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Live (stream) @ India Music Week (11th Oct): Sitar player Veena Chandra

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on October 11, 2013

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live on stage: Veena Chandra presented by Skidmore College Music Dept. (N.Y.)


date: Oct 11, Friday, 8-10pm – free entry

venue: Arthur Zankel Music Center
Organizer: Skidmore College Music Dept., Saratoga Springs, NY

Live Stream here

Biography (Source: SonicBids)

Good vibrations: Veena Chandra (Photo Credit: Leif Zurmuhlen)

Sitarist Veena Chandra (Photo Credit: Leif Zurmuhlen) – Source: Music of the Spheres.

VEENA CHANDRA is an internationally renowned sitarist, composer, teacher and choreographer. She is the founder and director of the Dance and Music School of India in Latham, NY (celebrating 26 years) where she teaches Indian classical music. She has been a faculty member at Skidmore College since 1990, teaching sitar in the Music Department.

Born in Dehra Doon, Valley of the Himalaya Mountain Range, Veena was inspired to play music by her Father, her first Guru. He loved sitar so much that he named her Veena, after the precursor to the sitar, in hopes that she would learn music. He was 95 years old when he passed away in 2010 and his hopes have validated themselves many times over as evident by the international acclaim & respect given to Veena Chandra.

She continued learning sitar with Shri Satish Chandra, a disciple of Ravi Shankar. Being invited by Pt Ravi Shankar to his concerts she was inspired by his music. She earned master’s degrees in music (stood third all over India in MMUS.) and sociology and a bachelor’s degree in teaching. She has been in the international Who’s Who since 1997. Mrs. Chandra has taught at Agra, Dayalbagh universities and colleges in India teaching sitar and sociology. She has been performing and teaching sitar for the last 55 years. She continued her advance training under the late Ustad Vilayat Khan Saheb. Ustad Vilayat Khan Saheb very much enjoyed listening to her Sitar and grew very close to Veena and her son Devesh.

She is a recent recipient of a New York State Folk Art Grant 2003, and Artists Decentralization Grant and several SOS & Meet the Composer grants. Currently she does lecture-demonstrations and performances at numerous performance halls, music festivals, colleges, universities, & schools in the U.S. and India. She has received artist award as a composer through the Albany League of Arts in 2002. She has received several years of Community Arts Grants (2000, 2001, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012) through The Arts Center, Troy and NYSCA. She has several CDs to her credit, including two very popular recordings with renowned Pandit Bikram Ghosh on tabla. Veena Chandra’s 2009-2010 India tour was in part sponsored by NYSCA and The Arts Center of the Capital Region.

Veena Chandra has a rare ability to communicate the beauty and complexity of North Indian Classical music to the western listener. She is noted for her skill and sensitivity in the meend (bending of wire) and her ability to produce vocal sounds on the sitar. She characterizes the music of the sitar and tabla as relaxing and reflective of instincts and emotions. She explains that there is a triangular relationship between the artist, the art and the audience. She blends herself into the art and presents herself to the audience through the music. The power in her music is vitalizing and healing to the body, clarifying to the mind, and food for the soul. Listening to her magnificent, heavenly music on the sitar will not leave you untouched.

Discography (Source: SonicBids)

Rag Hansdhwani: Veena Chandra: Sitar Devesh Chandra: Tabla
Rag Bhairavi: Veena Chandra: Sitar Devesh Chandra: Tabla
Rag Kirwani: Veena Chandra: Sitar Devesh Chandra: Tabla
Rag Jog: Veena Chandra: Sitar Devesh Chandra: Tabla
Rag Yaman & Rag Saraswati: Veena Chandra: Sitar Devesh Chandra: Tabla
Rag Shivranjani: Veena Chandra: Sitar Devesh Chandra: Tabla
Rag Jansammohini: Veena Chandra: Sitar Bikram Ghosh: Tabla
Rag Kaunsi Kanda: Veena Chandra Sitar Bikram Ghosh: Tabla
Live Radio Performances: WAMC/NPR, WRPI,WSPN
Live Television Performances: WRGB 6 CBS, SACC 16 PBS, Time Warner cable TV channel-9, Different Voices of Community MNN PBS

