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Melodious Ragas for Peace

a devotional concert at yasodhara ashram

September 29, 2010 by Swami Saradananda

“Everyone desires peace and tranquility. Places of natural serenity help one achieve physical rest, unity with nature, and a sense of happiness. Melodious music facilitates the realization of tranquility, a calm state of mind, and inner peace with oneself.” Totally Peaceful

On Sunday, September 19th, 2010, Raj Rangayyan & Utpal Mazumdar offered a North Indian classical music concert  at Yasodhara Ashram. With Raj playing the bansuri, and Utpal on tabla, the evening resonated with melodious ragas and the interplay of two intuitive and devoted musicians.

Raj, from Bangalore, was trained by Sri K.P. Shenoy on bansuri, and on sitar by Sri N.R. Rama Rao in the Carnatic, South Indian tradition, and has performed in Canada, India and Brazil. He continues to study with his guruji on his trips to India.

Utpal, from a prestigious Kolkata family devoted to Saraswati, was trained from childhood in the North Indian classical music tradition. His wife, Sharmila, a trained classical singer, has recorded and performed as well in many venues.

Together Raj and Utpal have recorded, performed, lectured and given demonstrations at the University of Calgary, and their music has been licensed to prestigious museums as well as yoga and meditation schools.

The following day they shared their love of Indian music and their expertise with two workshops, capturing the attention of their students by relating ragas and playing music to yoga and the art of breathing.

A lesson in Raga from Yasodhara Ashram on Vimeo.

Interested in watching their concert? Visit our Vimeo page for three segments of raga!

To contact Raj & Utpal for their audio recording, concerts and lectures, visit their site: www.members.shaw.ca/raj_rangayyan/

1 Comment »

  1. Thank you for posting this lovely music, I wish I had been at the Ashram to experience the concert. I will certainly investigate these musicians and their music further.

    Comment by Heather Duffy — September 29, 2010 @ 6:54 pm

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