Sairam, Aruna / Divine Inspiration
Album: Divine Inspiration   Collection:World
Artist:Sairam, Aruna   Added:Apr 2008
Label:Harmonia Mundi Usa  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2008-10-05 Pull Date: 2008-12-07 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Nov 30 Nov 23 Nov 16 Nov 2 Oct 26 Oct 19
Airplays: 2 1 1 1 2 1

Recent Airplay
1. Jan 06, 2009: The Long Form
Bandanodi [cont'd], Bandanodi
4. Nov 25, 2008: The Rent Party
Govinda Leena Mol
2. Dec 12, 2008: Rorshach's Dance
5. Nov 18, 2008: At the Cafe Bohemian
Om Sakti Om
3. Nov 28, 2008: No Cover, No Minimum
6. Nov 14, 2008: No Cover, No Minimum

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2008-10-03
Traditional Indian music, a female singer that infuses nice drama and expression into the vocals. There's a swagger to her style that I like -- almost a hip, upbeat feel sometimes, despite the acoustic/traditional surroundings. Deeply reverent on other tracks. Spaces that are sparse but not necessarily meditative; there's a slow swirl of sound around each vocal.

1- A neat shuffling beat after a reverent, declarative opening.
2- Relaxed mid/fast
3- Chipper, fast
4- 17-minute epic. A serious, ceremonial mood with lots of vocal variety. Begins to feel like a chant in spots, especially when Sairam gets into hypnotically repeating syllables, turning up the intensity in the second half. Sparse instrumentation. Percussion appears in the last few minutes.
5- Slowish and rubberband-like, a serious, swaying Indian feel
6- Interesting small chant that opens up into a song, with minimal backing. Fast pace.
7- Slow. Serves as an intro to 8. SEGUES:
8- Steady beat, long vocal lines. High drama, quite nice.
9- Direct, with a quick beat. Later, some curious vocal/tabla matched rhythms in strange, half-spoken tones. Cool!

Track Listing
1. Om Sakti Om   5. Kadakadani
2. Govinda Leena Mol   6. Pirava Varam Tarum
3. Saravanabhava   7. Pachai Maamalai
4. Bandanodi   8. Rangpura Vihara
  9. Tillana