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वन्दे मातरम् (Vande Mataram)

Vande Mataram (transl. “Mother, I Bow to Thee”) is a Bengali-Sanskrit poem written by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee and first sung by Rabindranath Tagore in 1896. The first 2 stanzas of the poem have now the official status as the “National Song” of the Republic of India. Sri Aurobindo has made translation of the poem into English verse.

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The New Music: “Mystic Horse” by Lucette Bourdin

“The closer, Mystic Horse, is altogether unlike anything else on the album: percussive echoes in deep space; a slow, primitive, ritual drumbeat; bits of wooden flute, triangle, claves, but the drumbeat has the last word. The ritual remains, taking us out but bringing us back into the body, leaving us so much richer for the journey.”

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The New Music: “Inner Vastness” by Lucette Bourdin

“Horse Heaven is mystic, ineffable, introspective and god-seeking – exploring and celebrating both external and internal infinities, and a quest for their meeting place. Imagine church music for everyone, without any sectarian baggage, with no need for division or fear – just sharing the wonder of this life eternal. That’s how I would sum up this essential release, from an artist whose music should be heard by all.”