Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Ravi Shankar - Mangalam - Rest in Peace

Rest in peace Pandit Ravi Shankar. His death today is a great loss for the music lovers in all over the world.

The following is the lyric of one of this prominent music: Mangalam

Bhoomimangalam. Udakamangalam. 
Agnimangalam. Vaayumangalam. 
Gaganamangalam. Sooryamangalam. 
Chandramangalam. Jagat Mangalam. 
Jeevamangalam. Dehamangalam. 
Manomangalam. Aatmamangalam. 
Sarvamangalam Bhavatu Bhavatu Bhavatu. 
Sarvamangalam Bhavatu Bhavatu Bhavatu. 
Sarvamangalam Bhavatu Bhavatu Bhavatu.

"Prabhujee" is another great song by Ravi Shankar in collaboration with the great George Harrison. Both of these great musicians, artists with spiritual depth no longer are alive, but their transcending music live on.

English translation of the song Prabhujee is:

Oh Master, show some compassion on me,
Please come and dwell in my heart.
Because without you, it is painfully lonely,
Fill this empty pot with the nectar of love.

I do not know any Tantra, Mantra or ritualistic
worship i know and believe only in you. 
I have been searching for you all over all the world,
please come and hold my hand now.

The original lyric:
Prabhujee dayaa karo
Maname aana baso.
Tuma bina laage soonaa
Khaali ghatame prema bharo.
Tantra mantra poojaa nahi jaanu
Mai to kevala tumako hi maanu.
Sare jaga me dhundaa tumako
Aba to aakara baahan dharo

The above video clip is from Concert for Bangladesh held in August 1, 1971 at Madison Square Garden in New York. This concert was arranged by Pandit Ravi Shankar and George Harrison for raising international awareness on 1971 war's atrocity in Bangladesh (then East Pakistan). In this video the musicians were: Ravi Shankar, Ali Akbar Khan and Allah Rakha.

Ravi Shankar's two daughters are accomplished artists themselves. The following video shows two sisters in a musical collaboration: Norah Jones and Anoushka Shankar.

Here is a video clip from two years ago where Ravi Shankar and his daughter Anoushka Shankar are performing together. 
The following is a music video showing collaboration between two maestro of 20th century: Ravi Shankar and Phillip Glass: 
Yehudi Menuhin is considered one of the greatest violinists of 20th century. Here is a music video where three maestros were in collaborations: Ravi Shankar in sitar, Yehudi Menuhin in violin and Allah Rakha in tabla. 

Another great music by Ravi Shankar and Yehudi Menuhin:

This is a spiritual song by Ravi Shankar and George Harrison: Asato Maa
Song lyric of Asato Maa:

asato ma sadgamaya
tamaso ma jyotirgamaya
mrtyorma amrtam gamaya

Lead me from the asat to the sat.
Lead me from darkness to light.
Lead me from death to immortality.

Sat has a combination of meanings: existence, reality and truth.
Asat has a combination of meaning: Non-existence, non-reality and un-truth.

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