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Namesake [Soundtrack]

Nitin Sawhney , Susheela Raman , Federico Aubele , Lakhan Das , Geeta Dutt , State of Bengal Audio CD
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  • Performer: Nitin Sawhney, Susheela Raman, Federico Aubele, Lakhan Das, Geeta Dutt, et al.
  • Composer: Nitin Sawhney
  • Audio CD (March 6, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Rounder
  • ASIN: B000H5VF2K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,097 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Shoes To America
2. The Namesake Opening Titles
3. First Day In New York
4. Jhiri Jhiri Choyetali - Geeta Dutt
5. Flight IC408 - State Of Bengal
6. Airport Grief
7. Mo's Affair
8. Farewell Shoke
9. Ashima Becomes A Widow
10. Aftermath
11. Ye Mera Divanapan Hai - Susheela Raman
12. Baul Song - Lakhan Das
13. Taj Mahal
14. The Chosen One - Mykill Miers
15. Max Arrives
16. Boatman's Song - Kartik Das
17. Postales - Ferderico Aubele
18. Amra Reformed HIndus - Partha Chatterjee
19. The Namesake
20. The Same Song - Susheela Raman
See all 21 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Fans of British composer Nitin Sawhney excited to see his name connected to this soundtrack should be aware that Sawhney's music accounts for just 26 minutes of this nearly 56-minute recording. In addition, most of the 12 tracks he contributes are plot-advancing cues, not fully realized compositions, which clock in at under two minutes (four run one minute or less). Eight other artists are represented here, including vocalist Susheela Raman with two tracks found on past solo recordings. Other selections range from '60s Indian vocalist Geeta Dutt and the traditional chant of Lakhan Das ("Baul Song") to Argentina's Federico Aubele ("Postales") and a brief rap from Mykill Miers. The divergent musical sources reflect the old world/new world conflicts that entangle an Indian family following a move from Calcutta to New York City in a film from respected director Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding). For his part, Sawhney (principally using acoustic guitar and strings, often embellished with Indian vocalese and instrumentation) lends elegant, modern-traditional brushstrokes to the film's more reflective moments that underscore the characters' cultural conflicts. It is a broadly varied recording that on occasion beautifully captures--usually all too briefly--moments of deep inner searching. The disc concludes with "Falling," Sawhney's collaboration with Matt Hales from Aqualung, from Sawhney's 2003 release Human. --Terry Wood

Product Description

With The Namesake, Mira Nair found ways to link New York and Calcutta not only visually, but via sound as well. Like the story itself, the film's soundtrack traverses both time and cultures. "I love Indian classical music and I wanted to link that classical sound with the pulsating New York sound of today," comments Nair. "So the soundtrack not only crosses 25 years of time but also moves from Bengali folk music, Geeta Dutt's 'Jhiri Jhiri Choyetali' to hip-hop, 'The Chosen One.' And then there is Nitin Sawhney's haunting score mixed throughout. This is the privilege of cinema: to bring together the sounds, voices, instruments of that which you love and make it one with image."

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful...... April 26, 2007
Format:Audio CD
The soundtrack was probably one of the most evocatively beautiful qualities in Mira Nair's THE NAMESAKE. For starters, "The Namesake Title Sequence" is so haunting and it really draws you into the story. Of course, a great deal of the songs, featured here, hint at the emotions and experiences of the Gangulis, the parents of the main character, Googol. "Shoes To America" is warm and humorous. This was when Googol's parents are first being introduced. I can still see his mother, Ashima, trying on the sturdy shoes of her future husband. The rest of the soundtrack makes me recall other wonderful moments from this story. There are elements of the soundtrack that deviate from the Eastern feeling of the film. "The Chosen One," a powerful rap, brings us forward, thirty years in this family's legacy. I won't give away plot elements here. I really reccomend this beautiful soundtrack, and I also reccomend that you go see the film that was its inspiration. You certainly won't be disappointed!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended May 13, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Nitin Sawhney is an old hand now at indo-fusion and it is evident in some of the pieces in the soundtrack. He has used various iconic indo-fusion artists such as "State of Bengal" and "Susheela Raman" to bolster the soundtrack.

