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Archive for July 31st, 2015

Happy Guru Purnima to all pupils (Shishyas) and their teachers (gurus) of Indian art…

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on July 31, 2015

Guru Purnima (Sanskrit: गुरु पूर्णिमा, IAST: Guru Pūrṇimā) is an Indian and Nepalese festival dedicated to spiritual and academic teachers. This festival is traditionally celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Buddhists, to pay their respects to their teachers and express their gratitude. The festival is celebrated on the full moon day (Purnima) in the Nepali (Hindu) month of Ashadha (June–July) of the Shaka Samvat, which is the Nepali calendar known as Hindu calendar in Nepal and India.


Guroraadi Anaadischa Guruh Parama Daivatam Guroh Parataram Naasti Tasmai Sri Gurave Namaha.

sitar player Anupama Bhagwat with her guru and sitar maestro Acharya Bimalendu Mukherjee (1925 - 2010)

sitar player Anupama Bhagwat with her guru and sitar maestro Acharya Bimalendu Mukherjee (1925 – 2010)

The Guru has neither beginning nor end; the Guru is the ultimate God (in the visible form). There is nothing beyond this Guru principle, and I salute such a Guru.

The guru-shishya tradition, lineage, or parampara, denotes a succession of teachers and disciples in traditional Indian culture and religions such as Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. It is the tradition of spiritual relationship and mentoring where teachings are transmitted from a guru “teacher” (Sanskrit: गुरु) to a śiṣya “disciple” (Sanskrit: शिष्य) or chela.

Such knowledge, whether it be Vedic, agamic, architectural, musical or spiritual, is imparted through the developing relationship between the guru and the disciple.

It is considered that this relationship, based on the genuineness of the guru, and the respect, commitment, devotion and obedience of the student, is the best way for subtle or advanced knowledge to be conveyed. The student eventually masters the knowledge that the guru embodies (Source:

Indian teachers keep a deep going and life long relationship with their pupils. The great ones teach till high ages if their health conditions allow it…

… and an increasing number of students coming from the West are study since decades under the guidance of Indian maestros in the traditional relationship of Guru-Shishya-parampara:

Tks to George Brooks (Sax), Heiko Dijker (Tabla),  Amie Maciszewski (Sitar), Randi Gloss (Tabla), Mahua Shankar (dancer), Murad Ali Khan (Sarangi), Alokesh Chandra (Sitar), Arupa Lahiry (dancer), Dana Pandey (Tabla), Amit Kavthekar (Tabla), Uday Bhawalkar (vocalist), Silpi Paul (vocalist), Ghatam Karthick (percussionist), Kapil Sharma (vocalist), Rupam Ghosh (violinist), Dr. Kashyap (Sarangi) and Sharmila Sharma (dancer) for sharing the pictures of intimate moments.

… and many tks to all musicians, teachers I had the gift to learn from over last 10 years (having started my own journey in studying about Indian classical music in January 2005 and presenting my first radio show in Nov./Dec 2005). – Warm greetings & Happy Guru Purnima / ElJay Arem.

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