Guiding Light of The Month

OH, let Light be poured on all the earth and Peace inhabit every heart. . . Almost all know only the material life heavy, inert, conservative, obscure; their vital forces are so tied to this physical form of existence that, even when left to themselves and outside the body, they are still solely occupied with these material contingencies that are yet so harassing and painful. . . - 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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