About Gurukul

The “Ragatmika Music Gurukul” welcomes all devotees and lovers of Music who wish to explore & relish the various fine nuances of Music and singing via classical ”Raagas”. The most ancient form of Music is that revealed by the Indian scriptures. In various countries on this planet, various local and folk songs have appeared as the singing traditions of that land but have faded away over time.The reason is that over time those techniques of singing appear archaic and outdated. A Raag, a harmonious melody of Musical notes, is an extraordinary composition gifted by God, in which ever new experiences are to be found every time it is sung. The singing of a Raag gives rise to ever new devotional sentiments and divine experiences. In spite of ages having passed in the world of Music. The tradition of relishing Music via the Raagas has remained as it is and will remain so in the future too.

The reason is that the knowledge of this form of Music is used primarily as a means to attain God. A specialized techniques of singing the Raags give rise to a tradition or school of Music referred to as a Gharana. These techniques are learned to imbibe higher devotional sentiments and for the singing of devotional songs in a manner that makes it particularly relishable to rasika devotees. By constant and repeated practice of this technique, the heart becomes the abode of simplicity and relishable devotional sentiments and one become inclined towards the attainment of God and His Love.  There is no doubt or second opinion in this matter.

 

The kulapati of Gurukul:

Rupak Goswami is a classical vocal Music artist in the Gosvami Gharana tradition. The Gosvami tradition is popular for its rare combination of svara, laya, and sahitya. Born in Mumbai, Rupak Goswami began his formal Music training at birth from his father, Pandit Ashok Kumar Goswami, who has preserved the tradition as received from his forefathers. Rupak Goswami utilizes the harmonium to teach his students perfect pitch and the tanpura to express the nuances of traditional Raagas.

Rupak Goswami
                          Rupak Goswami

Through the special structure of the vocal organ, a human being is capable of making a greater variety of tones than any other living being and thus can express every emotion. The Ragatmika Art Gurukul was begun in 2011 in Vrindavan where Rupak Goswami has been living since 2006.

The word Ragatmika” is a Sanskrit term designating the particular intense and spontaneous love of the eternal Brijvasis for Lord Krishna. So it has a very important meaning for the devotional school of Bhakti.  The word has a double meaning, however, which describes Music itself, “permeated with melodiousness.”

The double meaning of the word Raaga as both melody and spontaneous loving attraction to the Lord is an indication of the spiritual and devotional approach that Rupak Goswami takes to the art of Indian classical vocal Music, which historically has always been closely connected to the Bhakti movement.

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