With all your beautiful blessings and support we at Kamini Music have done quite well in 2018 so far! I write to you because I truly feel that each and everyone you has supported me so much along my journey. Here are some quick updates: 1) First of all, I’d like to thank Ethnocloud – world music website- for their continued support. No Sorrow (by Atmasandhi) is at the top of top charts on number 1 for video in January. CLICK HERE to listen! 2) We are also releasing a brand new album, SUNRISE, and 2 music videos on Feb 10 at Moon […]
Why are people drawn to Kirtan? For the past years, an increase in the number of people that seem to be connecting with Kirtan can be observed in the US. What is it with Kirtan that gets people’s attention? Is it the chants and melodies used? Is it because it is offered at a favorite Yoga studio? Is it the novelty of the language, or passion for music?Is it because it is the latest trendy thing to do or is it because it leaves us totally relaxed and rejuvenated? Whatever be the reason, Kirtan singing connects people. It brings a […]
Dear Friends it has been a while since I posted and it feels like years have gone by 🙂 Some of you know that I recently started working on a full time project for an amazing vegan skin care company so it has been taking lot of my time and attention. Nevertheless, I am back and plan to post more regularly. You will be delighted to know that two of my articles have been published in Yogi Times, a premier Lifestyle Guide for the Modern Yogi. You can read them here: This first one is my personal experience about Kirtan and […]
What does science say about Kirtan and Chanting? Is there any scientific research to prove all the claims made by Kirtan singers/teachers ? Turns out there is !! I compiled a list of research: Kirtan and Chanting can effect the Physical Body, Mind and Spirit. When a person chants, studies have shown: “According to a research done at the Cleveland University, USA, the rhythmic tones involved in chanting create a melodious effect in the body called the Neuro-linguistic effect [NLE]. When we know the meaning of the mantra we are reciting, it creates a Psycholinguistic effect [PLE] on the body. The NLE […]
Kirtan singing and chanting involves Yoga of Sound. Kirtan is an ancient technique that connects us to our inner selves, the Universe and our higher consciousness. It makes you feel more alive, fresh, peaceful and Happy. Like we need physical exercise for good health, we need chanting to nourish our souls, heart and spirit. When we listen to Kirtans or chants for meditation it deepens our Yoga Practice. Chanting and listening to chants for meditation empowers our mental and spiritual processes. It takes us into the deepest state of Yoga. Participating in Kirtans is one of the easiest ways to handle stress in […]
Kirtan from other side of Pacific- Finding true meaning of Kirtan I still remember that day with overcast bluish-grey sky, sun trying hard to peek out from clouds, cars zooming past ours on multi-lane freeway and a sense of almost child-like wonderment that I had when I first landed at LAX, from India in Dec 2002. I was a newly married bride then and my husband worked and lived here in the USA. This country, its tall skyscrapers, American English, dollar bills, vast freeways, thousands of cars on them, everything was a new experience for me. For the first couple of […]
Kamini Music would like to Thank each and everyone of you for attending our Launch Party !! It was so much fun to see all of you and share Raga based Kirtans. Thanks to all our amazing Musicians as well !! I received lot of emails asking me to do workshops to go along with the eBook, Indian Ragas for Kirtans. I thought it is a great idea as you can get hands on practical training. One of these requests came from a Yogi friend of mine, Arvind Chittumala- founder of Moksha Festival, Producer of Yoga Maya documentary and Owner […]
Dear Friends THIS has been a pretty hectic phase for me and please excuse my absence from Newsletters! First things first – my pet project eBook is NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON !! You can download it on Kindle or any ebook reader, listen to 20 tracks and learn more about Indian Ragas for Kirtans ! I wrote this eBook specially for Kirtan Lovers, Yogis and Yoginis who wish to deepen their spiritual practice and lead Kirtans. This eBook covers a brief history of Kirtans, Indian Ragas, their patterns, melodic outlines, how certain ragas are associated with certain emotions and Chakras. It […]
I have some EXCITING NEWS to share. I have been working on 2 projects very close to my heart.
1) A Music Album with producer Evan Eder- His tracks display a unique sonic sound while infusing a variety of musical styles ranging from Cinematic scores to Rock, Alternative, Metal, Grunge, Trance, Industrial, Hip Hop, Ambient, Electronica, Indian, African, Latin, Brazilian, Funk, Jazz, Fusion, Folk, Blues and Country.
My earlier recording with Evan, titled “Devi” was featured along with Anoushka Shankar and Talvin Singh on the “Tantra Lounge” album.
Ragas can be classified in lot of different ways, some of which I wrote about earlier. Another way of classification is through “Thaats” (framework) in Hindustani music and “Melas” in Carnatic music. Venkatamakhin’s classification of Ragas and its subsequent development has shaped Carnatic Music. Classification of Ragas was based on the scale used by a Raga and thus, Venkatamakhin classified various scales, called Melas. His system not only classified known Ragas but also introduced several new ones, based on the possibilities that the system of classification he used, threw up. All melas are full scales, having seven notes. Every Mela […]