This recording of songs from the Asvagosha project troupe is a real find in the archives.
The Asvagosha project was set up in India in the early 1990s as a way of developing cultural activities among poor 'ex-Untouchable' communities in slums and rural areas. Teams of performers visit the localities and put on performances of sketches and specially composed songs. The shows reflect the concerns that are uppermost in the minds of the people from these communities - issues such as alcoholism, domestic violence, superstition, and child health. The performers bring a level of humour and energy to their performances, ensuring that the messages are conveyed in a straightforward, unpatronising way.
For more on the Karuna Trust's vital work with 'ex-Untouchable' Indian Buddhists, see their website at: www.karuna.org/
Dhammachari Ratnodaya, Dhammachari Kamalabodhi, Dhammachari Satyadeepa, Dhammachari Yashoratna, Rahul Sownone, Satish Moon
Ananada Panchabhai, tabla
Narendra Kale, harmonium
Dhammachari Siddhartha, Jayant Barve
All songs composed by members of the Asvagosha project (except 'Raho Sukhame' - composed by Dharmarakshita)
The Asvagosha project is run by Karuna Trust and Bahujan Hitay. Both are non-profit charities.
|1.||Asvagosha, Asvagosha (3:16)|
|2.||Jivanta, Dakhala (4:14)|
|3.||Ek Bano Neka Bano (3:50)|
|4.||Dhamma Januna Ghe (4:11)|
|5.||Tumche Amuche Bandhutwache Nate (4:46)|
|6.||Ata Tumhi Te Deepa Wha (5:26)|
|7.||Andaratun Baher Ya Ho (3:25)|
|8.||Mahaparinirvana Sagari (4:27)|
|9.||Raho Sukhane Ha Manau Ethe (4:29)|
Total running time: 38:04