Bahumukhi by Sadhana
Sadhana takes pride in releasing the second video of its Bahumukhi series. Today we have Smt. Aishwarya Vidhya Raghunath, noted Carnatic musician sharing with us some moments from her journey in music and art. She has been trained under the likes of Smt. Seethalakshmi Venkatesan, Sri P S Narayanaswamy and Smt. Vegavahini Vijayaraghavan and is one of the most followed young musicians of today. Apart from the talented musician that she is, she is also a very accomplished artist. Sadhana thanks her for her wonderful video which has been so professionally and creatively handled by Sri Vivek Aaraga. Here is the much awaited episode featuring Aishwarya.
Veena Pustaka Dharini- Sriranjani Santhanagopalan and Aishwarya Vidya Raghunath
On Day 2 of Navaratri, Vidushi Aishwarya Vidhya Raghunath and I come to your Pooja/Golu with a grand composition of Sri Muttuswamy Deekshitar in the Raga Vegavahini in Misra Jhampa. A classic Brinda-Mukta school treasure that Vidwan Tiruvarur Girish was kind enough to share with me almost a decade ago, this is not an easy compostion to master. Thanks to some audio delays, we were able to practise this several times (and I mean several times 😆 ) to ensure that we were one with the Tanpuras (aren’t they both beautiful btw?) I wish there was a way to describe the vibration in the hall when we were singing this beauty- these are moments that I will cherish forever. Infinite thanks to Aishwarya for taking the time to come home and share her rock solid Patantharam with me. And many thanks to my brother, Shankara Prasad Santhanagopalan (Meera Santhanagopalan) for his patience with the audio. In my humble opinion, these are compositions to be treasured and celeberated. Singing, listening to these compositions give us that much needed equipoiose in thought, actions and Prana.
Aishwarya Vidhya Raghunath's experiences of learning and practising carnatic music - Abhyaasam EP2
#sudharagunathan #aishwaryavidhyaraghunath #abhyaasam #sudhaarnava Abhyaasam from Sudhaarnava Academy for Musical Excellence unfolds Eisode 2 with Aishwarya Vidhya Raghunath sharing her experiences of learning and practise. For Episode 1 featuring Sudha Ragunathan check out under Playlist Abhyaasam in this YouTube Channel - Sudha Ragunathan/SimplySudha. Aishwarya Vidhya Raghunath: An A-graded artiste of the All India Radio and Doordarshan, Aishwarya Vidhya Raghunath has the honour of being the disciple of musical stalwarts - Sangita Kalacharya (Late) Smt Seethalakshmi Venkatesan, Padma Bhushan Shri P S Narayanaswamy and Sangeetha Kala Sagaram Smt. Vegavahini Vijayaraghavan, thus being moulded into the Semmangudi bani and the Veena Dhanammal bani. She began learning music at the age of 3 and her first performance was at the age of 13. Aishwarya has presented Carnatic Music to a variety of audiences, including many national and international academic forums. In early 2018, she completed a two-month tour of USA & Canada with CMANA (Carnatic Music Association of North America). She is a highly awarded artiste; beginning the New Year 2020 with the prestigious "Outstanding Lady Vocalist" Award conferred on January 1st, 2020 by Madras Music Academy. She is the recipient of other numerous prestigious awards like Yuva Purandara (awarded by Indiranagar Sangeetha Sabha), D.K. Pattammal Award, M.S. Subbulakshmi Award, Raga Laya Prabha and the prestigious Govt. of India Scholarship from the Ministry of Culture. Aishwarya is a biotechnology engineer by qualification. She is an ardent traveller. Her natural talent for art has since blossomed into a passion for photography. And the gamut of her photography encompasses her interests in art, travel, music, nature and wildlife. Watch More on Sudha Ragunathan: https://www.youtube.com/user/sudhasudharagunathan Subscribe to Sudha Ragunathan: https://www.youtube.com/user/sudhasudharagunathan?sub_confirmation=1 Twitter @Sudha Ragunathan: https://twitter.com/RagunathanSudha Instagram @Sudha_Ragunathan: https://www.instagram.com/sudha_ragunathan/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sudha.ragunathan30/
