INDIAN MUSIC FORUM ARCHIVES: Sitar Forum: sitar as spiritual practice/buckingham

 

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JH
sitar as spiritual practice/buckingham Feb 23, 2004 09:51 a.m.


Hello,
I am new to the sitar. Completely new. I have just order the "Super Bombay" from buckinghammusic.com and expect it to arrive this week. Does anyone from this group own this sitar? I would love to hear some feedback.

I am also wondering if anyone could direct me towards a book which approaches the sitar as a form of spiritual practice. I would like something in the nature of Anthony DeMello's "Sadhana" and not in the style of Hazrat Inayat Kahn's "The Mysticism of Sound and Music." In other words something very applicable and practicable(a DIY manual) rather philosophical and speculative. Any input will be much appreciated.

Thanks
JH

K.K.
Re:sitar as spiritual practice/buckingham Feb 23, 2004 01:59 p.m.



JH (Feb 23, 2004 09:51 a.m.):
...something very applicable and practicable(a DIY manual) rather philosophical and speculative...

Hi JH: When you say "(a DIY manual)" do you mean "Do It Yourself?"

JH
Re:sitar as spiritual practice/buckingham Feb 23, 2004 02:07 p.m.


Yes, do it yourself.
K.K.
Re:sitar as spiritual practice/buckingham Feb 23, 2004 02:17 p.m.


tarsi
Re:sitar as spiritual practice/buckingham Feb 23, 2004 06:27 p.m.


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Matt
Re:sitar as spiritual practice/buckingham Feb 23, 2004 06:28 p.m.


Hi JH,

Welcome aboard. Once you start playing your sitar on a regular basis, you may find that the simple act of practicing and concentrating on what you are practicing is very close to meditation.

swansong
Re:sitar as spiritual practice/buckingham Feb 24, 2004 03:10 p.m.


well a good starter is Ali Akbar Khan/George Ruckert's book The classical music of India as taught by Baba Allaudin Khan, do a search in this forum on books as there is plenty of info already here.

I personally think it is almost impossible to learn DIY, so many little details in hand position and tone are incommunicable through text or recording, even video. if at all possible find a teacher within several hours drive to at least start off correctly for a month or two, otherwise you will be VERY sorry for developing bad habits. There is a teacher listing on this site as well as on Keshav Das' music site. Good luck and practice well!

Rudrani
Re:sitar as spiritual practice/buckingham Feb 25, 2004 01:42 p.m.


"Perhaps man can live without outer music, but he cannot and will not survive without inner music, the inner sound, the energy of life."

Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati

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