“Like the ancient trade route (Silk Road) itself, Painted Sands has a story of cultural interaction and a trading of traditions...with authenticity and passion handed down from the masters he (Narayan Sijan) encountered during his time on the road. The result is a sensual assault; a tapestry of music and movement that is as restless and seeking as the travellers it evokes.” 

-SONGLINES  May/June Issue 2018

"The sound quality and production values in this recording are excellent sounding, at times, like a well-funded film score or a recording from Real World. Karavan Sarai can also produce evocative, easily accessible music which will be of interest to seasoned world music listeners as well as newcomers."

– January/February 2016 double issue of fRoots, Nos. 391/392