I'm starting this blog off with Nageswara Rao's Reflets De L'Inde, a personal favorite of mine (and of one of my cat's who falls asleep almost instantly whenever I put this on.) The album is a beautiful showcase of the Saraswati veena, heard solo here. Rao's playing style is slow and thoughtful, though at times played with such intensity that the sound becomes slightly distorted.
Nageswara Rao - Reflets De L'Inde: "The Sound Of Vina"
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Nageswara Rao - Veena [Solo]
1. Chant: Ramabhakti - Raga: Sudhabangala - Tala: Ad
2. Chant: Raghuvamsa - Raga: Kadanakutuhalem - Tala: Ad
3. Chant: Parakunikelara - Raga: Kiranavali - Tala: Adi
4. Chant: Niducharanamule - Raga: Simhendramadyamam - Tala: Misra Chap