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    1. The Best of Bollywood
    $16.99
    2. Greatest Hits of the Kali Yuga
    $9.98
    3. Planet Sleeps
    $20.99
    4. The Concert for Bangladesh
    $10.99
    5. Chants Of India: Ravi Shankar;
    $13.99
    6. The Prayer Cycle
    $14.99
    7. Rise
    $13.99
    8. All One
    $17.49
    9. The Essential Ravi Shankar
    $14.99
    10. Door of Faith
    $9.98
    11. The Sounds of India
    $14.99
    12. Introducing A.R. Rahman(2 CD SET)
    $7.99
    13. Three Ragas
    $26.99
    14. Siddharta: Spirit of Buddha Bar
    $10.99
    15. Beware
    16. Breath of the Heart
    $47.98
    17. Buddha-Bar, Vol. II
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    18. Putumayo Presents: Asian Lounge
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    19. Bhangra Beatz
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    20. Midival Times

    1. The Best of Bollywood
    by Hip-O Records
    Audio CD (06 May, 2003)
    list price: $13.98 -- our price: $8.88
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    Asin: B0000931PU
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Now that Bollywood (Bombay-plus-Hollywood--an affectionate nickname for India's terrifyingly productive film industry) has finally gone mainstream in the West (Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars It depends on what you're expecting.
    I fell in love with Bhangra, so I ventured over to Bollywood for a similar flavor. Bollywood has a much different feel than does Bhangra. The beats and musical arrangement are more similar to Western culture than are Bhangra, so I was pleased with the presentation, but found that I am much more of a Bhangra fan. I enjoy travelling musically away from Western sounds. Bollywood lacks the hard dohl beat of Bhangra, but does hang on to the cultural echos of India. I do enjoy my Bollywood album, but I still favor my Bhangra favorites. If you haven't tried Bhangra and you do enjoy Bollywood, try Bhangra's Punjab collection. You won't be disappointed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars beautiful songs
    I am a fan of Indian music, and this cd offered fun singalong songs. They are very catchy and pretty. All the songs are my personal favorites. This music is not the same, to me, as the music of Ravi Shankar and other more traditional Indian artists. These songs have more of a western structure, with the 4/4 beats and the verse/chorus pattern. I recommend this cd to anybody looking for the 'typical', romanticized Indian sound that they might have heard here in the West.

    1-0 out of 5 stars thankfully no copies
    when i visited india in 1999 i stayed in a hotel where they played a hindi song which was none other PAUL YOUNGs everytime you go away when i enquired about the song people told me it was the original work of a big indian musician AR rehaman i bought his greatest hits album and found almost every major pop hit including Richard Marks right here waiting, stevie wonders i just called, and also AQUAs barbie girl now i know what indian music is all about ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. India    2. Pop    3. Soundtrack    4. Soundtracks & Film Scores   


    2. Greatest Hits of the Kali Yuga
    by Karuna
    Audio CD (07 September, 2004)
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    Asin: B0002O06PI
    Sales Rank: 1933
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Finally found what I was looking for...
    I have bought several chant/mantra CDs in the last few weeks searching for something that resonated with me but have been disappointed until Greatest Hits of the Kali Yuga arrived in my mailbox.Krishna Das' rich voice and beautiful melodies immediately struck a cord in my heart.These recordings aren't the tinny, twangy, hollow oriental offerings that are so prevelant in this genre, but instead deep, gorgeous chants. I could listen to this CD and Krishna Das' voice all day long.This is just what I was looking for!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Struck a chord in my heart
    There are several feelings that arise in one's mind when listening to Krishna Das, this album including. Coming from India and having been exposed to a variety of Indian music ranging from traditional, pure Indian classical music (South-Indian "Carnatic" music and North-Indian "Hindustani" music)to devotional singing (Kirtans or Bhajans), all I can say in few simple words is "Krishna Das sings with a timeless resonance like how the walls of an ancient Indian temple would echo with devotional chanting within its holy precincts"
    5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, Opens Doors
    A few months ago I started getting interested in Sanskrit Mantra after a friend told me about Thomas Ashley-Farrand.I had no idea there was singing and chanting in the Vedic spiritual practices as well, and by chance came across Krishna Das, and something made me buy "Greatest Hits of the Kali Yuga".Imagine my joy when I realised just how lucky I was with this package!
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    Subjects:  1. Ethnic Fusion    2. Healing    3. India    4. Int'l & World Music    5. International    6. Meditation    7. Pop    8. Relaxation    9. Spiritual    10. Worldbeat   


