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Out Now- Nitai Dasgupta's "Songs Of India" and Pandit Kanwar's "Three Sitar Pieces"

March 29, 2019

 

Today we're thrilled to bring you two reissues from classical Indian vocalists Nitai Dasgupta and Pandit Kanwar. Songs Of India and Three Sitar Pieces were were both originally released on Vic Keary's underground label, Mushroom Records, in the early 70s.

 

While Vic Keary’s background was in reggae, Mushroom Records dabbled in recording a bit of everything. Mostly known for hyper-rare Psych, Prog and Acid Folk, Nitai Dasgupta and Pandit Kanwar Sain Trikha’s diverse LPs fit in perfectly with their British Psych and Prog labelmates like Simon Finn, Magic Carpet, and Chillum.


Nitai Dasgupta was one of the most talented Indian classical singers in Great Britain. His sweetness and flexibility created a unique style complemented by his melodious voice and composing abilities.  Songs Of India pleases the lovers of Indian classical and semi-classical music while enticing pop and folk lovers. This LP even caught the ears of acclaimed electronic artist, Four Tet, who featured track “Cham Cham Cham Cham” on his NTS Radio show.

 

Pandit Kanwar Sain Trikha, known for his fine-tuned skills on the Sitar, showcases his virtuosity on Three Sitar Pieces. The exploration of his musical energy and verve is apparent in every note. Delicate, bold, sweet or even querulous various rhythmical flashes set the mood while he emanates supreme confidence and accomplishment on the Sitar.

 

Both LPs are fascinatingly diverse pieces of work that dive into the intersection of folk, classical, and psychedelic music.

 

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