This cassette is the only souvenir which I have from my trip to Singapur. I bought it while visiting a tiny music shop in the indian quarter.
I stepped into the shop and immediately heard this music from a pair of somewhat beaten-up speakers.
It was a small epiphany - two indian ladies in saris were in the shop together with the owner and the music struck me like a thunderbolt...
I bought the tape and have heard it the following years at least 250 times. Nowadays I return occasionally to it.
The tape is a rip from an older lp - made from the shop-owner himself.
There is a drop-out for the second half of track 6. And the recording level is a bit overdriven but for me it fits - heavy grooving percussion, strings and these two enchanting voices in unison.
This is a kind of devotion I can approve.
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BOMBAY SISTERS "OOTHUKADU - Venkata Subbier's Songs on Lord Krishna"
C. Saroja and C. Lalitha, vocals
(other musicians not named on the tape's cover)
01. Thaye yasode 07:07
02. Asainthadum Mayil 05:21
03. Aad aadhu Asangathu 04:09
04. Vanthathuvum Ponathuvum 03:25
05. Paal Vadiyium Mugham 04:35
06. Maninoopura Dhari 06:17
07. Kuzhaloothi manamellam 05:12
08. Enna Punniyam 05:44
09. Parvai Onru Podume 03:44
10. Pullai Piravi 05:11
11. Madhananga Mohana 03:25
12. Alaipayuthe 07:54
(no recording location or date on the cover - I purchased the tape in May 1993)