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"Music is a means of expressing certain thoughts, feelings, emotions, aspirations...
It is the origin of the music, the inspiration from beyond, which is important;
It is not purely the sounds, it is what the sounds express.."
- The Mother
1) The Mother's Music

“Love is the key-note,
Joy is the music,
Power is the strain,
Knowledge is the performer,
the infinite All is the composer and audience.."

- #SriAurobindo, Thoughts & Glimpses
1.1) The Mother's Organ

"I don't try to play music: it's simply a sort of meditation with sound.."
- The Mother

Music - The Mother's Organ-play on 29th Feb. 1960, the first anniversary of the Supramental descent..
1.2) The Ashram's Musician

"When I heard his music for 1st time, something suddenly opened up & I was right in middle of the place..from which true Harmony comes"
—Mother after listening to Sunil's piece below

Music—New Year, 1965
1.3) Auroville's Choir

"The new music is looking for instruments who have the opening to bring it down. It should not be mental but spontaneous & as a result of meditation & direct opening.." - Mother's words as remembered by Narad

Music - Om Choir, 2019
2) Indian Music

"Indian music, when there are good musicians, has almost always a psychic origin; for example, the rāgas have a psychic origin, they come from the psychic.
The inspiration does not often come from above.."

- The Mother, 27 May 1953
2.1) The Origin

"..ते ह देवा ऊचुर्हन्तासुरान्यज्ञ उद्गीथेनात्ययामेति
The gods were weaker, mightier the Titans..
& the gods said,
Let us by the उद्गीथ overpass the Titans in the yajna"
बृहदारण्यकोपनिषत् (1.3.1) by #SriAurobindo

Music—Sāmagāna by Udgātā-s
2.2.a) History - Classical (<1200 AD)
(Gandharva music - Śramaṇa Influence - Codification)

"The new evolution attempted to bring the mass into the temple of the spirit.." - #SriAurobindo

Music - Dundubhi-Natyam, PurviKalyani Raga
2.2.b) History - Medieval - Hindustani stream
(Bhakti Compositions - Muslim Influence - Folk Traditions)

"New religious or mystic forms & disciplines attempted to seize (also) the emotions & the senses" - #SriAurobindo (ibid.)

Music - Raga Darbari Sargam
2.2.c) History - Medieval - Carnatic stream
(Preservation - Purandara Dasa's Influence - The Three Jewels)

"The enlarged secular turn was compensated by a deepening of the intensities of psycho-religious exp.." - #SriAurobindo (ibid.)

Music - Raga Abheri
2.2.d) History - Modern
(Popular/Folk Music - Global Influence - Cinema)

"3rd stage should render him capable of..a generalised spiritual life…
But unhappily it synchronised with a decline of Ind. culture" - #SriAurobindo (ibid.)

Music - Rajasthani Folk
2.3.a) Concepts - Nāda (The Sound/Vibration/Word)

"It's vibration of pure Existence, instinct with the perceptive & originative power of infinite & omnipotent consciousness" - #SriAurobindo

Music - Mantra-Japa (Om Ma Sri Aravinda)
2.3.b) Concepts - Shrutis & Swaras (The Micro-tones & the Notes)

"The Word has its seed-sounds.." - #SriAurobindo (ibid.)

Music - The 22 Shrutis, by Dr. Vidyadhar Oke
2.3.c) Concepts - Saptak/Gram-Murchhana/Jati-Mela-Thaat/Alankar (Notes arranged in Octaves/Sequences/Scales/Ornamentation)

"The Word has its rhythms..It's no disordered vibration.."- #SriAurobindo (ibid.)

Music - Thaat Kafi (Komal Ga & Ni), Devaki Pandit
2.3.d) Concepts - Raga & Tala (Melodic Framework & Rhythm)

"The Word moves out into great cosmic measures,—& acc. to the rhythm is the law, arrangement, harmony, processes of the world it builds.." - #SriAurobindo (ibid.)

Music - Bhatiyar Raga, Adi Tala
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