Category Archive: Devotional

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May 08

To Serve With Love – Meera Bai

The Bhakti Movement that swept the entire nation has forever remained a memorable phase in Indian History – socially, spiritually, and politically. The phenomenal changes in the society that was initiated by these movements have left their marks embellished into the psyches of the people, through one method – Music.While dasa pantha and sharanas were …

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Jan 20

Divine praises in a Divine Language

There is a famous Ganesha temple opposite to my house in Bangalore. It is located on top of a huge hill on the 100 Ft Ring Road. Every year during the anniversary celebrations they invite several eminent singers from all over the State, and hold devotional recitals. During one such recitals I had heard a …

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Jan 19

Sri Tyagaraja: Endaro mahanubhaavulu!!

January 19th is celebrated as Sri Tyagaraja Aradhana. I remember the first Tyagaraja Aradhana that I had been to was at an age of 12, in the house of my Classical music Guru, Smt. Shakuntala Iyengar. It had been a few months since I had started to go to her, inorder to learn music. I …

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Dec 19

An instrument of thy peace!

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;where there is hatred, let me sow love;where there is injury, pardon;where there is doubt, faith;where there is despair, hope;where there is darkness, light;and where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master,grant that I may notso much seek to be consoled as to console;to be understood, as to …

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Dec 15

More on love…!!!

While all you guyz are still reeling in the effects of the beautiful song “Alaipayuthey”, here is another shot in the arm of love! It has been commonly misconceived that the daasa saahitya was full of only devotion and vairagya (asceticism, renunciation, etc). Contrary to the same, we do find innumerable compositions that celebrate the …

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Feb 17

The magic of Pancharatnas

Shri Tyagaraja is one of the trinities of Indian Classical Music and rightly so. His compositions are so rich in devotion and melody, that it enthralls the listener and creates a field of devotion and music around him. One certainly has to listen to the “pancharatnas” to know the power that music can bestow and …

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