I have always been fascinated by music from the Indian sub continent. The structure of the compositions are so completely different from what we are used to, and the instruments so exotic. The sitar is in my opinion one of the best stringed instruments ever invented, the sound is so alluring. It is completely different from the guitar, yet it is intrinsically the same design. Over the years many bands have attempted to incorporate the sitar into their repertoire, Quintessence from the early 70’s were probably the first, even the Beatles gave it a whirl, unfortunately it really is an instrument that does not fit easily into the western style of composition. Deva Premal has found that magic middle ground, where the guitar does live in harmony with the Indian instruments.

Deva Premal and her long time companion Miten are not Indian, they actually hail from Germany, but they have infused themselves in the mysticism of the Indian music and life style. I guess that strictly speaking this is not traditional Indian music, it is what most would refer to as New Age, whatever that might be!

Diva Deva (yes, I really did write that) performs flawlessly, and the end result is a very smooth journey to a place of serenity and pleasure with this CD.

Deva and Miten are currently touring North America performing The Moola Mantra, if you have the chance you should take in a concert. I have my tickets for their Calgary performance on the 19th of September!

These two great musicians are joined by Special guest musicians Jai Uttal (dotar), Manose (bansuri), Debopriyo Sarkar (tablas), Kit Walker (piano), Benjy Wertheimer (esraj), Peter van Gelder (sitar), and Moses Sedler (cello).

This is certainly not a traditional matching of instruments, East meets West, and then some.

You can get your own copy Of Deva Premal Sings The Moola Mantra from your local store or online from from Self Connection Books.

Simon Barrett


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