About the Project
Indo- German Collaboration
“Miracles are made in Heaven” is quite a famous saying, and there is no doubt that our journey towards our goal, of realizing our dream, in offering the “Shanmuga Kavacham” to a Global audience, is nothing short of a miracle. We took the road less traveled and when the going got tough, the tough got going. Initially, we decided to do this Divine work for a regional and national audience, but our quest in finding a top notch choir to carry the grandeur of the composition, compelled us to look beyond our borders.
The Divine saint/poet Srimath Pamban Swamigal who had written the Shanmuga Kavacham, had prophesized that this work would reach a global audience...Read More..
About Shanmuga Kavacham
Chapter 1 (verses 1-9) - the subject he dwells on is the ‘Human Body’, wherein he elaborately segregates each part of the body categorically and pleads for God’s protection from any looming danger.
Chapter 2 (verses10, 11 &12) - he depicts the dark forces, harmful weapons and evil people and the possible dangers from them and pleads for God’s protection.
Chapter 3 (verses 13, 14 & 15) - he seeks God’s protection from the predictable dangers by various Animals, Amphibians and Reptiles. On the prima facie it appears so... but in reality it is actually used as a metaphor. He implores God to save mankind from the wrath of fellow human beings besieged with animalistic persona and also prevent mankind from getting into these animalistic instincts.
Chapter 4 (verses 16-20) - he lists various ailments possible and seeks God’s protection from the eventual torment.
Chapter 5 (verse 21) - he talks about the messengers of death and implores God to save him from attaining death. As again this is used as a metaphor, eventually the inner meaning portray his genuine appeal to God to liberate the soul from the cycle of re-births and to attain the eternal state.
Chapter 6 (verses 22-29) - he talks about the awaiting dangers from all the 5 dimensions - Length, Breath, Height, Time and Space eventually seeking the Almighty’s protection.
In the final verse (verse 30) he culminates the entire philosophy narrated so far. He then reminisces about his exemplar spiritual leader Arunagirinadhar, who after experiencing all the above mentioned, eventually merged with the almighty after being opulently blessed by him. He devotedly prays to GOD to be sanctified in the same way and surrenders himself at his Holy feet.
The Chamber Choir of EuropeGERMANY
In just a few short years, the Chamber Choir of Europe has established itself as one of the pre-eminent choral groups on the contemporary scene - by virtue of its extensive touring and recording activity, the latter exclusively for Brilliant Classics. The Chamber Choir of Europe was founded as the Nordic Chamber Choir by chorus builder Hanno Kreft. Finding its voice under choral conductor Nicol Matt, the Chamber Choir of Europe began to make their presence felt in the concert circuit and the name change became permanent in April 2002. Since then the Chamber Choir of Europe ...Read More..
Ganesh B. Kumar is a talented Composer, who holds a Licentiate in Music (LTCL) from the Trinity College of Music, London. From childhood, he was fascinated by the works of great masters and this impression left an indelible mark on his young mind. In course of time, the seed of Classical...Read More..
Nicol Matt, one of Germany’s few new generation conductors enjoying international reputation, was born in 1970 in the Black Forest region of Germany. He studied Lutheran church music, conducting, vocal coaching, score playing, piano and singing, at the music academies of Stuttgart, Trossingen and Strasbourg.Read More..
Malcolm P.CooperSOLO TENOR
Malcolm P. Cooper from U.S.A., is the Tenor Soloist of this project. Through his dedication and hard work, he earned himself the esteemed position in the Dean’s list from the University of Delaware, which served to steer his footsteps towards a serious career in Choral music. He received his ...Read More..
Anne ReichSOLO SOPRANO
Anne Reich, the Soprano Soloist of this project, began her musical journey under the able guidance of her teacher Angela Schwaiger from Camerloher Music School from where she completed her graduation in 2011. Earlier, in 2007, she was inducted into the Bavarian State Youth Choir and received singing lessons from Tanja...Read More..
Shalini graduated from Women’s Christian College and Madras University with an M.A degree in English Literature. Her tryst with music began at the tender age of three, participating in inter- school competitions followed by training in singing and theatre with a Western Classical background for plays such...Read More..
Sooraj is a singer/musician from Kerala, in South India, who began his singing career at a very young age, singing in languages such as Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil, Hindi and Kanada. He was very interested in singing and following his studies he pursued a career in music, by participating in many inter-cultural...Read More..
Anand MadhavanSOLO TENOR
Anand Madhavan graduated in Mathematics from Vivekananda College in 1977 followed by a M.B.A (Finance) from Hofstra University, New York, U.S.A. He is the Director of a leading printing company in Chennai and has been instrumental in bringing out the Musical Score of the Mantras in the print format...Read More..
World Premiere of "Mantra meets Classic" is performing on 20th September 2015, Friedrich-von-Thiersch- Saal, Kurhaus Weisbaden.
We are scheduled to perform in India with the Chamber Choir of Europe. Watch this space for confirmed dates.
We are scheduled to perform in Singapore with the Chamber Choir of Europe. Watch this space for confirmed dates.
We are scheduled to perform in Malaysia with the Chamber Choir of Europe. Watch this space for confirmed dates.
Shanmukha Kavacham composed by Pamban Swamigal is a mystical outpouring by a realized soul. It is believed that listening to this divine poem will cure physical and mental afflictions. Ganesh B. Kumar has set this to music wonderfully and with a deep understanding of the content of the composition. Before I heard it, I wondered how a poem so intrinsically Indian would translate to a Western Choral Sonata. But he has done it, a remarkable achievement. I am sure this will resonate in the hearts of listeners all over the world.
அவனருளாலே அவன் தாள் வணங்கி என்பது ஆன்றோரின் அருள் வாக்கு. அந்த வகையில் அன்று பாம்பன் சுவாமிகள் மந்திரச் சொற்கள்கொண்ட சண்முகக் கவசம் படைத்தார், 100 வருடங்களில் உலக அளவில் பரவும் என்றார்.Read More...
Ganesh Kumar’s compositions create a sound that penetrates the depths of the body, mind and soul