Carnatic music: connecting to the supreme being

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The Trinity - Shyama Shatri, Thyagaraja and Muthuswami Dikshitar

वीणावादन तत्त्वज्ञः श्रुतीजातिविशारदः              Vīṇāvādana tattvajñaḥ śrutijātiviśāradaḥ
ताळज्ञश्चाप्रयासेन मोक्षमार्गं नियच्छति     tālajñaścāprayāsena mokṣamārgaṃ niyacchati

The one who is well versed in veena, one who has the knowledge of srutis

and one who is adept in tala, attains liberation without doubt. –  Yajnavalkya Smriti

Since time immemorial, classical music has been considered one of the highest forms of connecting with the Supreme being. Carnatic music, a school of music that has references in Ramayana and Mahabharata are, is one such highly revered channel that has proved to be a channel to express devotion and preserve and propagate innumerable lessons from our rich mythology. The foundations of this tradition of music are believed to be found in the Vedas which are the earliest scriptures in the Hindu tradition known to us.

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