99
Zakir Hussain & Sultan Khan
SNCD 4487

Young tabla wizard Zakir Hussain in a Tabla Solo and Sultan Khan in a concert recital of raga Malkauns, Tappa and folk melody of Rajasthan on Sarangi.

Young tabla wizard Zakir Hussain in a Tabla Solo and Sultan Khan in a concert recital of raga Malkauns, Tappa and folk melody of Rajasthan on Sarangi.

£8.99
Zakir Hussain & The Rhythm Experience
MRCD 1007
Zakir Hussain and friends in a fusion music experience.
Zakir Hussain and friends in a fusion music experience.
£8.99
Zakir Hussain - Masters of Percussion DVD DELETE
MR 1601 DVD

Ustad Zakir Hussain presents Masters of Percussion Recorded live at the National Hispanic Cultural Center of New Mexico in Albuquerque on April 21, 2008. This gathering of some of the world's greatest percussion players will captivate and excite audiences of all kind. A thrilling DVD and wonderful musical journey.

Ustad Zakir Hussain presents Masters of Percussion Recorded live at the National Hispanic Cultural Center of New Mexico in Albuquerque on April 21, 2008. This gathering of some of the world's greatest percussion players will captivate and excite audiences of all kind. A thrilling DVD and wonderful musical journey.

The favorite accompanist for many of India's greatest classical musicians and dancers, he has not let his genius rest there. Widely considered a chief architect of the contemporary world music movement, Zakir's contribution to world music has been unique, with many historic collaborations, including Shakti, which he founded with John McLaughlin and L. Shankar, Remember Shakti, the Diga Rhythm Band, Making Music, Planet Drum with Mickey Hart, Tabla Beat Science, Sangam with Charles Lloyd and Eric Harland and recordings and performances with artists as diverse as George Harrison, YoYo Ma, Joe Henderson, Van Morrison, Airto Moreira, Pharoah Sanders, Billy Cobham, Mark Morris, Rennie Harris, and the Kodo drummers. His music and extraordinary contribution to the music world were honored in April, 2009, with four widely-heralded and sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall’s Artist Perspective series. 

Zakir Hussain is today appreciated both in the field of percussion and in the music world at large as an international phenomenon. A classical tabla virtuoso of the highest order, his consistently brilliant and exciting performances have not only established him as a national treasure in his own country, India, but gained him worldwide fame. Ustad Zakir Hussain's playing is marked by uncanny intuition and masterful improvisational dexterity, founded in formidable knowledge and study.

£18.99
Zakir Hussain - The SFJazz Sessions DVD
MRSFJazzDVD
Zakir Hussain - The SFJazz Sessions DVD: The SFJazz Sessions DVD is a record of four extraordinary nights (and days) in March, 2013, showcasing Zakir Hussain's formidable talents and the genre-bending collaborations which have characterized his career. 'Zakir Hussain - The SFJazz Sessions' has been nominated for a Grammy Award.
Zakir Hussain - The SFJazz Sessions DVD: The SFJazz Sessions DVD is a record of four extraordinary nights (and days) in March, 2013, showcasing Zakir Hussain's formidable talents and the genre-bending collaborations which have characterized his career. 'Zakir Hussain - The music is interwoven with insightful interviews, personal commentary and intimate glimpses of life, offstage and backstage, of the phenomenal artists who came together during the sessions. With Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Steve Smith, Giovanni Hidalgo, Eric Harland, Ganesh Rajagopalan, Rakesh Chaurasia, Niladri Kumar, George Brooks, Molly Holm, Osam Ezzeldin, Antonia Minnecola, Dana Pandey, Sanket Acharya and Salar Nader. Directed by Anisa Qureshi and Taylor Phillips. 'Zakir Hussain - The SFJazz Sessions' has been nominated for a Grammy Award. "The first 10 minutes alone could qualify as the must-see experience of the year..." - Modern Drummer Magazine. The Magazine has also nominated it in their readers poll. Running Time: 3 hours Multi-region DVD
£21.99
Zakir Hussain Selects
MRCD 1021

Indian classical musician Zakir Hussain Selects: Special selections from his tabla solo performances recorded live in concerts in India.

Indian classical musician Zakir Hussain Selects: Special selections from his tabla solo performances recorded live in concerts in India.

£8.99
Zia Mohiuddin Dagar
NI 7047/8

Zia Mohiuddin Dagar performs Indian classical ragas Yaman and Shuddh Todi on the Rudra Veena. Accompanied by Uday Bhawalkar and Yvan Trunzler on Tamburas in this 2 CDs album.

Zia Mohiuddin Dagar performs Indian classical ragas Yaman and Shuddh Todi on the Rudra Veena in this 2CDs album. Accompanied by Uday Bhawalkar and Yvan Trunzler on Tamburas.

£14.99