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Delving Into Spa Sounds

Ancient people regularly initiated body massage so as to make healthy and vigorous lifestyle. As Karen Olsen stated in a blog, “Healing retreats have their origins in places such as the asclepieia of ancient Greece, temples where ill people told their dreams to a priest who then recommended treatments, often including a visit to baths or the gymnasium.”

Spa is a sophisticated and trending name for massage. Today’s stressed and exerted lives of masses need spa for their relaxation and temporary rejuvenation, but ancient people required it for the permanent inner strength and vigor. This make their attitude more solid and workaholic.

Including spa with sounds or ‘spa-music’ is not a modern technique too. It has been coming since the sounds of ocean, chirping birds, rivers or rain sounds have been discovered. This is the real music which tends to keep us grounded and closer to nature. Overtime, the nature interactions faded away that results in the purposeful company of sounds and nature, not the natural. However, the trending word today is ‘relaxing music’ but it was suppose to be far beyond relaxation earlier. Spa sounds like ‘rushing river’, rhythmic ocean waves, Harmonious heartbeats, Inspirational water drips adds the spiritual and veridical flavour while spa sessions.

How Spa Music Serves

Treatment with musical spa is beneficial, in fact essential for embellished lifestyle and wellbeing. To state a few benefits:

Heightens positive hormones: Serotonin is considered as the ‘happy’ neurotransmitter by the experts, which feeds better mood, sleep and cognitive abilities to the body. Spa sessions along with natural/environmental tunes increases the level of pleasure hormones like serotonin and dopamine in the bloodstream. Activated positive hormones keeps us more grounded and attached to our roots and gives a secure, blissed feeling.

Reduces Stress levels: spa sounds are the great way to disconnect from the day-to-day complicated lives and welcome the serenity and peace of the night. One can alleviate the stress levels, anxiety and agitation in petty things imbibing these relaxing and calming tunes.

Improves Creativity: A study was conducted on a 7 years old dyslexic, unfocused, boy in which his mom applied a body massage playing the sounds of tidal waves with honch at the background. She did this for half an hour till 6 days when the researchers observed the boy meticulously. Rest of the day after the massage, the boy spend innovating lego boats, ships, castle, star-fish and other stuffs related to water and waves. Good news is that he could explain about every single part he used. He literally left the researchers amused and his mom, emotional. Spa sounds reinforces the brain functioning and blows the creativity balloons in a child’s unfiltered free mind.

Lowers The Heart Rate: People in waiting rooms, hospitals and other clinical environments show a decrease in heart rate when relaxing non-percussive music is present, studies say. Listening to this rejuvenating music with spa helps lower the blood pressure and heart rate. A lower heart rate renders a calmer self and can gives inner peace to focus and achieve our goals easily.

Reiki : A Spiritual Tranquilizer

Kay had an ample of silent heart attacks and he was diabetic too. In 2000, his condition deteriorated that doctors had to recommend heart catheterisations. He had one and there was a gap for the next. Being a rural dweller he had travel miles towards New York for the treatment, until he met a lady, a reiki teacher in his graduation party. She insisted on taking a session for he loses nothing. He took an hour session, which was a life changing experience for him. He felt absolutely healthy and blissful. The other day, he had to take the medical heart sessions for which he was so scared that he began to cry. Doctors went spellbound to see his reports which demonstrated his heart as normal.

“He then told me what he saw, and didn’t really understand. He said there was a very healthy heart on the screens, very healthy. There was no evidence of a heart attack, just a small valve problem…” Says Kay about the doctor, “He didn’t understand it, he said. I said I did.”

We are undeniably familiar with the terms reiki, or reiki-spa as the actress Hema Malini has popularized it by expressing about her lifestyle, but we certainly do not know its power of healing.

Reiki is a simple, natural and safe Japanese technique of mind healing and self-improvement applicable for all. It has been effective in curing almost all the diseases and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.

Reiki with Music

Combining reiki with a suitable music are considered to make a person delve into the inner bright light trashing all the worldly sorrows and ailments. Tunes like Chiryo (Tunes with flute and bells), Reiji Ho (Asian flute with a Tibetan instruments), Palm Healing (Metal warmer and knells), Warmth, Monk’s Healing Tones etc. treats the neural hormones through it’s sonic electric currents and heightens the spirit. The sounds of bells, flute, honch, metal-bowl, when intermingled to make meditative tunes have 60% greater therapeutic effect on the patient.

