Mantra Radio – March 14th 2013

      Mantra Radio - March 14th 2013

An eclectic mix of beats, layers, and chants.

The first track of todays show is a recording originally done by Gurunam singh, and remixed by the Desert Dwellers. The song comes from the Spirit Voyage compilation entitled Kundalini Remix, and contains the mantra Dukh Par Har Sukh Ghar Le Jaae, literally translated as “Thus comes relief from pain, and peace comes to dwell within”. It is a mantra for transforming sorrow into joy, and is also an offering to Har, or the Divine One. Closely followed is the track Caravaan from the excellent release Divaneh, a collaboration between Bahramji and Mashti. The whole album is a beautiful blend of Persian, Indian and Western sounds, and deep soulful poetry, some of which is based on the writings of 13th century Sufi poet, Rumi.

The next set kicks off with a catchy remix of Ma, originally recorded by Snatam Kaur and Guru Ganesha Singh. The word Ma refers to the Divine Mother, and is a call out for her nurturing, her protection, and her unconditional love. The track comes from a collection of songs reworked by producer and dj, Krishan, from a release entitled Bhangra Remix. Next up is the prolific and talented Chances R Good with a rain song, dedicated to our Earth Mother and her waters. The track is entitled Yanawana and can be found on his release Earth Tones.

Sadhu Nada brings us four sanksrit verses from Bhagavad-gita, accompanied by some simple and hypnotic sounds. The track is entitled Heart of the Gita and features verses from the tenth chapter of this ancient Vedic text, along with English translation. We cap off this set with a chilled out reworking of David Newman’s Ancient Spirals Shiva. This version is co-produced by Krishna Venkatesh, and contains various chants to Mahadeva, or Shiva, including Om Namah Shivaya. The track is from a recent album of remixes entitled ReBliss.

We close the show with a slowly evolving Maha-Mantra piece featuring the beautiful voice of Ananda Shakir, main vocalist for the kirtan group Shyamananda Kirtan Mandali. This is entitled Love in Separation, a title which illustrates the longing between the bhakta, or devotee, and the divine Beloved, and in this case also the longing between Radha and Shyaam.

Alternate MP3 Link – Mantra Radio – March 14th 2013.mp3