Ahead of Ganesh Utsav, singer and Nada Brahma chanting exponent, Priyanko Sur has released an audio CD, Bho Ganesha Surashreshtha for Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple Trust. The CD consists of one Ganesha stuti, which has been composed into a contemporary song, specifically for this year’s fest.
Priyanko, who has previously sung another Ganesh stuti for Siddhivinayak Temple Trust, Mumbai, says, “I have been connected to Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati Temple Trust for quite some time now. I often visit the temple. I had sung one stuti for Siddhivinayak temple, and I was keen to sing one for Dagdusheth Ganapati as well.
So I put forward a proposal to the Trust and I am honoured that they agreed.”
Talking about the stuti that he has recorded, the Mumbai-based singer says, “This stuti is mentioned in the ancient text called Narad Pancharatra. Narad muni has composed this stuti for lord Ganesh. No one has recorded this as yet. So I decided to recreate it in a modern way for this generation.”
An exponent of Nada Brahma, Vedic and Sanskrit chanting, Priyanko believes that many people are unaware of this beautiful genre, which is extremely spiritual and relaxing. “Our Indian music is ancient. Our country is called the origin of sound. Om, which is the cosmic sound, originated from Saam Ved. My mentor, Vishwa Narayanji has been researching on music and its relation with Vedas and Upanishads for a long time now. I have been associated with him for the past two decades. And I am privileged to get an opportunity to research on the same subject under his guidance. We want to bring Sanskrit back to life in the form of Nada Brahma chanting and present it in a modern way to the young generation, but keeping its essence and authenticity intact,” he says.
When asked about his connection with Lord Ganesh and how he was inspired to create something so beautiful, Priyanko says, “He inspires me to do better in what I am doing and I feel it’s because of Him that I got this opportunity to record the song. The monetary or commercial aspect to this project doesn’t really matter to me. I feel Lord Ganesh chose me for this.”
“It was a great honour for me to be able to do something for the temple, especially in the form of music. My mentor helped me with the composition and I had a delightful experience while recording this mesmerising song. We are working on more projects under different kinds of chants related to sun and sound, which we will be launching very soon. Bollywood music dominates the music industry which leaves us with very less space to showcase different genres. But my aim is to spread the awareness and I will keep doing that by making more such music and making people aware about the beauty of their own culture,” says Priyanko.
The singer, who hails from Kolkata, has been celebrating Ganapati at home for 12 years now and he absolutely loves this festival. “Ganapati festival is as important as Durga Puja is to me. We bring the idol home every year and worship him. It is a beautiful festival and I really enjoy it,” he concludes.