Sthree Thaal Tharang / Shiva Shakti Swayambho
Album: Shiva Shakti Swayambho   Collection:General
Artist:Sthree Thaal Tharang   Added:Sep 2014

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2014-10-10 Pull Date: 2014-12-12 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Dec 14 Dec 7 Nov 9 Nov 2 Oct 26 Oct 19
Airplays: 1 1 1 1 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Dec 10, 2014: minimum entropy
Shambo Shiva Shambho
4. Nov 01, 2014: BravoMarco Variety Show
Shambo Shiva Shambho
2. Dec 02, 2014: It's Bollywood, It's Hollywood
Vatapi Ganapatim
5. Oct 25, 2014: The KZSU Alumni Weekend Bonanza
Shambo Shiva Shambho
3. Nov 08, 2014: BravoMarco Variety Show
Vatapi Ganapatim
6. Oct 15, 2014: minimum entropy
Shambo Shiva Shambho

Album Review
Lester G.
Reviewed 2014-09-29
Incredible Carnatic (South Indian classical) music by some serious pioneers. Sukkanya Ramgopal is an expert player of the ghatam, a clay pot percussion instrument that is incredibly difficult to master. She’s the inventor and sole exponent of the Ghata-tharang, an array of six pitched ghatams. Her formidable all-female ensemble joins on violin, veena, mridangam (basically a tabla on steroids), and morsing (jaw harp). Here the group renders several Carnatic classics of astounding beauty and complexity and almost makes it seem easy. This is not only a valuable counterpart to a largely patriarchal tradition, but is also a rare treat, since I had to email the artist and then have a vacationing coworker pick the CDs up for me. Play loud, play often, and rejoice in the rich diversity of human endeavors.

Note: I’ve sent the most accessible of three albums for a-file rotation, but the other two can be added to reanimation at the MDs’ discretion.
1. (12:49) A rousing, joyful opener in a loosely pentatonic raag.
2. (4:34) Bright polyrhythmic phrasing, incredibly tight and coordinated, fast and breathtaking!
3. (18:31) Slow, haunting, mystical beginning drifts into a stately marching tune in a cycle of 9 beats. Ramgopal adds vocal percussion in the middle.
4. (4:25) A six-beat cycle provides an easygoing gait for this lively, even carefree song.
5. (4:34) A mind-blowing original composition here, joyful jamming with each member getting their time to show off. Wow!

Track Listing
1. Vatapi Ganapatim   3. Shambo Shiva Shambho
2. Anandam   4. Rama Rama
  5. Rhythmic Rhapsody