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In a time when yoga and chant music are more popular than ever, this album of North Indian Hindustani music with a contemporary twist is a welcome offering.
BELLINGHAM, WA, November 24, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Award-winning label Soundings of the Planet is pleased to announce the release of Yoga Mantra. These authentic Sanskrit devotional chants come directly from their source on the banks of the sacred Ganges River in India. In a time when yoga and chant music are more popular than ever, this album of North Indian Hindustani music with a contemporary twist is a welcome offering.
RELEASES ON ALL STREAMING PLATFORMS 12.11.2020
Yoga Mantra features the remarkable voice of Indian sitar master Deobrat Mishra along with his nephew Prashant Mishra on tabla. Sound healing pioneer Dean Evenson joins with soaring silver flute adding to these improvisational compositions of traditional ragas. Deobrat Mishra represents the 11th generation of the lineage of the Benares Gharana vocal tradition. This genuine Indian music is ideal background for yoga, chanting, sacred movement and dynamic meditation. This exciting new album showcases a stunning rendition of the auspicious Gayatri Mantra along with six other sacred mantras. It is believed that whoever chants this mantra experiences an increase in enthusiasm and positivity in life, helping a person get out of even the worst of situations. Deobrat has composed the music for the benefit of human welfare. He says "When you sing this powerful mantra, you may experience new energy flowing inside you."
Deobrat Mishra, Sitar and Surbahar player, Vocalist, Songwriter and Composer is the son of Pandit Shivnath Mishra, a legend of Sitar from the holy city of Varanasi (also known as Benares) on the sacred Ganges River in India. He represents the 11th generation of the lineage of the Benares Gharana tradition. As a young child Deobrat studied tabla with his mother Mrs. Pramila Mishra. He also studied vocal music with his father from the age of five and began his sitar lessons a year later. Most of Deobrat's family members come from Benares Vocal tradition so he has vocal music in his lineage. This is one of the rare albums where he sings Mantra and plays Sitar together.
Academy of Classical Indian Music:
The rich heritage of traditional Indian music is at risk of being lost. The Guru-Shishya (teacher-student) relationship which was the hallmark of this system is breaking down. If this tradition is not maintained, soon it may exist only in textbooks. In order to preserve this rich heritage so precious to India and the world by making it accessible, Pt. Shivnath Mishra and Deobrat Mishra have formed an academy that replicates the system of passing down knowledge from master to student. Deobrat is very dedicated to Indian culture. He composes all of the mantras in traditional Indian Raga style so this music can affect more people in a healing way. On some of the tracks, he sings the Hindustani scale of the Ragas on songs as Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni, which are the same as western notes Do Re Mi Fa Sol La Ti.
Soundings of the Planet co-founders, Dean and Dudley Evenson, met Deobrat Mishra almost 20 years ago and have been producing his concerts in Bellingham, WA ever since. He and his father and teacher Pt. Shivnath Mishra toured the West Coast for years captivating audiences with their amazing sitar ragas. Their album Raga Cycle showcases their call and response 'dueling sitars' they are known for. More recently Deobrat has been touring with his nephew and tabla maestro, Prashant Mishra, in India, the US and Europe. When not touring, he teaches in Varanasi, India and online.
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