Mungal Patasar & Pantar
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Nirvana--1996
Dreadlocks- Virgin records-2001.
Calebasse Cafe -2006
Mungal & Pantar live at the Little Carib Theatre-2007.
"Dreadlocks"- Top twenty European Charts.
also re-recorded by Lisa Left eye Lopez-TLC as "let me live".
remixed by Sly and Robbie.
"Roshni" and "Awake"- remixed by Nitin Sawney.
"Roshni" Putumayo compilation.
"Roshni" Budha Bar Amnesty International 40th Anniversary Cd Compilation.

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Mungal Patasar and Pantar- Europe- Roskilde festival 2007- Parc de La Villette-Paris-
Rumbling forward like the unending waves of the ocean, the deafening sound of applause and the chorus of “we want more! We want more!” surged towards Mungal Patasar and Pantar after their energetic and very interactive performance at the Roskilde festival 2007. The audience was amazed by the crosstalk of the tabla and the sitar, the DJ and the tabla the guitar and the tabla, the kit drums and the tabla.
The chanting continued until the band had completely left the stage.

Scheduled to appear the next day at the Bradford Mela where 170,000 people were expected to attend the band traveled to Manchester where they were informed that the Mela was cancelled because of excessive rains. The band then went to Paris where they performed at Parc de la Villette to the same cry for more. Here the band was allowed to perform for an additional forty five minutes. The audience stood, danced and moved to the sound of Pantar. Even after an hour and a half performance the crowd wanted more but again time did not permit. The faithful audience braved the rains and remained until the band took down their instruments and left the stage.

Mungal Patasar and Pantar have been thrilling audiences all over the globe always leaving audiences asking for more. A number of people wrote saying that in the fourteen years of Roskilde this was the best that they had ever seen. The engineer who worked at Roskilde endorsed this view with great enthusiasm.

“The music of Mungal Patasar and Pantar is perhaps the only real fusion that I have heard so far.” Joan Amatrading during an interview for the BBC.

We performed at the WOMEX in Oct.2006 see the review below and the link for the video.
LA MÚSICA DE MUNGAL PATASAR Y PANTAR
He aquí una música absolutamente de fusión, que demuestra la mezcolanza de esa especie humana en la que aún algunos incultos se atreven a hablar de razas. No os sonará de nada, pero Mungal Patasar (nacido en 1948), ocupó un importante cargo en el Ministerio de Cultura de su país, Trinidad y Tobago, que abandonó para dedicarse de manera completa a la música, al frente de un grupo de largo nombre, Mungal Patasar y Pantar y hermosos sonidos. Mungal es un virtuoso del sitar, un instrumento de origen indio, que en este grupo se combina con la tabla, los teclados, el steepan, las guitarras o las percusiones, entre otros. Y con todo esto, el grupo hace esa música de fusión tan interesante: desde el capypso propio de Trinidad y Tobago hasta el jazz, desde ritmos de tradición india hasta otros de base africana. La delicia de la interculturalidad, en definitiva.

Tres discos jalonan el recorrido de este grupo desde su creación en 1994: "Nirvana", "Dreadlocks" y "Calebasse Café" (del cual la canción "Rose" es todo un canto al optimismo). De este último disco podéis haceros una completa idea en esta página con audios. Y, además de recomendaros una visita a la breve y modesta página del grupo, dejo aquí este vídeo que nos muestra una pieza exquisita de Mungal, aunque la imagen (y aveces el sonido) no sean muy buenos. En fin, tocaron en el Womex y los vimos... 200 personas.Pura gozada para el final de un trimestre muy largo.

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“Here it is an absolute fusion that demonstrates the harmony of the different races in an environment where some people may dare to speak of differences. It sounds like nothing heard before. Mungal Patasar born in 1948 occupied a very important position in the Ministry of Culture of his country Trinidad and Tobago and left this to dedicate himself to the development of this music with a group with a large name “Mungal Patasar and Pantar.”
Mungal is a virtuoso on the sitar, an instrument that originated in India. In this group the sitar is combined with the tabla, the steel-pan, key-board, guitar and percussion amongst other instruments. With all these instruments the group makes a very interesting fusion drawing from Calypso of Trinidad and Tobago to Jazz, from rhythms of India to that of Africa. The delight in this intercultural exchange is definitive.

The evolution of this group from its beginning in 1994 is marked by their three CDs. -Nirvana, Dreadlocks and Calebasse Café from which the song “Rose” is a song of optimism (.Click on this to hear their music esta página con audios). From the last album one can have a complete idea of this group. Besides this, we recommend a look at their brief and modest page breve y modesta página del grupo, (www.pantarmusic .com).
I leave here this video that shows an exquisite piece by Mungal and his group though the image and sometimes the sound have not been well recorded.
Finally they played at the WOMEX where we saw them- two hundred people- pure enjoyment, for the finale of a very long term.”

(Click on the following to access the video of the performance at Sevilla Spain referred to above.

"http://www.youtube.com/v/R_Ec0vAbWbA

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