Based on the ancient Indian Raga Ragini tradition Sri Swamiji developed a musical system in which specific Ragas (sequences of notes) are connected with specific body regions, elements and others. The musicians play according to the rules of the Indian notation system and they play with classical Indian instruments like the violin, flute, ghatam, mrdangam and morsing. Sri Swamiji plays a specially prepared synthesizer which He compares with the Veena, an old Indian string instrument.
Concert attendees report about the refreshing, soothing and relaxing effect of this music. Experiences being gained while listening to this music may be the basis to more inner growth, to more inner peace and balance. Since over 30 years Sri Swamiji and His musicians are giving concerts all over the world. In 1987 they were in the West for the first time – in the Netherlands – and since then they played in very prestigious concert halls like the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Lincoln Center in New York, the Esplanade in Singapore, Sydney Opera House and the Tonhalle in Zurich. The two biggest concerts until now with an audience counting more than 100,000 people took place in the Lal Bahadur stadium in Hyderabad, India, in 1996 and 2006.
One of those concerts took place in the Sydney Opera House on April 6th in 2015. There were over 1800 active participants and this event was awarded with the Guinness World Record for being the biggest music therapy session worldwide. The concerts have a meditative character and serve the relaxation and betterment of stress and strains. Sri Swamiji himself recommends to sit in a comfortable position during the concert and to let oneself in for the music. He considers to be medicine. When the mind is calmed, the music has best chances to take full effect.
Sri Swamiji’s oeuvre counts over 200 CDs and DVDs with instrumental music, Bhajans or Chants. Those are available at all well-known providers.
Music & Bhajans
Sri Swamiji is a great composer of Bhajans or religious hymns and songs. Sri Swamiji has written more than 2000 songs in Sanskrit, Kannada, Telugu, Marathi, Gujarati, Hindi and English in praise of various deities. Endowed with a gifted voice, Sri Swamiji’s bhajan sessions enthrall a musical layman and a Carnatic scholar alike. His Music for Healing and Meditation concerts are world renowned having taken place in historic venues such as Lincoln Center (New York, USA), Synder Opera House (Australia), and Royal Albert Hall (London, UK) to name a few. The divine music at these concerts has impacted the lives of many devotees and music enthusiasts. Visit the Puttugam Library at KSHT to enjoy some of these spiritual treasures.
SGS Birds & Shuka Vana
With His compassionate heart, Sri Swamiji established Shuka Vana (Parrot Park), a rehabilitation center for birds in the serene premises of Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Ashrama, Mysuru in 2012. The striking 50 meters high free-flight, one-acre aviary has around 2,100 colorful residents from 468 different species which resulted in Shuka Vana being awarded a Guinness World Record in 2017. Shuka Vana was invited to partner on the project “Year of the Bird 2018” by Audubon, Bird Life International, The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, National Geographic and 190 other reputed organizations on work to protect birds and their habitat, as part of this year’s project – Year of the bird.
SGS Charitable Allopathic & Ayurvedic Hospital
The Allopathic and Ayurvedic hospital in Datta Peetham caters to the medical needs of the poor and those in need. The medical services available at the hospital include Allopathic out patient services, Ayurvedic out-patient and in-patient treatment facilities (ancient Indian system of medicine), dentistry, physiotherapy, cataract operation program, diabetes detection programs, regular medical check-up camps and a free dispensary/ pharmacy. With its own Ayurvedic medicine manufacturing unit, the facility prepares medicines using traditional methods and males them available via the Ashram’s dispensary.