I am currently working as a Musician , Musictherapist and Sustainability and Environmental Education enterpreneur . I have a graduate degree of Allopathic medicine from India . I was not happy with the way the medical system looked at the human body and mind . "Dhrupad" literally saved my soul . I was lucky to be a student of Ustad Asad Ali Khan , the great master of rudra veena . I got vocal training from him . He shared with me insights in Music as medicine and how to use it for wellbeing . I have combined my insights with him into my love for other genres especially Indian Folk and Rock and roll . I have been engaged in Environmental and sustainability issues since 2011 , I wrote a song for river Dolphins of Punjab called "Bulanaji" and conduct ecotours for school children . I have performed at various festivals and venues in India and France . I did a series of short films called Bhoomitra - friends of earth . I run Atelier Om where arts meet Medicine and meditation .
Cybèle is a deity of Phrygian origin, adopted by the Greeks and Romans, personifying the wilderness. She is presented as "Magna Mater" for the Romans, Great Goddess, Mother Goddess or even Mother of the gods. She is one of the greatest ancient goddesses in the Near East. I learnt about Cybele while working with volunteers of Cybele Planete an ecological NGO from France . One day during a March for the planet I had the inspiration to make this song . Cybele in imagery rides a lion and reminds of the goddess Durga of Indian culture . I find her power impressive and the song has the feeling of people marching with her to the heart of Nature , protecting it enjoying it . Its my first foray into French songs as well keeping base of Indian folk and classical music . The song has given spanish color by Mariana Baraj with her magical voice and percussions . Mark Warburton gives magical marching energy with his Drums , brightening up the whole song . Sandro with his flutes and amazing mixing skills brings amazing colors and balance to the entire song . Thanks beyond for this amazing oppurtunity to create such magical songs . May it enlighten the world and move it into heart of nature .MORE LESS
"Aval Allah" is based on the poetry of Kabir a 14 th century Bhakti(celebration of love) poet from India . His poetry has remained a pillar of unification of people divided in religious , caste , sex based divisions etc . While leading a music workshop with school children on an organic farm tour to help them understand nature of organic farming , one of the students started singing Kabir . "Dheerey Dheerey Hey Manna Dheerey Sab kuch Hoye , Maali Seenchey Sau Ghada Ritu Aye Phal hoye" which means Slowly slowly o mind , slowly all things happen , the gardener sows seeds in 100 pots and the seasons come and plants grow and ripen . This aptly captures the nature of organic farming where things are in harmony with nature. This is the opening verse of the song. The Aval Allah is a very important prose of Kabir registered in Guru Granth Sahib of the Sikhs as well . He describes the universal light which unites us all and thus pointing there cant be any good or any bad or differences . Kabir was neither a hindu or muslim , his birth is shroud in mystery , he was a weaver and his music became very popular and still remains . With help of Beyond music we have carried the energy of Kabir across various different parts of world , Kazakhistan , Belgium and Switzerland . We have given it ,a beautiful modern interpretation to his poetry . The song is an invitation to grow and feel united in our various differences . Its apt for the time we are living in .MORE LESS
"Seeds of love" is song written by Bhoomitra from his experiences with organic farmers . We all grow up surrounded by agriculture but there is a big disconnect in our society as to what is happening to the seeds which are the very essence of our food . Technologies to control seeds have been invented and poisons are being placed now inside the seed so that it doesnt replicate. Seeds of love expresses the work being done by an organic farmer , where he sows his love and grows with the earth . He wants to be with Seeds which will recreate themself , thus he will be free and strong . But in his path there are struggles and problems along his way but he keeps on going . Song also reflects on journey of a seeker along the path. Song is a fusion of classical indian music with western music . To give it a feel of a global collaboration, working with Raushan we have brought Kazakh traditional folk elements . Ariel Bart brings New york energy with her Harmonica . Gaetan brings the soft delicate yet powerful Double Bass kind of like Belgian beers and chocolate blends. Andreia brings Portugese adventure spirit with her percussions to this track . The mood of the son is soft and reflective .MORE LESS
"Tu meri sursari" is expression of love for the great River Ganga .She is a source of great inspiration and love for all of us involved in this piece. We have all been touched by her magical energy and culture. We all are aware of the dangers the Ganga and all the other river systems of the world face in this so called modern age. My teacher Ustad Asad Ali Khan had mentioned you can hear all the notes of the music sitting next to Ganga . In the Guru Granth Sahib the word "Sursari" is used for Ganga . Sursari means the Saree of Musical notes . The song explores a musicians loving relationship with the river , the time spent listening to its flows and music and singing along with it . This love makes us want to protect it and mother nature . We want her to reach the sea in purity and bliss and continue on her cyclical journey . This flow is her life and also ours . Its time humanity woke up to River consciousness .MORE LESS
Shabad guru - the sacred word takes us from darkness to light . Sacred Word is a theme which presents itself in many different cultures and religions . "Shabad Guru" has its origins with mystic philosopher Guru Nanak in Punjab. He was an accomplished musician and who is now revered across the world. His use of music to connect people with their spiritual cores and understand the oneness of life is an eternal message which finds relevance in our times as well. This song is registered in what is regarded as the greatest treasure of music from the 11th to the 17 th century India the Guru Granth Sahib . The book itself is considered to be a living master. Its message is formless,timeless and accessible to all people from all walks of life . With our collaboration we are looking at the song in a fresh prespective. We are taking it out from its Indian classical domains to a new World - folk sound . Nanak was famous for his long journeys with his musical companion Mardana . He has always enjoyed the wandering travelling nature of his songs . With Shabad Guru we travel from Punjab(India and Pakistan) to Armenia to Europe in search for harmony .MORE LESS
Climate Change is an international call for concern, but the truth is that each community experiences it differently. Tropical regions that depend on agriculture, are having inconsistent rain and dry seasons which lead to low yields and on the other side of the globe; ice is melting; and all these changes are frightening especially to local communities that don't have enough power to effect change at the top echelons of global power. La Yo Yavsin Koy; is an African folk styled original fusion which calls for leaders and for humanity at large to not fold our arms towards the issues brought about by global warming. It also paints a picture of the small but strong changes that occur in some of these communities.MORE LESS
In our quest to make the best of life mankind is lost in finding meaning and balance with the universe, and because of that we are hurting ourselves and our environment. Just like a leaf from a tree, we are drifting, not knowing what to do, where to go or what the future holds. Inspired by Hindi folk sourced from : Pati Raam Maravi ,Pradhan priest of Gond tribe in the Garakamatta Village , Dindori district , Madhya Pradesh , IndiaMORE LESS
All children simply want to live, grow up and be smart. They want to live in harmony with the animals and the planet. Our children will breathe the air we leave behind. Now it is time to think ahead and make sure the air is clean for every living being on earth. With special contribution of Roos Marijn van Voorden, 6 years old (The Netherlands).MORE LESS
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