Shri KamalambikE! Presenting the last navavaranam, the mangala kriti. A prayer and boundless gratitude to Goddess Kamalamba. Immensely grateful to vidwan Shri RK Shriramkumar for this beautiful and illuminating experience of interpreting the navavaranams pictorially. Completely awestruck at Shri Muthuswami Dikshitar’s imagery! Shri Kamalambika, the spouse of Shiva, oh Lalita, please protect me. You are worshiped by Vishnu and You are always with Shiva. Your face is like the full moon, You who protected Kolamukhi-Varahi. You are the companion of Lakshmi and Sarasvati. You enjoy the Rajayoga, oh Shakambari, the mother of nature, of slender waist, oh wearer of the crescent moon. Oh benevolent one, You are fascinated by the devotees of Shiva and Guruguha. You are the single syllable Om, oh empress of the world, one who enchants Lord Shiva. You are the the bestower of prosperity and happiness. You are Shri Maha Tripurasundari! (Courtesy: medieval. org)
Shri Kamalamba Jayati : Ahiri
The final avaranam, the SarvAnandamaya chakra or the Bindu, is where the goddess resides in this incredible composition in the Raga Ahiri. Sharing with you the meaning of the entire composition on this auspicious occasion. Hail my mother, Shri Kamalamba. Hail to the mother of the world, Shri Kamalamba. You are the personification of Shringara Rasa, the essence of the sentiment of love. Oh my mother, You are the reflection of the entity of consciousness, Cidbimba, residing at the orb of the moon that shows the reflection of the original orb, void of consciousness. She who resides in Bindu Chakra, which is the center of Shripura, inside the temple, which is made of the wish-fulfilling gem Chintamani, She is in the embrace of Shiva on the couch of the form of Shiva. I meditate on Mahatripurasundari, who is propitiated by the goddess with the boar's face, Varahi, and others, the suzerain empress, the auspicious one who dwells in the circle replete with all bliss. She is Suvasini. I am protected by Her. She makes the sun, the moon and the fire manifest themselves. She is skillful in removing the three terrible sufferings such as Adhyatmika, etc. She possesses the beautiful form assumed to grant the prayers of Indra and the other gods. She manifests both as the supreme and as empirical objects. She is compassionate. I salute Her, auspicious mother, pure consciousness, worshiped by Lakshmi, Vishnu, Rudra, and Brahma. Everything is born of the supreme deity who is worshiped by the Shaktis such as Vama, etc. She has the form of the Mantra which begins with the letters Ka, Ha, Sa, etc., the mantra which is worshiped and meditated upon by the twelve savants, Kama and others. Let my loving mind be dissolved in Her, whose beloved is Shiva, and who is the mother of Guruguha. You embody the light which is Brahman, are the divine omniscience which contains all phenomena and their names, reveal Kamakala and the insights revealing one's perfect identity. Meaning courtesy: medieval.org
Shri KamalambikE avAva : Ghanta
Shri KamalAmbikE avAva : Ghanta On the auspicious occasion of Saraswati Puja, presenting the sketch and the music from the 8th navavaranam, Shri Kamalambike in raga Ghanta, the goddess presiding over the Sarvasiddhiprada chakra. With a body like burnished gold, She is the eternal stream of bliss, She is the remover of suffering and resides in the Trikona triangle. She is in the company of KamEshwari and other Shaktis. In the wide doorway of Her abode, the jewelled bell constantly rings, announcing salvation. From her fingernails, She created the ten avaratas of Vishnu. She holds in her hands, the sugarcane, bow, the arrows symbolising the five Tanmatras. Wishing you all a blessed Saraswati Puja.
On this day of Navaratri, presenting to you the most beautiful SahAna navAvaranam (7th), with Devi residing in the Sarvarogahara chakra. Shri Muthuswami Dikshitar praises the doe-eyed goddess who resides in forest of Hrim, She is the embodiment of Hrim and is also the presiding deity of Hrim. She rejoices in her own self, a state of supreme bliss which transcends the three states of existence. She is the mystic yogini known only to Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and Hayagriva. She is the deity of speech and is the healing Rajayogini who removes all illness. She resides in Kamalanagara, wielding the Veena in one hand and the druta in the other. She charms gods, men and sages and grants Guruguha the noon of Her grace! Let us say a prayer to the beautiful Goddess to rid the world of its illness!
