Vilambita Sutra: Slow Music
on the Bamboo Flute Bansuri to
Relax. Soothe. Heal.
Raj’s soundscapes, based on the
Hindustani tradition of the Classical Music of India, are
Deliberate. Dignified. Delightful.
Solemn. Serene. Sublime.
Melodious. Meditative. Mystical.
Photo courtesy of Sarb Akal Music Society of Calgary and Arshad Photography
© Rangaraj Mandayam Rangayyan 2022
Namaste! Hello! Welcome! My name is Rangaraj Mandayam Rangayyan; you may call me Raj. By the way, “Ranga,” while being one of the many names of Lord Sri Krishna – The Divine One with the bamboo flute, peacock feather, and cows – also means color, the arts, sentiment, and emotion. “Raj” means king. So, now you know me!
My Training: I learnt the Classical Music of India on the bansuri bamboo flute from my Gurus, Sri K.P. Shenoy and on the sitar from Sri N.R. Rama Rao, in Bangalore. I have given many concerts and lecture-demonstrations in India, Canada, and Brazil. In Calgary, I have performed for the University of Calgary, the Raga Mala Music Society, the City of Calgary, the Glenbow Museum, and many other organizations.
My Music: My arrangements and presentations have included innovative combinations of many varieties of instruments and genres of music. My aim is to present and promote the classical music of India in its pure, serene, soothing, and natural acoustic character to facilitate yoga, meditation, contemplation, reflection, mindfulness, and relaxation. The 50 compositions in my seven CDs, with Utpal Mazumdar on the tabla and pakhawaj, are available through iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and many other distributors; please visit rangayyan.ca for details.
Slow Music: In Sanskrit, vilambita means long or slow; sutra means a string, connection, formula, composition, or exposition. In the present context, the title means a long, slow, and deliberate exposition of a raga (a melodic concept), presented as a formulation or path to relax, soothe, and heal the mind. Slow Music is the perfect antidote to the present rushed, fast-paced, and speed-driven lifestyle.
The approximate ranges of laya (tempo) for a tala (rhythmic cycle) in Hindustani music are (in bpm = beats per minute):
10 – 30 bpm: ati vilambit; very slow. 30 – 90 bpm: vilambit; slow.
90 – 150 bpm: madhya laya; medium pace. 150 – 240 bpm: dhrut; fast. 240 – ... bpm: ati dhrut; very fast.
Slow Music on My Bansuri: The sounds of my bansuri, with the reference note at the bass C#3, are naturally soothing and pleasant. With more emphasis on delicate raga-based melody than pronounced tala-based rhythmic passages, I wish to create intricate and exquisite soundscapes that open up your mind to explore uncharted paths in your own imagination. I weave the natural and sonorous tones of the bamboo flute into acoustic patterns with depth and texture so as to facilitate a state of mindful being with emotional balance and inner peace.
Classical Music of India: The seven notes of the saptak (group or seven or the range of an octave) are sung as Sa, Re, Ga, Ma, Pa, Dha, and Ni; they are written as S, R, G, M, P, D, and N. The notes are approximately equivalent to Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La, and Ti (Si), or C, D, E, F, G, A, and B in Western music. The komal (soft or flat) version of a note is indicated by the underline. The tivra (augmented or sharp) version of the fourth note is indicated as M’. In the tradition of Hindustani classical music, each raga is assigned a specific period of the day or a particular season as the most appropriate time to render, enjoy, appreciate, and benefit from the effects of the designated set of notes and passages derived using them, while respecting certain rules and norms. Each raga also is associated with a specific rasa or bhava that corresponds to a particular mood or sentiment.
My Offering: I would like to present, for your listening pleasure, my renditions in ati vilambit ek tala, a rhythm with 12 beats per cycle, at 12 and 18 bpm, of the following ragas. Click on the name of the raga to listen to the music and view the related image.
The following items are work in progress and will be available soon here and my YouTube channel!
Vibhas: A meditative raga for sunrise, using the notes S, R, G, P, D.
Bairagi: A mystical raga for early morning, using S, R, M, P, N.
Abhogi: A sublime raga for early morning, using S, R, G, M, D.
Todi: A solemn raga for midmorning, using S, R, G, M’, P, D, N.
Madhuvanti: A serene raga for the late afternoon, using S, R, G, M’, P, D, N.
Puriya: A dignified raga for sunset, using S, R, G, M’, D, N.
Gorakh: A delightful raga for the late evening, using S, R, M, D, N.
Bageshri: A melodious raga for the night, using S, R, G, M, P, D, N.
For details on my CDs, concerts, lecture-demonstrations, lessons on the bansuri flute, sitar, and the Classical Music of India, please visit rangayyan.ca or contact me by email at email@example.com.
© Rangaraj Mandayam Rangayyan 2022
My other side: https://people.ucalgary.ca/~ranga/