In Bhaktimala, the Divine is described and adored in the manifestations familiar and beloved to all of us –Vishnu, Ganesh, Shiva, Shakti, Rama, Krishna and Hanuman –the principal deities who are the focus of our daily worship. The boundless experience of Bhakti is not confined to any one form of poetry or music. This vast all-pervasive spirit is reflected in our series of 16 volumes which, for the first time, draws together a rare range of words, music and classical artistes in a single offering.
In this compilation we have stayed within the Sanskrit/Hindi tradition. Our selections include ancient Sanskrit texts and the works of Tulsidas, Surdas and Meerabai as well as more contemporary writers. There is an equally varied range of devotional passages –stotras and shlokas, stutis, bhajans, and aartis, with a special section for Namastotras and the Shri Vishnu Sahasranamavali, presented here in its entirety.
No less diverse are the musical renditions of these passages. From the ancient form of dhrupad to the better known bhajan style, from Sanskrit shlokas set to ragas to those recited in musical chant, from traditional melodies to those specially created for this series, the music is as soaring and limitless as Bhakti itself, allowing artistes their own unique expression.
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