Indian music has a long and rich tradition – a tradition which can give anyone a sneak peek into the culture and ethical values of the country. Traditional Indian Music – whether it is folk or classical has intrigued the masses as well as the classes for centuries. Folk music spurred from the fields, and valleys of the remote Indian villages whereas the Classical Music has its roots in the sacred and Vedic music chanted in the Temples across the country.
Two distinct styles sheltering the flow of music and it’s entertaining content throughout centuries. But what is interesting to note here is the mode of passing down this traditional music from generation to generation. It was oral and aural – which means it was heard and perceived by the listener or the student and/or was taught orally by the teacher to pass on the rich treasure of knowledge down the lineage. The passing down of folk music was relatively easier with lesser technique involved and being readily available to the masses. But learning classical music was and has been a bit of a task with lots of technique involved and sustained practice under the watchful eyes of the Guru or teacher.
Indian classical music involves a rigorous regime of learning and practising and that is why has been considered a sacred art available to a selected few who have the qualities of patience, practice and perseverance. The fascination of learning the craft is all around but the availability of good teachers or Gurus has been a challenge. Something which has always been a priviledge available to learners who have a musical lineage in the family or are rich enough to afford being under the tutelage of reputed Gurus and musicians.
Sudhanshu Sharma, an Internationally respected Music Teacher and Performer, with over 15 years of experience, holds space for Music and yoga retreats across the world with the vision and mission of letting the music empower us, soothe us, and to bring a sense of peace throughout our bodies- both internal and external. MusicPlus Retreats has been his endeavour to create spaces for practice and perpetuation of Indian Classical Music & Sacred Sound and to be able to guide and facilitate the growth of musical talent. We charge our cell phones every night, but how do we recharge our minds? Music with an amalgamation of Yoga and Pranāyama has been a proven practice in reducing stress, gaining self-confidence, activating the energy Ćakrās and balancing the mind, body and soul.