Shakuntala Murthy’s ‘Soundarya Lahari’ challenge is an providing for Navaratri
Music is an integral a part of the Navaratri expertise. Devi-themed concert events and the discharge of albums mark the nine-day festivities. This 12 months, the Bengaluru-based musician and trainer Shakuntala Murthy has set the 100 slokas of the ‘Soundarya Lahari’ to tune in 100 ragas.
“The primary half, ‘Ananda Lahari’, with 41 verses, describes the union of Shiva and Shakti, and the remaining 59 verses are an ode to the fantastic thing about Parvathi. One wants to understand the lyricism within the slokas to know the magnificence of Shakti,” says Shakuntala.
Soundarya Lahari in raga format is nothing new, however every stanza of 4 traces has been set to a distinct melodic scale by Shakuntala. “The goal was to encourage the musically-inclined to discover extra ragas and the uninitiated to get acquainted with 100 completely different raga scales,” she says.
The Shankar Mahadevan Academy Belief has chosen the work as a part of its ‘Archive to Alive’ challenge. The challenge not solely preserves the works of the maestros, however makes them accessible to all. “You possibly can study freely as self-study, or select a paid course, to be taught by an teacher from SMA,” says Deepa Sridhar, trustee of the Academy.
It took Shakuntala 4 months to finish this challenge. “It didn’t contain simply composing in numerous ragas however notating the 100 slokas in these ragas. I additionally needed to work on the Sanskrit enunciation.”
Shakuntala has earlier labored on a dance-musical, ‘72 Nritya mela Raga Malika’, primarily based on Melakartha scheme of Carnatic music. “I interspersed the three-hour manufacturing with dance items to spotlight bhava, rasa and bhakti,” she says.
Getting right here
The octogenarian, who hails from a household of musicians and musicologists, is a gold medallist in ‘Vidwath-music’ and a graded artiste of All India Radio, Bengaluru.
“Music was not a pastime, however a ardour,” says Shakuntala. Alongside along with her vocalist-sister Sukanya Narayan and percussionist-brother Krishnamurthy, she launched an album of dasa-sahitya, ‘Smarisu Manave’. The three additionally co-authored the ebook, Sangeetha Akshara Swara Hridaya for superior music college students to create kalpanaswaras.
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a Bengaluru-based freelance journalist.