The Four Vedas

The Four Vedas

Various Artists FW04126 / FE 4126

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.

Year Released 1968
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1968 Folkways Records
Genre(s) Poetry; World
Country(s) India
Subject(s) Ceremonial; Hymns; Prayer; Recitations; Religious; Vedas. Rgveda; Vedas. S¯amaveda; Vedas. Yajurveda; Vedas--Atharvaveda; World music
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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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