Stunning video of views from India created by New Earth Records.
New Earth Records is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Chinmaya Dunster’s beloved album Sacred Temples of India. The track featured in this video is titled ‘Khajuraho’ after the popular destination in the Indian State of Madhya Pradesh, famous for having the country’s largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples. The Khajuraho Group of Monuments has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986 and is considered one of the ‘seven wonders’ of India.
Video compilation created by Waduda Paradiso and Kirsten Ross of New Earth Records. (newearthrecords.com)
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More music by Chinmaya Dunster: ffm.to/chinmayadunster
Chinmaya Dunster writes on this track:
I will not add to the millions of words that have been written about these infamous temples, except to say that they have been seriously misrepresented. There are ten times as many musicians and dancers portrayed on its tumultuous walls as there are erotic images. The site should be more accurately portrayed as a homage to the great art of music than the art of love!
I feel both intense sadness and joy around this place. The great forests of Madhya Pradesh amidst which these temples once stood are now gone, lost in the smoke of cooking fires and as sleepers under the wheels of railway trains. And the bare-breasted tribal peoples who once roamed them have been reduced by economics and religious fundamentalists to slavery and shame.
But joy, in knowing that at least once in the guilt-ridden, treacherous history of humanity there arose a people who could live without a sense of sin and who could immortalize in stone their celebration of each and every aspect of human life.