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Maharishi Gandharva music
Das with son Sarjal and daughter Radhi live on Maharishi Channel
(Surbahar) with son Sarjal Das (Tabla) and daughter Radhi Das (Swarmandal) during a live
broadcast of the Maharishi
Channel on 30th July 2007 at MERU, Holland.
right: Shorob Aziz (Bansuri-Tabla), Radhi Das (Swarmandal), Surajit
Das (Surbahar-Sitar) at MERU, Holland, 29 July 2007, Guru Purnima.
in Bad Ems, Germany
Right to left: Subroto Roy Chowdhury (sitar)
and Arup Sengupta (tabla). Photo: Jochen Lotz
The concert took place 21 July 2007 at
Häcker's Kurhotel Bad Ems. It was
well attended with more than 60 visitors. A report appeared the day
after in the Rhein-Lahn-Zeitung, with photo.
Info about Subroto Roy Chowdhry is available at
Review on vocal courses
Anita Roy, holding her tampura, with course
participants in Brussels, Belgium, July 2007. Organiser Marie
Courvoisier, sitting with Guru Dev photo. Standing to Marie's right:
her husband Alain.
Anita Roy and course participants in Rorvig,
Denmark, June 2007.
Anita Roy and Marie Courvoisier in Denmark, June
Anita Roy (standing in the centre) with course
participants. Denmark, June 2007.
More information about the courses of Anita Roy
below. Please scroll.
Gandharvan demonstrates 'A'
reverberating throughout the physiology
The Peace Palace of Hannover, Germany, recently hosted a beautiful
This was both a special concert and musical educational event, with a
large audience that had the opportunity to observe how the atmosphere
is changed when the Gandharva musicians are diving into their own Self
and stirring Atma to become blissful.
The musicians analysed all the different aspects of the music, as well
as various instruments such as the mandolin, the sarod, the sitar, and
the most precious instrument—the human voice. They also explained how
the different Ragas (melodies) relate to different times of day
and seasons of the year.
A famous singer from India who is a specialist in the field of
Dhrupad singing gave a graphic and thrilling demonstration that
was made into a short movie, of how the sound 'A' (the first syllable
of Rk Veda) is truly the basis of all sounds. Of special interest was
the illustration of how, through the singer's very refined vocal
ability, this universal vibration resonated in different parts of his
physiology, producing a range of different effects in the listeners.
This recitation of the syllable 'A' was seen as enlivening all aspects
of the singer's physiology, resonating in different areas from left to
right, up and down; the audience could follow this process by watching
the performer as he gestured with his hands to demonstrate how the
sound was moving.
The word Dhrupad comes from the words Dhruva meaning
polestar, and Pada meaning poetry. Dhrupad is the most
ancient field of Gandharva still existing today—it comes from Sama
Veda and is a highly appreciated art in India. Dhrupad singers
are closest to the original singers of the Veda, which is the flow of
the eternal vibration, or sound, of Natural Law that contains within
it all the intelligence of creation responsible for the manifestation
of the entire universe. Everything in creation is composed of sound,
the Gandharvan explained—even our bodies are made of impulses of sound.
This presentation of the Dhrupad singer illustrated many
principles: how 'A' resonates in different parts of the body; how 'A'
is the fundamental basis of all other sounds; and how all other sounds—all
the different vowels and consonants—are actually embedded within 'A'
and emerge from 'A'.
As this Dhrupad singer was singing the 'A', some audience
members experienced that the entire universe is contained in that one
'A', and that the entire individual human body became the entire
universe. Everyone enjoyed this remarkable and delightful presentation
illustrating the principles of Maharishi's Vedic Science, that the
whole Veda, all branches of modern science, and all activity are
contained in that 'A', the source of all knowledge.
Copyright © 2007 Global Good News(sm) Service,
9th April 2007
A Gandharva music class of Binay Krishna Baral
9th Grade Girls, Maharishi School of
the Age of Enlightenment performing Gandharva Veda Music on flutes in
the concert in January, 2007. Photo by: June Oliver.
Maharishi University of Management (MUM) play Maharishi Gandharva
Binay Krishna Baral
five of his students gave a concert on 31 January 2007 at
the Student Union Theatre.
Please click photo to enlarge.