    3. Planet Sleeps
    Audio CD (06 May, 1997)
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    Asin: B000002BOW
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Everything about this CD, from its eye-popping cool packaging to its beautiful booklet, is wonderful, perhaps peerless. It's a study that spans 16 countries, catching paeans to childhood sleep from varied traditions. The set traverses the Cape Breton Gaelic tradition with the Rankin Family, Haiti with pop stars Boukman Eksperyans, and the African continent with music from Tonga, Algeria, and Cameroon. Despite their distances from each other, at times the songs sound quite alike. Voices might begin alone but then gather into choral size, with a reliance on wordless passages to emphasize the flow of time as sleep encroaches. In execution, the surprises are many. Algerian Houria Aïchi sounds East Indian; the Traditional Japanese Music Ensemble of New York sounds poised somewhere between a stately concert of historical court music and a touching homage to childhood; and German singer Michelle sounds pop-music ready even as she toes the line on singing a sleep-triggering song. Beyond being a great collection of international music, this is probably the most interesting mix available of cultural voices approaching the issue of children sleeping. Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars so-so sounds
    This CD is okay, but has a number of high-pitched, almost whiny songs that aren't very soothing.It wasn't what I was expecting out of a lullaby CD.

    2-0 out of 5 stars It sure ain't heroin!
    It may sound like harsh judgement but there were only two songs that intrigued me and that I could see someone using on a film score. But as a whole it really is a pretty mediocre and forgetable CD. It actually serves its purpose though as it can put you to sleep as well as any other lullaby but I was hoping for something that would serve me better as background music as I sit at this PowerBook. Bottom line: It's OK but it sure ain't Heroin!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Planet Sleeps
    An excellent collection of peaceful, consoling music from around the world.Possibly if everyone experienced such music and went to sleep at ease with the world, they would wake up to a better world. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Alternative Pop/Rock    2. Childrens    3. Folk Collections    4. Indian Classical    5. Int'l & World Music    6. Lullabies    7. Pan-Global    8. Pop    9. Worldbeat   


    4. The Concert for Bangladesh
    by Capitol
    Audio CD (25 October, 2005)
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    Asin: B000BF0D88
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Ravi Shankar planted the seed, but it was George Harrison who turned this historic benefit concert into reality. The publicity-shy former Beatle could've easily written a check and forgotten all about the matter--impoverished East Pakistani refugees stranded in India--but instead recruited some of his most talented and compassionate friends and created an event remembered as much for the quality of its music as the purity of its intent. (The two-part engagement itself raised $250,000.) The players include Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Leon Russell, and Bob Dylan, while the backing band includes Jim Keltner, Klaus Voormann, and the up-and-coming Apple band Badfinger (Phil Spector and Harrison produced). The concert took place on August 1, 1971 at Madison Square Garden and was released as a triple-album boxed set that December and a feature film in 1972. That year, it won the Grammy for best album. The program begins with Shankar and his trio ("Bangla Dhun") and ends with a song Harrison wrote for the occasion ("Bangla Desh"). Highlights include Billy Preston's rousing "That's the Way God Planned It" and Dylan's heartfelt five-song set, starting with "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall." The remaster adds an additional Dylan track, "Love Minus Zero/No Limit," from the afternoon show. Although the cover art has been changed to a picture of Harrison, the original iconic image of a sad-eyed child remains prominent in the CD and DVD packaging. As with previous versions of Read more

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    • Original recording remastered
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Bunch of Music Stars Get Together to Do Something Good
    "The Concert for Bangladesh" is the live CD from a famous and important 1971 concert led by George Harrison and Ravi Shankar. It was a fundraising effort for the incredibly suffering poor country of Bangladesh. Among the stars who showed up to perform in Madison Square Garden on August 1, 1971 for the concert were Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, and Leon Russel.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Suggestions for a one-disc "highlights" version
    Don't get me wrong. I love "The Concert for Bangladesh." However, a single disc version would be nice. Here is how I see it:
    5-0 out of 5 stars THIS CD IS WORTH THE COST JUST TO HAVE THE 6 DYLAN TUNES
    Sitting in the movie theatre many years ago, glued to every note that Dylan sung. What an spellbinding performance! Seemingly so simple, yet so timeless. As I listen to them all these years later, these 6 numbers are what make this album worth all of the other songs. Masterful performance by Mr. Dylan. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Album Rock    2. Country Blues    3. Country-Rock    4. Crossover Jazz    5. England    6. Experimental Rock    7. Folk-Rock    8. Indian Classical    9. Instrumental Pop    10. Political Folk    11. Pop    12. Pop/Rock    13. Psychedelic    14. R&B    15. Raga    16. Rock    17. Rock & Roll    18. Rock/Pop    19. Singer/Songwriter    20. World Fusion   


