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 30Nov 23Nov 16Nov 2Oct 26Oct 19

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