01: Music as Meditation with Ramakant Gundecha
Ramakant Gundecha is one half of the Gundecha Brothers, the foremost practitioners of dhrupad, an ancient form of Indian vocal music. After I attended a weeklong workshop with the brothers, Ramakant was kind enough to sit down with me for a short conversation about the origins of dhrupad, their lineage, singing as meditation, how Westerners and non-musicians can benefit from practicing dhrupad, and the mystical meaning of the syllable AH.
Gundecha brothers official website: dhrupad.org
Swara and SA: Wikipedia
Samaveda (source of dhrupad): Wikipedia
About Brian James
Brian James is a yoga teacher, musician and artist currently living in Montréal, Canada. He has been exploring the intersection of music, yoga and shamanism for over 20 years.