Links (Source: SonicBids)



Skidmore Music Department Showcase (Oct, 2010):
“Rag Yaman – Rajakhani Gat in TeenTal” by Veena Chandra


Replay the recorded Live streaming on 11th Oct 2013 (Concert starts at 19:50 min)…
1st: Raga Hamsadwani (pentatonic raag: Sa, Re, Ga, Pa, Ni)… in 7 beat cycle + 16 beat cycle
2nd (from 43:00 min. on): late night Raga Bageshri (slow + fast tempo)


(Source: 10/2013 – ARC – Archive of Contemporary Music |IndiaMusicWeek (IMW))

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special feature II for India Music Week (N.Y.): NADA – A Concept of Sound (part 1 and 2)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on October 11, 2013

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special feature II for INDIA MUSIC WEEK: NADA – A concept of Sound
– part 1: Ahata – The external sound | part 2: Anahata – The inner sound.

IMW_logo-newIn Sanskrit means “Big sound”: Maha Nada. It teaches us the healing effect of the ragas. The complex set of rules for Ragas aim at only one aspect: to create one particular sound (nada). Our special for the INDIA MUSIC WEEK (6th-13th Oct, NewYork) deals with this external sound – ahata nada (as part 1). – As 2nd part we will present “Anahata Nada – The path from outer to inner sound“. – Come in and “Enjoy listening to good music !”

In an earlier broadcasting with the show “Nava Rasa-s, the nine moods of Indian Ragas” we experienced that the concept of beauty does not occur. The emotional frame is limited to love, laughter, pity, anger, courage, fear, terror, wonder and serenity.

Ragas not gloss over our sense of hearing, unlike in the visual arts. It’s about the experience of a higher reality and the truth, the genuine = Niranjana (the pure).

In Indian arts, e.g. music, dance and theater the acteurs are aware that the sense for harmony  is determined by the individual imagination and subtle perception of the viewer/listener. In the sound of the music only from the whole of matter, mind, emotions and life itself the creative element is visible. By the harmony of music the original is visible, and our human nature becomes visible, to. Harmony is perfection, a unit of truthful, unclouded perception by the perceiver. It is the Indian (or even Asian) understanding of self-realization. To experience this primary and the creativity of the universe in which God dwells, it is necessary an intellectual/menthal training.

special dates of broadcasting (for part 1 and 2)…
8th October 2013 – 08:00-10:00 am EST (02:00-04:00 p.m. CET) @ Radio RaSA (CH)
8th/9th October 2013 – 05:00-06:58 pm EST (11:00 pm-00:58 am CET) @ TIDE Radio (
11th October 2013 – 07:00-08:00 am EST (01:00-03:00 p.m. CET) @ radio (
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Katyayana (c. 200 BCE)

Katyayana (c. 200 BCE)

In Sanskrit, there exists the term Shabda (= sound or speech). Katyayana, the mathematician, Vedic priests and Sanskrit grammarian of the 3rd Century (BC), describes  Shabda as “speech of eternal validity“. The sound in the human language thus contains both the causal principle, which is subtly placed in sound and expressing the true meaning in the sense of the word (speech).

Om (or Aum) is the syllable that is inherent in the human body as the first vibration and resonance of the non-dualistic universe. Here about Bhartrhari , a writer from 5th century described Shabda as the “inner sound“. Shabda is a unifying insight, identical with Brahman, the supreme consciousness. With Brahman a higher reality can be experienced. Shabda exists and resonates in every living being. It is a kind of fundamental tone in the world. This inner sound, Anahata nada, may be listened from a human with the “inner ear”. With sound yoga (= Nada yoga) and listening to ragas as the external sound – Ahata Nada – one can come closer to this “inner sound”.


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special II zur India Music Week (N.Y.): NADA – Ein Konzept von Klang (Teil 1 und 2)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on October 11, 2013

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special II zur India Music Week: “NADA – Ein Konzept von Klang”
– Teil 1: Ahata – Der äussere Klang | Teil 2: Anahata – Der innere (stille) Klang.

