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The Four Vedas

Various Artists
The Four Vedas

The four Vedas are made up of a large number of texts, composed nearly two thousand years before Christ, by the poets, seers, sages, and ritualists of Indo-European tribes who invaded the Indian Subcontinent. They are regarded as a sacred revelation and have been transmitted orally and recited faithfully by Brahmin males for a remarkable span of history. Extensive liner notes by noted scholar Frits Staal feature detailed descriptions of each of the four Vedas, including their meaning and musical structure. The album was recorded in South India.

Track Listing

101
Ṛgveda - Opening Hymn Male singer 1:50
102
Ṛgveda - Vikṛti Recitation R. K. Subrahmanya Sastri and K. Balasubrahmaniam 9:05
103
Black Yajurveda - Description of Sacrifice N. Subrahmaniam Ghanapathikal, and R. Narayana Sastri 10:31
104
White Yajurveda - Opening Verses Male singer 1:55
105
White Yajurveda - Vikṛti Recitations Male singer 2:00
106
White Yarjurveda - Prayer for Immortality E. J. Kumaraswami Dikshitar 1:21
201
Sāmaveda - Opening Hymn Male singer 3:57
202
Sāmaveda - Call to Sacrifice Male singer 1:45
203
Sāmaveda - Rathaṃtara Ekamra Sastri and Sivarama Sastri 2:51
204
Sāmaveda - Opening Hymn (Jaiminīya School) Male singer 1:55
205
Sāmaveda - Gāna (Jaiminīya School) T. Sarangapani Aiyangar 3:18
206
Sāmaveda - Setusāman Male singer 5:41
207
Sāmaveda - Bhāruṇḑa-sāman Sastri Revashankar Bechabhai Trivedi 4:20
208
Atharvaveda - Hymn for Peace Male singer 2:51
209
Atharvaveda - Enumeration of Sacrifices Veniram Vishvanath Raval 1:58
301
Twilight Prayer O. M. Kunhan and Raman Nambudiripad 4:50
302
Ṛgveda - Saṃhitā Male singer 1:39
303
Ṛgveda - Pada Male singer 0:41
304
Ṛgveda - Krama Male singer 1:06
305
Ṛgveda - Jaṭā Male singer 2:05
306
Ṛgveda - Ratha Matangarli Paramashvaran and Raman Nambudiri 4:25
307
Rgveda - Special Krama Cherumukku Vaidikan Vallabhen Somayajipad 4:35
308
Teaching Ṛgveda Male singers 1:31
309
Black Yajurveda: Koṭṭu Male singers 1:24
310
Black Yajurveda: Ghoṣam Chittor Narayanan Nambudiripad 4:28
401
Sāmaveda - Opening Hymn Male singer 2:27
402
Sāmaveda - Kaśyapa's Vow Male singer 3:04
403
Sāmaveda - Call to Sacrifice Muttathukkattu Itti Ravi Nambudiri 2:31
404
Form of Sāmaveda Used in Sacrifice Cherumukku Vaidikan and male singers 1:20
405
Form of Samaveda Used in Sacrifice Muttathukkattu Itti Ravi Nambudiri, Korattikkara Raman Nambudiri, and Thottam Sankaranarayanan Nambu 6:26
406
Sāmaveda - Rathaṃtara Muttathukkattu Itti Ravi Nambudiri 1:29
407
Stanzas Accompanying Oblations - Yājyā Male singer 2:03
408
The Libation of the Soma Male singer 1:41
409
Form of Ṛgveda Used in Sacrifice Cherumukku Vaidikan and male singers 6:21

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