M.S. Subbulakshmi

Bhaja Govinda

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Chanted in Vedic Sanskrit, "Bhaja Govinda" and "Vishnu Sahasranaman" provide a rather lively taste of Indian devotional music. The first song, "Bhaja Govinda," gives praise to the cow finder or Krishna. The slower of the two music tracks, the sound is far from laid-back. Traditional instruments accompany the Sanskrit singing, making for music with a very complete and ambient feel. The lack of drumming on "Vishnu Sahasranaman" makes the final track less impressive with a lack of any solid rhythm. Students of Sanskrit rather than music fans will find the closing track interesting. "Bhaja Govinda" includes a recognizable chorus that recurs frequently, which makes it much more listenable. The music is easy to follow and it is much easier for a Western listener that is unfamiliar with traditional Indian music to appreciate. "Vishnu Sahasranaman" may seem uneventful to those who do not understand Sanskrit and have a firm understanding of Indian devotional prayers. Those looking for the source of Bill Laswell's treatments of Indian traditional music will find the Vedic chanting of Naguel Sites and "Bhaja Govinda" share very a similar sound.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
10:00
2
11:00
3
20:00
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