Ibteda (NMI, 2006)
This outstanding Indian fusion group from Kolkata features Arunangshu Shaudhury on percussion, Dipanker on vocals, Shankar on keyboards, Hari on violin and Partho on santoor. The 8 tracks reveal a strong influence of Indian classical music, with Western and even Chinese blends thrown in.
Our picks include the absolutely high-energy Mountain Odyssey and the superb instrumental piece Different Strokes. Check out also the tracks Dusk and Elation. In sum, superbly enlightening fusion from India, as promised on the CD cover.