Mantras

We focus on traditional Indian music and carry forth traditions coming directly from Gurus, who are are coming from their own very specific Indian Gharana*.

Aum /Om serves as an important mantra in all the Indian Religions. Specifically, it is an example of a seed syllable mantra. It is also believed to be the first sound of the Hindu universe, the sonic essence of the absolute reality. Often Aum/Om may be used in Japa ritual.

Longer mantras are phrases with several syllables, names and words. These phrases may have spiritual interpretations such as a name of a deity, a longing for truth, reality, light, immortality, peace, love, knowledge, and action.  Examples of longer mantras that we sing and include in our workshops are: The Gayatri Mantra, The Genesha Mantras, Hare Krishna Mantras , Om Namah Shivaya, Genesh Shloka, Twameve Mata (and others). Mantras without any actual linguistic meaning are still considered to be musically uplifting and spiritually meaningful but we tend rather to focus more on the traditional material brought by our teachers. All our mantras derive from versions played within the temples and societies of India, and from where our artists are coming from. Most are sung in the original Vedic Sanskrit and/or Indian languages; Hindi and sometimes in Urdu.

Most often we sing in a comfortable room setting, with good acoustics, but we also create spaces outside within nature and around fire settings.

*Gharana- A family of musical heritage passed down from generation to generation. Traditional Indian music was not written and each Gharana has a strong sense of protection for their own musical styles and recitals. The Benares Gharana was founded by Kirtankars in the late 13th century, and has been revived by the most their famous artists including: Siddheshwari Devi, Rasoolan Bai and Girija Devi.

Check THIS LINK for an overview of all mantra-related events

Mantra event types.

Learn the meaning and pronunciation of the Sanskrit words.
Learn the deeper meaning of India’s mantra’s and enjoy the melody

A celebrational moment for all ages, to sing, dance and enjoy.

Kirtan is not just Mantra but also will include performances and interactions with other forms of Indian song;

Repetative chanting of simple mantra’s, usually performed as your personal ritual. Also found in Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. Mantras to use should be given to you by your teacher.

Using vocal sound and resonance through simple mantra/jappa as a meditative tool.

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