The spiritual ritualistic and devotional superstructure of India is a glittering multiplicity of faiths, icons systems and ways of living. The Bhakti cult is one super system which germinated perhaps around the 5th century A.D. and made its most voluminous contributions between the 15th and 18th centuries A.D. the cult was centralized by the great bhaktas best known being names like Meerabai, Kabirdas Surdas and Tulsidas all saint singers who spoke and sang of language of the common folk extolling the virtues of good thoughts good deeds and an existence of simplicity honest work and devotion to one Supreme Lord. Thus the Bhakti cult was a movement against the tyranny of ritualism, casteism untouchability and other aberrations which had crept into format religious practices. The songs of these innumerable great savants ranging from the Alvars and nayanars of the south to the Gurus of Punjab form Meera and Narsi Mehta in the west through the saint poets of the Braj region like Sur and Tulsi to the Vasihnavite mendicants of the East have come to be generically called Bhajans in today’s musical milieu. They have grown to become a beautiful body of devotional literature in India serving a purpose different from the esoteric Vedic Chants mantras stotras and suits or the great philosophical scriptures and epics of this land.
The Bhajan series of HMV brings the immortal words of the Bhakti movement of India through many memorable voices of contemporary music like D.V. Paluskar, Kishor Amonkar, Bhimsen, Joshi, M.S. Subbulakshmi pandit Jasraj, Girija Devi Kumar, Gandhava, Lata Mageshkar Sandhya Mukherjee and others.
This unique thematic album from Pandit Jasraj celebrates the padavails of the great poet Surdas. Pandit Jasraj is one of the most celebrated classical devotional exponents of India music.
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