Once again we begin with the sinuous notes of the East Indian sitar, played here by ANOUSHKA SHANKAR. Like her late father RAVI SHANKAR, she carries on extending the classical tradition of Indian music in the West, while others do the same for Indian folk and religious music.
Whatever the source, there's a feeling that links these artists: the gentle sense of devotion — to music, and to the Indian spiritual practice called bhakti. Bhakti is love and devotion to religious ideas that engage both emotion and intellect. Like prayer, devotion is quiet, inward, emotional: a movement of the heart.
Today, both Indian and western musicians are bringing an ambient sensibility to the drones and filigrees of Indian devotional music. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, the sound of spiritual devotion in Indian fusion, on a program called BHAKTI.
Music is by ANOUSHKA SHANKAR, DEVA PREMAL & MITEN with MANOSE, STEVIN McNAMARA, BLACK TAPE FOR A BLUE GIRL, TODD NORIAN, MANISH VYAS, MICHAEL MANDRELL & BENJY WERTHEIMER.