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Nilanjana

by Sitara

Nilanjana is a collection of spiritually charged ancient mantras featuring the sweet voice of Sitara and eclectic guitar sounds of Sanjaya, along with many Indian-inspired musical guests. This is world music designed to awaken and enliven the soul!
Genre: World: Chants
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1. Shani Dhyan Mantra
3:13 $0.99
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2. O Ma Kali Ma
9:26 $0.99
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3. Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya
13:26 album only
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4. Bapuji's Mantra
10:37 album only
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5. Jai Ma
6:48 $0.99
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6. Om Namah Shivaya
5:28 $0.99
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7. Chitta Chora
6:03 $0.99
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8. Samba Sada Shiva
7:37 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Nilanjana is a Sanskrit word repeated during the opening track of this recording. It translates as "dark blue" and is a mantra for the planet Saturn. The ultimate effect of this chant is to confer the strength, discipline, and "grounded-ness," to carry out one's dharma - or life purpose.

FROM THE PRODUCER
It is interesting to notice how commonplace the expression “mantra” has become in recent times. It’s not unusual to hear anyone, from sports professionals to politicians to business executives, proudly proclaiming their own personal mantras as a demonstration of their conviction and commitment to what it is they are passionate about. Of course they are not referring to “mantra” in the classical sense. However, they are using the very same principles that yogis and spiritual seekers have known for a long, long time.

The idea that repetition of a word or phrase can truly be a powerful force to facilitate change is not new. All of the chants that Sitara is leading on this recording are ancient Sanskrit mantras that contain the seed energy for transformation. The singing comes mainly in the form of Kirtan, a call-and-response devotional chanting practice. Chanting, or even listening to these mantras can be a catalyst for change that has been known to open the heart and initiate a shift in consciousness.

As the great spiritual teacher, Amma, says: “(Chanting) with one-pointedness, will benefit the singer, the listener and also Mother Nature. Such songs will awaken the listeners’ minds in due course.”

Om Namah Shivaya!
Sanjaya Rob Selmanovic

THE MUSICIANS

Shani Dhyan Mantra
Sitara Maldonado: vocals
Jay Taylor: bass
Gary Diggins: bell tree

O Ma Kali Ma
Sitara: vocals, harmonium
Sanjaya Rob Selmanovic: guitars, percussion
Jay Taylor : bass
Benjy Wertheimer: esraj, tablas
John Hudson: djembe, percussion
Mark Pinkus: piano, keyboards
Gary Diggins: percussion
Kesheva Sharma: kartals
The Kirtan Choir

Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya
Sitara: vocals, harmonium, kartals, tambourine
Sean Johnson: vocals
Sanjaya: guitars, percussion
Ian de Souza: bass
Kevan McKenzie: djembe, percussion
Lucas Tensen: cello
Gary Diggins: percussion (shell shaker)
Kathleen Gillis: percussion (bass drum)
Chaula Hopefisher: backing vocals
Shantdeep Françoise Roy: backing vocals
The Kirtan Choir

Bapuji’s Mantra
Sitara: vocals, harmonium, kartals, tambourine
Sanjaya: guitars
Ian de Souza: bass
Kevan McKenzie: djembe, percussion
Benjy Wertheimer: tabla
Gary Diggins: vocals, percussion
Lucas Tensen: cello
Ann-Marie Boudreau: sitar
Chaula Hopefisher: backing vocals
Anthony Garcia: backing vocals
Shantdeep Françoise Roy: backing vocals
The Kirtan Choir

Jaya Ma
Sitara: vocals, harmonium
Sanjaya: guitars
Jay Taylor: bass
John Hudson: frame drum, percussion
Jim Gelcer: percussion
Kathleen Gillis: percussion
Chaula Hopefisher: backing vocals

Om Namah Shivaya
Sitara: vocals
Sanjaya: guitars
Ian de Souza: bass
Kevan McKenzie: drums
Mark Pinkus: piano, keyboards
Tony Mason: keyboards
Jim Gelcer: percussion
Kathleen Gillis: percussion
Chaula Hopefisher: backing vocals
Donna Poulidis: backing vocals
The Kirtan Choir

Chitta Chora
Sitara: vocals, harmonium, kartels
Sanjaya: guitars, percussion
Jay Taylor: Bass
Kathleen Gillis: percussion
Jim Gelcer: percussion
Chaula Hopefisher: backing vocals
Shantdeep Françoise Roy: Backing vocals
Luke Burton: backing vocals
The Kirtan Choir

Samba Sada Shiva
Sitara: vocals, harmonium, kartels
Sanjaya: guitars, percussion
Jay Taylor: bass
Kevan McKenzie: drums
John Hudson: percussion
Kathleen Gillis: percussion
Ann-Marie Boudreau: percusssion (guiro)
Donna Poulidis: backing vocals
The Kirtan Choir

The Kirtan Choir is:
Cinda Raymond
Dollie Nix
Glen Light
Jack Armstrong
Jennifer Mason
Jim Gelcer
Josie Smith
Julie Hayden
Kathleen Gillis
Lauren Dube
Lucas Tensen
Lynn Himmelmann
Michael Moon
Michael Zender
Patricia Koine
Prashanta
Sabina Madill
Samantha Heney
Shantdeep Françoise Roy
Susan Hirst
Susan Wells


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