Saturday, December 3, 2016

Sound of Music

In the early periods of living , all beings were embodiments of the divine and everything was still and constant. There was no communication between beings and every being felt their existence as part of the supreme . There was completeness and heartfulness . Then as days and years passed the stillness slowly receded and movements happened . As movement happened heartfulness and mindlessness gave way to mindfulness and heartlessness. 
When the mind took over , communication between beings happened. Once that happened soundfullness gave way for sightfullness. Once the mind took over the connection with the supreme slowly diminished and slowly the beings started feeling themselves as separate entities . Separated by Colour, Region, Religion , Race etc etc . We have successfully managed to become limited from being "limitless."

Music is limitless as the sky . It transcends region, religion , race , gender , boundaries, etc etc etc .
It is one unifying phenomenon and let us strive to keep it that way .

Monday, October 31, 2016

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Sound of Music 3

The constant throbbing of the rumbling sound in a multilayered state of expression is a source of great intrigue and curiosity. 
As I go deeper and deeper in to this abyss , all unnatural sounds gives way to the most organic and natural sound . That is still almost like a whisper and I can only feel it rather than hear it at all . The closest explanation could be that ,it is like searching for light in pitch darkness. In the dark , once your eye gets adjusted you are able to see but still the clarity of detail is never the same as it is when there is light,  like wise the feel of this sound is very elusive. It is audible but yet not there . But as I said earlier when the connect happens the experience is unlimited. 
Is this what Rishis of yore heard as a constant thought and said Ulagam Nadamayam. 
If this is the unlimited and original source of all sounds that we hear, then the concept that sound is the one that pervades in a space that is beyond light makes lot of sense . 
As it is said in scriptures , Mantra (sound )comes first , then Yantra ( the visual form of the same ) and then Tantra , ( the technique or the technology) . Thyagaraja swami in his celebrated composition Nadopasana - Begada describes this in the Charanam - Mantratmulu  yantra tantratmulu . 
Like wise Shri. Gopalakrishnan Bharathi also in his celebrated song Aiyen Metha Kadinam says 
Mandirathiley Potu, Yandirathiley Paarkum, Thantirathileyum illai ..
So, it is evident that Sound is the primordial source of all beings ..

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Sound of Music

Fiddlingmonk !!!

Early morning at NJ . 

A beautiful flow of silence reverberating the essence of musical notes deep inside my being . What an experience ?? Is this the true Nada what the great saints of yore have mentioned  about ??
The sounds that come out are random but are in alignment of the soundscape as a whole . They don't subscribe to any raga or tala , just the flow of this beautiful musical rumbling . It is a Kalyani , a Kambodi, a Varali, a Yaman, or a malkhauns , it is all that yet something much much more .
Tears of joy swell, as I dive deeper in to this sound scape .. is this the truth . realised souls of yore have said " Ulagam Nada Mayam."
"Universe is an embodiment of Sound" .. is it this !!

A sound that brings a connect to my being and I resonate like a speaker does , when it reflects sounds that pass through it ..

What an experience ???
May be that is why the art of practising music is famously celebrated as Nadopasana. The joy of being the part of the universal experience .
This silence is very very infective !!
Thank you for the experience .
Swara Raga Laya Sudha ..

The rumble is settling down as a constant . The kaleidoscope of the sound reveals the universe and multiverse of the phenomenon. It is non divisible in that form and hence is pure in nature . It is so subtle and is felt in every thought that is manifested. First time , the realisation sets in , " thoughts can be sightless. "
This is a strange experience ,That a thought can be soundfull and sightless is a very new feeling and it is very deep and profound . 
The very core of this phenomenon is the feeling of being alive and aware .
Though this is a very unique experience, to be in that state constantly is very momentary.. it is on and off like the Bangalore electricity supply . But as long as  i am in the connection the feeling is beyond !!!!
This sample is enough for me  to want more and more and I am slowly able to scratch the outer most layer of the meanings of the compositions on NADA ( Musical sound ) of all the great poets and composers celebrating Nada as the nearest form of existence to divinity . 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Music beyond language

Where words fail, Music speaks First there is silence, then there is sound. Then there is language, then there is a theme. The first thing that penetrates silence is sound. There are two types of sound. One that is musical and one that is unmusical. The first is called Nada and the second is called Noise. The Nada of the Tambura is all pervasive and soothing. That is the first layer in the fabric of Carnatic Music. SRUTI. The sound waves from the Tambura is de regional and de religious. It has no words. But it conveys Peace, Calm and Tranquility. Isn’t that the end result of what Good Music is supposed to give? Now, if a musician has to penetrate this already tranquil Nada and create something more on that, he has to use two tools. That of Raga and Tala. Again, both these are de regional and de religious. One is Melody and the other is Rhythm. The nature of Melody conveys the context of the mood. Raga also means colour and content. The nature of Rhythm and the tempo conveys the pace and the pulse. Then comes language which beautifully conveys a theme. The minute the language comes in, the piece of music is narrowed down to a particular region, situation and theme and in the case of Carnatic music, most often than not, to a particular deity. Language is used on Melody and Rhythm to fix it to a particular place/time and situation. Therefore, language is just a tool used in Carnatic music to fill in a content and context to a piece of music. But that is not the end in itself, it is only one of the means to achieve the ultimate end of tranquility or ecstasy that music is intended to create. In any accepted and acclaimed art form, CREATIVITY is the heartbeat that keeps the art form alive. Creativity in language is called Poetry. Creativity in thought is called Philosophy. Creativity with fingers is called Artistry. Creativity in melodic and rhythmic combinations is called Artistry in music (Manodharma). This spontaneous imaginative outburst of musical ideas is what makes Music an art form. Any art form survives when it reflects the mind and thinking of the man of the current generation. That is when it becomes a living art form, a growing art form. When one century from now, someone gets a recording of Carnatic music as it is now, they should be able to get an idea of how artistes thought, lived, perceived and created music . If the music system reflects only shadows of what people did in the past, some historian would perhaps write in his record that in this century people only re created songs of the past. Thyagaraja composed themes depending on the social temperature of the world he lived in and so did Dikshitar and shyama shastri. Morzart composed themes pertaining to the surrounding he lived in. If Carnatic Music is to be accepted as a art form world wide, it has to go beyond the religious flavour it offers now. It has to go beyond Rama, Vittala and Krishna. It has to seek divinity in the Saptha Swara Devatas. It has to create spiritual upliftment through production of Nada that is de regional and de religious. This does not mean Atheism. Spirituality is BEYOND religion or region. Instrumental music from India is appreciated more than Vocal world over just for this reason. It conveys the Indianism, it conveys the classicism, it conveys the philosophy of what India stands for and what Indian music stands for without resorting to the magic that the words Hari and Rama would create. It does TRUE Nadopasana. Exactly the same thing that Thyagaraja sings about. And Even he says Nada and Bhakthi are the path towards salvation and we all know that both Nada and Bhakthi are profound only when it is beyond words. Where words fail, Instrumental Music speaks…. More melodies in this raga to follow….

Monday, August 11, 2008

The Sixth Natural Element

We are all surrounded by music of different kinds. We receive and enjoy the ones we like. Music brings people together. Lets all get together in this Blog and celebrate Music.