Editors’ Notes On this intriguing collaboration, the Indian vocal legend Asha Bhosle and the Kronos Quartet perform arrangements of songs by the late Bollywood composer, Rahul Dev Burman (1939-1994). Bhosle, who has sung on countless film soundtracks and was married to Burman, appears on eight cuts. The album also features the virtuoso tabla player Zakir Hussain and Wu Man, a master of the pipa, a lute-like Chinese instrument. The opener, “Dum Maro Dum (Take Another Toke),” which was originally used in a film about the hippie counterculture on the subcontinent, quickly displays Burman’s gift for melody. “Rishte Bante Hain (Relationships Grow Slowly),” flecked with a variety of delightful details, appropriately takes its sweet time. The instrumental “Mehbooba Mehbooba (Beloved, O Beloved)” is marked by striking string gestures and includes touches of accordion courtesy of violist Hank Dutt. The sassy “Ekta Deshlai Kathi Jalao (Light a Match)” has nice timbres, including one credited to “hammered violin.” Rippling percussion, hints of James Bond music, and Chinese flavors enliven “Saiyan Re Saiyan (My Lover Came Silently).”

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Dum Maro Dum (Take Another Toke)
1
4:42
 
Rishte Bante Hain (Relationships Grow Slowly)
2
6:14
 
Mehbooba Mehbooba (Beloved, O Beloved)
3
3:51
 
Ekta Deshlai Kathi Jalao (Light a Match)
4
3:59
 
Nodir Paare Uttchhe Dhnoa (Smoke Rises across the River)
5
6:00
 
Koi Aaya Aane Bhi De (If People Come)
6
5:35
 
Mera Kuch Saaman (Some of My Things)
7
6:54
 
Saajan Kahan Jaoongi Main (Beloved, Where Would I Go?)
8
5:43
 
Piya Tu Ab To Aaja (Lover, Come to Me Now)
9
5:27
 
Dhanno Ki Aankhon (In Dhanno's Eyes)
10
4:03
 
Chura Liya Hai Tum Ne (You've Stolen My Heart)
11
5:08
 
Saiyan Re Saiyan (My Lover Came Silently)
12
5:46
 

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