Bijayashree is a professional Indian singer/ composer and graded artist of All India Radio, currently teaching music at Adem, Geneva. Blessed with an extremely melodious voice, she is known for her divine and clear singing style and for her expertise in semi classical and creative world music genres. Bijayashree has performed internationally under several prestigious banners/ platforms and over the years, Bijayashree has gained popularity due to her association with several music collaborations involving artists of international acclaim.
Currently, she is working with well known Jazz musicians from Zurich through her newly formed world music band 'Nandighosha' which aims in presenting Indian compositions (involving originals as well as traditional) in connection with western harmonic music. Academically, she holds a Doctorate degree in Chemistry.
New CD of original music 'TARANA' released, Dec 2019
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'Chand Ke Phool’, a unique Indian/Andean cumbia song, takes inspiration from the giant-impact hypothesis, which suggests the Earth and Moon were once one planet that was broken in two by a collision with another planet. This is a metaphor for how Pakistan and India were hit by a great conspiracy, and divided on the basis of religion. A similar story exists with Romania, Moldova, Ireland, Yugoslavia... At the core of any conflict, there is a void which, if filled with love, caring and sharing, can bring peace and prosperity.
Since the topic is 'Conflict', The lyrics describes two state of minds under the same situation. For example, When a dear one is lost untimely or suddenly due to some reason not caused naturally due to old age but some other cause by a disease like Cancer, Covid or Accident etc. We became directionless and blame it on the time or we say this Bad time is a Gift of time for us in a sarcastic way. However under the same situation we find help and support from unexpected and unknown persons. We say this a Gift of Time in a positive way.
The song deals with courage and fear conflicting within. There is an overcoming power within us and we must be still to have it find us. The sum of this song is captured in one lyric, "If life is to live then why to fear?"
MANTRA' is an offering to Mother Earth, who is the foundation of all things. It talks about human actions to be cultivated to protect the planet. We have many environmental issues, but in the current scenario, when the world is still struggling to combat Covid 19 with many human lives lost, what we all need to do is to adopt a holistic approach towards living life, a lifestyle that exists in synchronization with nature. Additional artists from Nandighosha Group: Bruno Steffen: Arrangement, Vivek Bhurtun: Tabla, Rätus Flisch: Double Bass.
We are Earthlings is a manifestation of diversity, created by five musicians from five continents. Rather than providing a singular statement, this song presents a playful exploration of our inter-connected perspectives. Even the seemingly straightforward lyric ‘we play with fire’ can be interpreted as threatening or empowering depending on the context. We are complex creatures, and every one of us lives the full spectrum of emotions. As the song progresses, we move from minor to major melodies, and despair is replaced by hope.
The song 'Bhoomi' (Mother Earth) is a cry of her describing the pain caused by the insensitive usage of her resources by human beings. The suffering of the mother Earth is beyond imagination: pollution, deforestation, soil erosion, climate change, biodiversity loss; because of modern life style of human beings and due to their lack of consciousness. Since our survival is entirely dependent on the survival of the mother Earth we must need to take care and protect her. Additional musicians: Bruno Steffen (arrangement), Vivek Bhurtun (Tabla).
The Philosophy of the song is The whole world is one, all people are the same. We should happily coexist without fighting against each other in the name of Countries, religion, cast, color, rich and poor. We should live with Universal brotherhood for peace and prosperity of our planet.
The Earth is a single magical and benevolent creature. All it asks of us is to zoom out from our tiny lives and see the world holistically. With eyes wide open, not putting on a show, but living conciously together.
This song was derived from something we all need. Love is the inner abundance, and like love air is the exterior abundance. It is present and available at all times in our waking and sleeping. While we breathe, let us also remember the inward air of love that reminds us of its presence...creating a circle of true life.
“Faith, waiting in the heart of a seed, promises a miracle of life which cannot prove at once.” Kabir. There were horrific wildfires in the Amazon rain forest followed by Australia wildfires in 2019. The pictures of burnt animals were barely possible to see. But then, rain came, the fire ceased and there were pictures of new leaves, new flowers coming out of burnt bushes. These pictures were hinting the very fact that Nature has the power of creating and nurturing life. Our song is an emotional out-pour of many events in past years.”
‘’Nature is full of meaning, filled with indescribable music. The trees, the stars and the blue hills ache with a meaning which can never be uttered in words’’ - Rabindranath Tagore. Here is how we would like to sum our feelings behind 'Shira': In Silence and Joy, I dance to the tune of yours, O Mother Earth, I exist because you exist, I do not know which language you speak, but I've sung many times in your embrace, You have spoken to me through your silence, All those traveled through me, became a melody, a song I sing in silence and joy.
Alpha, the mature son of his Mother Nature who was not Her first manifestation of Life, but the first to understand some of Mothers deepest mysteries. Universal Mother of all Life, who forgives everything to Her son, giving him everything he will need to live. Even a virus if so. Until the day when She herself needs Healing, for so many pains that She receives from this rational and intelligent son. Ours is the power to crystallize all Her beauty and health.
Ila dunia(save the earth) Ila Dunia which means (save the earth) is a song that challenges us all to become aware of the state of our planet. Human beings exploit, ruin and destroy nature. The damage caused by our way of life is such that if nothing is done it could lead to irreversible consequences. This song that I suggest, is a call to change, in our habits, our vision, and our way of life. There is always a hope of saving our world, it that saw us being born and, which is obviously a unique gift that we can never replace.
Bi: Even if our planet's surface is covered with 97 percent of water, we can't drink it as it is salty. So 'Rain' is the most important factor to keep life on earth. But due to pollution caused by modern life have affected the rainfall and water cycle. The arrival of Rain has always been celebrated. People dance and sing to welcome the Monsoon. There is an outcry for Rain water harvesting which precisely means to conserve Rain for future use. Our Song 'Rainy Days' celebrates the joy of rain on planet Earth and talks to value its importance.
Elly longed to create a song for the planet with just women. Now it sounds like a warm womb and the birth after. When we speak of earth we tend to say she is female, a mother. She nourishes and protects us, gives us air to breathe and healing herbs. She gave us everything, from the moment we crawled from the mud to our 'high' times in the high-rise buildings we live in now. Will it ever be enough?
Sakal Bana Phul' is a Sufi song. The song celebrates the arrival of Spring and also describes the longing of a lover in this season. It is said that one day, the poet saw a group of women dressed up in bright yellow Sarees, carrying bright mustard flowers were singing with utmost joy. Upon asking the women replied that they are dancing to celebrate the arrival of spring and are on their way to offer flowers to the goddess in the nearest temple. This inspired Amir Khushrow to write this poetry for his spiritual master Hazrat Nizamuddin.
'Diva (A Bird by Choice)'' is a song celebrating the spirit of independent women across the world who dared to follow their dreams rising above of all the social boundaries. Bijayashree: “This Original is a composition close to my heart.“ As it says...Music has no language, this original composition has lyrics which do not necessarily have any meaning. It is a pure musical composition composed under the guidelines of a traditional Indian Raga.