FRIDAY REVIEW

Music's spiritual essence

SHYAMA RAJAGOPAL

COMBINING DISCIPLINES: Ananda

COMBINING DISCIPLINES: Ananda  

Ananda is not just a musician. He is also an adept practitioner and teacher of Yoga. This disciple of Lalgudi Jayaram has given a number of concerts after he returned from Chennai. "It was an enriching experience. We started practising before day-break and almost every day we went for a concert with the guru. It was music for breakfast, lunch and dinner," he recalls. "He used to tell us a few exercises to practice to ensure that we never bungled on the notes. He would also ask us to take classes for some of the juniors students at the Gurukulam," recalls Ananda.

Although Ananda did his graduation in chemistry, his mind was on music. Winning the first prize for violin three times consecutively in the M.G. University Youth Festival boosted his morale.

Soon, he blossomed into a solo artiste. After his advanced training with Lalgudi, he also began working as a composer. An album of devotionals called `Harivarasanam Viswamohanam,' was one of the many albums composed by him. His latest venture is to tune the `Lalithasahasranamam.' Along with music, Ananda also began learning yoga as a teenager.

While he took his violin lessons from Hari Hara Iyer and Iswara Varma and the late N. Vaidyanathan, who was a teacher at RLV College, Thripunithura, he sought to explore the depths of yoga at Sivananda Ashram.

After completing a teacher's training programme from the Ashram, Ananda started teaching yoga and music. Anandanandayogi, who was known as Manu, was the name he chose as a disciple of Nityachaitanya Yeti. A promoter of naturopathy, he has also translated a book on the subject in Malayalam, published by D.C. Books.

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