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Re: Pancha Sooktham/Divya Prabandam recitation

From: T R Govindarajan (trg_at_joker.ho.lucent.com)
Date: Wed Sep 09 1998 - 09:23:06 PDT

Dear Bhagavatas:

Mani wrote:
>>since the svara and order of the words is of utmost
>>importance, the student is best able to learn them
>>correctly when the teacher hears the student repeat
>>after him and corrects whatever mistakes there are.
>>

This is true.  The pronounciation of words are important in chanting. Otherwise
the meaning will be different. My teacher told me that verses from Upanishad may
be chanted without svara like any sloka.  The vibrations will NOT be there 
without svara.

The chanting of Prabandam may be learnt with a tape. My experience is that
chanting is learnt good only from a person who knows the chanting. I was able
to correct my way of chanting from the Prabanda recitation during the 
celebration of the 600th anniversary in New Jersey.   

DAsan Govindarajan