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South India: Music of the Nilgiri Hills
"The recordings on this double album are the result of field-trips into a region of South India called the Nilgiri Hills (the 'Blue Mountains") which is home to the Kota, Toda, Mele-Nadu Irula, and Alu-Kurumba people, among others. These indigenous groups create music on instruments like the conical, belled 'shawm,' the bamboo trumpet and the idioglottal clarinet, with singing in a variety of techniques that covers a vast aesthetic field, from the immediately 'Indian' accents of Kota bhajan, to Toda singing which seems to come from another world altogether." Deluxe oversized hardbound packaging.