    5. Chants Of India: Ravi Shankar; George Harrison
    by Angel Records
    Audio CD (06 May, 1997)
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    Asin: B000002SMC
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Enchanting Montage
    A collection of spiritual gems set to music in Ravi Shankar's signature style. The music grows and grows on you with each hearing. Interestingly, as you ruminate on the meaning of the chants, you suddenly want to read the whole piece from which extracts are presented in this collection - which is precisely what the aim of putting this together was. Well, it worked with me!
    4-0 out of 5 stars good chanting music
    not typical indian music--more of a prayer chanting type--if you are into that then you will really enjoy this.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The music transports the inner self to new heights
    Chants of India by Ravi Shankar was amazing in its depths and layers of music that transports the inner self to new heights. This cd makes you feel as if you are sitting next to Ravi-ji as he unleashes a beauty that you feel you have never heard until now. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Asia    2. Classical    3. Early Music / Chant    4. India    5. Indian    6. Indian Classical    7. Int'l & World Music    8. Raga    9. Spiritual    10. World Fusion    11. World Music   


    6. The Prayer Cycle
    Audio CD (23 March, 1999)
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    Asin: B00000ICMK
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    It is with primitive urgency and lustrous clarity rising like flickering embers from a fire that Jonathan Elias's ambitious Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars I heard a cut of this cd on XM Radio and wanted more!
    Jonathan Elias's Prayer Cycle is a spiritual vocal symphony.He used well-known artists such as Alanis Morrisette, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, and others that I don't know, but are best choices!
    5-0 out of 5 stars all I can say is WOW
    One word ties this together. One sentence makes this seem clear to me - not only moving, ever changing, or realistic. The Prayer Cycle not only changed my views, but created new ones. Powerful, enriching, and perfect. A perfect way to relax, remember, and love. A must for everybody, this album reflects not what one can do, but one needs in order to accomplish, motivation and desire.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Global Feast of Sound
    I found this CD by chance sitting in the case of another CD in a meeting room in a Dominican retreat center. Within a minute through the first track I was absolutely hooked.
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    Subjects:  1. Choral    2. Choral Music    3. Classical Music    4. Int'l & World Music    5. Pop    6. Rock/Pop Collections   


    7. Rise
    by Angel Records
    Audio CD (27 September, 2005)
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    Asin: B000AV2G6A
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    There are prodigies and there is progeny. Anoushka Shankar is both. As the daughter of sitar legend Ravi Shankar, she's got bloodlines and a teacher who is one of the greatest to ever play sitar. While Anoushka has pretty good classical chops (not the best, but pretty good), Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent album
    My opinion of this album can be stated in one word - superb. It is an excellent example of Anoushka Shankar's work. Not only does she exhibit as much skill and ability as her father, Ravi Shankar, she has a tremendous flair for creativity, as the highly pleasing blend of Indian/Western music on this CD shows so well.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great CD
    I've always loved this CD, and would reccomend it to anyone interested in sitar, drums, devotionals or any kind of world music. A good variety of tracks, Mahadeva and Red Sun are easily the best.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best
    If you ever liked Ravi Shankar Sitar sounds, this is the C/D to buy. I'm really happy with it and can see how it won all the awards. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. India    2. India / Pakistan    3. Indian    4. Indian Classical    5. Int'l & World Music    6. Pop    7. Raga   


    8. All One
    by Triloka Records
    Audio CD (23 August, 2005)
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    Asin: B000A1IOKC
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    A recording likely to delight enthusiasts and perplex the uninitiated, Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Your Heart will be Opened...to Yourself
    What a Mantra is for? This CD accomplishes it all! It hits all our senses with chanting, music, vibration and emotion, then, it frees your mind. You must try it. I have used this CD during driving, at home, at work...as a "tool", this Krishna Das CD does what my mala sometimes can't do, it empties my mind, it moves my emotions in a cathartic flow of tears, it makes me cry, smile and makes me realize how beautiful the World is inspite of all our shortcomings. Just another way to help us know ourselves!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money
    With all of the great chant cd's out there, this is not the one to buy.I bought it because it was KD but it was boring.

