Vismaya II - An Indo-Celtic Musical Journey by Vidita Kanniks
This recording is a representation of the magical wonderment of the synthesis of two diverse traditions in the most unusual of circumstances 200 years ago. The marriage of classical Indian lyrics in Sanskrit with catchy European (primarily Celtic) melodies of the 1700s gave rise to a new genre of music that cannot be classified into any known form. The universal nature of this music makes it as Celtic as it is Indian and it is neither Indian nor Celtic at the same time. In a profound sense, this genre of music represents the innate ability of Indian culture to be open to ideas from the other parts of the world while integrating them within its ocean of knowledge. This new genre, the Nottusvarasahityas, was 19th century India's expression of its premonition of a globalized world of the 21st century - where several cultures would coexist together and share a common future. It is with a sense of awe at the wonder that is Indian culture and with a child's wide eyed sense of amazement - vismaya - Kanniks presents this music collection to the world.