Learn Vedic Chanting - Mobile App
 

Learn Vedic Chanting


Learn Vedic Chanting by
Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram
Swathi Soft Solutions

  


The oral tradition of Vedic chanting is one of India's greatest cultural legacies. Although Vedic chanting was originally the purview of teachers who were responsible for its preservation and transmission, with the gradual shift away from traditional systems of work and lifestyle, it became apparent that unless stringent measures were taken to preserve the art of Vedic chanting, the valuable teachings of the Veda-s would be lost.

It was for this reason that T Krishnamacharya (1888 - 1989), the legendary yoga master and scholar pioneered the removal of the restrictions on the transmission of the Veda-s, throwing open the doors of Vedic chanting to anyone who respects the tradition and wishes to play an active role in its preservation for posterity. This audio App, conceived as a learning aid to help students who wish to understand the nuances of Vedic chanting, crystallizes the essence of T Krishnamacharya's approach.

Across India, there are several traditions of Vedic chanting and hence, corresponding pedagogical variations, depending on the particular branch of the Veda-s followed by teachers of different lineages. In this audio guide to Vedic chanting, the teaching tradition of T Krishnamacharya, as passed on by TKV Desikachar, Founder, Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, is represented.

This product presents a detailed overview of the key rules of Vedic chanting with appropriate examples and also guides the listener in the integration of these tools in the process of Vedic chanting using a selection of simple and more complex chants from the Yajur Veda. This App follows the traditional adhyayanam format of recitation and repetition where the listener has the opportunity to listen, learn and then chant.

It must be emphasized here that this product is not intended to replace the one-on-one transmission of teachings which is the crux of the Vedic tradition, but rather to complement this process and give students a means for self-study and revision even at their own places of residence, where they may not have easy access to a teacher.

Concept: Dr. Latha Satish, Managing Trustee, Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram
Presentation: Radha Sundararajan, Nrithya Jagannathan
This App has been conceptualised as simple, easy-to-use beginner's guide to Vedic chanting. The menu icon on the top left of the screen opens to list the entire table of contents.

The contents have been split into three sections. The first part, "Siksa" presents an introduction to the rules of Vedic chanting. Clicking on this will lead the user to a sub-menu with 10 key topics. The user may then go into each of the chapters which present a particular aspect of the rules of chanting.

Clicking on "çravaëam" in the main menu opens out a sub-menu with 10 tracks. All the chants in this section are presented in the "listen" mode, along with the accompanying text of each chant in Roman transliteration format. This section enables the user only to listen to the chants and follow them if required with the accompanying text.

Clicking on "adhyayanam" in the main menu opens a sub-menu comprising 8 tracks. Here the chants have been presented in the "learn and repeat" mode along with the text of the chant in the Roman transliteration format.. The teacher chants one line of each chant; the student repeats that line and then there is a pause of the same duration with reduced volume for the user to repeat the same line. This format is followed across all chants in this section.

In all the sections of this App, the user has the option of reading the text and using the onscreen player to listen to the audio version of the text.

The Play icon    plays the audio of the respective chapter. The forward    and backward     buttons respectively take the user to the next and previous chapters in that section.

To return to the main menu after reading a chapter, click the   icon on the top left of the screen.

The favourite icon   at the lower right hand corner of each chapter allow you to create your favourites folder.

The icon allows you to access and manage your favourites.

The icon at the lower right corner of each page enables you to play all the tracks in a section/chapter.

The Home  icon on the top left corner of the screen takes you back to the Title Page of the App.

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