Sahana Naresh – “Bhoopali Beginnings”


“Bhoopali Beginnings” is a lushly inviting single from Sahana Naresh, a singer/songwriter and Hindustani Indian classical vocalist from Chennai, India. The artist melds ’70s rock/pop inspirations with classical Indian themes and influences, resulting in a riveting production on the enchanting track.

A playful bass line and retro-feeling guitar swipes ease into a comforting vocal presence. “I lay in the sunlight, my mind starting to wander,” crafts apt imagery in furthering a hypnotic soundscape fit for daydreaming. Twangy guitars and reflective, illuminated keys conjure a dream-pop appeal, then traversing beautifully into a melodic vocal range with classical Indian inspiration.

Specifically, the track takes inspiration from the classical Indian Hindustani Raag Bhoopali, emitting peace and joy in its timeless listening experience. Alongside producer Keshav, Sahana has crafted an enduringly beautiful success with “Bhoopali Beginnings.”

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of October 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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