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Antarayaami - Knower of All Hearts

by Nina Rao

Release Date: January 2013

"Antarayaami Knower of All Hearts" by Nina Rao offers the practice of chanting born from her South Indian roots and influenced by her many years of chanting in the USA. This 12-track double-CD of call-and-response kirtan and Hanuman Chalisa melodies including a duet with Grammy-nominated new age artist, Krishna Das, blends the sacred sounds of traditional eastern tabla, dholak, harmonium, kartals, bansuri flute, esraj, and sarod with Western electric bass, violin, guitar and banjo, and soulful vocals. This album draws from the rich heritage of devotional music and chanting style from India and is still rendered accessible for all to sing along with.

Nina Rao first learned traditional chants (bhajans) from her grandfather while on holiday in a village in south India when she was a girl of nine years. The chants quietly stayed with her until she rediscovered chanting with Krishna Das in New York in 1996. Her first studio release is the track 'Nina Chalisa' on Krishna Das' CD "Flow of Grace - Chanting the Hanuman Chalisa" released in 2007. She regularly tours with Krishna Das playing cymbals and supporting vocals, and also leads kirtan and chanting on her own.

Tracks
Disc One
  1. Bhajagovindam Narayana (16:49)
  2. Brindavan Mahamantra (13:14)
  3. Saraswati Shaarade Devi (7:25)
  4. Pati Hare (7:08)
  5. Antarayaami (6:14)
  6. Bhajagovindam (4:07)
Disc Two
  1. Ocean of Ram Hanuman Chalisa - duet with Krishna Das (10:56)
  2. Samadhi Hanuman Chalisa (8:32)
  3. Sundarakand Hanuman Chalisa (8:25)
  4. Nina Hanuman Chalisa (8:11)
  5. Uma Hanuman Chalisa (7:54)
  6. Vinayaka Always (7:17)
Offered with pranams and gratitude to the Knower of my Heart, Sri Siddhi Ma who embodies the Love that is Baba Neem Karoli Maharaj

Deepest love, respect, and thanks to:

Krishna Das for paving the way and being the searchlight and guide for so many of us, and for being my Friend

Anasuya and Taranath for raising me (and putting up with me!) with care and love only parents can give. Daddy, I pray that you hear our voices now and forever.

My sisters, Sarina and Shamina, for supporting me in all ways practical and impractical

Uma, for coming to me and Devadas

My dear satsang and friends who very often are my refuge

Musicians, chanters, artists, and producers of this CD

Credits:
Produced by Devadas Labrecque and Nina Rao
Lead vocals: Nina Rao, Krishna Das (Ocean of Ram HC), Devadas Labrecque (Sundarakand HC),Uma Rao-Labrecque (Uma Hanuman Chalisa), B. Gopalakrishnaya (Vinayaka Always)

Kirtan Choir: Krishna Das, Ambika Cooper, Ana Ban, Anjula Prasad, Archit Dave, Bubby McInerney, Devadas Labrecque, Janaki Kagel, Joelle Danant, Lalita Taylor, Mamta Schneider, Satya Carlson, Sharada Kagel, Shyama Chapin, Uma Rao-Labrecque

Kirtan Choir (Vinayaka Always): Taranath Rao, Anasuya Rao, Sarina Singh, Shamina Rao-Herel, Ambika Cooper, Anjali Rao-Herel, Ajay Kumar, Uma Rao-Labrecque, Jaya Rao-Herel, Asha Kumar

Harmonium: Nina Rao, Devadas Labrecque (Sundarakand Hanuman Chalisa), B. Gopalakrishnaya (Vinayaka Always)
Tabla, Dholak, Frame Drums: Arjun Bruggeman
Bass: Mark Gorman
Violin: Genevieve Walker
Keyboards, Guitar, Dotar, Banjo, Shakers: Devadas Labrecque
Esraj: Benjy Wertheimer
Bansuri Flute: Eric Fraser
Kartals, Khol Mrdanga, Shakers: Nina Rao
Tabla: Naren Budhakar (Antarayaami)
Dholak: Terrence Pompey (Vinayaka Always)
Sarod: Camila Celin

CD package artwork: Shamina Rao-Herel, indiainkdesign.com
Front cover photo of Nina: Matt Thomas
Front cover Hanuman-ji drawing: Jennifer Mazzucco
Other photos: Nina Rao

Engineering and mixing: Devadas Labrecque
Mixing Assistance: Jeremy and Lily Frindel
Recorded March-November 2012 at: Dasville Studios Brooklyn NY, Tedesco Studios NJ, Ben Leinbach Studios, Pier Street Studios, Wolf Cub Studios
Mastering: Ryan Foster, Foster Mastering
All songs and arrangements by Nina Rao
© 2013 Nina Rao / Rare Earth Explorations
Publishing 2013 Nina Rao / Rare Earth Explorations