    5-0 out of 5 stars BRAVO !!!!!!HARE KRISHNA!!!!
    I own 2 copies of this CD..one for the car. One for computer CD
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    Subjects:  1. Ethnic Fusion    2. Healing    3. India    4. Int'l & World Music    5. International    6. Meditation    7. Pop    8. Relaxation    9. Spiritual    10. Worldbeat   


    9. The Essential Ravi Shankar
    Audio CD (04 October, 2005)
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    Asin: B000AO4NL8
    Sales Rank: 6656
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    • Original recording remastered

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Solid Introduction to India's Master Musician
    Master musician Ravi Shankar makes the following observations in the opening track, "An introduction to Indian Music" (from 1957's THE SOUNDS OF INDIAN MUSIC):"The improvisation is the highlight in Indian music. The sheer joy of creating on the spot by a musician, always coming back to the main theme in the raga he has chosen is what listeners look forward to....The Western listener will appreciate and enjoy our music if he listens with an open and relaxed mind."And for more than two and a half hours, Shankar takes us on a musical journey that covers five decades of recordings.
    5-0 out of 5 stars This is Perfect if You Want Just One Ravi Shankar CD
    It is not too often that you see a compilation compact disc that has all the essential tracks of an artist.It seems that the musicians always want to leave out a few so that you have to buy more CDs from them.
    5-0 out of 5 stars The Sitar Master
    This collection offers an accessible way to experience the works of Ravi Shankar, the man most responsible for what awareness there is in the West of Indian classical music traditions. The two-disc set is quite expansive: Disc one features pieces from 1957 to Shankar's Western "breakthrough" at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, while disc two features 13 tracks from 1967 to 1990. Highlights include: "Swara-Kakali," an impassioned instrumental duet that Shankar recorded with violinist Yehudi Menuhin in 1967; "Dhun: Fast Teental," an excerpt from his legendary performance at Monterey; several pieces from his work with George Harrison, including "Village Dance" and "Friar's Park;" and the delightful opening track on which Shankar himself introduces some of the basic elements of Indian classical style.
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    Subjects:  1. India    2. Indian    3. Indian Classical    4. Int'l & World Music    5. Middle East / Asia Minor    6. Pop    7. Raga    8. World Fusion   


    10. Door of Faith
    by Karuna
    Audio CD (26 August, 2003)
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    Asin: B00006I0AH
    Sales Rank: 2694
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Ever-New Bliss
    There are many adjectives the might describe this CD - warm, soothing, inspiring, simple, complex, gentle, comforting, melodic - but they would simply demonstrate that music, and this music in particular, is beyond words. It is balm to the soul and body.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Compelling; Heartful; Genuine
    I consider myself a novice when it comes to Sanskrit Mantra, chanting, and the legends of Hindu Deities.All I can offer is the personal experience of listening to Krishna Das and his chanting.It is subtle, compelling, provoking, emotive, truthful, devoted, and inspiring.I purchased this CD on the blind, having never listened to any of the songs on it before, not knowing about the Shiva Stuti or Hanuman Chaleesa.I was just getting used to Krishna Das's Hits of the Kali Yuga when being fortunate enough to attend a Kirtan, "Door of Faith" was there too.
    4-0 out of 5 stars gave me some new faith in Krishna Das
    As yoga studio owner and instructor, I have heard a lot of Krishna Das and done plenty of kirtan with him and others over the years.I had stopped using his music for my classes, both because the kirtan was a little too fast at the end of each track, and I did think there was something pretentious/commercial/silly about Krishna Das.
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    Subjects:  1. India / Pakistan    2. Int'l & World Music    3. Pop    4. World Beat    5. World Music   


