BORN TO PLAY
BELOW PICTURES : Shivam as a baby with his father Kaoshal Saraswati; and Shivam Rath is now playing with his son Satya Rath creating 3 generations.
Multi-Instrumentalist, World Musician & Yoga Teacher
Composing, Producing, Organising & Recording
Music, Retreats, Workshops & Celebratory Events :D
A UNIQUE JOURNEY ?
A Universal feel yet based soundly in Indian classical Music, blending harmoniously ancient sounds with timeless tastes; across many cultures; using the Indian slide guitar studied and gifted from world renowned guitarist Pt Debashish Bhattacharya.
Shivam has played and studied many instruments in his lifetime, but of current pursues only a select few including vocals, Tabla & Japanese Shakuhatchi Flute from renowned grand master Riley Lee. His main instrument of choice however has become the Chattarangi or Indian Slide Guitar combined with the traditional Veena method of using a crystal ball as his gliding means within the vast deep Raga Sphere.
Traveling extensively around India and Asia, studying and sharing this musical practice and performance leaving a profound impression of something far more than just entertainment to the listeners in many different languages, in many different contexts.
Shivam Rath began traditional training from a child in Indian music from his father. He later resumed this focus into Indian classical music in Varanasi with his fathers Tabla Teacher; master Pt Chhote Lal Misra, alongside Indian slide guitarist Dr Shibbanath Bhattacharya from 2010 ~ 2013 at the same time as studying a 2 year Yogic Diploma in Australia with the Satyananda/ Sivananda Yoga tradition. Thus he combined the experience and philosophical pursuit of musical practice with yogic practice, creating a concentrated effort of musical meditation and transformative healing through sound.
MEDITATIVE SOUND EXAMPLE OF SHIVAM'S MUSIC & VOICE AVAILABLE FOR FREE ON THE APP INSIGHT TIMER ~ ( AN INCREDIBLE WORLD WIDE MEDITATION APP FOR ANY SMART PHONE. SHIVAM"S GUIDED MUSIC MEDITATIONS ARE AVAILABLE UNDER HIS NAME OR HIS POPULAR TRACKS NADA NIDRA ~ A FLOWING MELODIC SLEEP)
After his tabla teacher passed away he shifted from Varanasi to Kolkata in order to perform more extensively on the Indian slide guitar with world renowned guitarist Pt Debashish Bhattacharya. Shivam has adopted the traditional Veena method of using a crystal ball as his slide and aims for crystal clear clarity in tone and Meend (glide). He has travelled extensively around India and the world, studying and sharing his practices and performance as more than just a form of entertainment but a sacred experience & a meditative discipline.
Shivam Rath is a second generation musician born into a western musical family but with a father who also studied Indian Classical music for many years and a folk singer songwriter mother Rosemary Rath who plays songs of Indigenous affairs. Raised in the alternative neighbourhood of Byron Bay Australia he was naturally surrounded by the influence of a Yogic/ alternative musical lifestyle and has spread and expanded the path of Classical and Harmonic World Music Fusion in Australia and abroad.
Focusing on three central instruments (Tabla; Indian Slide Guitar and Shakuhachi Flute from renowned teachers Chota Lal Misra; Debashish Bhattacharia & Riley Lee) ; also singing with the underlying vocal system of Indian Classical Music and Sanskrit Mantra as well as original progressive blends fusing his western up-bringing. He believes each instrument gives a unique perspective and understanding of music as a whole, e.g rhythm and melody, wind and vocal etc thus each instrument supports the other in learning music as whole.
Shivam specializes in meditative music, group orchestration, rhythmical accompaniment as well as Indian classical and original solo performance
He believes music is more than just a form of art or entertainment however and follows it as a sincere practice of lifestyle and a tool for meditation and healing. The philosophy of Nada & Yoga is a practice he has both studied, developed and is now sharing through concerts, workshops & group and private lessons around the world.
NEWS AND REVIEWS
THE NATURE OF RAGA
Raga's are based from nature and times of day/ night. Ragas require the musician to become a medium to invoke the mood and feeling above all else in learning a new scale. A small clip based on Indian Raga Durga.
One on one lessons or intimate concert settings for serious seekers; in person or across the web of space & time
Whether we want to become famous musicians or we simply want to enjoy the practice; the purpose of NadaYoga is neither. Like any life path it is a way to recognise the profound benefits music and sound can bring to our own lives subsequently impacting and effecting those around us. Having experienced this for oneself we can then share this as a living experience. Lessons can be arranged in person and in traditional temple settings or in the comfort of your own home via Skype and other online mediums.