Vishnuyasha (Puri Juggernaut Edition)

by shivacult

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This composition is an electronic simulation of a raw Carnatic Keertana form, with composed phrases of two stanzas being played with accompaniments. Based in Raga Bageshri and Adi Talam.

Padma Purana - "Lord Kalki will end the age of Kali and will kill all the wicked mlecchas [low class and evil beings] and, thus, destroy the bad condition of the world. He will gather all of the distinguished Brahmanas and will propound the highest truth. He will know all the ways of life that have perished and will remove the prolonged hunger of the genuine Brahmanas and the pious. He will be the only ruler of the world that cannot be controlled, and will be the banner of victory and adorable to the world."

I have tried to craft an ambient introduction to depict Vaikunta, the Hindu Lord Vishnu's beautiful abode, where he has safely gotten back to after finishing some earthly business.

The main part of the track, set to Raga Bageshri describes the post apocalyptic peace restored by Vishnuyasha (Kalki), the avatara of lord Vishnu. I have used VSTi to try and draw the various beautiful slides that are present in Carnatic phrases on MIDI. The rhythm has been crafted using chopped and carefully resonated breaks which give the acoustic feel of Indian percussion (though not in its entirety)

Mleccha Hatha Siddhanta meaning "Evil - Slay - Doctrine" (Sounds cooler in Sanskrit! :D )

This composition is about Lord Vishnu. Thanks to the immensely Vaishnava vibes I experienced after my chance trip to Tirupathi. Also acknowledged are the collective energies of Asmita, Dakta Dub, Manoj, Satish, Sudarshan, Murari, Arnav and Sadhana, Monkey Foundation!


released April 5, 2013
Special thanks to shri. Sreedhar Vaidhyanathan and smt. Anuradha Sreedhar.

Mixed, composed and mastered by Harshavardhan.

Album art, photography and concept by Harshavardhan.



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Shivacult is Harshavardhan from Hyderabad. He is a trained classical Carnatic vocalist, DJ, writer, visual artist and one of the founding members of Monkey Radio India, an underground radio based in India.

Original, futuristic, mystic and forward thinking, Shivacult's musical perspective preserves the real Indian roots and at the same time, giving it a contemporary twist.
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