"Tapasya" -A Feast For Indian Classical Music Lovers!!
This is a review of an excellent DVD by name 'Tapasya' by Pandit Jasraj, a well known Indian Classical Vocalist. The "mantra" recited in this DVD to please the God by the Tapasvi Pandit Jasraj makes this DVD, the perfect 'Tapasya' by him to please the Almighty.
- "Tapasya" Vol.I By Pandit Jasraj.
- What Is a Raga or Raag?
- Title of the DVD.
- Profile of the Great Artist Pandit Jasraj.
- About the DVD "Tapasya".
- Opinion about the DVD.
"Tapasya" Vol.I By Pandit Jasraj.
Tapasya is an Audio DVD by Pandit Jasraj where he has recited Purvi Raag.
The 89 minutes DVD of this Mantra 'Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudeva' , with an Alaap of Vilambit Khyal in Ektal (Alaap is a typical opening of a north Indian Classical performance, it is unmetered, improvised and unaccompanied except for Tanpura and started at slow tempo). The Drut Khyal is in Tritaal (Fast tempo in a specialized beats of tabla).
Before discussing further about this DVD, I would like to explain in short what a Raag is! Raag is the modern word derived from the word 'Raga'. The details about the raga is explainined as under!
What Is a Raga or Raag?
In Indian classical music we do have the octave of the basic seven notes known as 'Saptak'. The notes A,B,C,D, E F,G I Western music are known as Sa, Re, Ga, Ma, Pa, Dha, Ni in Indian Classical music. The Sharp notes are known as 'Teevra' and Flats are known as 'Komal'.
Now in a Raag which is a melody, five or more notes are used. Depending upon the number of notes used the Raags are classified as Audya, Shaadya and Sampoorna ones.
Thus every raag does have a particular combination of notes and particular notes are to be used in ascending and descending part of a Raag.
Here in this DVD Pandit Jasraj has recited the Mantra 'Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya' in raag ‘Purvi’.
Title of the DVD.
The title of the DVD is very appropriate in my opinion for two reasons which I am going to discuss later on. Before that let us see what the title Tapsya means!
The word "Tapasya” is derived from the word 'Tapas' which means heat in Sanskrit language. In Vedic religion and Hinduism it is used figuratively denoting spiritual suffering, mortification or austerity and also spiritual ecstasy of a yogi.
It implies self discipline restraining from physical urges and actively pursuing higher purpose in life.
The person who practices the Tapasya is known as a Tapasvi whose focused effort leads him towards bodily purification and spiritual enlightenment.
Having discussed in short about the meaning of the word Tapasya now let me tell you why I feel this title is most appropriate for this DVD.
First reason is that Pandit Jasraj undoubtedly can be compared with a great Tapasvi as he has devoted his whole life in the service of Indian Classical music in the form of 'Tapasya', by depriving himself from or rather restraining himself from physical urges to pursue and achieve one of the highest positions of 'Living Legend' of Indian Vocal Classical Music!
The hardships he faced in his life are no less than any Tapasya which I am discussing in the 'Profile' of Pandit Jasraj.
Second reason why I feel the title 'Tapasya' suits this DVD the most, is given as under. In this DVD Pandit Jasraj the great, has recited the Mantra "Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya' in Purvi Raag! According to Hindu mythology this Mantra was given to the five years old Prince 'Dhruva' by the Sage 'Naarad' who leaves his father's Kingdom in anger in search of the God. This kid performs the 'Tapasya' by reciting this Mantra by standing on his single leg for several years at only at place o please the God!
The same mantra is recited in this DVD to please the God by the Tapasvi Pandit Jasraj to make this DVD as the perfect 'Tapasya' by him to please the Almighty.
Thus I strongly feel that 'Tapasya' is a wisely chosen title for this DVD and I sincerely appreciate the sensibility and the intellectuality of the person, who conceived the brain child the title 'Tapasya'!
Profile of the Great Artist Pandit Jasraj.
Pandit Jasraj was born to Pandit Motiramji a classical exponent in Hissar, Haryana on 28 January1930. His family was well known for singing in Mewati Gharana Style. Jasraj had to struggle a lot during his childhood to become a Vocalist.
Having lost his father at the tender age of 4, Jaraj had to face many problems. He was initiated into his vocal music by his father, but his demise created a vacuum in his life.
However his elder brother trained him and taken him as an accompanying Tabla player to help Jasraj financially. But Jasraj never liked to continue as a Tabla players as they were looked down upon at that time.
At the age of 14 he has taken a wow that he won't cut his hair until he learned to sing. Jasraj who was highly influenced by Begum Akhtar got training from, Maharaj Jaywant Singh Waghela to become a great singer of Hindustani Vocalist who did a lot of research work in Haveli Sangeet.
This great singer has trained many vocalists to make them well popular amongst the masses. Sanjeev Abhyankar, Suman Ghosh, Tripti Mukherjee and Kala Ramnath are well known exponents from the Mewati Gharana. Bollywood singer Sadhana Sargam also is one of his disciples.
Pandit Jasraj won about seven awards at national level including the award of Padma Vibhushan in the year 2000. He has 12 recorded discs to his credit and he sang in three Hindi movies also.
About the DVD "Tapasya".
The DVD Tapasya is an audio track by Pandit Jasraj where he has recited the Mantra 'Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya' in Purvi raag.
Regarding the Purvi Raag it uses all the seven notes of the Saptak.
The transition of one note to another and the sobriety of its scale makes Purvi raag very emotional in character.
Every transition in this raag captures a different moods right from a wrathful and ferocious to a compassionate one by replacing a note or two in the raag.
Opinion about the DVD.
This is undoubtedly an excellent DVD worth keeping as a collector's item.
The Tapsya by the great Tapasvi Pandit Jasraj who is blessed with a rich, Soul stirring and sonorous voice with an ability of traversing effortlessly across three and half octaves along with perfect diction and clarity, takes one on a voyage to an imaginary world where you will experience the feeling of closeness with the Almighty!
Experiencing the feeling is the believing - Don't wait, go for the DVD to have the great feeling!
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