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Saturday, August 31, 2019

Sound Of Sitar - Chim Kothari

Eleanor Rigby
Sound Of Sitar
Chim Kothari
Musical Supervision: Arthur Greenslade
Producer: Mike Vernon
Sound Supervision: Vic Smith
The Decca Record Company, Ltd.

From the back cover: Chiman K. Kothari was born in Uganda, of Indian stock, twenty three years ago. He learnt too play the Sitar in the classical fashion whilst at school, when he was some eleven years of age. He has been resident here for over seven years, and during that time has spent most of his leisure hours playing the Sitar for his own enjoyment. Based on the Raga, "Bhigmangon Ka Mela" was arranged some years ago to close an end-of-term school variety shows. "Barsaat" was especially written for inclusion here. A mixture of mood and English weather conditions, "Barsaat" translated means "Rain". – Mike Vernon

From Billboard - May 20, 1967: A sleeper which could score strongly – especially with the current stepped-up enthusiasm over the sitar. Kothari's renditions of "Winchester Cathedral" and "Strangers In The Night" will immediately standout. His two Indian originals "Barsaat" and "Beggars' Festival" are excellent.

Strangers In The Night
Winchester Chathedral
Barsaat – Rain
Eleanor Rigby
La Playa
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me (lo Che Non Vivo (Senza Te)
Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo
Bhigmangan Ka Mela - Beggars' Festival
Looking Through The Eyes Of Love
Cast Your Fate To The Wind

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