Guiding Light of The Month

I implore that every substance impregnated more and more by Thy sovereign forces may put up an ever diminishing resistance of blind ignorance against Thee, and that triumphing over all darkness Thou mayst transfigure definitively and integrally this universe of strife and anguish into a universe of harmony and peace... So that Thy law may be fulfilled. - The Mother

Joy of Strings


A french tampura and a french veena has joined arms to make an Indian harp. Moving the strings of tampura vibrates the sound of waves washing the shore, the sound of OM. Dancing the fingers on Veena brings forth a sweet rhythm, very pleasing, very colourful. Recently, I got an interesting musical instrument from Swaram, a unit of Auroville dedicated to musical research and innovation in instruments. It is called as Anantar and I call it as the joy of strings.

The left arm fingers can softly move over the strings of tampura, creating a gentle background as of a moving river, and the right arm fingers can work on strings of veena creating a rhythm in tune with the silvery background. Songs of lightness, a little fast can be played on the strings. The eight strings are tuned to the scale, C D E F G A B C. It is indeed a joyful instrument to be with J

Sandhya

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