Bang the drum slowly

Pardon me for being shallow (especially considering the context in which I found this story), but Suphala is totally hot.

There have been a few compromises. Suphala - the name means fruitfulness in Sanskrit - dropped her last name, Patankar, for simplicity's sake. In the photographs accompanying her CD, "The Now," she's clad in Jean Paul Gauthier and Dolce & Gabbana and displays a J. Lo-style make-over.

As much as I like the pretty lady, I also dig that tabla sound. I might even consider buying the disc except:

One song, "The Lover," contains a mix of the voices of Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith reading a Deepak Chopra translation of a poem by Rabindranath Tagore.

Um. Ouch. Giant turn-off, thanks.

Actually, after listening to a couple sample tracks at Giant Step, I don't think I'm all that interested. The sample on her site doesn't do much for me either.