Quite simply, this is the best, most personal, musical piece Ravi Shankar has composed in his long and illustrious career. Composed out of impromptu sessions in his living room, these ragas are a long and misty look at his many-storied life. Sometimes lyrical, sometimes melancholic, sometimes joyful, sometimes full of despair, sometimes reflexive, sometimes nostalgic, and, yes, at times looking ahead at what lies beyond, from its slow, deliberate start, to its sometimes lively jaunts, these pieces are a meditation on Shankar's life by the master himself.
Listen closely. He is having a personal conversation with the listener. He is there in his living room telling us about his life, and he is there saying, "This has been my life, this is what I did, this is what happened." He is going into all the details and relating the ups and the downs he experienced. It is his testament and the musical legacy of his life.
It comes as no surprise that these sessions (reportedly there are more releases forthcoming) were recorded in his home and at this particular juncture in his mortal life. The music is up close and personal. Shankar has made an enduring influence on music and on Western awareness of Indian arts and culture. Allow the music on this CD to enter, it will make an enduring influence on the listener's consciousness.