You’ve Stolen My Heart: Songs from R.D. Burman’s Bollywood

Kronos Quartet and Asha Bhosle


“An absolute triumph… The Kronos Quartet has been confounding purists and expectations with their commissions and collaborations for years, but this one has to be among their most adventurous yet. For You’ve Stolen My Heart, they collaborated with Asha Bhosle, one of India’s best-loved singers, to pay tribute to R.D. Burman, India’s most renowned film composer… Despite his penchant for experimentation and musical cannibalism, Burman’s compositions are no novelty. His songs are deeply melodic and beautiful, and some are so catchy you may find yourself singing along… After more than 30 years, [Kronos] continues to push the boundaries and continue to put out exciting records.”

Sean Westergaard, AllMusic

About the album

2006 Grammy Nominee – Best Contemporary World Music Album

2006 BBC Radio 3 World Music Nominee — Culture Crossing Category

Rahul Dev “R.D.” Burman was Bollywood’s pre-eminent film composer from the 1960s through the 1980s. The voice heard in many of Burman’s best loved songs was that of his wife, the iconic Bollywood “playback singer” Asha Bhosle. With more than 1,000 films and 13,000 recorded tracks to her credit, Bhosle is widely considered the most recorded vocalist in the world.  You’ve Stolen My Heart: Songs from R.D. Burman’s Bollywood is an homage to Burman and Bhosle, who joins the Kronos Quartet on the majority of tracks on the album. It also features longtime collaborators Zakir Hussain and Wu Man, as well as Kronos members playing vintage electronic instruments.


Asha Bhosle, vocals

Kronos Quartet
David Harrington, violin, percussion, autoharp, Korg MS-20, harmonium, autoharp, piano, trumpet violin
John Sherba, violin, hammered violin, trumpet violin
Hank Dutt, viola, Farfisa Organ, Hohner Pianet, synthesizer, accordion, theremin, organ
Jennifer Culp, cello, electric bass

Zakir Hussain, Indian trap set, tambourine, madal, tabla, tabla tarang, batajon, djembe

Wu Man, pipa, liu qin, electric sitargong

Scott Fraser, electric sitar, guitar

Produced by David Harrington
Co-produced by Scott Fraser and Judith Sherman

Arrangements by David Harrington; tracks 3, 5, 8 & 10 arranged by Stephen Prutsman, with David Harrington. Transcriptions from original recordings by Ljova. Music preparation by Hank Dutt.

Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

  1. Dum Maro Dum (Take Another Toke)
  2. Rishte Bante Hain (Relationships Grow Slowly)
  3. Mehbooba Mehbooba (Beloved, O Beloved)
  4. Ekta Deshlai Kathi Jwalao (Light a Match)
  5. Nodir Pare Utthchhe Dhnoa (Smoke Rises Across the River)
  6. Koi Aaya Aane Bhi De (If People Come)
  7. Mera Kuchh Saaman (Some of My Things)
  8. Saajan Kahan Jaoongi Main (Beloved, Where Would I Go?)
  9. Piya Tu Ab To Aaja (Lover, Come to Me Now)
  10. Dhanno Ki Aankhon (In Dhanno’s Eyes)
  11. Chura Liya Hai Tum Ne (You’ve Stolen My Heart)
  12. Saiyan Re Saiyan (My Lover Came Silently)

Released by Nonesuch Records



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