Surprisingly enough, the combination works out for the best on the majority of the tracks. The reverberant quality of the sitar combines rather well with the chosen electronic accompaniments to form a set of coherent songs, unlike many other such attempted combinations of traditional instruments and technology.
The album is an experimental work by Shankar, mixing traditional instrumentation with 1980s electronic music and sampling technology. Shankar recorded much of Tana Mana in 1983 with sound effects innovator Frank Serafine, but it remained unreleased until Peter Baumann, head of new age record label Private Music, became attached to the project
Album · 1987 · 10 Songs. The Ravi Shankar Project. 4. Seven and 10 1/2.
Tana Mana (LP, Promo). Private Music, Private Music. Tana Mana (CD, Album, Club).
Composers: Ravi Shankar. The Shankar Project: Tana Mana. Composers: Ravi Shankar. Shankar recorded much of Tana Mana in 1983 with sound effects innovator Frank Serafine, but it remained unreleased until Peter Baumann, head of new age record label Private Music, became attached to the project. The album title translates to mean "body and mind".
Village Dance, 04:05. Memory of Uday, 03:57.
Pandit Ravi Shankar was an Indian musician and composer, best known for popularizing the Indian classical instrument Sitar all over the world. Shankar grew up studying music and toured as a member of his brother's dance troupe. After serving as the director of All-India Radio, he began to tour India and the United States. Tana Mana’ was an experimental work by the Pandit, who mixed traditional instrumentation with electronic music of the 80s. Farewell, My Friend – When Shankar heard about Satyajit Ray’s death, he spontaneously composed this album. It was subsequently recorded and released by HMV. The Sounds of India – Originally released in 1968 as a LP album, ‘The Sounds of India’ was digitally re-released in CD format in 1989. Association with George Harrison.
There are no specific highlights to speak of on this album, as all of the tracks are equal, and the level at which they are equal is rather high. The only real gripe to be had with the album is the lack of straight Indian classical playing by Shankar, though with his multitude of other albums, that can be forgiven. 1 Chase The Ravi Shankar Project 2:20. 2 Tana Mana The Ravi Shankar Project 3:40. 3 Village Dance The Ravi Shankar Project 4:2. 4 Seven and 10½ The Ravi Shankar Project 3:45. 5 Friar Park The Ravi Shankar Project 5:55
|A2||Tana Mana (Vocal)||3:38|
|A4||Seven And 10,5||3:43|
|B2||Memory Of Uday||3:57|
|B3||West Eats Meat||6:08|
|259 962||The Ravi Shankar Project*||Tana Mana (CD, Album)||Private Music||259 962||Germany||1987|
|209 962||The Ravi Shankar Project*||Tana Mana (LP, Album)||Private Music||209 962||Europe||1989|
|2016-2-P||The Ravi Shankar Project*||Tana Mana (CD, Album, Club)||Sony Music||2016-2-P||India||2014|
|50059 / 2016-2-P||The Ravi Shankar Project*||Tana Mana (Cass, Album)||Private Music||50059 / 2016-2-P||India||1998|
|2016-4-P||The Ravi Shankar Project*||Tana Mana (Cass, Album)||Private Music||2016-4-P||US||1987|