KRISHNA, THE FLUTE PLAYER 

Amazing review by international critic RJ Lannan at ZMR:

"The Flute Breathes is the opening tune and I could tell from the start that Mooruth knows how to use her own instrument well...Her voice is soft, sometimes whispery, and as clear as a diamond with a great deal of luster....."
"....The woods are full of life as suggested by the song Deep in the Forest. Shashika's voice is gentle and sweet as she calls to her friends. There is the sound of the wind through the trees, water spilling over rocks, and life every where. The music has a dreamlike quality to it. The atmosphere is full of sun powered vitality...."

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Produced, Published and Marketed by Shashika Mooruth on URJA MUSIC label

Composed and Arranged: Rajeev Mahavir and Shashika Mooruth

Concept and design: Shashika Mooruth

Cover art design: Shashika Mooruth

Artwork: Vijay Keluskar, Jai Ambe, Mumbai

Special thanks to: Artiste Hari Om for his painting of Krishna on the sleeves. He can be contacted at http://goodybox.in

Rahulkumar for photo shoot of Shashika Mooruth

“I started singing at the age of 7 in a little suburb in Durban, South Africa. Since then I always wanted to be a singer. When I was 12 years old, a famous singer from India toured our country and heard me sing. He remarked that I was born in the wrong country and should be in India. I yearned all my schooling years to go to India. Is it karma? I eventually went to India after high school but music still seemed far away. Once I was wandering in a village in Northern India, hot with fever and in desperateness to find myself in my voice. I came across a temple of Lord Krishna and sat down to sing. It was quiet and I was alone before the Deity of Krishna. I continued to sing….but when I opened my eyes the priest was sitting nearby. I felt ashamed and also embarrassed that I was in his temple without permission, but he comforted me with his words saying that Thakurji (Krishna) was listening. I replied that I am not fortunate to have had early training so I am a fool before Him, why would he be listening to a useless voice like mine? The priest replied:  “Continue to be the soul that you are, because in your voice lies the sound of Krishna’s flute’ Then I began to understand my journey with the mystical flute player."

Every moment of this project was a voice from within guiding me on how the music should flow. From the themes to the track titles and the emotions that flowed during the sessions…..some experiences are best kept a special secret…..well only to be shared through music. 

This is one album that I would say has whispers in my heart from another realm…..and we only became instruments in His hands to tune those whispers into music — to share with you in this world.’ Thank you for listening, Shashika Mooruth



" While this album is surely my life’s journey expressed in music…… when you listen, you will embark on your own journey of life. Dive deep into it and experience wondrous things happen to you.”  Shashika Mooruth


Each track tells a story ….. 

The music creates artistic inspiration, relaxation, and optimism. It can be used by listeners for yoga, massage, meditation, dance, ramp music, as a method of stress management or to create a peaceful atmosphere in your home or other environments.

Be prepared for some surprises, as each track carries a different element from slow, to waltz, to street dancing and more. 

The compositions include both electronic forms and acoustic forms, featuring instruments such as flutes, piano, acoustic guitar and a wide variety of non-western acoustic instruments such as the bamboo flute, sarangi, bulbul tarang and batajon.

And off course it is all tuned up with Shashika's vocal arrangements. Her voice weaves in and out of the sound of different instruments penetrating your soul.






REVIEWS FROM INTERNATIONAL ARTISTES:

Shashika produced, composed and arranged along with composer & arranger Rajeev Mahavir a gem of world fusion. HH Sacinandana Swami, Shashika's spiritual guide has really inspired her to create an extraordinary mix of Indian music with modern rhythmic beats. I have never heard anything like this, featuring bansuri flute virtuosos Rakesh Chaurasia and Atul Sharma.

Do I hear Reggae , Country and House elements in there?

Shashika, as a gifted singer, her vocals magically interweave throughout the different sonic tapestries to compliment the flutes, sarangi, batajon the bulbul tarang (indian banjo).

Sandeep Mishra plays beautifully on the sarangi , reminding me of the transcendental tones of the late master musician, Ustad Sultan Khan, who I almost recorded when in Mumbai.

A totally courageous recording and uninhibited expression of roots culture.

CLIVE STEVENS

President/CEO at Planet 8 Records, USA

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“Krishna, The Flute Player”, a new solo album by Shashika Mooruth. 

For starters, I have felt a personal connection with this album given that the Bansuri, the traditional Indian world flute intimately linked to the love story of Krishna and Radha, is also the solo instrument with the top billing on my own record thanks to the brilliant flute work by Ravichandra Kulur. 

Shashika notes that in addition to serving as the producer on the record, this is her debut as a composer and arranger alongside Rajeev Mahavir. And a remarkable debut at that. Perhaps, elements of the beautiful backstory shared by Shashika also has its influence on the listener experience - that the album is a reflection of her own life’s journey from South Africa to India. And the endearing part about her sitting at the temple of Lord Krishna and singing from the heart. At which time, the priest hearing her outpouring said that in her voice lies the sound of Krishna’s flute.

I have enjoyed the writing, vocal performance as well as the remarkable flute performances of Rakesh Chaurasia and Atul Sharma. The voice of Rajeev Mahavir as well as that of the backing/harmony singers is captured and engineered very well. 

Very nice arrangements with each song flowing beautifully into the next and some nice grooves too. Overall a lot of positive energy and sunshine comes across in this album. The opening track “The Flute Breathes’ is my favourite at this time. 

ARUN SHENOY

Grammy Nominated Artist & Producer

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"Unique and Funktastic! 

Shashika takes many risks in filling her album with unexpected instrumentation, beats, synth funk, and a lot of aspects that usually aren't heard together! Juxtaposition is strange to the ear, it either throws people off completely and leaves them disturbed, or it opens up their minds and hearts to new possibilities and gateways. And the difference is how well executed and engineered the boldness is. She knocked it outta the park! The album is interesting throughout, truly unique, funky, more upbeat than most in this genre, and beautiful!”

BEST CHILDREN’S ALBUM GRAMMY WINNER 2017, TWENTYTHREE SKIDOO



Honoured to be reviewed by Rick Anderson of CDHotlist for February 2017.


From a CDBaby customer: “bought the CD and just started listening to it, its really mesmerizing. I will use it for meditation - it is so good what an amazing journey and  a labor of love - do you know that this music will be perfect fro movies. I am aniticipating to hearing it in a movie soon.”  17/09/16

Brilliant Album, It’s SA GA SA GA MA - love it. Aum Karen Ramith


Krishna, The Flute Player was also included in the Music Appreciation and World Music classes at Emerson College in Boston in October. Accomplished composer and arranger Menlikol who lectures on the subject wrote that he chose the album for its stunning production, amazing arrangements and incredible compositions. The tracks Deep in the Forest, It’s Sa Ga Sa Ga Ma and The Master and His Magic are his favorite, while he also found The Inner Calling and Conversations with a Flute very meditative and relaxing. 



                

© Shashika Mooruth 2018