    11. The Sounds of India
    Audio CD (20 July, 1989)
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    Asin: B0000024SZ
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    This 1960s classic is a perfect introduction not only to Ravi Shankar's brilliant work on the sitar, but also to classical Indian music in general. Shankar offers brief, informative explanations of Indian ragas, scales, rhythms, song structures, and time signatures to set the stage for each spiritual piece he, Chatur Lal (tabla), and N.C. Mullick (tamboura) perform. Though Western listeners may not be able intellectually to pinpoint the subtle purposes of the various ragas' rhythms and movements, unconsciously listeners will feel them vividly. For instance, the plodding tension created by the 2/3/2/3 rhythm in "Máru-Bihág" well reflects the raga's poetic metaphor of separated, longing lovers. The loose, playful improvisation on "Sindhi-Bhairavi" mirrors the passionate romance of lovers. Overall, classical Indian music is diverse and complex, but Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Much Talking on CD
    This guy really knows his stuff. It is indeed an introduction to the music with much talking on the CD.I was looking for something more mellow for prayer time. This music is very fast but very good. -Beth, 43, Louisiana

    1-0 out of 5 stars too much talking and not enough music
    I did not expect a primer on Indian music.I expectd, insteadexamples of songs in different styles.This CD does do that to a limited extent, but Ravi Shankar spends too much time instructing the audience.The music that is presented seems rough and un rehearsed

    5-0 out of 5 stars An introduction to beauty
    Others have already reviewed this recording more articulating than I can probably manage, but this recording will take you places you have never been before, or at least it did me, many years ago, and still. There is a notion of being in time, which Ravi explains better in a tangible way than anyone, in a way we can all relate to - the rhythym of the human touch and stroke, and there is a notion of being outside time, the outsideness of dreaming, and the insideness of feeling. This disc introduces both, as it introduces the practical and sublime qualities of classical Indian music. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Asia    2. Early Music / Chant    3. India    4. Indian    5. Indian Classical    6. Int'l & World Music    7. Pop    8. Popular Music    9. Raga    10. World   


    12. Introducing A.R. Rahman(2 CD SET)
    by Times Square Records
    Audio CD (23 May, 2006)
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    Asin: B000EZ919C
    Sales Rank: 12101
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great!
    I've been collecting A.R. Rahman's music for films for over a year now, and this CD fills in all the gaps - stuff that is either older and no longer available or that Amazon (in its infinite wisdom) does not carry. An absolute MUST for any fan of A.R.R.!

    5-0 out of 5 stars An Introduction to AR Rahman
    Introduction to AR Rahman is a compilation of work from India's unexcelled film composer. AR Rahman started composing for films in 1992. Prior to that he was just a small time composer creating music for commercials. At a music awards ceremony, he was recognized by legendary director Mani Ratnam. Mani Ratnam had offered Rahman an opportunity to create the soundtrackfor his upcoming film Roja. When the music for Roja arrived it changed the way people viewed soundtracks. Prior to the arrival of Rahman, film music was thought of as merely an interval in the movie but with the arrival of Rahman's soundtracks, film music became immensely important. Roja, both the film and soundtrack have become a part of Indian culture ever since they were released. Time magazine recently recognized the music for Roja by rating it one of the top ten soundtracks ever to be released. Ever since their collaboration on Roja, AR Rahman has composed the music for every Mani Ratnam film. Their next collaboration was released in 1995, it was titled Bombay. The soundtrack for Bombay is another which to this day is heard throughout the world. The theme music from Bombay was used in Lord of War, an extremely successful film starring Nicholas Cage. Their next collaboration was the classic Dil Se. Both the soundtrack and film are hailed as classics in India. The immensely popular song from Dil Se, Chaiyya Chaiyya was recently featured in the hit film Inside Man, once again giving Rahman international recognition. In 2000, AR Rahman had his most successful release, titled Kandukondain Kandukondain, directed by Rajiv Mennon. The soundtrack to this album is the most successful in India. Rahman's next collaboration with Mani Ratnam was Alai Payuthey. This soundtrack was amazingly successful and the movie was so well recognized that Shaad Ali a Hindi movie director received the permission of Mani Ratnam to remake it in Hindi. He was also immensely pleased with the soundtrack and used the same soundtrack with a few additions from Rahman. 2001 proved to be another very successful year for AR Rahman. He released Parthale Paravasam directed by one of the greatest director's of Indian cinema, K.Balachander. This was once again a tremendous hit for Rahman. The Oscar nominated Lagaan was also released in 2001 and he created a very versatile soundtrack for this film combining classical Indian music with Western music. In 2002, Mani Ratnam and AR Rahman collaborated for the fifth time and released the unforgettable Kannatil Muthamittal. The soundtrack for this movie wasn't quite as commercially successful as his other collaborations with Mani Ratnam, yet received some wonderful reviews from the critics. Also, Bombay Dreams was released in 2002.Andrew Lloyd Webber asked Rahman to create the soundtrack for this production initially released in London, later making it's way to Broadway. This soundtrack was, once again well received internationally. 2003 was a somewhat disappointing year for Rahman in India, but that was because Rahman was working on a very important international project. He was asked by the respected director He Ping to create the music for Warriors of Heaven and Earth, which was very well appreciated in China.In 2004, Rahman was back in all his glory. He released the soundtrack for Meenaxi. This is one of his greatest works ever, once again offering a wide array of music, giving everybody a song or two to enjoy and appreciate. Ayitha Ezhuthu was also released in 2004. This was his sixth collaboration with Mani Ratnam. This soundtrack was also successful. Personally speaking it isn't one of my favorites because it is influenced heavily by Western music. Nevertheless, I appreciate this soundtrack because Rahman experimented with very unique instruments creating a very different sound throughout the album. The critically acclaimed Swades was also released in 2004.The score for this film which is played on the flute is absolutely astonishing. It is very peaceful and relaxing. One of Rahman's most productive years was 2005. In 2005, he released the soundtrack for Anbe Aaruyire, which was his return to scoring tamil films after almost an entire year. The soundtrack for Bose was also released. Jana Gana Mana, India's national anthem is featured in this album and it is said to be the most beautifully orchestrated version of this anthem. Water was another critically acclaimed release of 2005. Water is the only album for which Rahman gives himself a 10/10. 2006 seems to be another very ambitious year for AR Rahman. Rang De Basanti was released early this year. The soundtrack for this album is so far the most successful of the year. The soundtrack for Godfather has also been released. This soundtrack has been very well received throughout Kollywood. Guru, his seventh collaboration with Mani Ratnam will also be released towards the end of this year.
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    Subjects:  1. India    2. Indian Pop    3. Int'l & World Music    4. International    5. Pop   