KamalAmbikayAstava bhaktOham: PunnAgavarAli
Presenting the sketch and the music from the 6th Avaranam, Goddess Kamalamba manifesting in the SarvarakshAkara Chakra. The spouse of Shankara, Kamalamba, is fond of music. Her speech is musical and she is the personification of goodness. Her braided hair exceeds the beauty of the black bees that swarm around the Punnaga tree! [*atimadhurataravANyAh sharvANyAh kalyANyAh ramaNIyapunnAgavarALi vijita vENyAh shrI* *kamalAmbikAyAstava bhaktOhaM shrI shaHNkaryAh shrIkaryA saHNgItarasikAyAh shrI*] Her essential nature is the fire. She is established in the ten Kalas and manifests in the inner circle having ten triangles. She is the goddess of the circle of Malini, which has ten Shaktis She is Kundalini, encompassing the fifty varnas . She is the goddess Kaulini, propitiated by ten Mudras. She is worshiped by Dasharatha and others, and bestows knowledge on Shiva, the father of Guruguha. The rays of Her inner radiance constitute the functioning of the ten sense and motor organs. [*dashakalAtmaka vahni svarUpa prakAshAntardashAra sarva rakSAkara cakrEshvaryAh tridashAdinuta kacavarga dvaya maya sarvajHnAdi* *dashashaktisamEta mAlinI cakrEshvaryAh tridashaviMshadvarNa garbhiNI kuNDalinyAh* *dashamudrA samArAdhita kauLinyAh dasharathAdinuta guruguha janaka shiva bOdhinyAh* *dashakaraNa vRtti marIci nigarbha yOginyAh shrI*]
Shri KamalAmbAyAh param nahIrE
Shri KamalAmbAyAh param nahirE : Bhairavi Presenting to you the sketch and the music from the 5th Avaranam, Where goddess Kamalamba resides in the SarvArthasAdhaka chakra, comprising the ten triangles; and is served by Bhairavi, Bhargavi and Bharati. (Parvati, Lakshmi and Saraswati) [*ShrIkara bahIrdashAra chakra sthitya sEvita bhairavi bhArgavi bhAratyah*] She is of the form, replete with Nada and appeased by the ten Shaktis. She is worshipped in various modes, such as Kula and Kaula with the power of the ten sensory and motor organs. She is the manifestation of Advaita, Abheda, purity, consciousness and bliss. She is an integrated whole with no beginning, mid or end. She is inherent in the 9 chakras (such as the Muladhara), and can surpass these, knowing how to pierce through sounds. Her mere glance can dispel delusion and ignorance and the laws of cause and effect, and is worshipped by Guruguha. [*nAdamaya sUkSma rUpa sarva siddhi pradAdi dasha shaktyArAdhita mUrtE shrOtrAdi dasha karaNAtmaka kuLa kauLi kAdi bahu vidhOpAsita kIrtE abhEda nitya shuddha buddha mukta saccida anandamaya paramAdvaita sphUrtE Adi madhyAnta rahitApramEya guruguha mOdita sarvArttha sAdhaka sphUrtE mUlAdi navAdhAra vyAvrtta dasha dhvani bhedajna yOgi brnda samrakSaNyA anAdi mAyA vidyAkArya kAraNa vinOda karaNa paTutara kaTAkSa vIkSaNyAha*] Let’s revel in this glorious navavaranam, Bhairavi in all her glory!
Kamalambikayai: Kambhoji Delighted to present to you today’s sketch and music from the fourth Avaranam, the Goddess being enshrined in Saubhagyadayaka chakra. In this majestic piece, Shri Muthuswami Dikshitar describes Kamalamba as the sister of Lord Vishnu, spouse of Goddess Lakshmi; and as the daughter of Mount Himalaya, worshipped with the Hrimkara. (KamalAkAntAnujAyai kAmEshwaryai ajAyai; himagiri tanujAyai hrImkAra pUjyAyai) She is portrayed as the one who resides in Kamalanagara, the destroyer of the dishonest, is bejewelled with golden chains, and is the remover of the sins. (kamalAnagaravihArinyai kalasamUhasamhArinyai kamanIyaratnahArinyai kalikalmashaparihArinyai) She is described as having lotus-like feet which bestow fortune, as she rules over the 14 worlds. She is the flawless beauty, reigning over the Sampradaya to which Guruguha belongs.
Bringing to you today, the sketch and the music from the third Avaranam, Goddess Kamalamba being enshrined in the Samkshobhana Chakra. Indira and the other celestial attend on Her and she is adored by Brahma and others who perform the Pcnhakrtya, the five cosmic acts. (*pAkashAsanAdi sakala dEvatA sEvitayA, pankajAsanAdi pancha krtya krt-bhAvitayA*). Her feet quell grief and are like the red lotus. she endowed Mooka with the gift of speech and transformed him into a poet. She is the embodiment of the mantra tat-tvam-asi imparted by Guruguha. (*shOkahara chatura padayA, mUka mukhya vAkpradayA kokanada vijaya padayA guruguha tatraipadayA*) She is worshipped by Cupid, Ananga(Manmatha) and is the personification of the nectar of compassion.