 

Why Raga Music is more Therapeutic than other Music-Cultures?

raga impact on brain

raga impact on brain

Music in India has great potential in this study because Indian music is melodic and has somewhat different pitch perception mechanisms. Western classical music which is based on harmonic relation between notes versus the melodic mode (raaga) structures in the Indian Classical Music System (ICM) within the rhythmic cycle music may demand qualitatively different cognitive engagement. The analysis of EEG data to determine the relation between the brain state condition in the presence of ICM and its absence would therefore be an interesting study. How rhythm, pitch, loudness etc. interrelate to influence our appreciation of the emotional content of music might be another important area of study. This might decipher a technique to monitor the course of activation in the time domain in a three-dimensional state space, revealing patterns of global dynamical states of the brain. It might also be interesting to see whether the arousal activities remain after removal of music stimuli.

There are a few unique aspects of raga music which may be considered more therapeutic and recommended for healing. However, there is a scarcity of rational researches in the field, whereas, west music has been researched and has gained pretty much authenticity. But there are various unique elements in raga music or Indian music which can be considered as the medium of more explorations and analysis and further for healing.

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Folk Music: Concept and Connection

Folk Music:  Man has gazed with awe and wonder at sea, earth, thunder, cloud, and rain. Standing before the endless ocean he has felt small; he has bowed. He could not embrace the clouds but has sung malhar. He could not climb vast mountains, but has played their haunts- Pahari dhun has echoed the mountain’s call.

“Folk music is an important and integral medium of culture, being a genuine document of rustic ways of life. It is a spontaneous depiction of the local culture and is a living art. It is true that folk music is non-academic and less disciplined in forms but then its perpetual expressions of joy, sorrow, traditions and beliefs, without losing its continuity, is a very edifying experience.”[i]

Folklore was the casual or light songs created by the common people to perform normal household and day-to-day tradition. Folk songs and dances, as the name ‘folk’ (masses) denotes, are the origin of music because it was created and sung whole heartedly by common men. Every culture, region, and country have their own folk music in their own comfortable language, accent, dialect, rhythm, meter, and pitch. Folk music, since created by the people, for the people, portrays the lifestyle, thought-processes, temperaments, rituals, caste creed, and even dress-code of that region. It does not have any rules-regulations of music, therefore, it’s extremely intimate, fluent, casual for the general masses. There are folk songs for all occasions or without any occasion, such as wedding, rituals, child-birth, baby-shower, agriculture-folks, festival-driven, seasonal-folk, folklore for celebrating youth or adolescence, and so on. In fact, classical music was created after folk music to standardise and organise the contents in the same.

Folk is the condition of music untouched by the grammar, untouched by musical sciences; it is a music which burst out of a people. The bursting out is an act of its own- out of the unknown haunts of emotions conditioned by samskaras. Where these find their origins and where they flow is equally known. What is known, however, is that wherever and whenever hearts beat, there is music.

Folk is the very air in which man breathes, with soul drenches in music as the pure sounds flow. The rawness with which it bursts out is its beauty and the freedom with which it does so, an essential element of the expression itself.

Reference: [i] Raj Kumar, “Essays on Indian Music”: Lesson-14, Pg.: 138

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When Death is Ahead- Kishori ji’s Last Performance

Recently I met my Ma’am (Guru ma Dr. Soma Singh) in Delhi, and we both enveloped ourselves in the huge, never-ending musical discussion. She is the ocean of musical knowledge and incidences. And her way of expressing how to practice or what to exactly listen to while listening classical is too sovereign and pure. There is no foreignness in her attitude while giving things.

A very unusual incidence about Kishori ji Ma’am shared with me which I really want to cherish in my blogs.

Kishori ji’s last concert was in Delhi at Kamani auditorium, for which Ma’am was asked to attend by her Guru Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar.

“Guruji especially called us to inform about the concert and insist me to attend. He said you should go and take your kids too as this music, this personality, her Gayaki won’t be re-arriving in this new era. one should value that.” she explained her Guru’s words. Thus, there wasn’t any question of not attending as Guru’s command was more than anything else.

The other day she attended the concert and was left speechless.

Normally, Kishori’s Gayaki was a pure Kishori-Gayaki and not any typical Jaipur-Atrauli exponent-type (the school which she belonged to). Her Gayaki was a congenial combination of three things: aesthetics, pathos and malleableness. She did not really cared about the proper grammar and chalan of a raga. On account of emotions in fact deep emotions, she would take all kind of liberties in a raga even when the raga doesn’t allow. But she was never questioned because she was always popular for making the audience traverse on the other level of the world. Audience are said to exit the hall with high altitude of undeniable melancholy and sometimes ecstasies.

