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article imageGuitarmonk Records releases Indian classical music album 'Swaras'

By Sravanth Verma     Jun 9, 2014 in Entertainment
Guitarmonk Records has released 'Swaras' - Volume 1, an album of Indian Hindustani classical instrumental music and vocals.
The album features Swapnamoy Banerjee on the sarod, Aleem Khan on the violin, Neelranjan Mukherjee on the Hawaiian guitar, Padmashri Sumitra Guha's vocals, and Sovan Hazra, Hafez Ahmed and Aniruddha Mukherjee on the tabla.
The word "swaras" comes from the words, swar or "musical note" and rasa or emotion in Sanskrit, the ancient language from India. The album is the first of a series, and is aimed at preserving and spreading word of the art of music and the ragas or melodies of Indian classical music in particular.
The record label describes the album as "one way of bringing closer to the masses the once too sophisticated classical music. It’s for the common folks time to enjoy and appreciate its aesthetic values and variations."
Indian classical music traditions go back over millennia and have been an integral part of Indian culture. Indian music and dance were not seen as just an avenue for entertainment but were also considered spiritual processes for the upliftment of the human being. Each raga was said to be associated with one of the seven chakras or energy centers in the human body. Medical research has found quite a few therapeutic benefits to listening to Indian classical music.
Guitarmonk has made a few samples of the album available on their website.
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