|Bhakti bhajan gaate hue|
You probably know by now that I love Kabir and that whole cohort of Bhakti poets. There is absolutely no other form of music that gets me in as meditative and calm and peaceful a place as their bhajans and dohe.
I don’t know how much stock anyone holds in the psychic vibrations that supposedly attend this existence. I do and I don’t. But one of the whispered truths of the moment is that 2012 is a year of cosmological significance and much turmoil, chaos and change will come about in the coming months. Certainly, my little slice of reality suggests this is an unusually intense year compared to most.
The last several weeks have been really hectic. Like the ‘Zafar’ poem I referred to a few days back, my present does seem very much like a ‘sargam-e-justuju’ (fevered and frantic search).
And so the quieting and calming strains of Pandit Sanjeev Abhyankar singing the songs of the great Bhakti saints of India are very welcome, indeed.
Panditji, hails from Pune and studied for sometime with the mighty Pandit Jasraj. Unsure as he was about whether he should follow his passion, he hedged his bets with a degree in Commerce. But thankfully for us his singing was strong and pleasing and he’s become one of India’s most prominent classical singers of the past decade or so.
So if you, like me, are feeling a bit harried, stressed and strained, find a quiet space in your house and let Pandit Sanjeev Abhyankar evoke the Spirit that brings Peace and Calm.
01 Matwaro Badal (Meera)
02 Ram Japu Baavare (Tulsidas)
03 Soi Rasna Jo Hari Gun Gave (Surdas)
04 Raghubar Tumko Meri Laaj (Tulsidas)
05 Chalo Ri Murali (Surdas)
06 Rehna Nahi (Kabir)
07 Beet Gaye Din Bhajan Bina Re (Kabir)
08 Main Toh Saanvare Ke Rang Raachi (Meera)