Shaankara Geeta Sourabha

ಆಚಾರ್ಯ ಶ್ರೀ ಶಂಕರಭಗವತ್ಪಾದರು ರಚಿಸಿದ ಸ್ತೋತ್ರಗಳು ಪಾಠಕರನ್ನು ಭಕ್ತಿಯ ಮೂಲಕ ಆಧ್ಯಾತ್ಮಿಕ ಆನಂದದೆಡೆಗೆ ಕರೆದೊಯ್ಯಲು ಸಹಾಯ ಮಾಡುವಂಥವು. ಭಾರತೀಯ ಸಂಗೀತವು ಕಾರ್ಣಾಟಕಿಯಾಗಿರಲಿ ಹಿಂದುಸ್ಥಾನಿಯಾಗಿರಲಿ ಮಾನವನ ಮನಸ್ಸನ್ನು ಹದಗೊಳಿಸಿ ಮುದಗೊಳಿಸಿ ಅವನನ್ನು ಪರಮಾನಂದಕ್ಕೆ ಮುಟ್ಟಿಸುವುದೇ ಅದರ ಉದ್ದೇಶವೆಂದು ಕಲಾರಾಧಕರ ಅಂಬೋಣ. ಶ್ರೀ ಶಂಕರರ ಗೀತಸಾಹಿತ್ಯವನ್ನು ಸಂಗೀತಕಲೆಯೊಡನೆ ಮೇಳೈಸಿದಾಗ ಅದು ಪಂಚಾಮೃತದಂತೆ ಪಾವಿತ್ರ್ಯ-ಮಾಧುರ್ಯಗಳೆರಡನ್ನೂ ಹೊಂದಿ ಹಾಡುವವರನ್ನೂ ಕೇಳುವವರನ್ನೂ ಧನ್ಯರನ್ನಾಗಿ ಮಾಡುವುದರಲ್ಲಿ ಸಂದೇಹವಿಲ್ಲ. ಈ ದೃಷ್ಟಿಯಿಂದ ವೇದಾಂತಭಾರತೀ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಯು ಶ್ರೀಶಂಕರರ ಸ್ತೋತ್ರಸಾಹಿತ್ಯವನ್ನು ಶಾಸ್ತ್ರೀಯ ಹಾಡುಗಾರಿಕೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಉಪಯೋಗಿಸಲು ಅನುಕೂಲವಾಗುವಂತಹ ಶಾಂಕರಗೀತಸೌರಭ ಎನ್ನುವ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮವನ್ನು ಹಮ್ಮಕೊಂಡುಬರುತ್ತಿದೆ.

The ultimate objective of life is to realise universal oneness with Brahman. However considering people at different stages of attainment of this Truth, Sri Shankaracharya provided many stotras for worshipping various God forms also as depicted in our Puranas. He accepted this worship of Gods with name and form as a gradual means to attain the formless Brahman, the ultimate Truth. As there are many paths for One Truth, stotras for different Gods were composed by him. The theme of universal oneness and power to experience ultimate bliss is inherent in all his compositions besides being full with profound meaning and poetic beauty. The object of Indian Classical Music also is to give the same experience of ultimate bliss to humanity

Music is therefore referred as 'Nada Brahma Upasane'. A true singer will not only experience this blissful state while singing but makes the audience also become part of blissful experience. Such music rendered with Sri Shankaracharya's compositions will only multiply that blissful experience with abundant satisfaction. It will be a 'journey to Amrutatva' with the combination of Amrutha and Sanjeevini.

With this objective Vedanta Bharati had organised "Shaankara Geeta Sourabha". During Nov 2014 at Gayana Samaja, Bengaluru. In this week-long event Sri Shankaracharya's compositions were rendered to classical music in both Hindustani and Carnatic style by renowned musicians.

This was greatly acclaimed by one and all and was telecasted live throughout the world. Post this event thousands of young budding singers have motivated in this direction and have been incorporating singing the Shancharacharya stotras either in Carnatic or Hindustani music Style .