'One has only to consult the Harvard Dictionary of Music to realize the ethnomusicology of Vedic India has now become among the most widely acclaimed and respected by scholars of world music as well as those of the Western Classical tradition. And rightly so, for it's subtleties and intricacies of melodic pitch, frequency, and rhythm are unsurpassed in other cultural heritages. Here in these delightful samples from the vast array of the sacred classical music of Vedic India, surviving more than 5,000 years through oral tradition of teaching, lies a timeless treasure of delightful melodies and profound poetic texts; in sweetest simplicity and divine purity. Here lies a most sublime vehicle for human vocal expression, as well as for connecting the heart and soul to it's inner divine resources through the sensory experience of musical tone and text in the Vedic form of Swara. For me personally, it has become a rediscovery of the higher purpose and function of music: enlivenment of the cosmic melodies and frequencies structuring the divine intelligence that administers our universe." -Graciella Zogbi, vocalist, instructor, and researcher of Vedic Music About the CD Vedic Devata productions presents the first of it's entirely Vedic CDs performed by Westerners; featuring the ancient science and art of Vedic Classical Devotional Song. These delightful and divine melodies and texts are from Vedic pujas and yagyas; They are sung in Sanskrit with English transliterations and translations provided. The songs are sung in the oral tradition known as guru-shishya-parampara, with teacher and student chorus alternating, so that listeners may easily learn and sing along. There is no substitute for a good teacher; however, this CD provides a good teaching supplemental tool to learning to sing Vedic Devotional Songs. These divine songs have a remarkable power and ability to nourish and uplift the heart and consciousness toward a state of complete unity. They are always nourishing, but especially fulfilling when sung during the Nine Days of Mother Divine, which occur in the spring and fall of every year according to the Vedic calendar. Instrumentation has been limited to the customary use of drone and minimal percussion; using traditional acoustic instruments to encourage maximum purity of intonation along with perfection in pronunciation. About the Artist The songs are artistically and skillfully led and executed by award-winning vocalist and teacher, Graciella Zogbi, former professionally trained opera singer at the world-renowned Cleveland Institute of Music, with over 10 years additional training of her four-octave voice in Vedic voice culture and the Classical Music of Northern Vedic India. She has studied and trained with numerous top musical artists of India, including Padma Bushan recipient sitarist, Debu Chaudhuri, vocalist, Pandits Mani Prasad, and former president of the Lucknow School of Music, Dr. Awasthi. She has also integrated with her musical studies the training and study of Sanskrit and Vedic Recitation with numerous Sanskrit scholars. Although not of Indian heritage, she has been repeatedly acclaimed for her perfection in Sanskrit phonetics by Vedic scholars. She is currently teaching classes in Classical Vedic Devotional Song at both the elementary school and university levels. Tabla artist Sankari Menon Wegman is currently working on her Ph.D in Vedic Physiology and enjoys playing the tabla and listening to Vedic Music. About the Vedic Devata In the tradition of ancient Vedic Science, there are five main Devata or cosmic administrators, five fundamental structures of the administration of Natural Law. They are known as the pancha Devata. The Sanskrit term Daivi Shakti represents one of these. She is the organizing power of that cosmic intelligence or administrator of Natural Law known as Mother Divine. She is said to nourish all aspects of creation. The three traditional aspects of Mother Divine-Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati-are always said to be together. Durga is the energy and power value, Lakshmi is the nourishing and wealth-giving value, while Saraswati is the knowledge and wisdom value. The Vedic Literature states: "For eternity, there is nothing other than that one exalted, supreme sovereign Mother Divine, the source of creation-supreme creative intelligence in her magnanimity, supreme invincibility, totality, pure potentiality-the source of everything-the end result of the analysis of the Veda. (Durga Saptashatj 10.5) "I have listened to the beautiful recording of the teacher and girls singing Sanskrit songs, and I found it enjoyable and very settling to listen to. From the viewpoint of Sanskrit, it's technically accurate, much like a recording that would emerge from some ashram high in the Himalayas. I recommend it, and I personally plan to listen to it again and again." -Tom Egenes, Ph.D, Professer of Sanskrit We know you will enjoy and cherish this CD..... Profits benefit the Ideal Girls School of Fairfield and Vedic City, Iowa Scholarship Fund. Reviews: We all have experiences of our intuition calling us to try out certain experiences. We know not why. But we know we should try it. My first exposure to chant music was back in 1970 when I decided to get a 33 rpm disk recording of some Vedic chants. I remember the liner notes said it was meant to have an effect on the listener. So I listened. And the rest, they say is history. I'm glad I listened. And now, when I listen to a new CD by Graciella Zogbi, I feel the experience leads me to more of the person I want to be. The title tells it all: Daivi Shakti: Ancient Vedic Devotional Songs to Enliven the Universal Quality of Mother Divine Within Everyone. Graciella sings with a girls chorus she lovingly trained in the science and art of Sanskrit diction as well as principles of Vedic voice culture and ear-training. Her own Sanskrit diction brings the effects intended by the seers because it is authentic, and not marred by local accents or idiosyncrasies. Graciella's penetrating and earthy voice glides with swan-like smoothness through precisely attuned Vedic frequencies. Although a Westerner, she sounds like a classical Indian artist, as attested by Indian musical authorities. You can read the English transliterations and the detailed Sanskrit texts on her website. Print them out and sing right along, led by her powerful and artistically refined singing. The effects will tell the story. Experience the effects. This is classical Vedic devotional chant-song at it's best--performed with purity and artistry that is rare and captivating...and instructional at the same time. --John Sorflaten, PhD, Institute for the Development of Enlightened Arts and Sciences, Fairfield, IA 'I have listened to the beautiful recording of the teacher and girls singing Sanskrit songs, and I found it enjoyable and very settling to listen to. From the viewpoint of Sanskrit, it's technically accurate, much like a recording that would emerge from some ashram high in the Himalayas. I recommend it, and I personally plan to listen to it again and again.' -Tom Egenes, PhD, Professor of Sanskrit Testimonials from satisfied internet customers: I can not stop listening to it. It is a treasure on it's own! I have been hearing the term MOTHER DIVINE since I started practicing Transcendental Meditation 18 years ago. I finally understand am starting to grasp it's true meaning due to your wonderful CD explanation. I would like to congratulate you for your superb product. What a wonderful production. It reaches perfection. Even to look at it, one can sense it's supreme quality, the love and effort of all individuals involved. It pleases all senses. And speaking of looking at it, I am mesmerized by the cover that shows the 3 Vedic goddesses, Durga, Mahalakshmi and Saraswati. Rip Karyadas, New York City Dear Graciella Your CD is divine.....I sing along! I feel it spreading light all over Brazil! Thank you so much for creating it. Best Regards, Paulo Felin Brazil.
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