Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty’s excellent training videos

Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty explains the important aspects of training in his own excellent and most humble way. This post is not meant to advertise his online classes, but this post is meant for those singers, who due to any reason, are unable to get guidance from great masters. For aspiring singers, these videos are extremely beneficial.

Inner Vision:

Shrutinandan:

See Music:

Tanpura Tuning:

Voice Training:

Pitch Training:

Pronunciation Training:

Palta Training:

Taal Training:

Movements Training:

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Sādhana of great masters of Indian classical music

Sādhana is a means of accomplishment. It comes from the Sanskrit word Sādhan, meaning a means, a way, a tool, or something similar by which something can be accomplished. In essence, it is an ego-transcending practice on material, mental, and spiritual planes, in order to lose oneself or immerse oneself totally, towards the accomplishment of some goal or state. The sādhana of an industrialist accomplishes his/her attainment of material wealth. The sādhana of a doctor accomplishes his/her attainment of providing good health to patients. Sādhana involves a life-long commitment, dedication, and discipline. For example, in Ashtāng Yoga, all the eight parts: Yam, Niyam, Aasan, Prānāyām, Pratyāhār, Dhāranā, Dhyān, and Samādhi, are not different but combine together to constitute the sādhana of a yogi to attain a blissful state of Chittavrittinirodh, which is Yoga, according to Maharishi Patanjali. योगश्चितवृत्तिनिरोध:

Anyway, this post is regarding music; hence, let us concentrate on the sādhana of music. An excellent idea of sādhana can be obtained by viewing the following videos of great masters of music, as given below (not in any particular order):

Pandit Bhimsen Joshi:

Ustad Bismillah Khan:

Pandit V. G. Jog:

Ustad Zakir Hussain:

Pandit Jasraj:

Pandit Kishan Maharaj:

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan:

Begum Parveen Sultana:

Dr. M. Balmurlikrishna

Pandit Shivkumar Sharma

Pandit Ram Narayan

Dr. Chitti Babu

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Riyaz of Indian Classical Music

Riyaz means practice. The more you practice, the better you will get. If you practice in the wrong way, you will get better but in the wrong way. Hence, knowing how to practice in the right way is important. Some guidance about the right way of practicing can be obtained from the following videos.

Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty:

Shankar Mahadevan:

Pandit Avadhkishor Pandey:

Dr. Ramesh Kumar Mishra:

Parth Chakraborty:

Nishant Akshar:

IndianRaga:

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FUCK – The most popular word ?

Two humorous videos:

Metacafe video “Using Proper English”

“Perhaps one of the most interesting words in the English language today is the word – Fuck. Out of all the English words that begin with the letter F, fuck is the only word that is referred to as the ‘F’ word. It’s the one magical word. Just by its sound can describe pain, pleasure, hate and love. Fuck, as most words in the English language is derived from German, the word ‘Frichen’, which means to strike.

In English, ‘fuck’ falls into many grammatical categories, as a transitive verb for instance – John fucked Shirley. As an intransitive verb, Shirley fucks. Its meaning is not always sexual. It can be used as an adjective, such as John’s doing all the fucking work. As part of an Adverb, Shirley talks too fucking much. As an adverb enhancing an adjective, Shirley is fucking beautiful. As a noun, I don’t give a fuck. As part of a word, Absofuckinglutely, or Infuckingcredible. And as almost every word in a sentence, Fuck the fucking fuckers.

As you may realise there aren’t too many words with the versatility of the word fuck, as in these examples describing situations, such as:

Fraud. I got fucked at the used car lot.
Dismay. Aw! Fuck it.
Trouble. I guess I am really fucked now.
Aggression. Don’t fuck with me buddy.
Difficulty. I don’t understand this fucking question.
Inquiry. Who the fuck was that?
Dissatisfaction. I don’t like what the fuck is going on here.
Incompetence. He’s a fuck off.
Dismissal. Why don’t you go outside and play hide and go fuck yourself.

I am sure you can think of many more examples. With all of these multipurpose applications, how can anyone be offended when you use the word. We say you use this unique, flexible word more often in your daily speech. People will identify the quality of your character immediately. Say it loudly and proudly- Fuck You!”

Osho video “When Friedrich Nietzsche declared “God is dead”, F*CK became the most important word in the English language.”

“The problem is if God is dead, then you lose the most important word in your language and you will need a substitute. And God was one end, one extreme, and when one extreme disappears from your mental vision, the necessary and inevitable is that you will fall to the other extreme. And that’s what has happened [???].

Instead of God, fuck has become the most important word in our language. Even if Friedrich Nietzsche comes back, he will be surprised. And he will try to resuscitate somehow the dead God back, because this is [???] But you will need a whole report on it, a whole research. One of the most interesting words in the English language today is the word fuck. It is a magical word. Just by its sound it can describe pain, pleasure, hate, and love.

In language, it falls into many grammatical categories. It can be used as a verb, both transitive, John fucked Mary, and intransitive, Mary was fucked by John. And as a noun, Mary is a fine fuck. It can be used as an adjective, Mary is fucking beautiful. As you can see, there are not many words with the versatility of fuck. Besides the sexual meaning, there are also the following uses:

Ignorance. Fucked if I know.
Trouble. I guess I am fucked now.
Fraud. I got fucked at the used car lot.
Aggression. Fuck you.
Displeasure. What the fuck is going on here?
Difficulty. I can’t understand this fucking job.
Incompetence. He is a fuck off.
Suspicion. What the fuck are you doing?
Enjoyment. I had a fucking good time.
Request. Get the fuck out of here.
Hostility. I am going to knock your fucking head off.
Greeting. How the fuck are you?
Apathy. Who gives a fuck?
Innovation. Get a bigger fucking hammer.
Surprise. Fuck! You scared the shit out of me.
Anxiety. Today is really fucked.

And it is very healthy too. If every morning you do it as a transcendental meditation, just when you get up, first thing repeat the mantra Fuck You five times. It clears your throat too.”

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“Once Upon A Time-II: 150 Greek Mythology Stories” by Rajen Jani

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Title: Once Upon A Time-II: 150 Greek Mythology Stories
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (April 3, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1530817005
ISBN-13: 978-1530817009
Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
Shipping Weight: 10.2 ounces

The ageless stories of Greek Mythology.
– fully referenced from authoritative sources
– contains 150 stories
– all stories are one-page stories
– includes a Brief Glossary
– includes a References list
Rajen Jani skillfully retells timeless Greek Myths in vibrant prose that reads like poetry.
Equally entertaining and instructive, this book is a must-have for all lovers of Greek Mythology and short stories.
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I’d rather be a sparrow than a snail

I’d rather be a sparrow than a snail
Yes, I would
If I could
I surely would

I’d rather be a hammer than a nail
Yes, I would
If I only could
I surely would

Away, I’d rather sail away
Like a swan that’s here and gone
A man gets tied up to the ground
He gives the world its saddest sound
Its saddest sound

I’d rather be a forest than a street
Yes, I would
If I could
I surely would

I’d rather feel the earth beneath my feet
Yes, I would
If I only could
I surely would

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The Sound of Silence

Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence

In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
‘Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never shared
No one dared
Disturb the sound of silence

“Fools,” said I, “you do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you”
But my words like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said “The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls
And whispered in the sound of silence”
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