This time KishoriJi rendered Kausi-Kanhara for two hours and it was certainly not the usual one. She cared about the grammar of the raga yet with gregarious empathy towards the raga. The balance she exhibited between kauns-ang and Kanhara-ang moved even the music-knowledgeable audience. People were dumbstruck by her 2/3 minutes long, decorative, endless taanas at one go. There was no limits of her dumsaaz (breath-control). All in all, she went into her causal world of transcendence accompanying everybody else.

At the end of the concert, Sir (Mam’s husband) went to have a praising word with KishoriJi in green room, where he found the tabla guy (percussion accompanist in the concert) was standing on the door, extremely red, gasping immensely. Sir could make out the reason of his exhaustion with which he remarked with that gasped tone, “Never have heard this before….a normal person cannot bear such emotions and flawlessness.”

The audience out there witnessed the real and distinct world of classical music through her extremely poignant Gayaki with utter spontaneity. It was so that it wasn’t handled by the listeners because you need to be resilient, and mentally equipped to bear such extreme upliftment state of being. Thus, goosebumps are one thing, people were truly on the verge of blissed state but their body could not digest that elevated level of the Gayaki so their faces were in deep redness.

Ma’am said, “That concert is not the normal one. It reverberated from within for another 3/4 weeks and makes you feel the atma-parmatma Milan.”

The next day, Kishori Ji called up Guruji (as Ulhas Ji told my Guru) and accepted, “Ulhasji, I am really feeling so good after the Delhi concert. For the first time, I thought I rendered everything very nice. There was no errors and found that now I am complete.”

I was simply blown away to hear the tale.

My Ma’am was glued up pondering into one aspect which she shared and it was truly a great lesson to learn. She said, “Look Shambhavi, these people are highly intellectuals. She had been knowing throughout her musical journey that she is NOT following the proper grammar of ragas. These stalwarts are fully alive of what they are doing. We, as a listener, are mistaken thinking that they are going in their flow, thus, going beyond the circumference of a raga is a natural process. We confuse with their subtle vocalism. But actually they don’t cross lines unknowingly…they are on their heights of attentiveness. That’s why when she sang Kaunsi-Kanhara within the raga structure, she knew that fully thus felt good. This, you know, is a real mindfulness which the spiritual Gurus talk about.”

Very true indeed she said. I was also perceiving her sentences from the depth. Apart with that, I was also wandering why that happened only when she happened to be gone after four five days.

What a treasure-some, divine moments she provided the world before departing. This is one story. I have heard a few more when the Gunijans give the highest treasures and pleasures, some with conduct, some with petty experienced incidences.

Is that some telepathy within the departing soul from someone up there instructing ‘Time to offer divinity’. Or some flash of light from the para-world yields all its infinite energy to the body.

Or something called perfection shows up in a manner of subtle conscious which drives the person to go with the flow.

Or may be the departing soul penetrates all its power and beauty (creativity) for once before leaving the body.

Instincts, impulses, telepathy, premonitions are the terms, which really are so deep and may be beyond any bookish expressions or communication. One can only feel, perceive, realise and treasure the saudade of such gems, their knowledge, their sur, their bhaav, their Gayaki by memoriter.

 

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Kishori Tai Amonkar: When the Tunes Reverberates the Soul

“I feel I have just begun. I have not learnt anything because I still don’t have command over the sur . Because sur is air, and I am made of concrete. When the perfect sur comes out of my throat, this body will disappear. I will die instantly. I pray to God that I die that way. There is nothing else to see except the beauty of nature, the eternity of one note.”                                                                                                                                                                                    – Kishori Tai Amonkar

Kishori Amonkar

Kishori Amonkar

And the soul interspersed in the air a day before, but that conviction-driven voice, flowing renditions with utter steadiness, spontaneous modulations followed sudden heavy take-offs towards shadja, elongated and soberly intricately curved note phrases, scintillating syncopation, effortless ups and downs still reverberates in the air.

Indeed, Kishori Amonkar: the name in itself holds an entire paradigm of a musician’s penance, abhyaasa, struggles, hardships, perseverance, and patience (to tolerate low society), and what not. Saraswati selected Kishori Tai to be manifested in the human form. The music of these legendary people is not just a music which we listen and enjoy, nod our heads on the Sam (beat).

