Emam & Friends

Navratri in Hairakhan
April 1992
Devotional music of India (Kirtan and Bhajan), recorded digitally at Hairakhan Vishwa Maha Dham, ashram of Maha Avatar Babaji in the Himalayan Foothills, featuring lead vocals by Ashok Chopra, violin by Zoltan Lantos, tabla by Naushad Ahmed, and dumbak by Emam.
Navratri is the celebration of the Divine Mother principle. It is celebrated twice a year in India for nine nights; Spring and Fall. Hairakhan is a small village in the Himalayan Foothills in the North Indian state of Uttarakhand. In this remote village, by the banks of the river Gautam Ganga, the great master Maha Avatar Babaji established an ashram he titled "Hairakhan Vishwa Maha Dham".
Hairakhan is hidden in the mountains and until recently, no paved roads. The closest dirt road used to ends a mile from the ashram. the only way to get there was a two hour walk in the river bed.
Chanting has always been and remains one of the main activities during Navratri in Hairakhan. People from all around the world gather to celebrate and sing the praise of the Divine Mother.
Click on the song names to listen on Bandcamp.
1) Shera Walie
(Traditional)
Emam
dumbak
Zoltán Lantos
violin
Naushad Ahmed
tabla
Matlub Hussain Khan
sitar
Sami Khan
sarod
Ravi Rohtgi
dholak

2) Mere Ram
(Traditional)
Emam
dumbak
Zoltán Lantos
violin
Naushad Ahmed
tabla
Matlub Hussain Khan
sitar
Sami Khan
sarod
Ravi Rohtgi
dholak

3) Radhe Goinda
(Traditional)
Emam
dumbak
Zoltán Lantos
violin
Naushad Ahmed
tabla
Matlub Hussain Khan
sitar
Sami Khan
sarod
Ravi Rohtgi
dholak

4) Nadia Napia
(Traditional)
Emam
dumbak
Zoltán Lantos
violin
Naushad Ahmed
tabla
Matlub Hussain Khan
sitar
Sami Khan
sarod
Ravi Rohtgi
dholak

5) Jai Ambe
(Traditional)
Emam
dumbak
Zoltán Lantos
violin
Naushad Ahmed
tabla
Matlub Hussain Khan
sitar
Sami Khan
sarod
Ravi Rohtgi
dholak

6) Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram
(Traditional)
Emam
dumbak
Zoltán Lantos
violin
Naushad Ahmed
tabla
Matlub Hussain Khan
sitar
Sami Khan
sarod
Ravi Rohtgi
dholak

7) Jai Shambo
(Traditional)
Emam
dumbak
Zoltán Lantos
violin
Naushad Ahmed
tabla
Matlub Hussain Khan
sitar
Sami Khan
sarod
Ravi Rohtgi
dholak

8) Ram Siaram
(Traditional)
Emam
dumbak
Zoltán Lantos
violin
Naushad Ahmed
tabla
Matlub Hussain Khan
sitar
Sami Khan
sarod
Ravi Rohtgi
dholak

9) Oh Mata
(Traditional)
Emam
dumbak
Zoltán Lantos
violin
Naushad Ahmed
tabla
Matlub Hussain Khan
sitar
Sami Khan
sarod
Ravi Rohtgi
dholak


Ashok & Pawan Chopra (India): Vocals on #1, 2, 4, 6, 8
Zoltan Lantos (Hungary): Violin
Naushad Ahmed (India): Tabla on #1, 2, 4, 6, 8
Ganga (Italy): Lead Vocal and Harmonium on #3, 5, 7, 9
Pujari (Holland): Harmonium on #1, 2, 4, 6, 8
Girish (India) and Kharak Singh (Canada): Dholak #3, 5, 7, 9
Emam (USA/Iran): Dumbak


Produced by Emam
Recorded Live (Direct to DAT) by Emam & Kathleen Lloyd
using a DAT recorder, a Tascam M06 mixer, three Beyer Dynamic mics, one EV308 mic, and two Nakamichi omni mics.
The following are some of the other people who made this possible by singing their hearts out during chanting:
Moti Ma (Germany), Mary (UK), Janki (UK), Joya (Germany), Kalyani (Italy), Gioia (Italy), Sabine (Germany), Om Prakash (UK), Raghuvir (Holland), Manuela (Germany), Hukan Singh (Germany), Bhuru (Holland), Kailash (USA), Leopold (Austria), Ram Lota (Italy), Ganga Ram (Italy), Rama (India), Shakti (Switzerland), Hilde (Germany), Katrin (Germany)
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