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Rejoice in Art

Sur Shanti

For building Mindfulness

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About the practice workshop

What practice will I learn

The practitioner will be guided through mindfulness meditation exercises that incorporate Khayal music and learn how to use music to focus attention and bring awareness to the present moment. The course covers various aspects of music, including vocal techniques, raga theory, and the emotional and spiritual aspects of music. The practitioner will also learn how to use voice to create a meditative experience, and how to connect with the music on a deeper level.

Benefits of this practice

By regularly practising Khayal music, the practitioner develops a heightened sense of awareness and mindfulness, as they learn to be fully present and engaged in the music, both as performers and as listeners. They learn to pay close attention to the nuances of the music, including the subtle changes in pitch, rhythm, and tone, and to express the emotional and spiritual elements of the raga in a way that is both authentic and deeply felt.

Incorporating in my life

The practitioner must practice this offering for 30 min per day, preferably in the early morning.

About the specialist

Debashish is an exponent of the Khayal style of classical Indian music. He has gained his training from stalwarts of three different Gharanas making his offering a unique amalgamation of the three different schools of art. His offering is known to have a strong emphasis on the meditative and spiritual aspects of music and for his ability to convey deep emotions and feelings through his performances.

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Ancient & scientific relevance

Ancient texts that refer to this

The Sangita Ratnakara, translates as 'Ocean of Music and Dance', and composed by Śārṅgadeva in Sanskrit in the 13th century is one of the most important musicological texts from India.

Khayal music as per the Sangita Ratnakara, can elevate emotions, engage the mind, provide spiritual upliftment, and offer aesthetic enjoyment, contributing to overall wellbeing.

Modern research & publications

"Music therapy has numerous therapeutic effects beyond treating diseases and enhances mood, promotes mindfulness, and improve concentration contributes to overall wellbeing."

Research Paper: India's rich musical heritage has a lot to offer to modern psychiatry

Journal: Indian Journal of Psychology 2015

Authors: Sravanti L. Sanivarapu

Introductory practice workshop

30-45 mins LIVE 1:1 online introductory practice workshop with Devashish Dey.

The session will be facilitated by the Leela Life Concierge Desk.

Plan for the intro session

Get Introduced to the concept of mindfulness and its connection with music, specifically Khayal music

Learn how to enhance focus and awareness through meditation exercises using Khayal music

Quick overview of the course content, including vocal techniques, raga theory, and the emotional and spiritual aspects of music

Engage in an interactive Q&A session ask questions, gain deeper insights, and clarify doubts about the course

Pre-requisites for the intro session

Please downloaded iTabla Pro (ios) or iShala (Android ) before attending the session.

Plan for overall course

The specialist will be tailoring the practice workshop for you and the exact number of sessions will depend on multiple factors such as need, inclination, interest, absorption and more.

The plan below should give you a rough indication of how many sessions will it take for you to inculcate the learnings from this practice workshop in to your regular life by yourself.

Live 1:1 online practice workshops
10 sessions
Duration of each session
45 mins
Course price

Session 1

Introduction to Shadaj Sadhna
  • Discuss the importance of 'Shadaj Sadhna' in music
  • Explain the significance of producing the shadaj note
  • Demonstrate techniques for producing the shadaj note accurately

Session 2 & 3

Second Phase of Shadaj Sadhna
  • Build upon the knowledge from the previous session
  • Explore advanced techniques for harmonizing the vibration of shadaj with the environment and its energy
  • Practice exercises to develop a deeper connection with the shadaj note

Session 4

Introduction to the Seven Notes
  • Introduce the seven notes that form the basis of music
  • Explain the importance of swaras for overall well-being
  • Discuss how each swara contributes to the musical composition

Session 5 & 6

Understanding Swaras
  • Dive deeper into the concept of swaras
  • Explore the pure nature of Shuddha swaras
  • Learn about Komal and Teevra swaras (Flat or Sharp Notes)
  • Practice identifying and producing different swaras accurately

Session 7

Listening to Raga Music
  • Discuss the art of listening to Raga music
  • Explore the impact of Raga on the well-being and nervous system of the body
  • Discuss the influence of Raga on the mind and emotions

Session 8

Attaining Concentration, Focus, and Tranquillity through Music
  • Learn techniques to enhance concentration, focus, and tranquillity through music
  • Practice exercises for developing these qualities while engaging with music

Session 9

Introduction to Raga Delineation
  • Provide a brief overview of the delineation of Ragas
  • Discuss the embodiment of Raga in music
  • Explore the concept and basic principles of Raga

Session 10

Time Scale Concept of Ragas
  • Explore the concept of time-scale in Ragas
  • Discuss Morning, Noon, Evening, and Night Ragas
  • Learn about the characteristics and mood associated with each time-scale

Frequently asked questions

  • Is this a singing/music session?
  • This isn't just a typical singing or music session. It combines mindfulness meditation with Khayal music to teach how music can enhance focus and awareness. The program covers vocal techniques, raga theory, and the emotional/spiritual aspects of music. Participants also learn to use their voice for meditative experiences and connect with music on a profound level.
  • Is this course for me?
  • This course is a chance for anyone who wants to discover how music can help them concentrate better, feel more connected, and have a calming experience using their own voice. It's a positive and changing journey that makes meditation better and helps people enjoy the wonderful aspects of music.
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Conducted by

Devashish Dey

Highly accomplished classical vocalist

Course price
10 sessions • Bi-weekly
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