Dancing with nature

Music for harmony Bulgarian violinist Yoana Strateva is a popular spiritual musician in Bulgaria and abroad   | Photo Credit: PHOTO: MURALI KUMAR K.

Bulgarian musician Yoana Strateva has inspired many to take up sacred dancing through her music

Among the many concerts in the city, Yoana Strateva’s violin recital was just that bit different. Apart from the music of Mozart, Bach and Tchaikovsky, the Bulgarian violin virtuoso has also brought with her the spiritual music of Beinsa Douno, the famous Bulgarian composer, philosopher and spiritual guru.

Cosmic rhythm

Douno who’s real name was Peter Deunov gave to the world, the sacred dance of PanEuRhythmy which means supreme cosmic rhythm. And violinist Yoana Strateva, a follower of Douno, is spreading his message by playing PanEuRhythmy music. In Bangalore on her first visit to India, besides her violin recital at Alliance Francaise, Strateva organised a session of the sacred dance and music.

“Rise! Awaken! Spring is here. Open your doors to daylight clear. Fullness of life for everything. Brings the first bright day of spring. As you dance on these inspiring words you raise your consciousness and harmonise yourself with the positive energies of nature thus connecting with the divine. I dance PanEuRhythmy, I play music on it and I sing it. It can be solution to all conflicts as it helps us help and love one another,” says Strateva.

The violinist graduated from the Music Conservatory in Sofia and specialised in violin and chamber music in France.

Though there are many musicians who play this music Strateva has been the favourite PanEuRhythmy musician, both in Bulgaria and abroad.

She has been featured on a variety of Beinsa Douno CD’s: “Duet Esoteric” with Peter Ganev, “PanEuRhythmy” with her son, Bozhidar, and “Music on Violin and Guitar” with Petyo Tzanov.

While Beinsa gave the melody and the movements for the sacred dance, he inspired his sister and a follower to give words to it. “In the annual PanEuRhythmy festival at Rila mountains, more than 1,000 people dance in the circle every year. Even women holding babies dance on it. From March 22 to September 21 we dance on PanEuRhythmy everyday,” adds Strateva.

The dance is done outdoors in close contact with nature. People usually dance from midnight to early morning when the nature’s creative energy is maximum.

“The movements are very simple. Young and old — anyone can do it. Each movement has a symbolic significance. It brings you in contact with the light beings and angels. Beinsa gave only the melody and not the arrangements. Since you can’t play it with any other accompaniment, I played just one mystical song at the concert,” says Strateva. The musician thinks that the meditative music can help us calm ourselves and resolve conflicts.

“Douno’s teachings are contemporary and practical. It strengthens the muscles and bones, improves breathing, blood circulation and nervous system functioning,” says Strateva, who has opened the hearts of many to this form through the soulful rendition of this music. Through the morning dance session at the house of a Bulgarian friend based in Bangalore, Strateva wishes to spread Douno’s message.

You tell her that the sacred dance circle reminds you of Sufi dervish dance and she says: “Douno had written the lyrics of three songs: Thinking, The Rising Sun and Aoum. I know Aoum is a Sanskrit word. Everyone talks about the same thing,” says Strateva, and breaks into a PanEuRhythmy movement. “Douno said dance, dance and dance as much as you can.”

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