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  • Audio CD (Feb. 24 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Compilation
  • Label: eOne Music
  • ASIN: B001MF0E1M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,932 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Zara Zara - Bombay Jayshree
2. Khwaab - Niraj Chag featuring Swati Natekar
3. Naino Sey - Sanjay Divecha featuring Kailash Kher
4. Shiva Panchakshara Stotram/Shiva Shadakshara Stotram - Uma Mohan
5. Homeward Journey - Satish Vyas
6. Tere Bina - A.R. Rahman & Chinmayee
7. Nagumomo - Susheela Raman
8. Ganesha - Deepak Ram
9. Vo Kuch - Kiran Ahluwalia
10. Maavan Te Tiyan - Rajeshwari Sachdev

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Compilation Producer – Dan Storper Design – Liliane I. Vanbalberghe Illustration – Nicola Heindl Liner Notes – Jim Bessman Mastered By – Lane Gibson

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A nice album with mostly modern India music. The sound is definitely Indian and the selections are very well chosen. I wouldn't recommend this album for meditation even though the songs are calm. A very good album to play to get the Indian mood. You won't be deceived with this very good album.
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reasonable price. Timely delivery
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Excellently produced product which provides an insight into the state of the music scene in India. Lots of detail.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa55e2978) out of 5 stars 27 reviews
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa34f43d8) out of 5 stars Currently Ancient July 19 2009
By Jay Tobias - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The colorful tapestry of the cover drew me to this disc in surprising ways that I discovered upon listening, and not surprisingly, it has become my favorite purchase of this year in a short time. While retaining the forms of traditional India music and instruments (tabla, sitar) it combines tastefully with synthesizers, flute and guitar to incorporate themes of current and other cultures, specifically a jazz fusion style reminiscent of Al di Meola, ballads, to name a few, and the color interplay of the drone, highly melodic sitar and tabla, and spirited vocals that carry one away on a sea of pleasant wistful sonority. It reminds of me of being in Australia in 1988 for the Pacific Festival of the Arts and hearing the sitar when Fiji came on, wondering if the south pacific had shifted for a moment! All elements combine to form a holistic and spontaneously joyful music experience. To the extent that the CD cover and music within share these elements, their impact mirrors that of the sort of cultural olympics and realizing that Indian music reaches out far beyond its native land, even in the south pacific. How much the more so with this collection of tunes that embody the timbres of newer electronic instruments and current patterns while remaining true to its original form, distinctly native and embracing accesible trends in a meaningful way. Covering a broad swath, Putumayo once again delivers an important slice of the worlds culture on a disc. How fortunate as only 100 years ago people had to travel miles or be able to perform western music, let alone that from the other side of the world. The only thing I would have added is either a second disc or a companion album of pure Indian music, but that may not be what the label attempts to provide. There are plenty of sources for that, and so Putumayo is unique.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa34f442c) out of 5 stars My new favorite cd from Putumayo May 9 2009
By E. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Putumayo has yet to put out an album that disappoints me. Every album from the label that I have listened to is pure bliss. PUTUMAYO PRESENTS INDIA is another gem and has quickly become one of my personal favorite albums from Putumayo. I have been on a Indian music binge after falling in love with the soundtrack to SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE so it was obvious that I would gravitate to Putumayo's collection of Indian music. Granted the cd is short and just gives the listener a brief glimpse into India's music. As much as I like bhangra music, I often find the rhythms repetitive so it was to my relief to hear that the music on this compilation is more mellow. One of my personal favorite songs on the cd is "Shiva Panchakshara Stotram/Shiva Shadakshara Stotram" by Uma Mohan. I love the gentle percussion rhythms and Uma's airy vocals. The melodies is quite exquisite. My other favorite song is A.R. Rahmna & Chinmayee's "Tere Bina" from the film GURU. The melodies and vocals is what makes this song so enjoyable for me. I can listen to this wonderful cd without skipping a single song.
24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa34f4864) out of 5 stars New, different sounds from modern India... and beyond! Feb. 25 2009
By DJ Joe Sixpack - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"Putumayo Presents India"
(Putumayo, 2009)
Not what I would expect from an overview of Indian music, but certainly a change of pace from the standard-issue Bollywood, bhangra and classical ragas we've come to know so well over the years. This is more of a pop-oriented album, but not one of those dreadful electro-dance fusions so often associated with East-West crossovers. This is a delicate, multi-textured album, with a variety of styles and tones, only barely moving into traditional Indian music towards the last few tracks. The various influences reflect the far-flung Indian diaspora, including work by artists such as South African flautist Deepak Ram, and Canada's Kiran Ahluwalia. Also included are a track by A. R. Rahman, who recently won two Oscars for his work on the "Slumdog Millionaire" soundtrack. After listening to this album a few times, I was won over, although it's still a little on the slick side for my tastes -- nonetheless, it's nice to hear stuff that expands our appreciation of Indian popular music. Worth checking out, particularly if you are looking for something new, smooth and mellow. (DJ Joe Sixpack, Slipcue Guide To World Music)
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Désirée - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I bought this CD 3 years ago at a Chapters bookstore, but wanted to write a review of it. I have no regrets with this purchase. I have had many pleasurable hours listening to it. I most often listen to it at night when I am in bed. I have since searched for more Putumayo CDs but haven't found any other as beautiful with heartfelt yearnings as "India"! I love this CD! Putumayo has put together an excellent array of singers and musicians, as they have done with their other CDs which I bought through Amazon. Putumayo and "India" has introduced me to singers I have not heard of before. I have searched for other music by the singers on this particular CD. I even bought the DVD in which the song "Zara, Zara" is sung and was happy to note that two of my favourite actors are in the movie! I am very happy to own this CD and am looking forward to seeing the movie!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa34f4d08) out of 5 stars Not Bad, But Not Great Either Jan. 4 2014
By Neodoering - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I got this album because I got Putumayo's "Music From the Tea Lands" and really liked that album, so I figured I'd follow up on music from India. This is an OK album but not a great album. It's feel-good, easy-listening music, good for relaxing in bed or reading a book to, but it won't pump you up to dance or sing. I was hoping for more sounds like those on Music From the Tea Lands, but what's here seems to be more Bollywood hits made for movies and show tunes. I was hoping for something more bouncy and catchy. What's here is nice, but it doesn't really stand out in any way.

One thing I did really like on this album was the mix of male and female musicians; there are five of each on the album, and they all have good voices and play well. I liked the instruments and enjoyed the tunes, and this will become one of those albums I pull out of the container every few weeks for a listen, but it's not one I'll listen to every day, like "Music From the Tea Lands." But listen to it, and see what *you* think; this sort of mellow sound might really appeal to you, and you might like it.

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