Indian Vocals, Western Music

For this New Sounds show, there’s music built around Indian vocals, from the pop style known as filmi to the centuries-old devotional and love poems known as ghazal. Listen to works from the forthcoming Kronos Quartet release, You’ve Stolen My Heart. On the record, Kronos reworks some of Bollywood soundtrack composer RD Burman's best-loved tunes, collaborating with Burman’s wife and muse Asha Bhosle for the project, whose voice, even today, has lost none of the sweetness and fluidity that made her a Playback star back in Bollywood’s heyday, in the 1960’s. Also, there’s music from Brooklyn-based vocalist (and percussionist) Paula Jeanine from her American Ghazal project along with songs by the Canadian singer Kiran Ahluwalia, and her sometimes Celtic-seeming backing band. Plus, music from Terry Riley and Najma Akhtar rounds out the show.

PROGRAM # 2444, Indian Vocals, Western Music (First aired on Tues. 7/26/05)





Mehdi Hassan

Classical Ghazals

Abke ham bichhde, excerpt [1:00]

Navras #0001 – 3
Available online at



Zikar Hai Apna Mehfil Mehfil [6:30]

Shanachie #64009*

Kiran Ahluwalia

Kiran Ahluwalia

Vo Kuch [5:30]

Triloka /Artemis #82055 ***

Paula Jeanine

American Ghazal

I Wasn’t Ready (Abke ham bichhde) [6:00]

Kronos Quartet & Asha Bhosle

You’ve Stolen My Heart

Chura Liya [5:00]

Nonesuch #79856
Due out 8/30/05

Najma (w/Church of Betty)

Forbidden Kiss

Aaj Madhosh Hua Jaye Re [4:00]

Shanachie #64063*

Kronos Quartet & Ashe Bhosle

You’ve Stolen My Heart

Rishte Bante Hain [6:00]

See above.

Terry Riley

Descending Moonshine Dervishes/Songs For the Ten Voices of the Two Prophets

Embroidery, excerpt [10:00]

Kuckuck 2 CDs #12047 ***