The pure flute numbers used as the core theme as well as for the titles are excellent. There instrumentals have a lilting quality with an outstanding melody.

The Salil Chowdhury-esque bengali ditty, "Jhiri Jhiri Choyetali" is a gem, sung wonderfully by Geeta Dutt. The kids will love it.

There are also samples of raw Bhatiyali and Baul music and the usual chill out fusion numbers. The Bhatiyali and Baul tracks may or may not appeal in this age of percussion heavy music, but it provides a glimpse into the culture of Bengal.

"Falling", the last fusion track on the album is excellent.

One other number that stands out is Susheela Raman's version of an old bollywood number "Ye Mera Deevanapan hai".

This album comes highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So lovely! February 3, 2008
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It's hauntingly beautiful and seems to fit the female lead's character so well. The title credits are like nothing you've ever heard before. So beautiful that it moves me to tears and that's not an easy thing to do. The main theme reflects so well the beauty of the film. Once you've seen it a few times you can play the soundtrack alone and see the film in your head. I really love so much that I play it over and over again. Enjoy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece of a movie May 12, 2007
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This soundtrack introduced me to several new artists, and brought back the magic and wonder of Mira Nair's movie!! This soundtrack and movie are a must to own!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A blend of relaxing sounds with modern beats March 1, 2008
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This is an excellent soundtrack, has the music from scenes in the movie that are most provocative. Very well produced and fun to listen to in the car.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Namesake Soundtrack March 16, 2008
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I loved the movie and had to have the soundtrack. I love Indian music. It was inexpensive and worth getting through amazon. I love listening to it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good sampler of contemporary Indian Music May 12, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I recently traveled to southern India and was looking for a good sampler of what I heard when I was in India. This was a great taste of the interesting and diverse music of India.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Relaxing July 12, 2009
By Kiki
Format:Audio CD
I loved the movie by the same name, so what better way to evoke memories of such a well-loved film than by listening to its soundtrack. Even if you've never seen the movie, the music in and of itself is powerful, rich and relaxing. It will make you want to see the movie.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars As good as the movie!!
If you enjoyed the movie, you won't be dissapointed with the soundtrack. It actually has the music from the movie, imagine that!
Published on June 2, 2009 by K. barbee
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Item
Got this soundtrack after watching the movie. It was everything I was expecting and more. The music is a great mix of both modern and traditional Indian music. Read more
Published on February 26, 2009 by Cate0399
5.0 out of 5 stars Good soundtrack
Great film. Bought the DVD. Enjoyed the soundtrack so much, I bought the soundtrack. Is currently in my faves playlist on my iPod.
Published on February 18, 2009 by Motorod
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful complement to a beautiful movie
I had a chance to see "The Namesake" last night and was immediately captured by the beauty of the music. Read more
Published on January 25, 2009 by Manny Hernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars Hindu music has taken over my life
I had seen the movie which I totally love. And I have a hindu sister in law and neice. And hindu music is something that I have expanded into music collection. Read more
Published on May 18, 2008 by T. Vincek
3.0 out of 5 stars Indian experience
If you like Indian music, this is very easy listening. It is not punjabi music, which I love. Rather it is more pensive with some upbeat numbers.
Published on April 22, 2008 by Jay Labzin
5.0 out of 5 stars Namesake
Bought this immediately after watching the movie. Couple of tracks we don't like so much so have put it on our i-pod with just the favorites... 90% of the tracks. Read more
Published on March 10, 2008 by Christina Holmes
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album, good fusion
it's not as spacey as a goa trance album and it won't make you want to do weed while your listening to it, but if you want a beautiful set of fused songs with indian vocal, get... Read more
Published on May 13, 2007 by Iriven
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