Pandit Pran Nath

20 04 2018

Finally, people are posting stuff on youtube regarding the master of Indian vocal music.

On idols

17 08 2010

In India, the metaphysical Principle is regarded as both transcendent and immanent, being simultaneously supreme and accessible. Therefore, the hieratic icons, imbued with the mysterious presence of God, are likened to the deep pools where water is always available. The god Vishnu, who manifests and incarnates himself in many different ways, instructs his devotees that he, Vishnu, can be worshiped in embodied form only. So, allegedly, this mode of worship is revealed by Vishnu himself. There is no worship without the manifest forms and icons, ‘therefore humans should construct the Imperishable One in human form and worship him with utmost devotion’.

-Algis Uzdavinys, Philosophy and Theurgy in Late Antiquity

Indian harmonium

26 09 2008

Not native to the Indian subcontinent, the harmonium was introduced into raga in the 19th century, and has been a staple ever since. Here is one good example of its use by Suvendu Banerjee.

Carnatic Classical Music

19 08 2008

To take the place of the polemical post. As you may know, Indian classical music is generally divided into two types: northern Hindustani music characterized by such instruments as the sitar and the tabla, and the Carnatic southern school. Note here the the woman playing the veena accompanimed by the mridangam, or drum.