Yoga of sound: Indian classical music as contemplative practice

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dc.contributor.author Reddy, Srinivas
dc.contributor.other International Symposium for Contemplative Studies, Mind & Life Institute
dc.coverage.spatial San Diego, CA
dc.date.accessioned 2016-12-17T14:52:21Z
dc.date.available 2016-12-17T14:52:21Z
dc.date.issued 2016-11-10
dc.identifier.citation Reddy, Srinivas, "Yoga of sound: Indian classical music as contemplative practice", in the International Symposium for Contemplative Studies, Mind & Life Institute, San Diego, CA, Nov. 10-13, 2016. en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://repository.iitgn.ac.in/handle/123456789/2569
dc.description.abstract Indian classical music is rooted in the ancient philosophy of nada-yoga, or union through sound. Both theoreticians and practitioners appreciated the immediate appeal of music and song, but they also understood sound, particularly the elaboration of ragas, as a vehicle for spiritual growth and ultimately a path to moksha, or salvation. Ragas are unique melodic landscapes that an artist unfolds and explores over time. In addition to traditional musical parameters passed down from guru to shishya, each raga is associated with a specific time of day, season and emotive quality. In this context, a raga in performance is an aesthetic experience that connects both performer and listener to the subtle vibrations of nature and time. In the timeless words of Pandit Nikhil Banerjee, “Indian music is based on spiritualism and was practiced and learned to know the Supreme Truth. A musician must lift up the souls of the listeners and take them towards Space.”
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Srinivas Reddy
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Mind and Life research institute en_US
dc.title Yoga of sound: Indian classical music as contemplative practice en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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