These Gayakis are beyond levels. Knowledge and ability to understand the classical music is one thing but to dive into the purity, to meet the solitude through every single note and its treatment, to travel in the causal world, transcend to the raga horizon, one has to be wise and virtuous. A normal music listener perceives renditions, lyrics, modulations, and different elements of classicality but a wise will surely delve deep into her notes and become thoughtless. After arriving from trance, he becomes speechless and tries to reminisce those moments. One has to leave the body consciousness and ego for the time being and unleash himself to fly higher beyond limits. Because these Gayakis definitely have that power to take one in that mode. Kishori Ji’s Gayaki is one of these.

Kishori Tai had a flawless, technically correct voice with which she progressed. Earlier, while listening to her young vocals, the voice was piercing and hypnotic, in fact highly intoxicating, which gradually changed through maturity and thehraav. Her singing was mellifluous and contained a kind of stillness. Her bhajans such as ‘Milta ja Guru Gyani‘ demonstrated the combination of stability, and ‘go with the flow’ demeanour of her Gayaki. There was simplicity, divinity, softness yet power of voice and words as if traversing from the depth of her.

Kishori Ji’s khyal vocalism delineated romanticism because of which she could spread intimacy with the audience. However, she was just herself on the stage, singing with her own melancholy, too engrossed to interact, may be that’s why she was all the more connected and conversing.

One of the most significant features of her musical journey was, she was the entire lady landscape of musical material. Mongubai, being the mother and trained by various stalwarts of almost all the gharanas like Anwar Hussain Khan (Agra), Kesarbai, Anjanibai, Sharatchandra Arolkar etc., she was fulfilled with fastidious collection of the rare ragas and cheezein. She was one of the rare vocalist who sometimes sang Sthayee, antara, sanchari, abhog with utter competence. Her pronunciation of the words expressed nobility and momism. The application of sur indicated her in-depth contemplation on the subject. She performed complex ragas like Basanti-Kedar, Khat, Adana-Kedar, Khem etc. She would inveterate every raga even sampoorna malkauns, from her own spiritual perception and chintan. Not to specify, Bhoop and Hansdhwani raga vocalism is highly associated with the name Kishori-A. Rains in Maharashtra is considered to be welcomed by her recitals of Malhar kinds.

 

Sometimes, It makes me ponder upon how can a singing possess every single asset. Kishori Ji’s vocalism was comprised of a stability, a solitude yet connection , evocative expressions yet cut to cut logic, spirituality yet romanticism, full purity of a raga yet scintillating, in fact some shringarik ragas she sang give the thumri feel. The curiosity made me read about her. I got the crux. Out of a mishap in her 20s, her voice fully disappeared, literally no medicine and therapies worked. Then a saint named, Sardeshmukh Maharaj took the project of popping up her voice. He not only restored the voice but because of his saintly vibration may be, she was blessed with a more mature, tranquillising, and empyrean form of music. Her soul-searching vocals makes one realise that one has to amalgamate wisdom and chastity with his stream to be on earth and in connection with being.

Kishori Amonkar

Kishori Amonkar

Talent is like water which flows and has to flow crossing constant ups and downs. Kishori Ji’s, being exceptionally talented in every aspect, did not stop growing. She found path to lead as one of the leading vocalists however, facing real life hurdles and mishaps.

Yet another deep quote by her: “I am a purist, and will always try to remain one, in the sense that I will remain faithful to the feel of a raga. The generalised rules are of great help to beginners and also for the meticulous performer-musicologists.”

You will be MISSED… Mharo Pranaam

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Rahul Ajay, winner of Kids Golf World Championship

When the desires penetrate the line of passion,

When the plethora of hobbies are sidelined by a special one,

When the sentence, “I want….” turns into “I won…”

When emotions of wishes voyages to actualization

Three cheers to Rahul’s triumph and consummation.

Rahul Ajay

Rahul Ajay

Rahul Ajay, winner of Kids Golf World Championship 2016,deserves these words above.  This 16-years old Hyderabadi kid has created in history recently in the mid of December in Malaysia by winning over a Malaysian guy by one stroke. Rahul defeated 50 outstanding international Golfers in three days and made his parents’ overwhelming with pride. Earlier, He had been playing Golf winning numerous prices in Singapore, Thailand etc.. But this was the real victory.

