Bhakti Invocations

Aruna Sairam

Divine Inspiration (World Village 468074, 2008)

Aruna Sairam is a renowned Indian singer who specializes in the music of southern India, which is known as Carnatic music. Divine Inspiration  features exquisite vocal performances based on sacred music traditions that are found in Hindu temples.

Sairam combines poetry, language, and music from various parts of India. She treats the listener to nine songs and invocations from the Bhakti Movement. This movement was started in southern India and spread to the rest of the country. The followers of this Hindu religious movement practice the loving devotion to God, called bhakti. They are generally devoted to the worship of Shiva, Vishnu, Murukan or Shakti.

Accompanying Sairam on Divine Inspiration are virtuoso instrumentalists H. N Bhaskar on violin; Girija on tampura; Dr. S.Karthik on ghatam; and J. Vaidyanathan on mridangam.


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Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.