Bhajan music


Bhajan Hindu music

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Bhajan: Hindu Devotional Music
Music to human ears is heavenly. And if it's purely devotional, it's truly divine. Such a genre of music is the bhajan. Nothing can be more deeply rooted in the Indian tradition than bhajans. Bhajans are simple songs in soulful language expressing the many-splendored emotions of love for God, a complete submission or self-surrender to him through singing.

History and Origin
The groundwork for bhajans was laid in the hymns found in Sama Veda, the fourth Veda in the Hindu scriptures. They are distinguished from the Sanskrit shlokas (hymns that accompany religious rituals) by virtue of their easy lilting flow, the colloquial renderings and the profound appeal to the mass. These are sung in a group comprising devotees, with a lead singer. The fixed tunes, repetition of words and phrases lend a kind of tonal mesmerism. Anecdotes, episodes from the lives of Gods, preaching of saints, description of God's glories have been the subject of bhajans. Another form of the bhajan is the kirtan or songs in the Haridas tradition.

Great Exponents
The medieval age saw devotees like Tulsidas , Surdas, Meera Bai , Kabir and others composing Bhajans.

source : hinduism.about.com


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Things found on the way


full moon bhajans
an organiser barks
into the mike

Shared by Johannes Manjrekar
Joys of Japan, October 2012

birdsong . . .
bhajans... and then
dawn grey

Shared by Johannes Manjrekar


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