CD India: Religious Chants (CD 4626279),
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India: Religious Chants

  • 1. Morning Prayer in Golden Temple
    2. In Praise of Guru Nanak
    3. Evening Prayer in the Main Buddhist Temple of Sarnath
    4. Jayamangla Astagatha
    5. Khampti Mask Dance
    6. Baul Song
    7. Mira's Bhajan
    8. Temple Song in Raga Basant
    9. In Praise of Rama
    10. In Praise of Krishna
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2195

  • Credits

    This is a collection of field recordings.
    Recorded in the Field between 1954 & 1973. Includes liner notes by Deben Bhattacharya.
    All tracks have been digitally remastered.
    An intriguing concept, this album contains a devotional chant or two from each of six or so religious sects within India. Hinduism is represented with a pair of chants from Rattan Mohan Sharma, Jainism is represented by its holiest chant, and Sikhism with a nice khyal from the Singh brothers. Islam, and more specifically Sufism, is represented by works in the qawwal vein from Abida Parveen and Shafqat Ali Khan. Buddhism has a chant, and even the rarer Bauls are represented with a work. Many of the chants include what seems like some unnecessary instrumentation, and even what might be a stray synthesizer. Some of the tracks benefit from the instrumentation, others are detracted from. Overall, the album isn't bad, and its approach is a valiant one. Musically, there is perhaps not the traditional sounds that one might be looking for in an album of Indian music, but that isn't really the point anyway. ~ Adam Greenberg

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