[Advaita-l] Fantastic Rudram Chamakam chanting by 21 Priests

Balasubramanian Ramakrishnan rama.balasubramanian at gmail.com
Wed May 3 06:19:55 EDT 2017

Dear Sarmaji,

I did freely admit that I am no expert in all Andhra variations. However
your contention that a bunch of people saying the same thing together means
that it is/must be a tradition is wrong. If you actually know that this is
a genuine Andhra tradition it's something else, but it looks like you don't
and you are just speculating. I am willing to keep an open mind, but have
my doubts.

There's a guy on YouTube who has posted a whole group of 20 or 30 of his
disciples chanting rudram in unison very mellifluously, all of them
chanting naadyaa!ya ca_ instead of naa_dyaaya! ca in rudram, a very common
mistake I hear in North American temple chanting. I later got to know that
the guy teaching is a likhita paaThakaara himself. He has trained a whole
bunch of people to chant as wrong as himself and that too in unison.

My admiration of these pundits has nothing to do with what I heard when I
was young, but everything to do with how they have preserved the
praatishaakhya phonetic injunctions. Quite frankly, unless you are well
versed in taittiriiya praatishakhya phonetic injunctions, you will not know
why the Vediclinks guys are way better than other people. Don't get me
wrong, but the finer points of the Vediclinks chanting are to be
appreciated only by the cognoscenti. It's like the difference between
hearing a good violinist playing four seasons versus Yehudi Menuhin. But it
can be appreciated only by a select few.

Btw, I love hearing North Indian shukla yajur veda recitation.


On Wed, May 3, 2017 at 12:23 AM D.V.N.Sarma డి.వి.ఎన్.శర్మ <
dvnsarma at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear Ramakrishnan,
> We have tendency to endow the rendering we have heard in childhood
> as genuine because we do not see anybody questioning it and also
> alternative renderings are rarely heard in our native regions. That does
> not mean
> alternative renderings are not there or they are flawed.
> I personally find north indian vedic recitation very boring. But that does
> not make it flawed.
> For north indians it is very authentic. They do not know anything else.
> regards,
> Sarma.
> On Tue, May 2, 2017 at 7:19 AM, Balasubramanian Ramakrishnan <
> rama.balasubramanian at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I have heard 10s of people chanting wrong words in unison in certain
>> places. That doesn't make it correct or a regional variation. This doesn't
>> sound like Andhra paatham. Aandhra paatham has a tremolo like effect in
>> certain places, by this is not like that. Of course I am no expert in all
>> regional variations of aandhra paatham. So it's possible.
>> Rama
>> On Mon, May 1, 2017 at 12:06 AM D.V.N.Sarma డి.వి.ఎన్.శర్మ <
>> dvnsarma at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> ​There will be slight variations in the pathantarams of different
>>> regions.
>>> I think this is the version of Andhra. The very fact so many people are
>>> reciting it in unison means
>>> that they are reciting a single pathantaram as taught by their guru.
>>> For example the pathantarams of north India sound quite different.
>>> Just as this pathantaram sounds flawed to you, it is quite possible your
>>> pathantaram
>>> may

More information about the Advaita-l mailing list