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Malini Awasthi sings in Purvang tradition

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Malini Awasthi, disciple of music doyen Girija Devi renders a folk song in Classical Purvang tradition. Presenting the music from eastern UP, Banaras gharana...

Venu Geet, Sanskrit text

Venu Geet, Srimad Bhagwat
Venu Geet, is a popular excerpt from Srimad Bhagwat Mahapurana, written by Krishna Dvaipayana Maharshi Ved Vyas. Venu Geet appears in Srimad Bhagwatam's Canto 10. Venu geet is sung by the Gopis in praise of Krishna and his flute. It is an account of the Gopis reacting to the sound of Krishna's flute as he herded cows in the surrounding jungle. Venu Geet vividly describes Krishna, the natural surroundings of Vrindavan, River Yamuna, trees, bamboo bushes, birds, deers, clouds, apsaras and simple women, and of course the cows and calves responding to the song of love that the flute brings to those receptive to it. More...

Meera bai bhajan - Mharo pranam Banke Bihari

Braj sahitya literature evolved around Krishna in Brajbhoomi - Vrindavan and its surrounding areas. Braj sahitya has lived in the oral tradition through music. Bhajan, sawaiya, dohe, pad, shloka, styles of writing poetry all find a place here. Similarly, the languages are as varied as the tongues that devotees' could speak. Sanskrit, the local dialect Braj-bhasha, Bangla, Marwari, and more regional dialects find place in Braj literature.

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This Meera bhajan, sung by Kishori Amonkar is a fine example of Braj literature. This song is a greeting to Banke Bihari. It also describes him and Radha.More...

Madhurashtak video and Sanskrit text


Sing along with MS Subbulakshmi: Sri Madhurashtakam
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Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya's Sanskrit eight-versed peon to Krishna: Madhurashtak - Krishna is abounding sweetness...More...

Vishnu Sahastranam: Sanskrit text

Vishnu Sahastranam, was written in Sanskrit, the language of gods. It is a part of the world's longest epic: Mahabharat Purana or Jai-granth, which translates as 'the scripture of victory'.

Vishnu Sahastranam gives a 1000 names of Vishnu. These were told by Bhishma to Yudhishtir in answer to six questions put to him by Yudhishthir. Yudhishthir wanted to know who to look up to as the highest ideal. Bhishma gave him a 1000 names of God, elaborating on God's qualities, the reason for choosing God as the best friend. Chanting or singing this piece of poetry is said to have therapeutic effect on the body and mind.More...

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