    13. Three Ragas
    by Angel Records
    Audio CD (18 July, 2000)
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    Asin: B00004U92Q
    Sales Rank: 4028
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    • Original recording remastered

    Reviews (7)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome, consistent, and diverse
    This is the best Ravi Shankar I've heard so far.You don't get much alap (slow arhythmic introduction to the raga being performed) on this CD, and the reason is that alap can last for as much as an hour, but whoever produced this wanted to put 3 whole ragas (scales plus plus, basically) into the same amount of time.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Timeless music
    Thanks to inspiration from a highly unlikely quarter--Bollywood, of all things!--my wife and I have developed a newfound love of Indian culture.I had long been familiar with Ravi Shankar thanks to his association with George Harrison and his fame as one of the world's best sitar players, but until recently, the only album of his that I had was the live Inside the Kremlin (1988).I always enjoyed that CD, believing that raga could be a challenging but ultimately rewarding listen if one were simply willing to give the music time to move one's soul.This CD (along with two other of Angel-EMI's Ravi remasters) has indeed proven me correct...and well-rewarded.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Ravi's Peak
    Welcome to Ravi Shankar's best album (4.8 stars)! Recorded in 1956, Three Ragas was his first LP. Pound for pound, it is also as powerful a musical statement as he had ever made, or would go on to make.
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    Subjects:  1. Asia    2. India    3. India / Pakistan    4. Indian    5. Indian Classical    6. Int'l & World Music    7. Pop    8. Raga    9. World Fusion    10. World Music   


    14. Siddharta: Spirit of Buddha Bar
    by George V
    Audio CD (18 February, 2003)
    list price: $29.98 -- our price: $26.99
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    Asin: B000089CKE
    Sales Rank: 15366
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    • Box set

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent music! with some suggestions ..
    Big fan of the Buddha Bar series .. always the best music for all kinds of late night chillout sessions. Love the asian vibe to them .. And if you like that sound, I've recently discovered some more authentic tunes you'll love: Hong Kong's "Celestial". Check them out, they are titled:
    5-0 out of 5 stars Pure Bliss
    This is an amazing CD that will capture your soul. I have all of the Buddah Bar CD's and this is by far my favorite. If you like really good trance or want to just hear a good mix of music, get this CD.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Off the chart
    I would give this 10 stars, if I were able.This book is a classic, and after reading it, you can undestand why Hesse refused the Nobel Prize for Literature.I have loaned and purchased copies of this book since the early 1960s.Thislatest copy I bought for my oldest grandson.It's a book like The Little Prince, The Rubiyat, This is My Beloved, and some others that I still buy for new friends and family members who do not have a copy.I think it should be in everyone's library.What?You haven't read Siddhartha yet?What's taking you so long? ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Bhangra    2. Club/Dance    3. Dance Music    4. Downtempo    5. Electronic Collections    6. Electronica    7. Pop    8. Progressive House    9. World Music   


