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I'm looking to hear and learn about Vedic Chanting while in India and was wondering if anyone had any recommendations about a good place to visit to hear/ learn about the Vedas.

I'm specifically looking for someone who chants the Vedas with presence in the voice- not just merely going through the motions.

Let me know if you know of such a place.

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The Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai has a vedic chant school. I took vedic chanting lessons there as part of my yoga training. Contact the Vedavani part of KYM for more information.
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I do not know any specific place but Rishikesh can be a best bet.
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Originally Posted by asicola View Post I'm looking to hear and learn about Vedic Chanting while in India and was wondering if anyone had any recommendations about a good place to visit to hear/ learn about the Vedas.

I'm specifically looking for someone who chants the Vedas with presence in the voice- not just merely going through the motions.

Let me know if you know of such a place.

Cheers
The shankaraachaarya maTham at Sringeri and Kaanchi are the places where you will find good quality vedic chanting. Tirupathi and Puttaparthi have daily Vedic chanting. Arsha Vidya Gurukulam at Coimbatore has daily Vedic chanting.

In North India, Varanasi is the place. There, barring a few exceptions, i have found the general quality depressing .

Baarshi near Solapur is also another place where all the nine veda branches are taught.

There are a very few places where Vedic chanting is taught. My house happens to be one of them.

A traditional teacher is unlikely to teach any foreigner for they [both teacher and student] have to follow a particular code of conduct. The true teacher will evaluate the veda-worthiness of a student before teaching. KYM mentioned above by Yogagal does teach foreigners.

Where did you first hear these chants?

There are a number of CDs available to enjoy the experience.

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I'm specifically looking for someone who chants the Vedas with presence in the voice-
Very difficult to find... [bordering on the impossible] I have been searching for someone like this for 24 years almost full time and have barely found two persons so far. Pundits who chant are many, but the "presence" in the voice is rare indeed. Have you heard this "presence" so far in any audio CD or temple??

Good to see your post. Happy to meet a kindred veda seeker.

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for starters you can try CHANTS OF INDIA by Ravi Shankar which has just basic mantra s for daily recital i just listen to it once a day without miss !!!

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Originally Posted by Travinfoindia View Post I do not know any specific place but Rishikesh can be a best bet.
RISHIKESH any specific place are u aware of ??
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Originally Posted by asicola View Post I'm specifically looking for someone who chants the Vedas with presence in the voice- not just merely going through the motions.
Then I suggest you take a "The Yoga of Sound" workshop given by my teacher Srivatsa Ramaswami of Chennai, India when he is in the US -- which is now. He studied with Sri Krishnamacharya for over 30 years, and learned the chants from him. Ramaswami is considered a chant master in India and has put out many chant CDs.

The first time I heard Ramaswami chant, I drove home crying all the way because I was so moved. If that is not "presence in the voice", then I don't know what is.
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YogaGal- thank you for the tip- I will look into KYM as I will be traveling through Chennai.

AvidTrekker- I first heard the Vedas chanted on a digital recording that my meditation teacher recorded while in India over twenty years ago. The quality is not that great, but the spaces the Pundit brought were absolutely amazing. Like YogaGal, I too cried the first time I heard them.

I assumed the search would be difficult and I would probably only know when I heard it if the voice had the presence I was looking for. I can't even say what that is, but I think I would know it.

My background is the more esoteric side of meditation, but I am slowly getting steeped in the Vedas, the Upanishads, and the Bhagavad Gita. Finding the beauty in them incredibly amazing.

Can you recommend some specific CDs?
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Originally Posted by YogaGal View Post Then I suggest you take a "The Yoga of Sound" workshop given by my teacher Srivatsa Ramaswami of Chennai, India when he is in the US -- which is now.

The first time I heard Ramaswami chant, I drove home crying all the way because I was so moved. If that is not "presence in the voice", then I don't know what is.
The first time I heard Srivatsa Ramaswami on tape in 1985, I was struck by the simplicity of his voice. To my mind it has compassion and a bit of pathos. He evokes emotion from our heart. Both qualities I regard as higher than "presence".

If he is in the US presently, you should definitely go to his classes to learn veda.

The Challakere Brothers are a good chanting pair. Among the best of the studio recordings. Another good pair are the Pallathadka Brothers [not available on the net]

The links for Challakere Brothers...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgAYa5skEys
[you will find "presence" in this rendition of medhaa suuktam]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMdXV...elated&search=

http://www.kannadaaudio.com/Songs/De...reBrothers.php

http://www.oxfordbookstore.com/oxfor...NGS42S6EUJ9DC7

http://www.khazana.com/et/products/p...pt=&sku=&List=

Happy Listening and Chanting !!!
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Venkateswara Suprabhatam

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Though not a Vedic chant, the Venkateswara Suprabhatam by M. S. Subbulakshmi may interest you. It is an early morning invocation dedicated to Venkateswara. A good translation is available at A. Srinath's page on the Suprabhatam. An MP3 rendition is available at http://www.suprabhatam.org/. The canonical site is at the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams.

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KYM is holding a two year International Vedic Chant Training Program in Austria, to start in November. you can read about it here

also a two week program in October in Chennai.
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avid trekker???

who do you recommend in kashi for vedic chanting?

many thanks---and Happy Trails
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Sanskrit university.Puri.
Sankaraachraya Matha,Puri.
Veda school,Puri
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Originally Posted by nyraghu View Post Though not a Vedic chant, the Venkateswara Suprabhatam by M. S. Subbulakshmi may interest you.
That is by as in sung by.

Perhaps a newcomer might get the idea that she composed it!
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many thanks---and Happy Trails
I personally know a teacher [atharva veda] in vaaraaNasi. Any other teacher i would not know. [he in turn would know] If i hear any of them chant, i would know their pronunciation clarity right away. You have to have an ear for it. It also helps that i am teaching the same....

I still do not know any GOOD teacher willing to teach a foreigner except at KYM and at AVG [both in Tamilnadu]

As a subject matter, veda chanting is so rare, that i am answering such a query for the second time in ten years. Indians couldn't care less. Most are ignorant or indifferent [or both] to the fact that their Country is host to the OLDEST LIVING SPOKEN HERITAGE on Planet Earth. [UNESCO declared it, not me]

Despite such odds, we soldier on....
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Moderator Note: Colnago... I deleted your other two posts as they seemed to be on essentially the same subject under discussion here
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