More about Binay Krishna Baral:
Shrimati Anita Roy with course
participants in Belgium.
information as follows:
By Alain and Marie
Courvoisier, MVU, Vlodrop, Holland
“Gandharva music is
universal. It is the music of every land, every man and every society.
It is the language of bliss, the song of nature.” -
It is from our Infinite Silent
Self or “Atma” that the notes of Gandharva Music called
“Swaras” emerge in an orderly, sequential progression. These
frequencies are the Laws of Nature which structures and conducts the
Cosmic Dance of the Universe.
Ragas or melodies of Gandharva Music are blossoming from that Infinite
Silence, which contains also Infinite Dynamism; they are in essence,
singing or playing each of the ancient Ragas is like enjoying a
special fragrance of Heaven. It creates a serene, holy, blissful
atmosphere as soon as the first note emerges from that Silence of the
magic, the Divine Qualities of Bliss, Peace, Devotion, are immediately
enlivened in one’s mind, feelings, physiology and in the whole
the last 15 years, under Maharishi’s Guidance, Gandharva Musicians
have been touring the world performing in hundreds of cities on all
the continents. The Eternal Melodies of Nature have resonated from
their Celestial Values and were enjoyed by thousands of people. Like
the Celestial Gandharvans in the Vedic Time, these melodies have
brought the blessings of Heaven on our Earth to thousands of people.
Time has come to let everyone have the chance to learn and practice
these Ragas at home and thereby bringing the Blessings of the Devas to
2 years, Vidushi Sumitra GUHA and Shrimati Anita ROY, renowned
vocalists performers and teachers have designed beautiful vocal
courses. Last year, already hundreds of students, especially in
Ukraine, Russia, UK, Germany, France, Yugoslavia, Spain and USA have
taken these courses and enjoyed the wonderful effects generated by
singing these Ragas.
this year 2004, let this knowledge reach a larger public in our
community and offer them the possibility not only to listen these
Divine Melodies in Concerts, but also to let the people know that in
fact, it is possible for them to learn in a very short time and
in a very easy way these Eternal Ragas.
precious knowledge of Maharishi
Gandharva Veda offers to everyone the
possibility to learn the art of the musical notes or
'Swaras’, which sung or played in a correct sequence,
systematically enliven the celestial values of Peace, Harmony and
Bliss in our physiology, in our mind and in the environment.
short courses prepared by our Vocalists ARE FOR EVERYONE,
beginners or advanced students.
It was a very nice feeling to sing with Sumitra Guha, even the simple
scale up and down. I felt like at home with Gandharva Ved music, it
was a great fulfilment for me just to sing a Gandharva Music Raga.’
–Eugenie, German student
It was great experience for me to be able to attend this Gandharva
weekend course in Toulouse taught by a great artist. This course has
enlivened in me the beauty and power of the fundamentals notes of
Gandharva Music. It was a real bliss to sing with the other course
participants these simple melodies or Ragas. During these two days
course, I had the experience of expansion of the heart.’ –Jean
François, French student
- Private or Public
Concert in your city (Vocal, Sitar, Sarod)
Duration: 2 hrs
their recital the musicians will present 2-3 specific Ragas or
melodies, which reflect the perfect harmony and bliss present in
Concert-Demonstration gives the opportunity to get a glimpse in
the powerful science and art of creating harmony and bliss within
oneself and the environment. At the end of their recital, the
Gandharvans will briefly explain few fundamental points about
Gandharva music, their instruments and what people can learn in a 2
The Concert can be a very good introduction to your course, and
inspire people to register.
Course in Vocal - Sitar and Tabla:
evening to Sunday afternoon (12 hrs).
of the Course: The Ragas – The Melodies of Heaven. The
course starts on Friday evening with an introduction of the course by
the teacher followed by a short demonstration of the different
melodies which will be learnt during the course. Then Group lesson and
practice of the Ragas.
System – The Rhythms and Cycles of the Universe
practice of one major Rhythmic Pattern on Tabla: Teen Tal or 16 beats.
This weekend course can either be offered in
residence for 2 days or be taught in one-day course according to
Course on learning to play Tanpura (1 or 2 days):
is a wonderful 4 strings instrument which is played for accompanying
vocal or instrument performance. It gives the self-referral basic
tonic of the Raga. It is an instrument easy to master and when it is
played, properly tuned, it gives very sublime and profound soothing
sounds which create a very settled atmosphere.
student will learn to tune and play the instrument. The vocal student
will learn to play while singing.
