Most of the times the kind of work we present is featured by alternative lifestyle & music blogs that claim to bring about an awareness to a growing subculture within our country.

On the 5th of May we put out India’s first 5.1 Surround Sound electronic music showcase at PVR Cinema & this time The Indian Express caught us at Audio Aashram by surprise when they called wanting to write a feature on my Surround Sound Music showcase ‘The Kundalini Highway’. Super cool to see mainstream media picking up genuine stories & actually help create awareness for experiences that lie outside the regular realm of nightlife & club culture!

To read the article online http://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/music/nikhel-mahajan-on-surround-sound-music-and-experience-over-entertainment-behind-the-scene-2809646/

Watch the video at TURIYA

According to ancient Indian Scriptures,
there are four states of consciousness
Waking. Dreaming. Deep rest and ‘Turiya’ the fourth state
which silently witnesses all the other three.

This is an experiment to showcase how different mediums of expression interact with technology and create an immersive experience.

All effects & visuals are created pre production & performed live.

Performance : LALITA SHIVANI
https://www.facebook.com/Lalita-Shivani-Art-1512006575678261
Music + Live visuals : SATTYANANDA
Direction + Shot + Cut : RAHAT MAHAJAN

Heres an article on my 5.1 surround sound showcase at PVR along with an online Q&A session with Lavanya Grover. Thank you Platform Magazine (India) for featuring Sattyananda as your profile of this week!

“Imagine being in a zone where music envelops your mind, body and spirit; locking you in but freeing you all the same. Featuring Nikhel Mahajan; musician, artist, spiritualist, as he talks about 10 years of making electronic music for the soul.”

http://www.platform-mag.com/lifestyle/nikhel-mahajan.html

Artwork Abducting AliensAnother review for “Sattyananda – Abducting Aliens”, this ones in Italian and was fun to figure out. Many thanks to Nicola Tenani!

http://soundsbehindthecorner.org/the-loft/1591-sattyananda-abducting-aliens.html

To preview & purchase the release please visit http://sattyananda.com/music/abducting-aliens-2015-experimental/

Lots of love and light

Sattyananda

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Sonic Mandalas (Experimental)
Natural Rhythms (Spiritual)
Abducting Aliens (Experimental)
Ashtanga Yoga Chants (Spiritual)

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Ashtanga Yoga CoverTo listen & buy this release please visit http://sattyananda.com/music/ashtanga-yoga-chants-2015-spiritual/

These chants were composed in the summer of 2014.
Big shout out to Zainab Nedou Patel for helping fund the project and help spread the ancient knowledge of chants and yoga.

“What are yoga chants?

Yoga Chants

Ashtanga Yoga traditionally has both an opening chant and a closing chant. Because of Yoga’s ancient roots, chants (or mantras) are offered in Sanskrit (the ancient language of India), however their meaning is said to be universal as Sanskrit is the language of the heart.

Chanting acts to shift the consciousness of the individual practicing the chant to a higher level of vibration. This in turn brings us closer to our Source or Higher Self – the aspect of ourselves that remains eternal – and leaves the practitioner filled with peace and feeling calm and centred.

Studies have shown that when a person chants it can stabilise their heart rate, lower blood pressure, produce beneficial endorphins in the body and boost metabolic processes, so it perfectly compliments the physical practice of asana.

Ashtanga Yoga Opening Chant

The Opening Prayer is a blessing of gratitude offered to the lineage of teachers and their students who have enabled this ancient practice to survive through thousands of years so that we can experience its benefits today. The recitation of this mantra cleanses the energy of the space we have chosen to practice yoga, as well as preparing the mind, body and emotions for the forthcoming Ashtanga sequence.

Om
Vande Gurunam Charanaravinde
Sandarshita Svatma Sukava Bodhe
Nih Sreyase Jangalikayamane
Samsara Halahala Mohashantyai

Abahu Purushakaram
Shankhacakrsi Dharinam
Sahasra Sirasam Svetam
Pranamami Patanjalim
Om

Translation

Om

I bow to the lotus feet of the Supreme Guru
which awaken insight into the happiness of pure Being,
which are the refuge, the jungle physician,
which eliminate the delusion caused by the poisonous herb of Samsara (conditioned existence).

I prostrate before the sage Patanjali
who has thousands of radiant, white heads (as the divine serpent, Ananta)
and who has, as far as his arms, assumed the form of a man
holding a conch shell (divine sound), a wheel (discus of light or infinite time) and a sword (discrimination).

Om

Ashtanga Yoga Closing Chant

The Closing Prayer brings the practice to a peaceful end; sealing in the work done and offering the efforts of our practice to improve the state of the world.

Om

Svasthi Praja Bhyaha Pari Pala Yantam
Nya Yena Margena Mahim Mahishaha
Go Brahmanebhyaha Shubamastu Nityam
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
Om Shanti Shanti Shantihi

Translation

May the rulers of the earth keep to the path of virtue
For protecting the welfare of all generations.
May the religious, and all peoples be forever blessed,
May all beings everywhere be happy and free
Om peace, peace, perfect peace”

Information from http://www.ashtangaworkshop.com/ashtanga_chants.php