Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Anuradha Paudwal at Brisbane Hindu Temple

At Hindu temples all around India and the world, there are often CDs playing of various holy mantras and kirtans with a high woman's voice. That singer is very often Anuradha Paudwal, and when I heard that she would be singing at the Brisbane Hindu Temple I knew it was not to be missed. There was a really wonderful devotional, unifying atmosphere. The temple was packed and people were trying to squeeze in anywhere, but despite that everyone was smiling and loving.

Anuradha Paudwal began with the famous Gayatri Mantra, went through a number of bhajans and kirtans at times exciting, at times sweet and calming, and finished by singing for the arati ceremony. Both the first and last pieces are very standard ceremonial chants, and Anuradha Paudwal's voice is surely the world's most heard singer of those mantras.

Brisbane Hindu Temple

Anuradha Paudwal singing for the Hindu community of Brisbane.
Alpesh did a fantastic job on dholak!!!

Things got pretty exciting at one stage


I've even done my first Youtube upload so you can get a better sense of the vibe!

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