Gandharva Music in TM Residence Course:
Special Gandharva Course can be combined with the routine of a TM
Residence Course. The participants will enjoy the beauty of Gandharva
Music while going in depth of their inner silence through
Transcendental Meditation Program.
One week course: Advanced
Courses (Vocal, Sitar and Tabla):
Beauties of the
in depth few main Ragas
different Vedic Slokas based on the different Ragas Scales
to tune and play Tanpura during vocal practice (for Vocal Students)
the elaborate language of the different sounds of Tabla
BACKGROUND IS NOT NEEDED FOR ATTENDING THESE COURSES.
welcome you to contact us for further information and booking your
musicians and your dates. We will be happy to assist you in setting up
these programs in your city and country.
and Marie Courvoisier, Maharishi Gandharva
Veda International Office
Alain at Maharishi.net Tel:
at the Maharishi School
here for larger versions.
Binay is teaching Bansuri at the Maharishi
School of the Age of Enlightenment at MUM,Fairfield, Iowa.
New Video with Isabelle
Isabelle Matzkin, Director of the Institute
of Maharishi Gandharva Veda music at MUM, gives an interesting intro
on Gandharva Veda.
Sengupta at MTC
To the great enjoyment of all
MTC employees and directors,
sarod wizzard Ranajit Sengupta
and his tabla player Indranil Mallik gave a morning concert
on 17th March 2004 at
the MTC building in Herkenbosch, Limburg, Holland.
To learn more about Ranajiit's
upcoming concerts, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
New CD with
Vidushi Sumitra Guha!
Enjoy this new CD of
vocalist Vidushi Sumitra Guha!
for Peace and Happiness", for the evening (19 hrs to 22 hrs, give
or take one hour either way) Content: Raga Bhupali and Raga Yaman,
each 30 minutes long. The CD goes over 60 minutes. MTC
order code: 150070.
to those sound samples in mp3-quality:
Sumitra Guha is a world-class vocalist. She began her study of music
at the tender age of four from her mother. For
nearly 35 years, she has given recitals across India, throughout
Europe, South East Asia, and in the USA and Canada. Her divine singing,
deep spiritual devotion, and genuine love for everyone she meets is
appreciated worldwide. Sumitra Guha says that "Gandharva music is
the nectar of life—I am singing to bring Heaven on Earth." Her
Sumitra Guha is accompanied on these recordings by Bharat
Bhushan Goswami on Sarangi, Prasun
Chatterji on Tabla, Sudheshna Talukdar on Tanpura, and Arundhati
Bhattacharya on Harmonium.
to Raga Bhupali helps to promote relaxation and peace in individual
awareness and the environment. Raga Bhupali has five notes (pentatonic)
and is based on the Kalyana scale.Raga Yaman increases inner happiness
and refreshes the mind.
Raga Yaman is also based on the Kalyana scale, but has seven notes,
offers another recording with Vidushi Sumitra Guha: one morning –
and one evening Raga on audiocassette, ordercode: 150018. See:
University of Management (USA)
Sumitra Guha (Vocal) www.sumitraguha.com
Anita Roy (Vocal) www.royanita.com
Kumari (Sitar) http://www.school-of-indian-arts.tk
Banerjee (Sitar) www.sitarsetc.com/musicianpages/Indrajit.htm
Bhattacharya (Sarod) and Nabankur Bhattacharya (Tabla)
Bhattacharya (Tabla) www.terekete.de
The Press about a Tour
with Darshan Kumari
Music of Harmony, Beauty and Peace
Kumari, who is rendering tonight
together with artist on Indian drums, Mr. Swapan Bhattacharya, is
known on the West as the “Mother of Gandharva Music”. Gandharva
Music is classical music of ancient Vedic Civilization, in tune with
eternal lows of nature. Since it’s beginning it uses specific
melodies – ragas, which are different for different time of
the day in order to bring the listeners in accordance with their
surroundings. It is consider to be the oldest music tradition on the
Earth, and it communicates with listeners by universal language of
harmony, beauty and peace. Darshan Kumari gоt
to Athens from India, at the beginning of 70-ies and she thought and
rendered Gandharva ragas and then she continued as a lecturer on
Tropen museum in Amsterdam introducing the concert practice of
Gandharva through the Europe. Since 1980 she is the founder and
Director of the School of Indian Arts in Amsterdam, where she teach
sequential note order of traditional Indian music.