Life is all about mind and mind produce thoughts. When thoughts are directed towards perseverance, endurance, seeking skills, setting goals, then one is not leading a normal, easy life. That abnormality transcends him to the world of achievements; be it inner or society. Really doesn’t matter.

Story Reloaded

RahulajaySince the age of eight, Rahul started his voyage of Golf when his Dad introduced the game. Selecting Golf  In this land, India, where all the other sports other than cricket, are ignored, he not only selected this forte but grabbed a big place. Most importantly, his coach Mr. Indrajit Bhalotia played a vital role in exploring his capabilities and nurturing him accordingly.

Why Golf when asked, “Golf is a gentlemen’s game. You play by yourself unlike other sports which need teams.” says Rahul, who is an amazing example of clarity and self-opinionated mindsets. He is bestowed with all the attributes which is actually needed in a sportsperson.

Tremendous Discipline

IMG_20170114_131604435We simply generalize the ready product by praising the achievers and criticizing the failures. But here comes process of this winner. Vehemence is the only word which comes to my mind when I heard his practice detailing. Rahul had been practicing full day since three months before this tournament. “I wake up at five, jog for 4-5 kms, do yoga, and zen meditation….Come from school at 3:30, go to Golf practices till 6:30, do the evening meditation…” He says. The 11th standard guy is ready to salute all the minute gamut which he seems beneficial in enhancing his stream. Fitness, strength training are some of the important elements in Golf, he believes. Rahul possess a deep crux and mechanics of Golf which makes him perceive his game, “I seem to understand the mechanics and technicality of golf well. This has helped me to gel well with my coaches in the last many years.” He says.

In this delicate age, when the boys want to distract with all ins and outs, Rahul Ajay never watches TV or play video games. “These days I have stopped reading books to focus on my play, but I do read positive books so that I imbibe that.” says Rahul. This is a significant aspect to deliver among the kids and parents today who think distraction is natural.

Rahul still aspire much more as this is just the beginning. To be in the students mode is always good for becoming a successful. Rahul looks forward to improves on the stuffs he thinks he is not up to the mark. He speaks his mind, “As a player, I should be more positive, driven and disciplined.” To enhance his play and for in-depth understanding, Rahul usually follows the game of his favorite Golfers: Tiger Woods and Anirban Lahiri.

2017-01-12-PHOTO-00000100According to the champ, being a Hyderabad dweller is another blessing for a sportsperson in terms of resources, weather, and of course in getting inspired by the great sports personality. “In other cities the Golf membership is expensive except Hyderabad, where my Dad had a membership since long.” shares Rahul.

Attitude Matters

Competitiveness, envy, commitment, are some of the common qualities in any sportsperson but Rahul owns an unusual tranquility and peace in his mind. He is an extremely cool guy outwardly with  a bundle of dreams and ambitions within. He would definitely be the next Mr. Cool Golfer after Dhoni, once he is one of the top Golfers, and the countdown has begun.

To make India a better place for sports, Rahul has strong opinions regarding sports should be supported and sponsored properly in India. “We get less price money comparatively in India…” 

I will conclude my rounds of applause by the kid winner’s quote on success, “Its something really good to reach your aim and the society looks at the topmost in the world. For me, I just started my journey.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Re-introducing Dhrupad

Pursuing the music therapy course these days, is making me listening to every music according to that perspective. My mind subtly enters into the questioning zone while listening to any music, whether this piece is healing or not.

The other evening, I was listening to Pt. Uday Bhawalkar’s raga Bhimpalasi Dhrupada piece, and I felt I was captivated physically. While listening to his fast-paced rhythmic, versatile, superfluous, rendition of the Bhimpalasi notes, I was as if witnessing my brain knots unleashing my breath mollifying. I wanted to move from my place, but was totally mindful and entangled. I could feel my hormones and senses getting balanced. I stayed in that state for 20 minutes till when it got over. After which I stared at the things surrounding me; I went to the balcony and greeted all the sounds of nature. I could concentrate in the chirping and tweaking of birds clearly, (what we don’t do usually). I was absolutely in the present. I gazed at the setting sun, produced a thought, ‘Allz well’, and stepped inside. This was the time I was normalized. But I was reminiscing what it was; What was the factor that made me feel good, albeit I am aware of the power of music.

Defining Dhrupad

Dhrupad too is a vocal style like khyala-gayaki, which is also exhibited and unfolded in a particular raga, although in different style, structure and tonality. It is a highly structured, classicalized way of chanting vedic mantra and hymns. Lets first have a quick introduction of Dhrupad.

