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Chants Of India [Soundtrack]

George Harrison, Ravi Shankar Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (1 Sep 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B000002SMC
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,191 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Vandanaa Trayee
2. Omkaaraaya Namaha
3. Vedic Chanting (One)
4. Asato Maa
5. Sahanaa Vavatu
6. Poornamadah
7. Gaayatri
8. Mahaa Mrityunjaya (Om Triambakam)
9. Veenaa-Murali (Music Interlude)
10. Geetaa (Karmanye Vadhikaraste)
11. Mangalam (Tala Mantra)
12. Hari Om (Music Interlude)
13. Svara Mantra
14. Vedic Chanting (Two)
15. Prabhujee
16. Sarve Shaam

Product Description


Chants of India Mantram is Ravi Shankar's effort to set Sanskrit chants from ancient Hindu scriptures to music, and the result is a captivating mix of chant and music. Produced by George Harrison, this collection of mantras and prayers from the Vedas, Upanishads, and other scriptures powerfully transports the listener to a place of peace where it's possible to be one with the universe. It's as if a heavy, enveloping cloak of serenity falls from the dark, floating sounds of cello opening the CD. Shankar employs flute, tamboura, harp, and other instruments to accent the mighty "Om" thread that weaves itself through the cloth of this album, bringing together deep, ominous voices with delicate, earthly instruments. One looking for extensive Shankar sitar might be disappointed, but the beauty of this artist's creativity and spiritual vision sweeps one away into a larger, more meaningful listening experience. Highly recommended. --Karen Karleski

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a splendid enterprise Ravi! 30 Oct 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I have been collecting Indian classical music for many years, and I guess I may have become a trifle jaded! What a revelation! These chants contain so many vocal and instrumental jewels. Not only am I enjoying the album, but it has prompted me to listen again to things I had neglected.
Seasoned followers and those who have appreciated George Harrisons efforts, buy this!
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Divine 6 Jan 2004
Format:Audio CD
If listened to without distraction, the music will penetrate and will leave a residue of peace, calmness and oneness. Highly recommended - the first track is simply divine. If I play this track I have to stop what I am doing and simply listen. Wonderful.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not an easy classification, but worth possessing... 29 April 2005
By S. Yogendra VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
One of the reviewers refers to the music as adding to his collection of Indian classical music. If one were to draw the line dividing classical from 'pop' music, based on popularity, the review readers will be pleased to know that this music would be called 'pop' music.
The Vedic and other Hindu chants included in this record are a part of many Sanaatan-dharmi Hindu homes in their daily devotional routines.
Tracks 4 and 5 also form part of prayer in many schools in North India. 'Asato Maa' is a prayer to be led from falsehood to truth, darkness to light, death to eternal life, and hence suits the pursuit of knowledge. 'Sahanaavavatu', which is how it should be written in true representation from Sanskrit, is a prayer for togetherness in working and sharing, and the equivalent of deliverance from evil. Track 7 is one used often in Aryan Samaaj worship ceremonies of the Fire.
Although I am not religious, for me, this is a far better way to start my morning instead of switching on breakfast TV. It only competes with Ravi Shankar/ Yehudi Menuhin's 'East meets West' with its own enchanting compositions, which I have also reviewed on Amazon UK.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entrancing Chants 4 Aug 2003
Format:Audio CD
At first my reaction was that this CD was over-produced and over-arranged, all those western instruments, cello, harp, and echoey effects.
But very quickly the simplicity of the chants ( including old favourites from the Upanishads ) and the uncluttered feeling of devotion made this an irresistable mix. The different instrumental sounds gleam like jewels against the subtle, sombre tone of the voices.
I listen to it every day, and it does not stale, the one sure sign of something very special. Wonderful.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soulful and beautiful 11 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album is trully brilliant - it is inspiring and soulful all at once. The CD also contains the lyrics and the translation of the lyrics. I am a Hindu who therefore already knows some of these chants as they come from Hindu Scriptures but this will appeal to all. Highly recommended! Track 15 is my favourite.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is soul stirring music ! 20 July 2008
By sinman
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The biggest quality of this album is that no matter how many times you listen to it, every morning it will touch your inner being.The invocations are recited with such purity and sincerity, even if you do not understand Sanskrit, the effect is soul-stirring.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful album of chanting 1 April 2010
Format:Audio CD
This is a wonderful album to wake up to, to fall to sleep to, to chill out to and to live to! The music does not just happen, it seems to unfold into existance, layer upon layer into a rich tapestry of sounds.

Ravi Shankar draws upon some traditional mantras, and also adds a few compositions of his own. Asato maa is a well known mantra and his composition of it is really good. Sahanaa Vavatu is a lovely prayer that I like to do in the morning. Mangalam is a rousing call and response chant that I always find myself singing along too. Finally, I would just like to mention Prabhugee - this is a hauntingly beautiful song where the devotee calls out lovingly to the teacher.

I highly reccomend reserving the time to listen to this album all in one go. The music ebbs and flows perfectly, and by the end you will be totally blissed out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Chants of India
This CD played by Ravi Shankar (and his daughter) and produced by George Harrison is terrific. Soothing to listen to. Would recommend highly.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs Caroline Hills
5.0 out of 5 stars Great selection of Indian chants to be used as background music or...
Lovely selection and interpretation of Indian spiritual chants, Ravi Shankar's expertise is evident and George Harrison's input in this work makes it more valuable to my eyes. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Giulia Tripepi
5.0 out of 5 stars great
i love it - beautiful. I don't have any more words to say, and don't think I should have to find 20 when 4 says it all.
Published 17 months ago by anon
2.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Expected
I thought the CD was too deeply 'intense' i.e. the chants are what are what the pundits and priests chant during religious ceremonies and not something you would ,or at least I... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Prem Arjoon
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, inspirational
I played this cd for the first time in a long time and burst into tears. Sure, feeling emotional anyway, but this is the most wonderful musical experience I have in my collection... Read more
Published on 27 Feb 2001 by kailas@madasafish.com
5.0 out of 5 stars The essence of India!
This album is, quite simply, the essence of everything that I love about India.
It has all the passion, drama and exuberance of the subcontinent's culture. Read more
Published on 18 Aug 2000
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