    15. Beware
    by Sequence
    Audio CD (01 July, 2003)
    list price: $17.98 -- our price: $10.99
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    Asin: B00009ZYBK
    Sales Rank: 8058
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Be Realistic
    After hearing a few of his songs, i realize his tune may be nice tohear. But still first of all this is nothing like indian music, except for the instruments and language. Also how many people who listen to this speak panjabi(not many) becuase those who do are usually older. HOw many people know what mundian to bach ke means without reading beware of the boys? And the music is almost pure panjabi. Not too many right. NOw it is nice to listen to and does have a nice beat, so it is a good buy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Punjabi MC amazing CD!!!!!
    I first heard the track Beware (mudian tu bach ke) and thought great track and pmc was just a one hit wonder anyway i gave the album a try! All the tracks were great PMC's Fusion with indian beats mixed with western tracks sounds great tracks like galla gori and jatt hogya sharabi are some of my favourites!

    4-0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to Eastern music
    I have loved watching movies like Bend it Like Beckham and Bride and Prejudice. I fell in love with the music from those movies and came across this CD. I really like it and many of my friends have asked what CD I am listening to because they like it too. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Bhangra    2. Hip-Hop    3. Pop    4. Pop-Rap    5. Rap    6. Rap & Hip-Hop   


    16. Breath of the Heart
    by Razor & Tie
    Audio CD (25 September, 2001)
    list price: $17.98
    Asin: B00005O7SI
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Perhaps not as pretty as previous studio releases, Krishna Das's Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars "It's so beautiful"
    This is a direct quote from my 7 year old. I added CD this as well as "Pilgram Heart" to my wish list and was suprised when they both arrived in a box for my children. I have this in the cd alarm to awaken gradually to a peaceful, heartfelt morning. It's playing when I wake my daughter. At bedtime, I turned the cd on and my daughter looked peacefully up at me and proceded to tell me about her dream where a boy found a key, opened a door and then he and his family began to sing this song (Babu Hanuman) It was so beautiful. I asked her what was so beautiful and she replied his singing, It's so beautiful. It is.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Voice
    His great voice and message are great for doing yoga or med.Very soothing.The liner notes included are great if you want to chant with him or understand what he is saying.I work for Gold's Gym as a yoga instructor and it goes over great there

    5-0 out of 5 stars Caught me by surprise, too.
    Count me among the new members of the posse.The excerpts you can listen to here don't do this CD or the music justice.These are chants and naturally, they start slow and roll on to a full boil like a pot of water on the fire.By midway, things are usually rockin'.The pieces you hear on Amazon are the warming and don't represent.
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    Subjects:  1. Ethnic Fusion    2. Healing    3. India    4. Int'l & World Music    5. International    6. Meditation    7. Pop    8. Relaxation    9. Spiritual    10. World Music    11. Worldbeat   


    17. Buddha-Bar, Vol. II
    by Wagram Records
    Audio CD (25 March, 2003)
    list price: $47.98 -- our price: $47.98
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    Asin: B00008KCOI
    Sales Rank: 15133
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    • Import

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Good music for tuning out .. . with some suggestions ..
    Big fan of the Buddha Bar series .. always the best music for all kinds of late night chillout sessions. Love the asian vibe to them .. And if you like that sound, I've recently discovered some more authentic tunes you'll love: Hong Kong's "Celestial". Check them out, they are titled:
    1-0 out of 5 stars I had to say something....
    I have read many, but never written a review before.I felt compelled this time.I recently purchased this CD and thought it a collection of the most ridiculous music ever.There are a couple of nice tunes but what seems like it may have potential, is abruptly destroyed by some incongruent whim.
    1-0 out of 5 stars Overindulgent Crap
    Awful. People say this is THE album for the "lower-West-Side-trendy-martini-party" but it is NOT!! If you play this at your party people will leave. I also find it disgusting and offensive that they use the Buddha as a marketing tool to sell this compilation of drabby garbage that isn't worthy of being played at a yoga session for autistic chimpanzees. Too bad 1 is the least amount of stars I can give. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Club/Dance    2. Dance Music    3. Ethnic Fusion    4. India    5. Pop    6. V/A Compilations    7. World    8. World Beat Collections    9. World Music   


