Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Swami

Swami Dattatreya Rama Rao Parvakitar
12" x 16", oil on canvas, 2014
Track 12 from The Columbia World Library of Folk and Primitive Music, Vol. XII: India is a recording of a Svarāramandalā played by Swāmī D.R. Parvatikar. The Swami was recorded by Alain Danielou in Hyderabad (Deccan). Rama Rao Parvatikar was a prominent Hindu saint and sanyasin (Wikipedia), he was born in 1916 and died in 1990. He would stand on his head every morning for at least fifteen minutes after which he would play his dattatreya veena (a self built folk harp) right side up. Danielou, a professor at the University of Benares recorded Rama Rao Parvatikar on several occasions between 1950 and 1955.

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