Darshan Kumari joined the efforts
of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in restoration of the forgotten knowledge of
the Vedic music by playing on the music festivals dedicated to the
world peace and harmony between the people.
Each raga combines 10 fixed
elements with infinite structure of improvisation and the basis of
raga is basical, continous hum of the strings called “Sa”.
Knowledge about when to play or sing certain ragas came from time
theory of Vedic music, which is based upon 3 hours periods called “prahara”.
Those periods correspond to the changeable frequencies of the nature
during the day.
Tabla player Swapan Bhattacharya
is renowned Indian artist who works not only with Vedic music, but
also with rock and jazz musicians all around the world.
will start at 19,30 tonight at “Maslesha” and raga Jhin – Jhoti,
which is traditionally performed between 19 and 22 hours, will be
Concert of ancient music
Concert of Indian musicians Darshan Kumari (Sitar) and Swapan
Bhattacharya (Tabla) will be rendered tonight at 8pm in the big hall
of Cultural – Informative Center “Budo Tomovic”, as a part of
“December’s Days of Culture” – has been said on today’s
press conference at municipal press center “Banja”.
Veda rendered by Darshan Kumari and Swapan Bhattacharya is the ancient
branch of Maharishi Vedic music few thousands of years old, and which
creates harmony in surroundings by producing different vibrations and
Kumari plays on Sitar, ancient instrument invented in the 13th
century by famous Persian artist Amir Husro. She is the Director of
the University for Indian Arts in Amsterdam, where she lives last 3
decades. Sitar produces perfect sounds and resonations and music that
Darshan renders is classical and many thousands of years old.
Bhattacharya lives and works in Hamburg, at the Institute for Indian
classical music as professor of the tabla – most popular rhythmical
instrument. Tabla is universal instrument, which is now days used in
jazz, pop and rock music and it is played only by fingers, without
bodily movement, producing different rhythms according to certain
rules, but according improvisation as well.
though we did a lot on promoting modern music and different patterns
from Europe as well as from the East, guesting of Indian artist who
are living and working in West Europe at Academies in Germany and
Holland – says Maja Popovic, the Director of CIC “Budo Tomovic”
– will be introducing with interesting but not widely known of the
musical history of Indian people and the Eastern culture as whole.
concert of Indian artists in Podgorica will be held as the part of the
tour starting in Belgrade in organization of Vladimir Cobic, director
of company “Ayurveda” doo and it is the part of recently signed
Protocol for cultural cooperation between Serbia Montenegro and India.
Excerpt taken from
on 4th December
For more info on
Maharishi's Weekly Press Conferences click
Question: This question
is from a Yugoslavian radio station. The question
is: "Maharishi, Gandharva Veda musicians are currently touring
our country (He refers to the tour of Darshan Kumari (sitar) and
Swapan Bhattacharya (tabla).
What effect can Maharishi Gandharva Veda have on Yugoslavia?"
MAHARISHI: "In every country and throughout the world,
Gandharva Veda has
basically one effect—harmonizing, harmonizing. All the
different waves of
the ocean are harmonized by the silent surface of the water. And
the field of action means conscious use of the Total Value of Natural
Total Value of Natural Law is harmonizing.
Gandharva Veda is the music of
knowledge. Music—knowledge. Knowledge flows
in terms of melody and that effect is to harmonize the disharmony.
neutralize the stress and strain in the collective consciousness.
harmonize or to eliminate the stresses and strains in the collective
consciousness, and make the collective consciousness flow in terms of
wholeness, in terms of Totality of Natural Law.
So Gandharva Veda has a very
great part to play in eliminating the stresses
in the collective consciousness. It is a very beautiful Music of
Law, Music of Total Natural Law. It is a very great glory to the
Interview with Pandit Debu Chaudhuri
Gandharva Veda mean?
According to our holy scriptures, the Vedas, Gandharva Veda is the
music practised in heaven. The Gandharvans are the celestial musicians.
