Monsoon Wedding

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
The soundtrack to Mira Nair's acclaimed family comedy set amidst the harried days leading up to a Delhi wedding offers a wide-ranging glimpse of contemporary Punjabi culture. Traditional brass wedding bands, devotional music, the latest Bollywood pop, Hindi house music from superstar Bally Sagoo, and more are interspersed with moody original bits from Mychael Danna, who scored Nair's Kama Sutra. Rhythmically propulsive and exotic, this is a fine introduction to today's subcontinental pop scene.
All Music Guide - Evan Cater
Monsoon Wedding director Mira Nair has described her beautiful family drama as ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
The soundtrack to Mira Nair's acclaimed family comedy set amidst the harried days leading up to a Delhi wedding offers a wide-ranging glimpse of contemporary Punjabi culture. Traditional brass wedding bands, devotional music, the latest Bollywood pop, Hindi house music from superstar Bally Sagoo, and more are interspersed with moody original bits from Mychael Danna, who scored Nair's Kama Sutra. Rhythmically propulsive and exotic, this is a fine introduction to today's subcontinental pop scene.
All Music Guide - Evan Cater
Monsoon Wedding director Mira Nair has described her beautiful family drama as "a Bollywood film, made on my terms." It's a pretty apt description, though on the surface the subtly acted art house picture may seem to have very little in common with the elaborately choreographed musical productions for which the Indian film industry is famous. Whereas Bollywood products are generally characterized by broadly painted heroes and villains, Nair's characters are among the most three-dimensional and honestly realized in international cinema. They are not the sort of people who populate Bollywood entertainments, but they are the sort of people who pay to see them. They don't burst simultaneously into song, but they do dance to Indian pop music in their living rooms. They do belt out traditional celebratory songs at wedding parties. What Monsoon Wedding shares with Bollywood is its appreciation of India's deeply rooted cultural enthusiasm for song and dance. The soundtrack reflects the delightfully broad spectrum of the music that plays on middle-class stereos all over modern India. There is a thumping electronic Hindi disco tune, a soaring orchestral romantic ballad from the vinyl era, an infectiously melodious contemporary pop duet, and a festive traditional spiritual performed by the internationally revered Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn. But most impressive of all is the film's original music. Sukhvinder Singh's rousing theme song, "Aaj Mera Jee Kardaa," expertly weaves traditional folk elements with sleek pop rhythms and strings. In a perfect alternate reality, it would probably be an Oscar winner. So would Mychael Danna's score. A recent Hindu groom himself and one of the most innovative composers in North American cinema, Danna elevates Nair's naturalistic hand-held camera narrative to a transcendent spiritual plane. The mystical "Fuse Box" almost single-handedly accomplishes the task of transforming the clownish wedding planner P.K. Dubey from a hilarious marigold-eating Indian version of Martin Short's Father of the Bride character to a thoroughly credible and even charming romantic lead. Unfortunately, that exquisite melody is hyped up to the point of tedium in two pounding techno remixes at the conclusion of the soundtrack album. They are a regrettable misstep in an otherwise brilliant compilation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/5/2002
  • Label: Milan Records
  • UPC: 731383598128
  • Catalog Number: 35981
  • Sales rank: 304,908

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mychael Danna Primary Artist, Piano, electronics
Brij Narayan Sarod
Mohammed Rafi Track Performer
Paul Intson Bass, Bass Guitar
Ulhas Bapat Santoor
V. Selvaganesh Kanjira
Andrew Lockington Conductor
Aruna Narayan Kalle Sarangui
Rakesh Chaurasia Bansuri
Sunil Das Sitar
Liyaqat Ali Khan Sarangui
Technical Credits
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Arranger
Emmanuel Chamboredon Executive Producer
Mychael Danna Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Ron Skinner Engineer
Bally Sagoo Producer
Christopher Kimball Executive Producer
Ian P. Hierons Executive Producer
Alexkid Producer
Andrew Lockington Orchestration, String Conductor
Susan Jacobs Executive Producer
Jodi Tack Art Direction
Chab Mastering
DJ BNX Producer
Keith Walner Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If your heart, mind, and spirit could make music, it would sound like this!!

    I saw this movie when it came out and just bought the CD. It's absolutely amazing!! There's not a track on it that won't make you either laugh, dance or cry. It does what music is supposed to do, MOVE YOU!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GOOD OR BAD

    I think the film was a blast from the past it made me and my mates dance so i give it ***** stars

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is what music is supposed to be like!

    I saw the movie and fell in love witht the songs...each one is so different and evokes so many emotions. Even though I do not understand the words I can't help but cry and laugh with the songs. Truly a masterpiece. This is what music should be like!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful!

    The movie and the music are wonderful! The soundtrack is bursting with lively and entertaining music that will make you move!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Can not stop listening to the CD

    Love this CD from the first song to the last. I would recommend watching the movie first to get the feel of the CD. If you love the movie as much as I did, you will love this soundtrack....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This Soundtrack is AMAZING

    If anyone is considering getting this I totally recommend it. The music is so different and fun. It makes me want to dance just like they do in the movie!

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