by Nadaka and Gopika —
Surya means sun in Sanskrit and that is the theme of the album — the sun, sunlight and our inner light.
The CD contains eight songs, ranging from 4,000-year-old Vedic mantras to more recent Indian hymns, some of which are a part of everyday life in India.
These classic, traditional mantras are carefully sung in the original Sanskrit, following the exact pronounciation and specific intonation that has been passed down in the culture of India for thousands of years.
At the same time, the accompanying music has a contemporary feel because it subtly combines traditional Indian-raga elements with the performance of Western-style guitar, as well as with a variety of instrumentation played on a guitar synthesizer.
Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 33, Number 5, October/November 2014.