    18. Putumayo Presents: Asian Lounge
    by Putumayo World Music
    Audio CD (08 November, 2005)
    list price: $15.98 -- our price: $13.99
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    Asin: B000BF0DCY
    Sales Rank: 14418
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Eastern Grooves for Chilling Out
    Another stellar release from Putumayo, this CD focuses on ambient/lounge music from Asian artists. The whole CD works as a wonderful compilation. As others have said, theres not a single track to skip over. Many of the songs are completely new, and have never been released in North America until now.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Putumayo's further travels into Asia
    This is superior to the mixed bag of Asian Groove;it has more variety, but it also sticks to its lounging theme. It is wonderfully meditative. It's a fit companion for Music of the Tea Lands (I've put both in a CD player&put both on random shuffle--they're compatible)
    3-0 out of 5 stars Solid Indian Trip Hop
    All the tracks are Indian flavored so while it's Asia, it's a pretty narrow focus.
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    Subjects:  1. Downtempo    2. Indian Pop    3. Int'l & World Music    4. Pop    5. Trip-Hop    6. V/a Compilations    7. World Beat Collections    8. Worldbeat   


    19. Bhangra Beatz
    by Naxos
    Audio CD (26 September, 2000)
    list price: $9.99 -- our price: $9.99
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    Asin: B00004WHRA
    Sales Rank: 20596
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Rocking Out at work
    We listen to this disk at work. It is not as good as Infinite Bhangra but it sure beatz many other albums. If you like the 80's underground dance music scene in the inner cities, you'll get off on this. Buy it pronto.

    4-0 out of 5 stars energetic and upbeat
    This disc is a compilation of modern Bhangra music from Kiss Records in India.The sound is a result of the Western influence of Dance and Hip-Hop music that moved overseas into Indian clubs and basements in the 80's and has taken a foothold with modern youth.All songs have a very Indian flavor (and instruments) and a modern, accessible sound.All are very good (particularly track 1) .... ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Bhangra    2. Indian    3. Int'l & World Music    4. Pop    5. World Music   


    20. Midival Times
    by Six Degrees
    Audio CD (19 April, 2005)
    list price: $16.98 -- our price: $16.98
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    Asin: B0007W7H8Y
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    The music of India reaches back countless generations. Yet while some continue the old ways, the digital revolution has enabled musicians there, like everywhere else, to modernize and cross-pollinate at a rate that is nearly exponential. New Delhi's Midival Punditz, which is composed of Gaurav Raina and Tapan Raj, are at the leading edge. Even so, the two look back to ragas, Indian classical and Bollywood even as they move forward with some of the sharpest programming to come out of the ethno-techno genre. They get old school flavor by bringing in Anoushka Shankar, Ustad Sultan Khan and others for standout performances, but these strong turns are a tribute to the production, writing and programming of Raj and Raina--the music is timeless, panoramic, and always moving forward with beats and groove. The styles are seamlessly fused together throughout, but tracks like "Saathi" and "Raanjhan" have set the bar to a new high for the duo and the genre. –-Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars delightfull music
    I was not sure what to expect when I chose this CD.I was not ready for this musical ride to the senses.It has the right amount of rhythm and lyrics to capture your attention and keep it to the end of the CD.
    5-0 out of 5 stars album review
    Recommend this cd highly. Rarely do you find something good beginning to end; this album is worth it. Takes you to India when your pocketbook can't afford to.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Technology meets Tradition
    When it comes to what's been widely described as the "Asian Massive" genre, the measure of an artist's success has been his or her ability to deliver the "East meets West" sound.Scores of U.S. and U.K.-bred asians have worked hard at capturing this sound.The Punditz are unique in that this Delhi-based duo's approach finds a graceful balance between technology and tradition. With "Midival Times", the Punditz have clearly mastered this approach. The album does a masterful job of integrating deeply tradional sounds and vocals with technologically savvy music production that only a set of G4 powerbooks can produce. Delhi swings baby, Delhi swings! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Dance    2. Downtempo    3. Electronica    4. India    5. India / Pakistan    6. Indian    7. Int'l & World Music    8. Pop    9. Worldbeat   


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