Raga MantraYoga Meditation Raga Mantra
“Sacred chants and Ragas of India,
subtle music and delicate guitar sounds.
Nadaka and Gopika’s music and stage presence
carries a dynamic and meditative quality
that certainly uplifts and lightens the soul”
- THE HINDUSTAN TIMES
"This is some of the finest vedic chanting heard in the contemporary era, and the wide ranging backing guitar music also is quite exceptional"
Nadaka & Gopika
Surya - Chants of Light
SURYA is the sun. This album is a selection of Vedic mantras chanted in dedication to this magnificent source of light and energy that shines at the center of our world and deep within our cells.
Veda means knowledge. Vedic Mantras were received by the Rishis, seekers of knowledge, from an intuitive plane of consciousness. These Mantras were passed down orally for thousands of years, carrying deep hidden truths, formulae of the inner workings of our being and our innate connection to the elements in our universe. Chanted in their original form, they can stimulate the higher mind, rejuvenate the body and bring a sense of infinity to the soul.
In Sanskrit, the word itself carries the vibration of its meaning and the magic lies in reaching beyond the mental sphere to touch a realm, where these sound-syllables and their intonation combined, offer a transcending experience.
In India, it is said that sound is at the source of all creation, Nada Brahma. In this work, we have rendered some of these mantras in their original form respecting their inherent beauty and vibration. We have integrated them into a contemporary musical setting inspired by our search to connect these sacred sounds to our lives in the present day.
Our aspiration is to create music that uplifts and awakens.We invite you on this journey with a wish that this creation resonates with your being.
prelude and hymn to the Sun
a quest for integral health
seeking the light of knowledge
eight verses to the Sun
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salutation to the Sun
Keshava is also featured in this album in the song 'Navagraha', his first CD recording.
Nadaka: Vocal, Raga Guitar and Guitar Synth
Keshava: Tabla ( Navagraha )
Karthick Iyer: Violin ( Surya Namaskar )
Ganesh Basavaraj: Tabla and percussions ( Suryashtakam )
R. Rajkumar: Gatham and percussion sampling ( Arogya Mantra )
Recorded and mixed by Nadaka
Auroville, India and Portland, Oregon
Mastering by Chris Vita - Vita Mastering, Portland, Oregon
Cover Art by Gopika
Special thanks to
Didier Weiss ( Sound Wizard ) for many years of sound advice
Joel Boasis for his dedicated technical support
“Gopika and Nadaka sing sacred chants and traditional ragas, combined with subtle music and delicate guitar sounds."