Chinmaya Dunster’s release Celtic Ragas, a blend of Indian and Celtic elements, appeared on New Earth Records in 1998. Nature’s Way, a collection of Chinmaya’s songs sung by Ellika Hansen, was released in Europe in August 2000 on Kreuz Verlag (Germany).
Chinmaya then released on New Earth Records Feng Shui and Yoga on Sacred Ground. In 2003 Chinmaya and his Celtic Ragas band were exclusively honored to perform live at Paul McCartney’s wedding in Ireland.
A collection of his favorite melodies was released on New Earth Records in 2002 called Sacred Temples of India. He continued his mix of Celtic and Indian music on the Karma Circles CD in 2003.
Chinmaya is a sarod player and composer who has been with NER since it’s inception in 1990, and now has eleven CDs released. His 1998release ‘Celtic Ragas’ caught the attention of Paul McCartney and in
2003 he and his Celtic Ragas band were exclusively honored to perform live at Paul¹s wedding in Ireland. His latest CD ‘Meditation Ragas’ continues his unique blend of Indian Classical themes with World
fusion. Chinmaya is also involved in film making on environment/social justice issues in his adopted homeland, India.
GAIA’S GARDEN finds Chinmaya Dunster contemplating the beauty and majesty of the natural world, using music to conjure images of regal forests, manicured gardens and mountainous landscapes. Dunster’s music mixes Asian (in particular Indian) influences with warm new age melodies; the combination makes for smooth, flowing pieces of music with an uplifting quality. The interplay of violin, sarod and santoor gives the music an exotic feel, further buoyed up by the percolating tabla beats. Keyboards and drone instruments flesh out the backdrops, with coo guitars, piano and various types of flutes adding to the effect. Indian vocals provide the garnish on many of the tracks, adding to the languid mood. This is Chinmaya’s most relaxed album to date, and it will certainly please any listener who likes contemporary instrumental music with a subtle Indian tinge. - Music Design in Review