Raghunath Seth

Songs of the Soil

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The particular soil that Raghunath Seth tills is that of Mother India and this album harvests folk airs from Bengal, Gujarat, Punjab, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and elsewhere. What emerges overall is a strange confection of flute (Seth) and regional percussion (musicians uncredited, instruments unlisted). It comes across like one of those ‘international folk' albums of the late '50s or early ‘60s. Although Songs of the Soil has a good concept and theme, its vision is a little too sub-filmi.