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Lalita Sahasranama is a Hindu chant dedicated to the Divine Mother known as Shakti who manifests as the triple goddesses...
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Vishnu Sahasranama: chant meaning and complete lyrics by Subbulakshmi
Sahasranāma, literally meaning a thousand names in Sanskrit, is a common term for Dharmic religions of the Indian...
First musical steps of Bhimsen Joshi
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12,000 Annamayya songs discovered in a Hindu temple after 300 years of oblivion
It is believed that Tallapaka Annamacharya—a 15th-century songwriter who lived in South India—wrote over thirty thousand...
Om Namah Shivaya: chant meaning and lyrics diversity in songs set in Panchakshari Mantra
Om Namah Shivaya mantra has been an essential chant in Hinduism for over three thousand years. It is meant to express...
Merging traditions of Indian classic in jugalbandi duets of Balamuralikrishna
Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna was an iconic composer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist whose contributions to the...
Ganapati songs and mantras devoted to Ganesha
Many-armed Ganesh is undoubtedly one of the most popular deities of the Indian subcontinent who is honored by all...
Mantra of Avalokiteshvara: meaning and purpose of popular Buddhist chants
Avalokiteśvara is one of the central figures of Buddhism whose name is often associated with several mantras chanted by...
The best Qawwali lyrics performed by prominent singers of the century
Phool Khil Jaaye by Abida Parveen and Asrar Shah Mere dil ki banjar zameen pe Oh maula Mere dil ki banjar zameen pe Mere...
Krithi lyrics in Tyagaraja's songs defined South Indian classic tradition of the 18th century
Tyagaraja was a South Indian poet, musician, and composer whose devotional and philosophical songs—written mainly in...
Europe worshiped this 12th-century prophet for her visions rather than her music talent
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Sūrsāgar: ocean of poetry that expanded for five centuries
Sūrdās was a North Indian devotional poet, musician, and saint who lived in the 16th century. His lyrics, addressed...
Sufi lyrics expanded all over the world thanks to Qawwali songs
Qawwali is a form of Sufi devotional music popular in South Asia. It is part of a musical tradition that stretches back...
Neverending musical whirlpool at the sacred oasis of Pushkar
Bordering with the Thar Desert, Pushkar town is set on Pushkar Holy Lake, a revered site for many Hindu followers. ...
Rabindra Sangeet have been an essential part of Indian culture for more than a century
A native of Calcutta, Rabindranath Tagore won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913—the first Asian person to receive...
Gandhi's devotional song was arranged on Galgibaga beach
Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram is a famous devotional song that was widely popularized by Mahatma Gandhi. While the origins...
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