Such is the power of Gandharva Veda music that it can create a
heavenly atmosphere everywhere. The listener enjoys a whole new
experience in his life. Gandharva Veda emerged from Sama Veda. Veda
means literally “knowledge”, and is the blue print of creation
2. What, if
any, is the difference between Gandharva music and Indian classical
In principle there should not be any difference between Gandharva Veda
the classical form. But the most important factor is the maintenance
purity. Every musician in India has to follow certain rigid rules
while presenting the classical form, which is widely known as the Raga
form. Any one deviating from it cannot claim to be a true follower of
Gandharva spirit. But anyone following it in its purest spirit can
regard himself as Gandharvan. The oldest traditional form of Indian
classical music is nothing but Gandharva-Veda. Maharishi emphasises
the term Gandharva Veda, because he wants to take us back to our
culture, thus reminding us of our roots and our duty.
3. How did you come to the sitar, or how did it come to you?
When I was 4 years old my mother discovered my musical talent. When I
was 6 years old, my relatives took me to the biggest music school (at
that time) in Calcutta. There I heard the sound of sitar coming from a
room, and I looked in. The teacher looked at me with surprise and
asked whether I would like to play the sitar, and I said, “Yes.”
This was the beginning. My father, who was a businessman, did not want
to hear about my plans. But I kept on crying, until I got my first
For some people grown up in the West, Gandharva music may sound
complicated and unusual. What do you recommend to someone who never,
or rarely, listened to this music?
advice is that they should listen and listen to this music. Yes, the
best way to appreciate it is to listen, listen and listen. I know many
who practise Transcendental Meditation loving it without knowing its
principles. That is ok.
can also play Gandharva music without listening, but still the good
effects will be built up
by it. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi says it should always be playing in an
unused room of your home. Thereby good vibrations are created which
are beneficial for health and for personal relations.
Lovers of Gandharva music often say: "I love this music, it gives
and a strong inner happiness, more than any other music." What
could be the
mechanics by which Gandharva music achieves this?
This music immediately gives a feeling and bestows peace and
restfulness to the mind. The mechanism lies in the Raga form and the
special sound, which integrates mind and body, and helps us to enliven
the transcendental level of life on which everything is connected and
integrated. It is the music of heaven that talks to, elevates and
relaxes the hearts of us humans on earth. Through this music the
highly orderly frequencies of the most subtle levels of nature are
enlivened in the human physiology and in the environment. Therefore
this music is so relaxing and refreshing.
Why are the Ragas - the melodies of Gandharva Veda - divided or
according to different times of the day, such as "morning Raga,"
Raga," and so forth?
The time theory of Gandharva Veda is based on scientific principles.
feel the effect of the theory if you listen to a morning Raga in the
and listen to it again in the evening. Every note used has its own
colour depending on the time of the day. This is a science, which has
been proven beyond doubt. In Ayurveda, for example it is recommend
that you take some food according to the particular time of the day
and of the year, whereas other food may not be good at that time for
you. In the same way, in music you cannot use notes that do not fit to
the time of day. The effect would not be desirable. Think of the
atmosphere of a sunrise that is something completely different than
the mood at midnight for example. Since Gandharva music is very
closely related with the human physiology it works accordingly to the
time of the day. In the early morning our mind and body are relaxed,
so the notes also have their own particular shade and colour. The best
way to realize this is to listen and feel it.
7. How many years and how many hours of daily practise are needed to
real master of the sitar?
It is the years and hours, yes, but mainly it is the devotion to your
art—in what way you want to achieve it, how much you are involved in
it, and how much you are devoted to your Guru (teacher). How much
knowledge you have
acquired, how much you are convinced that you want to reach a height,
far you are ready to sacrifice. Once you get these replies then I can
must spend time at least 10 to 15 years with a good teacher and
exercise for 10 hours a day for all these years, and then only you can
reach a certain height. But above all, you must have the blessings of
the teacher. Nothing will happen if you do not have the blessings of
What is the value for a Westerner to study and to practise Gandharva
music—for example, playing the sitar?
As a Sitar teacher, I would always welcome Westerners who want to come
and to learn. And I can
assure you that it will give a new lease on life to anyone who
experiences it. It will be a lifetime experience. Many students
are learning from me, and they do not want to go back to their own
country after having the taste of it. Jai