There’s a big market in India for recordings of ‘devotional music’ – songs that accompany religious services and rituals. An app called Sangam Music provides a big catalogue of devotional songs and instrumentals, promising that “the user could stream and listen to the rarest and the oldest of the devotional songs for free”. What’s perhaps more surprising is who’s behind it: the Indian government’s Ministry of Culture. The free Android app is in its early days still though: it’s been downloaded more than 10k times from Android’s Google Play store.
In separate news, Indian music company Saregama has launched the latest iteration of its Carvaan preloaded-music device. Carvaan Mini Legends: Kannada comes with 351 “superhit retro” songs in the Kannada language, which is spoken by tens of millions of Indians. The launch follows Saregama’s milestone of more than 1m Carvaan devices sold by the end of 2018.