Im Sanskrit heisst „Großer Klang“: Maha Nada. Er lehrt uns die heilende Wirkung der Ragas. Ihr komplexes Regelwerk zielt nur auf eines: auf ein bestimmtes Klangbild. Mit diesem äusseren Klang – ahata nada – befasst sich der erste Teil unseres zweiten specials zur INDIA MUSIC WEEK (6.-13.10.2013, New York). – Auf Anahata Nada („Der Weg vom äusseren zum Inneren Klang“) kommen wir im zweiten Teil unserer heutigen Sendung “Nada – ein Konzept von Klang” ausführlich zu sprechen.

IMW_logo-newSchon In einer früheren Sendung „Nava Rasa-s, die 9 Stimmungsbilder der indischen Ragas“ haben wir erfahren, dass der Begriff des Schönen nicht vorkommt. Das emotionale Bild beschränkt sich auf Liebe, Lachen, Mitleid, Zorn, Mut, Angst, Schrecken, Staunen und Gelassenheit.

Ragas beschönigen unserem Gehörsinn nicht, anders als in den visuellen Künsten. Es geht um das Erfahren einer höheren Wirklichkeit und der Wahrheit, dem Echten = niranjana (pure).

Man ist sich in den indischen Künsten, der Musik, dem Tanz und Theater bewusst darüber, dass das Empfinden eines harmonischen Zustands von der individuellen Vorstellung und subtilen Wahrnehmung des Betrachters bestimmt wird.  Erst aus dem Ganzen von Materie, Geist, Empfindung und dem Leben selbst wird das Schöpferische im Klang der Musik sichtbar. Im Harmonischen der Musik ist das Ursprüngliche sichtbar, wir selbst werden sichtbar. Harmonie bedeutet also Vollkommenheit, eine Einheit von wahrhaftiger, ungetrübter Wahrnehmung durch den Wahrnehmenden. Es ist das indische Verständnis von Selbstverwirklichung. Um dieses Originäre zu erfahren, das Schöpferische des Universum, in dem Gott selbst innewohnt, bedarf es der geistigen Schulung.

Sondertermine für Teil 1 u. 2…
8. Oktober 2013 – 14:00-16:00 Uhr CET (08:00-10:00 pm EST) @ Radio RaSA (CH)
8./9. Oktober 2013 – 23:00-00:58 Uhr CET (05:00-06:58 pm EST) @ TIDE Radio (
11. Oktober 2013 – 13:00-15:00 Uhr CET (07:00-09:00 am EST) @ radio (
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Katyayana (c. 200 BCE)

Katyayana (c. 200 BCE)

Im Sanskrit existiert der Begriff Shabda, d.h. Klang oder Rede. Der Mathematiker, vedische Priester und Sanskrit-Grammatiker Katyayana aus dem 3. Jahrhundert vor Christi Geburt beschreibt Shabda als „Rede von ewiger Gültigkeit“. Der Klang in der menschlichen Sprache beinhaltet also Beides, das Ursächliche, das unterschwellig im Klang zum Ausdruck gebracht wird und die eigentliche Bedeutung im Sinne des Wortes.

OM (oder Aum) ist die Silbe, die im Menschen als die erste Schwingung und Resonanz des nicht-dualistischen Universums angelegt ist. Hierzu wird von  Bhartrhari, einem Autor aus dem 5. Jahrhundert, Shabda als innerer Klang beschrieben. Shabda ist eine vereinigende Erkenntnis, identisch mit Brahman, dem höchsten Bewusstsein. Mit Brahman kann eine höhere Wirklichkeit erfahren werden. Shabda existiert und schwingt in jedem Lebewesen. Es ist eine Art Grundton der Welt. Dieser innere Klang, Anahata Nada, kann vom Menschen mit dem „inneren Ohr“ gehört werden. Mit Klangyoga, Nada Yoga und dem Hören von Ragas, dem äusseren Klang – Ahata Nada – kann man sich diesem „inneren Klang“ näheren.

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