From the press :
"Ram is certainly an accomplished player, displaying a technical mastery
reminiscent of his famous teacher's..Ram's playing is mysterious and
haunting. Ram proves on this recording (Prasad) that he's likely to
become a central figure in a new generation of Indian musicians."
- Gerry Farrell, Songlines, U.K., November & December, 2002
"His work was impressive. He made emotional and technical magic come out
of that close-to-a-yard-long wooden instrument. He proved that he
possesses the lungs, the lips, and the fingers to control his ungainly
flute. And he conveyed feeling ever so effectively as each raga moved
from melismatic, heart-of-space exhortation to virtuoso exhibitionism, from
carried-on-a-breeze atmospherics to rip-snorting pyrotechnics."
- Peter Jacobi, Herald-Times Reviewer, Bloomington, IN, 2001
"... Phenomenal flute playing, accomplished performer and composer"
- London Guardian, 1998
"... This is an artist in the real sense of the word..."
- Blues and
Soul, London, 1998
Deepak is a master of the bansuri flute, a haunting traditional Indian
instrument that he mixes masterfully with acoustic jazz improvisation.
Music for the soul, make no mistake.
- Wax Magazine, 1999
"He provides a round even tone, with a purity which commands a gamut of
dynamics. No speed is too fast if the music demands it, and any player
would envy his flutter-tonguing."
- Grocotts Mail, Grahamstown, 1989
"He is able to make this deceptively simple looking instrument do
astonishing things. At first recitative, with impeccable phrasing, it is
soon clear that he is equally at home with turns and runs. "- Natal
Witness, Pietermaritzburg, 1990
"He does not play his instrument, he is his instrument. It seems as
though the breath of a melody was passing through the air which he simply
reached up and caught in his flute."
- Daily News, Durban, 1991
"The music was almost therapeutic. Its melodies seemed to occupy an element
somewhere between water and air. "
- Rhodeo, Grahamstown, 1989
"South African composer Deepak Ram's score is rich and haunting innovative
without straying too far from its ancient roots."
- Cape Times, 1987