Untrained Musical Sounds

Raw, unedited video of boatman Rajkumar singing a Thumri while rowing tourists in Varanasi. March 2014. It is a known fact that in India, talent is abundant. You come across people with unparalleled talent on the streets, in the slums, in places where one would least expect it. And that is exactly what happened when we came across Rajkumar the boatman rowing tourists on the Ganges, in Varanasi. Rajkumar has had no formal training in music. For the last few years he has been keeping poor health. But listening to him, was an amazing experience! Enjoy the unedited recording complete with the temple bells, the noise along the Varanasi ghats, talking on the boat, the floating salesman etc.

Some Thoughts on Music, Language and Body by Gundecha Gurujis from a Workshop in Barcelona

Dhrupad music is the Nad-filled journey of the body from the Kundalini at the Mooladhar (at the base of the spine) to the Brahma randhra (the opening at the centre of the skull). The journey of awareness along this path manifests as music. Musical experience indicates the path, just as the path illumines the experience of music. Enjoyment is not just a characteristic of the path, it is its nature, its dharma. This journey elevates body and mind to an exalted level. Rendering the body as equipment (yantra), Dhrupad creates a tantra (process) for the practice of mantra. Using this process, the mind naturally acquires the state of meditation. - Gundecha Brothers

Naadyatra - Kashi (March 24-28, 2014)

March 2014 saw Varanasi turn into a political hotbed with Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and AAP leader, Arvind Kejriwal choosing it as their arena for the final political bout. But despite all the political heat, in one quiet part of Varanasi, in a small Yoga Ashram on Assi Ghat, divine sounds were being created. Naad Yatra was having the first of its kind musical retreat from 24th to 28th March, 2014. The brainchild of Sanjeev Jha & Sangeeta chopra, students of Padmashri Gundecha brothers, Naad Yatra has been setup to provide interested listeners of Indian classical music with an opportunity to take a musical break. A person simply needs to enjoy Indian classical music to be a p

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