(Note: Beyond the specific items listed below, consult music reference works such as The Rough Guide to World Music by Simon Broughton et al. [London; New York: Rough Guides, 2006-] and Ethnomusicology: A Research Guide, by Jennifer Post [2nd ed., Routledge, 2011] for information on additional audio recordings. Use internet music providers such as Smithsonian Global Sound for chapter-related listening and see the Internet resources sections of this Online Learning Center).
There are literally thousands of recordings representing the many dimensions of Indian and South Asian music cultures. The following include new recordings and reissues of significant recordings from an earlier era.
A Morning Raga/An Evening Raga. 2001. Angel Records 67437.
Originally released in 1968, Ravi Shankar is accompanied by Alla Rakha on tabla performing Raga Nat Bhairav and Raga Misra Piloo.
Full Circle: Carnegie Hall, 2000. 2001. Angel Records 57106.
Recorded live during a 2000 concert at Carnegie Hall in New York. Ravi Shankar and his daughter Anoushka Shankar perform Raga Kaushi Kanhara and Raga Mishra Gara with Bikram Ghosh and Tanmoy Bose on tablas.
Passages. 1990. Private Music 260947.
Original music composed by Ravi Shankar and American composer Philip Glass, this is an interesting collaboration between two musicians who have each been influenced by diverse musical traditions.
West Meets East: The Historic Shankar/Menuhin Sessions. 1999. Angel Records 67180.
A groundbreaking album from the 1960s and 1970s, originally recorded in sessions in England and the United States. The primary performers include Ravi Shankar, sitar; Yehudi Menuhin; and Alla Rakha, tabla.
Other Hindustani music
Anthology of Indian Classical Music: a Tribute to Alain Daniélou. 1997. Auvidis/UNESCO D 8270.
Performances by Ravi Shankar, Ali Akbar Khan, Dagar Brothers, D.K. Pattamal, Bala Sarasvati, Jayammal, T. Visvanathan, and others. Program notes and biographical notes in English and French.
North Indian Classical Music. 1998. Rounder Records 5101–04.
Vocal and instrumental music of India. Program notes by Alain Daniélou. 4 CDs. Originally released in the 1970s in the UNESCO series.
The Raga Guide: A Survey of 74 Hindustani Ragas. 1999. Nimbus NI 5536—NI 5539.
A project led by Joep Bor, with Suvarnalata Rao, Wim van der Meer, and Jane Harvey to provide introductory materials on Hindustani ragas. The guide includes recordings, notation and transcription, glossary and bibliographical references.
Carnatic Veena Recital. 1999. Orchard Records.
Performed on vina by Smt. Rajeswari Pariti with mrdangam by Sri Vadiraja Bhatt.
Laya Vinyas: The South Indian Drumming of Trichy Sankaran. 1990. Music of the World.
Features mrdangam and kanjira solos, plus ensemble music with mrdangam, vina, and other instruments.
Vidwan: Music of South India: Songs of the Carnatic Tradition. 1988. Elektra/Nonesuch 9 72023-2. Explorer Series.
The revered Karnatak vocalist Ramnad Krishnan is the featured artist, accompanied by V. Thyagarajan, violin and T. Ranganathan, mridangam. This CD reissue was originally recorded in 1967.
Le violon de l’Inde du sud: Karnatic violin. 2001. Ocora Radio France C 559029.
L. Subramanian, violin, and V. Kamalâkar Râo, mridangam, perform Raga Mohanam and Raga Kirvani in a performance recorded in 1980. Includes extensive program notes.
South Asian musics and musicians
The Best of A.R. Rahman. 2009. Legacy.
Songs, principally from Indian films, originally released 1997-2006.
Remember Shakti: The Believer. 2000. Verve.
Jazz with John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain, and others. Recorded on their European tour in 1999.
Remember Shakti.1999. Verve.
Jazz with John McLaughlin, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Zakir Hussain, and others.
The Rough Guide to the Music of India. 2010. World Music Network.
Music performed by Asha Bhosle, Ravi Shankhar, Vishwa Mohan, Shivkumar Sharma, Zakir Hussain, L. Subramaniam, Lata Mangeshkar, and others. 2 CDs.
The Rough Guide to Bhangra. 2010. World Music Network.
Popular music primarily by Indian musicians living in Great Britain. 2 CDs.
Rough Guide to Bollywood Gold. 2007. London: World Music Network.
Previously released recordings of Bollywood songs by Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhosle, Mahendra Kapoor, and others.
The Rough Guide to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: Sufi Sounds from the Qawwali King. 2002. World Music Network.
Performances by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, vocals, with chorus and instrumental accompaniment.
Slumdog Millionaire: Music from the Motion Picture. 2008. Celador/Interscope.
Music by A. R. Rahman, with Rahman and other musicians performing.
Sufi Songs. 2003. ARC.
Sufi poetry, love songs and devotional songs sung in different styles by Shafqat Ali Khan.