It is the experience of the sages of India that human life is a great opportunity for spiritual evolution. They looked at the entire spectrum of life from the spiritual angle. It was in this manner that they discovered the chakras, psychic energy centres in the human body that show the path to higher consciousness. The correct balance and health of the chakras give good health and a fruitful life. The Vishuddha Chakra, the fifth chakra, is located in the throat. It is the centre of the ether (aakaasha) principle, and the power of hearing , speaking and creativity are associated with it (being the dwelling place of Saraswati, the goddess of learning). It is described as the region of the moon, the moon without a single blemish, the ‘gateway of the great liberation’. One who mingles with this chakra by concentration, become a great sage enjoying perennial peace of mind. Such a person’s words and thoughts become the engines of spiritual energy. An unbalanced and unhealthy throat chakra severely impedes the capacity to communicate with others and also creates problems related to the thyroid, throat and ear. When the Throat Chakra is in fine balance, the individual reaches the peak of creativity and inspiration. Ragga Jaijaivanti, is associated with the throat chakra and bestows all the positive vibrations of the chakra on the listener. In this rare album, Pandit Veereshwar Madri, who comes in the line of Panchakshari Gawai of the Gadag school of Hindusthani music, plays Jaijaivanti in the authentic traditional way on the rare instrument, the Tarshenai.
Vishuddha Chakra lies at the lower end of the throat (below Adam's apple). As the individual soul reaches this chakra after witnessing the divine in the heart chakra, this chakra is called Vishuddha or the Pure. It is represented by ether, the subtlest of the five elements. It is a sixteen petalled lotus of the hue of smoke, or of the colour of fire seen through smoke. He who concentrates on this chakra, knows
the past, present and future and become the benefactor of all creatures.
Tabla - M. N. Munesh, is a veteran tabla player from the Gadag school. He first learnt the art from P. Somiah, and then from Ganayogi Dr. Puttaraj Gawai of Gadag and later from Ustad Allah Rakha. He has accompanied, among others, Pandit Jasraj, Lakshmi Shanker and Basavaraj Rajguru in classical programmes.
Tambour - V. Geetha Madri
The instrument - The Tarshenai is the Dilruba with a mechanical amplifier
(gramophone soundbox and megaphone) attached to a string. The Dilruba is a combi- nation of the sarangi and sitar. Both the Tarshenai and Dilruba are played with a bow in the manner of the sarangi.
Veereshwar Madri, born in 1946 in Madri village near Mantralaya is a disciple of Pandit Puttaraj Gawai of Gadag. A well known Hindusthani musician and guru, he has more that forty years experience in the film world and is a recipient of the Karnataka state award. Veereshwar, who has played the taarshenai in this album, is a dilruba, harp and violin player as well as a tireless teacher of Hindusthani music.
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