Nadaka & Gopika Create Traditional Chants From India Backed By Acoustic Guitar
NADAKA & GOPIKA
SURYA CHANTS OF LIGHT
RAGA MANTRA RECORDS
You might want to take a listen to the new world-fusion/new-age album SURYA CHANTS OF LIGHT by the duo from India, Nadaka & Gopika. What makes this CD unusual is that these classic, traditional mantras are carefully sung in the original sanskrit, following the exact pronunciation and specific intonation that has been passed down in the culture of India for thousands of years. At the same time, the accompanying music has a contemporary ambience because it subtly combines traditional Indian-raga elements with the performance of Western-style guitar plus some percussion from India. The last tune is the only instrumental piece.
Nadaka, who has eight previous albums released, was born and raised in Canada, but spent the past 30 years in India learning their musical styles. Gopika is a native of India where she studied traditional chanting for four years at a special college and then taught chanting another eight years. The couple recently moved to the United States.
This is some of the finest vedic chanting heard in the contemporary era, and the wide-ranging backing guitar music also is quite exceptional.
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