Sādhana of great masters of Indian classical music

Sādhana is a means of accomplishment. It comes from the Sanskrit word Sādhan, meaning a means, a way, a tool, or something similar by which something can be accomplished. In essence, it is an ego-transcending practice on material, mental, and spiritual planes, in order to lose oneself or immerse oneself totally, towards the accomplishment of some goal or state. The sādhana of an industrialist accomplishes his/her attainment of material wealth. The sādhana of a doctor accomplishes his/her attainment of providing good health to patients. Sādhana involves a life-long commitment, dedication, and discipline. For example, in Ashtāng Yoga, all the eight parts: Yam, Niyam, Aasan, Prānāyām, Pratyāhār, Dhāranā, Dhyān, and Samādhi, are not different but combine together to constitute the sādhana of a yogi to attain a blissful state of Chittavrittinirodh, which is Yoga, according to Maharishi Patanjali. योगश्चितवृत्तिनिरोध:

Anyway, this post is regarding music; hence, let us concentrate on the sādhana of music. An excellent idea of sādhana can be obtained by viewing the following videos of great masters of music, as given below (not in any particular order):

Pandit Bhimsen Joshi:

Ustad Bismillah Khan:

Pandit V. G. Jog:

Ustad Zakir Hussain:

Pandit Jasraj:

Pandit Kishan Maharaj:

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan:

Begum Parveen Sultana:

Dr. M. Balmurlikrishna

Pandit Shivkumar Sharma

Pandit Ram Narayan

Dr. Chitti Babu

~0~