Vismaya is a contemporary compilation of the Indo-colonial airs written by South Indian composer Mutthusvami Dikshitar in the 19th century as a response to western tunes heard during the British occupation of India. Dikshitar wrote syntactically perfect, profound sacred texts in Sanskrit to fit 39 of these recognizable tunes (God save the queen, Rakes of Mallow, etc.) of which several are now sung commonly in the Carnatic pedagogical tradition and are known as the 'nottusvara sahityas'.
This album serves as the first-ever compilation of all known 39 tunes, rendered with western folk instrumentation in an unprecedented manner.
© 2008 K. Kannikeswaran