Putumayo Presents: India

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Modern Indian pop as opposed to the traditional Indian classical music one is likely to associate with sitar icon Ravi Shankar or devotees at a Hare Krishna festival comes in many different forms. Some Indian pop can be quite energetic; bhangra, for example, thrives on funky exuberance. But the selections on Putumayo Presents: India spotlight the softer, more relaxed, and understated side of Indian pop. No one will mistake the material on this compilation for bhangra; from Susheela Raman's "Nagumomo" to Sanjay Divecha's "Naino Sey" to Bombay Jayashri's "Zara Zara," a laid-back ambiance prevails throughout Putumayo Presents: India. If one is looking for non-Indian ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Modern Indian pop as opposed to the traditional Indian classical music one is likely to associate with sitar icon Ravi Shankar or devotees at a Hare Krishna festival comes in many different forms. Some Indian pop can be quite energetic; bhangra, for example, thrives on funky exuberance. But the selections on Putumayo Presents: India spotlight the softer, more relaxed, and understated side of Indian pop. No one will mistake the material on this compilation for bhangra; from Susheela Raman's "Nagumomo" to Sanjay Divecha's "Naino Sey" to Bombay Jayashri's "Zara Zara," a laid-back ambiance prevails throughout Putumayo Presents: India. If one is looking for non-Indian comparisons, some good ones include Sarah McLachlan, Enya, Beth Orton, and Dido; Putumayo's picks could easily be described as an Indian pop equivalent of adult alternative or adult contemporary. Most of India is vocal-oriented, although the compilation detours into instrumental territory on Satish Vyas' "Homeward Journey" and Deepak Ram's "Ganesha." The latter is the closest that India comes to traditional Indian music, but even that track is essentially instrumental Indian pop. And the use of traditional acoustic Indian instruments like the sitar and tabla drums on some of the selections doesn't make the disc any less pop-oriented. Not that there is anything wrong with an Indian compilation being pop-oriented -- a lot of highly rewarding music has come from the Indian pop scene, and the word "rewarding" easily describes the memorable songs that Putumayo chose for this 42-minute CD. One wishes that the disc lasted longer; given all the worthwhile music coming out of India, Putumayo could have easily provided another half hour's worth of music. But if India is short on quantity, it isn't short on quality; all things considered, this is yet another thoughtfully assembled compilation from Putumayo World Music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/2009
  • Label: Putumayo World Music
  • UPC: 790248028828
  • Catalog Number: 288
  • Sales rank: 28,063

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Zara Zara - Bombay S. Jayashri (4:59)
  2. 2 Khwaab - Swati Natekar (3:52)
  3. 3 Naino Sey - Kailash Kher (4:44)
  4. 4 Shiva Panchakshara Stotram/Shiva Shadakshara Stotram - Uma Mohan (4:08)
  5. 5 Homeward Journey - Satish Vyas (2:45)
  6. 6 Tere Bina - Chinmayee (5:06)
  7. 7 Nagumomo - Susheela Raman (4:45)
  8. 8 Ganesha - Deepak Ram (4:24)
  9. 9 Vo Kuch - Kiran Ahluwalia (3:09)
  10. 10 Maavan Te Tiyan - Rajeshwari Sachdev (4:43)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Jim Bessman Liner Notes
Dan Storper Executive Producer, Song Selection
Bombay S. Jayashri Photo Courtesy
Satish Vyas Composer
Nicola Heindl Illustrations, Cover Art
Sanjay Divecha Composer
Deepak Ram Composer
A.R. Rahman Composer
Sam Mills Arranger
Niraj Chag Composer
Traditional Composer
Swati Natekar Composer
Lane Gibson Mastering
Susheela Raman Arranger, Photo Courtesy
Kiran Ahluwalia Composer
Sukhwinder Singh Composer
Uma Mohan Arranger
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