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Lavanya Dinesh

By Lavanya Dinesh

Mission of a Musician

Being an Indian Classical vocal performer, teacher, student, practitioner and listener of music myself, it is almost impossible to express what music truly means to me. Music just touches the heart and soul so intensely and binds the spirit in bliss simultaneously allowing it to soar. You may be a singer, instrumentalist or composer of any genre of music in this world, it simply doesn’t matter: just grab a moment of introspection and look within. Why is it you do what you do, how does music make you feel? What is your aim, your goal, your mission? Make music to the best of your ability and listeners will follow. They will fall in love with the honesty, beauty, genuineness and grace that you bring to this universe.


Here is my REVELATION:

I am a musician, my mission is to sing,

To convey all that is hidden, and

All that has sunken, to the bottom of my heart.

To dive into deep dark pools and

Emerge unscathed,

To chain roaring lions, and

Bring them to submission and grace.

To catch fleeting moments, and imprison

Them in mellifluous strains

Of infinite music…

The unabated flow, from

The depths of my soul…

To reminisce centuries of longing –

To be one with God,

To recreate lovers’ trysts

In the Gardens of Sweet Passion…

Of amorous quarrels,

Of valiant battles

Fought at the altar of Faith…

Of untold secrets and

Undiscovered magic…

Of sensual pleasure and

Spiritual pain…

Of transcendental meditation and

Mercurial ideas…

With great humility and awe,

I begin to explore,

To sing to my heart’s content

And pour out my soul to all and sundry

Who choose to partake

Of my innermost feelings and

My most guarded emotions!

Lavanya Dinesh, an accomplished performer and teacher of Hindustani classical vocal music, lives in Tampa. She regularly performs at musical venues in India and the United States. The singer has three album releases to her credit. She can be reached at lavanya@lavanyadinesh.com

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