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Rokus De Groot: Shivashakti Play God/ Goddess

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In Hinduism, Shiva and Shakti represent the balance between male and female, between meditation and energy. Shiva and Shakti go by various names and forms in India, such as Shankara and Durga, or Bhairav and Bhairavi. The performance on this CD is inspired by various sources on Shiva and Shakti:

- Amritanubhava, 'Taste of Nectar' by Jnaneshwar (1275-1296). The first chapter glorifies the rapture of Shiva and Shakti in each other: \In the flush of love, they swallow each other's body. However, in order to maintain duality, they then expel each other. The Lover (Shiva), prompted by the desire to enjoy himself, reverses his position and becomes the Beloved (Shakti), occupying the same beautiful place. Their duality remained undivided." (transl. R.K. Bhagwat)

- Ardhanareshwara, divine image, half man, half woman. In a playful mood, Parvati (Shakti) once covered Shiva's third eye, with the dire consequence that the universe was cast into darkness for ages. After a period of severe penance, Parvati could no longer stand being separated from her Lover. Her wish to be re-united with him in one single form is fulfilled.

In ShivaShakti, the English horn part was composed by Rokus de Groot, who also created the overall structure of the work. In this recorded performance, Dhruba Ghosh engages in 'instantcomposition' (improvisation), and plays the sarangi part. Dhruba Ghosh and Ernest Rombout, two master musicians schooled in different cultural traditions, each unfold his own musical expertise based respectively on Indian classical and contemporary European music, while at the same time continually remaining attuned to each other. This interplay is a form of intercultural polyphony: respect for difference through mutual responsiveness."
Item number Q11002
Barcode 9789078740254
Release date 26/03/2012
Media type CD
Number of units 1
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