During vedic period, when there was nothing dhrupad existed in the name of Prabandh. Then even after many modification and bringing down to simplicity, Dhrupad is still journeying today. Dhrupad is an oldest genre of Hindustani classical vocal music, which exists even today. Apart from the Khyala singing which is also called Ragadari sangeet,

Here are some definitions of Dhrupad given by the maestros.

Dhrupad was originally sung in temples and later thrived under the patronage of the Mughal rulers who were acclaimed Dhrupadias. Almost every gharana or the Music tradition, be it gwalior, or Agra, were initially the Dhrupad Gharana and eventually formed the Khyala school of music. Today, a few number of Dhrupad tradition schools are in the trend such as Vishnupur Gharana, Dagarvani, Darbhanga, Betia, Talwandi, etc..

Dhrupad exponents

Since last 10 decades, the synonymous of Dhrupad Gayaki is Dagarwani or the lineage of Dagar Bandhu (brothers). Eminent figures like Nasir Moinuddin, Nasir Aminuddin Dagar, Zia Mohiuddin Dagar, Ustad Rahim Fahimuddin Dagar, Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar and Ustad Hussain Sayeedudddin Dagar have taken forward on its zenith by their competence and by transferring the pedagogy to the comtempories. All the Dhrupad Singers today like Gundecha brothers, Pt. Ritwik Saniyal, Pt. Uday Bhawalkar are the disciples and torchbearers of Dagar and Dhrupad tradition as well.

Connection with the Cosmos

Considered as the sound of meditation and worship, its mantric recitation comprises of an organised, elaborated and complex grammar and aesthetics. One needs to have a proper pedagogy of voice culture and engineering, as it deals with the cosmic sounds and intonations. Fundamental to Dhrupad singing is the practice of Nāda Yoga, in which, through various yogic practices, the singer develops the inner resonance of the body, and can make the sound resonate and flow freely through the entire region from navel to head. Even the Dhrupad maestros experience very transcending connections through the pedagogy of Dhrupad. 

Dhrupad Gayaki consists of an elaborated, consistence, flawless, rhythmic nom-tom Alap in a raga, followed by a Dhrupad bandish, Layakaris (Bandish rendered with magical rhythm and incredible meter of the same tala and tempo which is going on), Bol baant, Gamak, and finally the fast-paced overly extended, highly skilled nom-tom rhythmic cycles.

How It Heals

Chanting of mantras and hymns, as in Dhrupad, can be thought of as tools that liberate the mind. Mantra is a Sanskrit word which means ‘mental liberation’. It awakens the life forces that exists in the human souls and directs the mind towards the transcended state. Constant listening and rendering of these cosmic sounds delivers the mind from its worldly conditioning and brain limitations.

Aum sound is unnecessarily associated with Hinduism albeit it has been taken up in the Sanskrit shlokas and mantras Hinduism being the oldest culture. But Om is just a sound which exists in the cosmos. Sun makes a sound that never reaches earth. NASA laboratory in space captured sound and recorded. Most astonishing that the sound resembles “Om”. Scientists are still trying to correlate why ancient Hindu mantra and sun’s sound are same. I might not want to enter into this segment as this is another wide area, but Dhrupad incorporates all these cosmic sounds and its oscillations, which gradually enhances the cognition by its ultimate ability of developing mindfulness. In fact, Dhrupad rendition is more systematic and calculative procedure of these mantras intermingled with the Raga aesthetics and classical improvisation.

In the journey of self improvement, wellness, and moving inward, it is good to be in confusion rather than fixing a conclusion, because everything has to be self-realized rather than read or preached. Therefore, in this abstract concepts, let’s try this another experiment of internal healing by listening to the mantras in the form of Dhrupad. May be you are very far from exploring a new ray of bliss and intellect.

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Ragas: My new course

Namaste,

Indian classical music mainly concerns about Ragas. The more you dive deep down in this ocean, you attain some valuable ambrosia of new knowledge and perceptions. But before that, we need to understand some basic knowledge of the fundamental Ragas, which are the stepping stones in this journey of bliss.

Welcome to my new course on udemy, which introduces Ragas. In this course you will be able to master five Ragas which belongs to the Thaat Kalyan: Yaman, Kedar, Bhoopali, Nand, and Hansdhwani. Here is the introductory video. Please have a look.