[Advaita-l] Svarita in RV and YV (was Re: SRI SUKTAM - Meaning)

Sundaresan, Vidyasankar (GE Infra, Water) vidyasankar.sundaresan at ge.com
Thu Feb 26 12:44:19 CST 2009

>Thanks a lot for your clarification...infact I was referring to deergha
>svarita in RV in place regural svarita in YV in some of the maNtra-s
>where text (maNtra) donot change....This is where exactly a R^igvedi
>finds it difficult to catch up with YV style of recitation...However,
>I am in dilemma with regard to tone & style which you are talking
>about...Perhaps, a practial/personal hearing of these RV & YV
>maNtra-s from your goodself would solve my problem... 

Around the beginning of the 20th century, when musicological conferences
became very common, a famous and extremely highly respected musician
dismissed the effort with a remark, "Oh, now they're giving up singing,
they can talk about music, huh?"

Trying to verbally describe all the tonal variations in vedic recitation
is a bit
like that! As we got into this topic on this list, I realized that a lot
explanation will be needed for many things that are taken for granted
respect to terms like svarita. And without an audio demonstration, any
explanation will still remain incomplete, not to mention the differences
opinion about what a svarita should sound like. This is partly why I
pursued this thread more vigorously.

Any suggestions from list members will be welcome.


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