The masters of India, in Madrid-sound meditation

Two of the masters at the international level of musical and meditative work with sound, Padmashree Gundecha Brothers, visiting Madrid on 14, 15, 16 and 17 April, recently joining our country on its world tour. Is really a chance only. Writes Eva Espeita (Swamini Radhananda Saraswati).


Aushadhi Yoga school It organizes your visit with great zeal and enthusiasm, knowing that it is a unique opportunity given that their destinies are changing every year. We hope that together we can disclose this marvel of inestimable value and that many people can attend the seminar and individual classes of these exceptional teachers.

You all know that, since we have discovered the Dhrupad (the form more ancient of the music hindustani), in Aushadhi We are making every effort to disseminate and share this sacred musical art since in it we found the maximum depth in the subtle work with sound. Bring each year to different teachers from all over the world, but in this case come the masters, as Padmashree Gundecha Brothers have been recognized with this honorary title by the Government of India, that those highlights by the service lent to his country through the music. So when we use this word, we do it with all his weight.

In Europe and the United States asistimos to a real boom of meditative music shaped, above all, of kirtans and bhajans (usually Westernized) and other proposals with different influences. All this, of course, has its value, but just really know the origin of the meditative sound tradition of the source to which we all looked, which witnessed the birth of this Yoga that unites us all: the India.

This look towards India needs much attention (listening) on our part: based on the microafinacion (ragas) scales and rhythms in cycles that are unknown to us (talas) show an unprecedented wealth for our Western ears. However here the true legacy of India through the true relationship of master to disciple who remains alive today, the authentic way refined and revised, over thousands of years, towards the Liberation (moksha) through the sound.

Is it possible that, from our perspective, we look to Ramakant and Umakant Gundecha just as "virtuous musicians" who come to give a workshop to Spain (by the way, visiting before and then throughout Europe and the United States), but would be nice to see the contrast of what actually happens in India: in their country are considered true Gurus, respected to the point that we can see them walk quiet every day while students and their work connoisseurs are playing them feet on its way. They are people simple, not cater too much to this although it appreciate as gestures of love towards them. This, as well ye suppose, is not the most important thing, because big is to observe what happens: in India, the musical art that they develop is considered a sacred art that connects musicians and listeners with the higher dimensions of the spirit. Thus, the musicians are true messengers of the gods, as they always were in all cultures, but there, of course, this notion is still quite alive.

Still surviving uncut from its original source, the Dhrupad is the oldest musical style of Hindustani classical music (deel norte de la India): the source, "the Mother Music”. From its origins (that can be crawled in the text millennial) Sāma Veda), the Dhrupad has lived many transformations along the history: of be a practice of chants magic practiced by Yogis, wise mystical resigned and santos, is developed in an entertainment of high culture for them large emperors in the middle ages, and currently is considered a performable musical art appreciated in all over the world, especially by public specialised.

Regardless of its historical developments, the source from which the Dhrupad emerged is the the absolute experience through sound, and its deeper meaning is the overcoming of our identity (both in the case of the interpreter and the listener) ego through the expansion of consciousness through the journey of sound. In sum, the Dhrupad is a Yoga of the voice, a Yoga of the sound.

Individual classes in Madrid on 14 and 15 April

Are delighted of have by first time this possibility in Madrid, and us would like that pudieseis conceive this opportunity as what is really: the continuation of the legacy of the tradition, the relationship direct with the master, the personal encounter that creates great transformations both in which teaches in that learns. You can apply personal classes with any of the two teachers:

  • Thursday, April 14 from 16:00 to 19:00
  • Friday, April 15: from 10:00 to 14:00 and from 16:00 to 20:00 hours

Seminar on 16 and 17 April Aushadhi

With its fascinating and hypnotic musical system based on characteristic scales manners (rāgas) and rhythmic cycles (tālas), the Dhrupad, the way older Hindustani singing (in the North of the India), has recently attracted the interest of many people, precisely at a time when he was at risk of extinction.

Indeed, in recent decades have found great inspiration in the study of the Dhrupad people as varied as practitioners in pursuit of self-knowledge (from Yoga or other traditions), singers and musicians instrumentalists (based on the music of modal tradition, improvisation, jazz, etc.), percussionists, actors, music lovers in general, ethnomusicologists and, in short, anyone interested in moving into the depths of the mystique of the sound. For everyone, this workshop will be of great help and interest; Since It will work both in Group and individually (direct disciple relationship), the workshop is appropriate for anyone, regardless of its technical level and experience (from people without any kind of musical experience to professional musicians).


The program of the workshop will cover:

  • Theoretical teachings about the Rāgas, the Tālas and the voice in the Dhrupad.
  • Meeting of the natural voice: vocal culture in the Dhrupad and practice techniques.
  • I work with the specific needs of each student individually.
  • Meditation on the sound journey.
  • Micro-afinacion in the singing of Rāgas (or in the interpretation instrumental with instruments not temperate).
  • Development of Ālāp in the rāga chosen by each attendee.
  • Rhythmic development: Tāla and Laya, practice presentation of the Pakhavaj, characteristic drum double patch that the rhythmic role in Dhrupad Singing.
  • Bandishes: traditional compositions in different rāgas.

The workshop will be taught in English with interpretation directly to the Castilian.

(Times are approximate; by the nature of the teaching, may vary depending on the flow of each session)

Duration: 15 hours

Contribution: €150 (students of Aushadhi) / €170 (external students)

Book of 50 euros on Triodos Bank 1491 0001 2621 4019 5617 Eva Espeita left

Where: Aushadhi School of Yoga. Paseo de las Delicias 47-51 (pedestrian passage) Madrid


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The Gundecha brothers

In the current world music scene, the Gundecha Brothers they are the most active performers of this ancestral musical genre that we know as Dhrupad. They have done numerous tours, visiting more than 25 countries to the throughout the world, and have recorded more than three dozen CDs, published by different national and international labels.

In 2012, Umakant and Ramakant Gundecha, received from the Government of India Padma Shri, one of the highest honorary titles of this country, for his immense contribution to the development and the diffusion of Indian classical music.

Following his profound educational vocation, as well as its commitment to keeping the Dhrupad alive, along with Akhilesh (his younger brother, drummer of pakhāvaj) have created, coordinated and taught in the Dhrupad Sansthan, located in Bhopal (Maddhya Pradesh, India): a unique musical Academy based on the direct ancestral relationship disciple (guru-shishya), with students from more than 20 countries, as well as of course from many parts of the India.

Born in Ujjain, in India central, the brothers were initiated in the music by their parents. The three combined University studies with his official studies in music in what in the West would be tantamount to the Conservatory. At the beginning of your score, Umakant and Ramakant joined the lineage Dhrupad dāgar, to build a deep relationship of direct learning with their teachers Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dāgar and Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dāgar in the Dhrupad Kendra of Bhopal. Akilesh, meanwhile, studied the art of the pakhāvaj with the prominent percussionists Pandit Shrikant Mishra and Raja Chhatrapati Singh Judeo; In addition to his brothers, has accompanied nearly all the great singers and instrumentalists of Dhrupad in India.

The Gundecha brothers have a wide impact media, and appear regularly on radios and televisions of the Indian subcontinent. He is considered by audiences and critics that they are among the most prominent exponents of Dhrupad of all time. They regularly travel the world performing and teaching this form of music.

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By • 31 mar, 2016 • section: Events, Music