SOUND OF INDIA

Get submerged in sounds- subtle and suitable to every shade of mood. The Bhagirathi at Gaumukh, Jadh Ganga at Bhauran Ghati, the Alaknanda at Dev Prayag, the Beas at Kullu-Manali, the Ravi at Chamba and so many wonderful rivers fill up the quite mountainside with music of their own making. It is the pure riverside song that needs no composer, and of which no two notes are ever similar. As your eyes caress the hills, the music of a cascading waterfall engaged your attention. An offering of the mountains, it comes down joyously before it crashes in a roar. The flowing winds try to create a symphony as it rushes through rustling the leaves and swaying branches. The sweets call of the winds fill up scene. A woodpecker knocking at a bark shall hold your ear for one moment, and the determined dash of a kingfisher, straight as a stone, on locating a prey, will bring to your ears the never-ending voices of nature. If you are lucky you may hear the whistle Thrush sing in enjoyable, undulating notes, so much gratifying that its song begins to hurt. The call something lifts from the valley and at others wafts across from an enclosure in the pines. Close your eyes and give in to melody unheard.


The sea waves too have their orchestra to play. The sea entices you to come to Goa where more than 100 Kms of costal line reveals different moods of the sea. At Arambol in Pernem, the music of the sea is like a lullaby. At vagator, a rocky beach, the wave keep falling on rocks and breaking into foam with a force. It is a splash and more, that fills the mind. The Anjuna and Baga beaches have a sea that is alive and playful. Surfers romp upon the waves that celebrate life to the utmost. At Calangute and Aguada the waves are still higher upon the sand close to your ears, before it decided to return to the deep fathoms. At Palolem, the waves are gentle. You can sit in the sea with just the head above the water, closed your eyes as if in meditations and listen to the heavenly lapping of the waves softly permeate your consciousness.


The jungles reveal more sounds that previously heard. At Bandhavgarh (MP) or Ranthanbhore (Rajasthan) hear the roar of the tiger and the surprised flight of birds in fear. Listen to the trumpeting of elephants at Periyar (Kerala) and the twittering of birds In Keoladev Bird Sanctuary, Bharatpur (Rajasthan). The Jungle King at Gir, the majestic lion, sometimes roars for effects too! The one-horned rhinoceros at Kaziranga, grunt when confronted and the deer call out to each other on sensing danger.


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The Indian culture richness can be gauged from the facts that there are musical Ragas for each time of the day from dawn to dusk. The Sohini and Paraj are ragas of pre-dawn, Lalit and Bhatiyar of the early more, Ahir Bhairav, Komal, Rishabh of the morning, Bhairavi and Jaunpuri of late morning, Bhindavani Sarang and Bhimpalasi of the afternoon, Poorvi of the dusk, Yaman of the evening, Jayjaiwanti and Kedar of late evening, Bihag, Bageshri of the night and to top it all Malkaus, Darbari and Shahana of the midnight. The remarkable genius of music composers has given birth to musical compositions of rare beauty and worth. We have music from the Rivers, Desert, Mountains, and the seas, capturing the essence of each face of glorious nature. The Indian tradition of spirituality gave rise to devotional music. Beginning its evolution from the temple bells ringing in unison, the prayer chants, and the kirtan (songs in praise of God) rendered by devotees, it has come a long way. But, still what is spontaneous and real cannot equal in purity that what is composed by man. So sit an evening by the ghats of Rishikesh, or Haridwar or Varanasi and let the sounds clothing the elaborate prayer service dwown your intent to leave those sanctified moments.


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The music and melody of India is unending. Each regions has strong traditions and in earlier days these were called Gharanas. Ustaad Bismillah Khan of the Shehnai fame, Sitar maestro Ravi Shanksr, Pandit Hari Prashad Chaurasia of the flute, all owe their allegiance to different gharanas (School of Susic). The Agra, Lucknow and Benaras gharanas where most prominent. All this could happen because in the field of music there are instruments which are the gift of India to the world of music-Shehnai, table, sarod, sitar, flut, santoor, veena, Jal-trang, ek-tara, nagada and many more. Each has a different musical note and registers itself with a forceful presence.

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