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Midival Punditz

Based in New Dehli, India, the MIDIval PunditZ are among the contemporary Indian outfits that combine high-tech electronica with a strong raga influence. The MIDIval PunditZ are not traditional Indian classical music à la Ravi Shankar, Bikram Ghosh or Ali Akbar Khan. However, their club-friendly electronic experimentation is heavily influenced by traditional Indian music (especially North Indian), and they combine electronic dance grooves with traditional, time-honored acoustic instruments like the santur and the tabla drums.



The MIDIval PunditZ started working together in 1994, when two old acquaintances--Gaurav Raina and Tapan Raj--were reunited in New Dehli. Raina and Raj had known each other since 1994, but it wasn't until 1994 that the producers formed a partnership. Before that, both of them had been heavily involved in India's contemporary music scene. Raina, who had studied architecture, was a radio DJ, while Tapan was an engineer in a New Dehli recording studio. It didn't take them long to realize that they had a lot of common ground. Both of them were lovers of Indian classical music, but they were also into the hip-hop, drum ‘n' bass/jungle and house that was being imported from the United States as well as Europe. And when they started working together, the goal was to combine all of their influences. Pooling their resources, they started their own recording studio, and by 1997, they were calling themselves the MIDIval PunditZ. In 1998, they met the London-born producer Talvin Singh, who was famous for fusing Indian music and electronica; thanks to their association with Singh, they became part of the group Tabla Beat Science. In addition to recording and producing, Raina and Raj hold dance parties (which they call Cyber Mehfil parties) from time to time at various New Dehli venues. The parties are held irregularly--in other words, whenever the mood strikes Raina and Raj.



In the early 2002s, Raina and Raj decided to record a self-titled album as the MIDIval PunditZ. Singer Vidya Shah was recruited for the project, as were flute players Rajendra Prassanna and Shailendra. In October 2002, the MIDIval PunditZ' self-titled album was released in the United States by the San Francisco-based Six Degrees label. ~ Alex Henderson, Rovi
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Forlorn beauty in his voice.
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Pure bliss, hare Krishna, Krishna hare, hare hare.
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skinheadx
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 day. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
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blueninja062 5
You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However, if you do not post this in at least 2 songs you will die in 2 days. Now that you're reading this, don't stop. This is so scary. Put this in at least 5 songs in 143 minutes, and when you're done press F6 and your lover's name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary, it actually works.
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Unbadiebadle !
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I absolutely love these guys! The music teleports me into a dreamscape every time. I first discovered them back around 2000 on a website called musicalstars t r e a m s . c o m . . . . An exotic Electronic, ambient genre. You can actually listen to musicalstars t r e a m s On one of the various Internet stations called radioio.com I highly recommend it.
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krysz99
yes. pundits. yes. medieval. yes i get it. just perfection.
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Wow so beyond....an o t h e r word.
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Her voice has me dancing on the ceiling.
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Good music but not sure about the name. Sounds way too familiar. Borrowed?
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Amazing music!
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Music for the soul
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I Love the Style and the Sound and the Beats thanks Pandora for turning me on to them!!!!
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Thanks to Pandora for playing their music. I can't get enough of them!
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koly.sg
Beautiful music..God bless you all for creating such blessings for us!
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These guys are utterly superb!
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clarabu772
Love, love, love these guys! Agree with Vikram, three years ago, what a treasure to come across...
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Love, Love, Love MIDIval PunditZ! Such a nice fusion of the traditional and new-age contemporary . Can listen for hours!
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Definitely a great find and a modest balance of fusion !
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vikram.kalra
Love for Midival Punditz. Oh wait, looks like I already commented 3 years ago.
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I shall check that out.. thanks for the tip.
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For those interested, try listening to Air by Midival Punditz. It's a little more percussion heavy than this track and incorporates more Chinese flute than Indian sitar, but it is such a beautiful ride.
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Love this music.. great for belly dancing
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reminds me of playing panzer dragoon on the Sega Saturn
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number6
Another great find and new station for me from Pandora's box...... thanks again. #6
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supersoul108 8
cool
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cosmelogic
musical dreamscapes. This is exactly what I was looking for, at Pandora.
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victor_flore z 2 5
this is real music. soul soothing music. absolutely beautiful
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FTA: "Raina and Raj had known each other since 1994, but it wasn't until 1994 that the producers formed a partnership. "

I mean...what?
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opal395
thank-you thank-you thank-you
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trip me out totally.
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Great music transends language,and grabs your soul
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It takes me from here to there, I like there better...... . .
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I saw these guys live at a club
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So in love.
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jeannesframe
Dig it. Nothing more to say.
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YEAH. I like these guys, interesting mix, good beat.
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mymaps - your comment made me smile :) The MP song "Dark Age" is playing on my Azam Ali station right now; I had never heard of them before. Cool song - I'm really enjoying it.
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mymaps
From the review: "Raina and Raj had known each other since 1994, but it wasn't until 1994 that the producers formed a partnership. "

What took them so long to form a partnership? Sounds like an interesting story.
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vikram.kalra
Midival Punditz debut album was the first of its kind that I discovered. It was like walking through the desert for years and finding the sweetest, juiciest, seedless watermelon in the universe. It was the last thing I expected to find, but at the same time, the best thing I could possibly dream of finding.

Since then, I've discovered dozens of artists with similar styles: Thievery Corporation, Karsh Kale, Navdeep, TJ Rhemi, Janaka, to name a few.
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ivaldo6
These dudes are AH-mazing! It's like Raga meets Electronica meets Hip Hop. Do I think Midival Punditz cud save the world? Let's get 2gether and c. Andy
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mirvalisi
I LOVE you guys - I would marry your soul!
meera piar ka fool

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