Artist: Kamini Natarajan is a Hindustani Indian Classical singer with specialized training in “Khayal”Gayaki or improvised singing. Kamini’s Musical journey began at a very young age and she spent over a decade learning Indian classical music and won several National Level awards. Kamini was born into a family of Indian Classical singers. Her Grandmother and her Mother were her first music “Gurus” Kamini belongs to one of the oldest “Gharanas” / music lineage, Gwalior Gharana. Kamini started performing music at a very young age and she graduated in Vocal Indian Classical Hindustani music from Khairagarh University, India with Merit and Topped the University. Kamini is also a graded artist from All India Radio (National Radio Station of India) and Doordarshan (National TV channel of India). Kamini settled down in the United States in 2002 and since then has been teaching, recording and performing Indian Classical, Fusion and World Music with several renowned musicians. http://kaminimusic.com
CD: CHANTS FOR MEDITATION
Chants for Meditation is a Deep Meditative journey created by Composer/Producer Ken Elkinson and Singer Kamini Natarajan. Chants for Meditation is a music album containing 14 different chants and mantras to heal, relax, meditate, rejuvenate and guide you into deeper conscious state. Several of these chants and mantras are ancient Sanskrit chants/Mantras. Sanskrit is an ancient language, is highly mathematical and scientific. It is considered one of the Oldest languages and is a Sacred language. It is considered by some linguist as the most “perfect language.” Sanskrit expands our consciousness – It is not just an academic language. It has 50 distinct sounds that are scientifically arrange to invigorate every nerve channel. Listening to Sanskrit chants energizes our body. Typically when we just listen to some clatter or talk we expel our “Prana” or life force whereas when we chant or listen to chants in Sanskrit, it redirects the “Prana” into our body, thereby leaving us reinvigorated and energized.
When chanting in Sanskrit it is extremely important to pronounce it right. Recent scientific studies have shown that proper pronunciation of Sanskrit words and mantras allows one to activate and trigger neurons in the brain and restructure the neural pathways between the brain’s two hemispheres that can lead us to higher levels of consciousness. There is an entire science of sound known as Nada Yoga in India that explores the sacred link between sound, form, and healing – something that modern scientists and physicists are just beginning to comprehend.
Composer/Producer Ken Elkinson saw his musical dreams come to fruition when he released his debut CD of original piano solos in March, 1997. Entitled Midnight Conversation, Ken’s CD finds its roots in Pennsylvania at Muhlenberg College. It was at Muhlenberg that he found many comforts and sources of inspiration; its artistically-minded, close knit community and close proximity to New York City helped shape Ken’s outlook and composition. After a short stint with a college rock band, Ken began paving the way for his solo career during his junior year. He attributes much of his initial determination and songwriting success to his college’s musical facilities. “I never had to wait to play a beautiful baby grand piano, and this certainly kept the creative process flowing,” recalls Ken.
Lyrics and further information can be found at www.chantsformeditation.com