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Renowned Bansuri Player Rajendra Teredesai performs at JKP Radha Madhav Dham

Posted Jun 14 2012 6:21am

http://swaminikhilanand.com/blog/2012/05/renowned-bansuri-player-rajendra-terede
(Click the link to watch the full concert online!)

This past Mother's Day, Radha Madhav Dham gave up their stage to one
of India's renowned bansuri (bamboo flute) players: Surmani Rajendra
Teredesai. Also performing were renowned tabla player Gourisankar, as
well as Manasi Joshi-Singh who accompanied on tanpura. After prasad
lunch, the community of Austin and satsangis alike were invited to
convene in the Shree Raseshwari Radha Rani Temple to experience a
special kind of meditation from the same instrument Krishn plays to
call His beloved Gopis.

On any day, one can come to Shree Raseshwari Radha Rani Temple and
hear its superb acoustics and appreciate its felicitous setting for
musical performances from the humble offerings of the harmonium and
dholak players who perform during the satsang services. And those are
just the technical aspects. Lest we forget, Shree Raseshwari Radha
Rani Temple is imbued with the Divinity of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji
Maharaj himself. From deep down in its soil, in which the foundation
was laid, from the embryo of its design, the vision of its structure,
throughout its construction, to every last minute detail, this temple
carries this Divine uniqueness. So when, on this past Mother's Day,
renowned Indian musicians came to play their "captivating, melodious,
and soulful" music here, perhaps what could be overlooked was how such
a thing of greatness differentiates itself from the infinite greatness
of God. That is why it was so important to report that after the
concert, Rajendra Teredesai made it plain to us that during his
performance here, he felt so inspired that he "could have played all
night." He expressed how he felt "grateful to play in such a beautiful
and Divine atmosphere," and wishes to "return soon and perform for the
devotees at Radha Madhav Dham." And he added that "it felt like I am
praying in Vrindaban; I feel free to humbly offer my prayer to Lord
Krishn in the form of my music," and in so doing, preserve the purity
of my music playing here."

The setting in the Radha Madhav Dham Temple hall was a superb
environment for such an intimate concert presentation. Decorated in
Mother's Day pink with colorful, painted-silver balloons floating
about the stage, the players came dressed in orange and yellow. The
music filled the hall creating such a relaxing atmosphere that one
could close their eyes and feel the devotional vibrations raining
throughout the Raseshwari Radha Rani Temple.

Sunday afternoon, when Rajendra Teredesai sat down to play his
bansuri, the audience began to understand just what Rajendraji
describes in his performance as a "Divine Conversation." After the
concert, Rajendraji graciously allowed us to talk with him candidly
about it. He described that when he plays how he loses himself and
allows the vibrations from the flute to be a conduit to his offering
to Krishn. He says, "He (Krishn) takes over and supplies me with the
energy to perform all night long sometimes."

Many dedicated, spiritual people have reported to him that after his
performances throughout India and abroad that they experience true
roop dhyan of Krishn's form. Rajendraji said that it is to his Guru's
credit (the legendary Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia) that he is able to
share this 'divine conversation' with his audience, because "that is
what it is all about." He said, "For me, music is not entertainment,
absolutely it is a religion for me, it is dharma."

Also noteworthy is that Rajendra Teredesai comes from a long lineage
of musical teachers that establishes him as true musical master and
artist in the Indian tradition, where Guru transmits his knowledge to
his disciples, who then become masters themselves and pass on their
knowledge as well. Rajendra Teredesai described his ganda bandh
ceremony, where this bond between disciple and Guru is solidified with
this specific ritual.

In the second part of the concert, the two artists, Rajendra Teredesai
and Gourisankar, began to have their own conversation (popularly known
as 'jugal bandhi'), that at first began as a simple and playful
repertoire between them as each responded to the other's musical
phrases. Then it evolved as the phrases became more and more complex
and lively. Rajendraji always led it by playing a short phrase on his
flute to set up Gourisankar to recreate the same phrase on his tabla.
And though the two instruments are of completely different musical
classification - the flute a wind instrument and the tabla a
percussion instrument - the two masters went on to thrill the audience
with a type of frolicsome, improvisational game likened to a teasing
of a cat and mouse. At one point, Gourisankar had to concede to
Rajendra Teredesai; unable to respond to his bansuri's unique phrases
that were beyond the tabla's capability. He could only raise his tabla
as a form of surrender. The crowd cheered and the musicians continued.

One concert attendee commented: "It was amazing how the two musicians
played so synchronously. It was like they spoke the same musical
language, each intuitively reading the other." The two players had
indeed never even met each other before this concert. So it was an
amazing example of the improvisational characteristics infused in the
Indian music tradition.

Rajendra Teredesai performed for Radha Madhav Dham as a charitable
donation, but for whoever is interested, Rajendra Teredesai is
currently producing a set of five CDs, one of which is available for
purchase from his website and/or amazon.com. It is titled "Divine
Dimensions."

Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat (JKP) was founded by Jagadguru Shree
Kripaluji Maharaj, our beloved Shree Maharajji, the fifth prime
Jagadguru in the last 5000 years.

Founded in 1990, Radha Madhav Dham Temple and ashram serves as the
national center of Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat in the United States and
is one of the largest Hindu Temples in North America.

JKP Radha Madhav Dham Official Website: http://www.RadhaMadhavDham.org
Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat Worldwide Mission: http://www.JKP.org.in
Swami Nikhilanandji's Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/SwamiNikhilanand
Official Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/RadhaMadhavDham

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