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A band that rocks to Sanskrit music

    By Garima VijayvargiaBhopal, Apr 6 (UNI) Even as the Centre is making efforts to popularise Sanskrit, some youths in this City of lakes have come forward to make their contribution towards achieving this noble objective.

These youngsters have formed ‘Dhruva’, a rock band that presents hymns from the Rig Veda and Adi Shankaracharya’s well known works in Sanskrit. This the first rock band in the country to use the ancient launguage hitherto restricted to more traditional arenas.

Dhruva’s Convenor and mastermind Dr Sanjay Dwivedi, who possesses a Doctorate in Sanskrit music, has been singing in ‘the language of the Gods’ for the past decade, told UNI that his experiment is aimed at eliminating the Sanskrit-related bogey in people’s minds and making them comprehend their culture.

During its maiden performance recently in the Madhya Pradesh capital, the band mesmerised the audience with Adi Shankara's 'Bhaja Govindam', 'Tandava and Prof Radhavallabh Tripathi’s ‘Dheevar’ songs.

For conveying the meaning of sacred utterances, the artistes first create the atmosphere in the background. A combination of harmonium, flute, guitar, tabla and drum follow.

“Such experiments ought to be encouraged but full attention should be paid to ensure that the tongue’s purity is preserved. In the case of Sanskrit, pronunciation is paramount,” Madhya Pradesh Sanskrit Board’s former chairman Manmohan Upadhyay told this correspondent.





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