DEVOTIONAL MUSIC—THE CHOICEST THERAPY FOR FRAYED NERVES
1.For Bharat, listening to, or singing of Devotional Music is our internal journey in self-discovery!
2.It is when, behind the darkness of closed eyes, we experience the halo of the Divine!
3.In those blessed moments, we are oblivious of our bodily existence and the illusion of the Phenomenal World.
4.From the transient we soar into the transcendental and merge into the ONLY REALITY, Anadhi and immutable.
5.For the nerves frayed constantly by our engagement with the objects of our senses, Devotional Music is the finest of therapies.
6.Here I feel privileged to present to you two devotional songs.
7.One from Carnatic Music, which is all about devotion.
7.1.This song in Sanskrit flows from the endearing voice of Bombay Jayashree who is groomed in the melody “Sampradaya” of the, to me and many, the world’s greatest ever violinist, late Lalgudi Jayaraman.
7.2.This composition by Shree. Muthuswamy Dikshithar is dedicated to Lord Subramania, also known as karthikeya, son of Lord Shiva.
8. The other song is also a devotional number-“Prabho Tera Nam” from the Hindi movie “Ham Dono” sung by Bharat’s nonpareil Nightingale, Lata Mangeshkar in 1961.
8.1.The music for this song is scored by Jayadev.
9.Both these songs are tuned to the same RAAG
9.1.This raga is called “Suddha Dhanyasi” in Carnatic Music.
9.2.It is known as Raag “Dhana” in Hindustani Music.
9.3.It is a Raga in Pentatonic Scale, that is, a Raga with five Notes.
9.4.The Notes are:–
S G2 M1 P N2 S
9.5.It is a riveting raga used by film music directors to express devotion and other emotions too.
10.Listen and relax!