…in this era of The Indic Renaissance. I was enthralled by this latest video from Indian Raga, which presents a Sanskrit composition by Swami Dayananda Saraswati rendered mellifluously against the backdrop of scenes from a traditional Indian village. The song describes the experience of the omnipotent Divinity – the nameless, unseen, formless one who manifests in every atom of the material world. A fundraiser for the initiative AIM for Seva that works for the education of underprivileged children across India, the video’s description mentions it was shot at a small village Manjakkudi which is now an educational hub for over 5000 less privileged students.
The visuals of a traditional Indian village shown in the video are timeless – kolams drawn on the courtyards at dawn, farmers working in the fields and tending to cows, and scholars chanting the Vedas evoking the golden age of ancient India where students came from all around the world to study at its many universities.
Indian Raga is just one example among several groups of artists, thinkers, writers and educators working together to expound the beauty and depth of Indian classical art and literature, an explosion of talent that is flooding the internet today.
Whether rendered to celebrate the classical arts or for a specific cause, these songs and dances seem to convey an additional message that in India, we don’t need museums to preserve our heritage. We live it.