Sacred Temples of India
Chinmaya Dunster: sarod, guitars, keyboards
Manish Vyas: tabla, vocals
Bikram Singh: flute
Sangit Om: keyboard, harp
Sadhu Bolland: piano, swarmandel and vocals
Nandin Baker: flute
Vidroha Jamie: guitar
Prem Patra: vocals
Henrik Gumoes: percussion
(Released in 2002 – New Earth Records)
My musical tribute to India, celebrating twenty-five years of visiting the country I call my adopted home.
Several of the tracks are remixes of pieces made during the mid-1990s for the now defunct Nightingale Records.
“In this phenomenal release Chinmaya Dunster captures all the pristine beauty and mystical spiritualism of the Sacred Temples of India and mysteriously presents them in way that the western ear can not only access, but also lovingly appreciate.
The sacred beauty of the Chinmaya’s sarod lifts listeners into realms of divine bliss as hosts of angels increase the heavenly experience with the sounds of glorious flutes, tablas, guitars, keyboards, chimes, harp, bells, and other sweet sonic expressions.
In many ways these awesome musical soundscapes are as moving an experience as actually visiting the Sacred Temples of India because after hearing it, it feels like I’ve actually been there. And what an amazing and wonderful experience it is!
Without reservation, let me say this musical offering from Chinmaya Dunster is truly a divine gift for which I am most grateful. Needless to say, this precious music easily receives my highest recommendation to all, especially lovers of new age, Eastern Indian, and World music.”
Rev Robert Walmsley
“The spirit of India’s holy places, her people and vast culture are subliminally reflected in Sacred Temples of India. Dunster’s gentle sarod compositions feature musicians and vocalists from India in a musical tour of the subcontinent’s myriad temples.
From a tiny village shrine to Mother Kali in west Bengal to a Hanuman Temple in downtown New Delhi, from Mt. Kailash and Chamba in the North to Chidambaram and Konark in the south, these are the temples that have inspired Dunster’s music and inner quest.
His serene yet lively melodies speak of the mystery, poignancy, timelessness, reverence and child-like joy that India’s innumerable shrines inspire in all who are blessed to pilgrimage there.”
Light of Consciousness
“With passion and joy, Dunster pays homage to a country and it’s temples. Through this wonderful compilation of East meets West, a melodic piece transcends the physical.
The sarod, guitars, flutes and keyboards weave a spiritual tapestry throughout the entire CD.
The meditative acoustic compositions evoke peace and tranquility, synonymous with the heart and soul of India.
This would be a delightful album to give character to a restaurant of cafe.”
Lawrence Bond (Oct. 2002)
“An evocative, awe-inspiring musical journey.We are immersed in wonder, captivated by the mystery through these gorgeous compositions connecting us with the divine vibrations of highly esteemed settings.
Sacred sites, some natural, some human made, such as a shrine found under an enormous banyan tree in Gir Forest, Gujarat state, to which Dunster travelled with tabla player Manish Vyas, the great Chidambaram temple of south India and the magnificence of Mount Kailash, home of Shiva, inspired these musical expressions.
Chinmaya Dunster is known for his highly original and successful blend of Celtic and Indian music.
Dependably, he creates here, music that is at once very easy on the Western ear, not overtly Eastern and most serene.
Friends into yoga and healing will just beg you for the title, sannyasin friends will already have it and your mother will politely suggest it for Christmas. Get this! There’ll be no regrets.”
Australian Yoga Life Magazine