Early one September morning in 2021, in the serene beauty of western Massachusetts, a unique ensemble of musicians gathered to begin recording what would become a boundary-breaking omnibus of 35 songs and 21 chants, defying traditional norms and offering what Chandrika calls “a hug for the world!”
The album, entitled Ammu’s Treasures, is produced by Grammy-nominated Chandrika Tandon with a stellar group of musical friends. It will be released by Soul Chants Music and distributed by Platoon on September 7, for Janmashtami worldwide, and in time for Grandparents’ Day on September 10 in the US. Ammu’s Treasures will be available from Spotify, Amazon, Apple Music, YouTube, and at www.chandrikatandon.com. Pre-save link HERE. All proceeds will go to the Krishnamurthy Tandon Foundation to support emotional and economic well-being.
Guest artists include Béla Fleck, Kenny Werner, Eugene Friesen, Jamey Haddad, Romero Lubambo, Cyro Baptista, Michael Ward-Bergeman, Howard Levy, Maeve Gilchrist, Rakesh Chaurasia, Martin Bejerano, Purbayan Chatterjee, the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, and more.
Production took place largely in New York studios with John Kiehl, Scott Cannizzaro, Teese Gohl, and Mirek Vana.
“Ammu” is a delicious term of endearment used in many parts of India, meaning happiness, sweetness, and purity. Ammu is what Chandrika’s grandchildren call her. Ammu’s Treasures, which began as a simple gift from a grandmother to her grandchildren, has become an expression of intergenerational love and wisdom for children and adults everywhere.
The songs and chants of Chandrika’s childhood served as inspiration for Ammu’s Treasures. Chandrika sings them often to her young grandchildren, who always clamor for more. Ammu’s Treasures is “a curation of my memories,” says Chandrika, “and this music will connect with the memories of everyone who listens. It becomes a real bonding experience for families.”
The music in Ammu’s Treasures range from traditional folk tunes, like “Molly Malone” to French chansons, to popular songs of the ‘50s and ‘60s like “(How Much) Is That Doggy in the Window?” and “Que Sera, Sera.” “These songs speak of faraway places, in different genres and languages, with varied arrangements, and are meant for quiet times, happy times, or any time, for any age,” explains Chandrika. Additionally, “To the Light” is a 26-minute meditative journey, comprising 21 ancient Vedic chants set to Indian scales, aimed to soothe and relax.
“I chose to release all this music as one giant treasury for people of all ages, all over the world,” says Chandrika. “Why? Because I believe that exposing children at a very young age to an extensive palette of music will leave a long-lasting impact – just like hearing Mozart in the womb. More is indeed More!”
Chandrika is a globally recognized business leader and Grammy-nominated artist. As The New York Times wrote, Chandrika traveled an “unlikely path to become an internationally recognized Indian singer.” Her stated mission is to elevate human happiness through music and education – working on the dual prongs of emotional and economic well-being.
Chandrika’s mission to foster emotional well-being is focused on emanating love, joy, and transcendence through her music and artistry. At the height of her business career, she reevaluated her life and definitions of success – and reformulated her business life to intentionally include music, service, and meditation.
Chandrika has previously released four albums under her nonprofit record label Soul Chants Music, including the Grammy-nominated Soul Call. In this music, which has attracted a wide cult following, she draws on ancient Vedic chants that have sound healing impact and melds it with Indian classical music. Her Shivoham – The Quest album, which premiered to a sold-out concert at the Kennedy Center, is an oratorio describing her own path to finding the light. Her newest, Ammu’s Treasures, is at once a simple gift to her grandchildren, a monumental sharing and expression of intergenerational love, and a hug for the world. It uses songs in multiple languages, Vedic chants, and visual animations to help all ages feel the love, light, laughter that is Chandrika’s mantra.
Her economic well-being efforts are focused on higher education – in particular STEM – where she brings to bear her considerable business experience as one of the earliest partners of McKinsey & Company and Founder and Chair of her own advisory firm. Chandrika chairs the Board of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, named after her family’s generous gift. She is a Trustee of New York University, a Trustee of NYU Langone Health, and a Board member of the NYU Stern School of Business. She is a Harold Acton Fellow at NYU and a Sterling Fellow at Yale, where she serves on the President’s Council on International Activities.
Chandrika has received the Gallatin Medal (one of NYU’s highest honors), the Walter Nichols Medal for leadership and integrity, and the Polytechnic Medal recognizing her contribution to science and engineering. She received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and was inducted into the Horatio Alger Society of Distinguished Americans and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has been profiled on television, radio, and in print, including on CNBC’s The Brave Ones series.
Children of the Stars
I Will Bring You Flowers
À La Claire Fontaine
Teddy Bears’ Picnic
Wish You Could Be Here
You Are Old, Father William
Que Sera Sera
Will You Walk A Little Faster?
Bye Bye Blackbird
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod
Miller of the Dee
On A Cool Summer Morning
Vive La Compagnie
(How Much) Is That Doggy In The Window?
Listen to the Pouring Rain
Now’s The Time For Planting Seeds
Oh Dear! What Can the Matter Be?
Where Have all the Flowers Gone
Au Clair de la Lune
There’s a Hole In My Bucket
Hush Little Baby
Que Sont Devenues Les Fleurs (Bonus Track)
Om Om Om
Vakra Tunda Mahaa Kaaya
Gurur Bramha Gurur Vishnu
Vanamali Gadhi Shrangee
Om Namo Narayanaya
Sri Rama Rama Ramethi
Hare Rama Hare Krishna
Sarva Mangala Mangalye
Yaadevi Sarva Bhootheshu
Asato Maa Sad Gamaya
Om Bhoor Bhuvasvaha
Sarvesham Swasthir Bhavathu
Lokha Samastha Sukhino Bhavanthu
Om Jai Jagadeesh Hare
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Album Details: Ammu’s Treasures
Release date: September 7, 2023
For all ages
Label: Soul Chants Music
Run Time: 137 minutes
Watch “Miller Of The Dee” HERE
“I Will Bring You Flowers” HERE
“Children Of The Stars” HERE
“On A Cool Summer Morning” HERE
“(How Much) Is That Doggy In The Window?” HERE
“Vive La Compagnie” HERE