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Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s Salt March of 1930—a nonviolent protest made by thousands of people over ten days to challenge the British salt monopoly in colonial India— SOUL MARCH reinterprets the refrain sung by the marchers over 80 years ago: “Raghupathi Raghava Raja Ram.” On nine tracks, Tandon’s “limpid, serene voice with Indian classical inflections,” (NY Times) re-envisions the beloved melody with new raagas and rhythms.
Over 75 musicians came together to record the album in the U.S. and India, combining ancient traditional instruments like the ektara, dugdugi, and esraj with saxophone, banjo, and piano to transcend musical boundaries.
This Grammy-nominated album combines the evocative vocals of Chandrika Krishnamurthy Tandon with an ancient Sanskrit chant in eight classical Indian ragas, and with western and eastern musical arrangements. Continuous recitation of the mantra’s eight phonemes- Om Na Mo Na Ra Ya Na Ya- is said to form a protective armor during cell renewal in the eight vital centers of the body.
Recorded both in India and the US, SOUL CALL incorporates world-class musicianship and production. The album combines traditional Indian sounds such as sarod, sitar, and esraj with Western instruments such as piano, electric bass, and classical guitar. The instrumental arrangements are by Tejendra Narayan Majumdar, a world class maestro.
Chandrika Krishnamurthy Tandon's debut album showcases the ancient mantra of Lord Shiva. The five syllables - Na Mah Shi Va Ya embody the five elements that we, and everything in our cosmos, are composed of - earth, water, fire air and space. Continuous repetition of this mantra is said to purify all the elements in us and in the cosmos.