An interview with mantra singer Sudha

  - Sudha, in the last 10 years or so we witnessed a great rising interest in Sacred Chants music. What do you feel it's a reflection of?

I am hoping that is an indication of more and more people becoming aware of the power of sound and the healing effect that music can have. It also feels like it is going a bit hand in hand with yoga becoming very main stream. So the music that is played in yoga classes is now also played at home and in the car. With the world speeding up and up and up in so many ways and in all areas of most people's lives, I think that most of us need something to help us slow down, breath and be more present. And for me that is what this genre of music does.


- There seem to be more female than male singers who find this genre to be their favorite musical expression. Do you agree with that? (and if so why do you think it is)

I haven't perceived it like that. Maybe because most of the musicians I have played with in the past 15 years have been male. They haven't been singers of course, but still musicians in the genre of devotional music. But maybe the nature of devotional music is more closely related to female characteristics…? Nurturing and healing. I don't know. Personally I love this genre because it is the easiest and most effortless way for me to go into a meditative space. There is no "performance" needed, just authentic sharing and a feeling of Gratitude for Life.


- Your previous album Sharanam has been received very well and is one of Malimba Records best sellers. What can you say about that and how does your latest release In Her Name compare to Sharanam?

Yes, Sharanam seemed to take on a life of its own. And it has been amazing to hear from people from all corners of the world who have shared with me how much they love that album. I have even met people who have told me that they listen it every day! Sharanam has a very deep meditative core running through the whole album and was very much recorded with the intent of healing. And hopefully that is what listeners have been picking up on. It feels like a timeless classic, which is all down to Maneesh de Moor's amazing talent for creating both depth and space in the music.

In Her Name came into creation from a different source. After becoming a mother and also having moved to Glastonbury, England where the Goddess is very much celebrated, I felt very inspired to pay tribute to and honor some of those aspects of the Divine Feminine. Aspects that we all have within us, male or female. But in the past many centuries those qualities have not been very much appreciated in our fast paced everyday life of "doing". So I felt to highlight some of the different names of the Goddess - Saraswati, Kuan Yin, Tara, Oshun… Hence the title "In Her Name".
What was also important to me in this production was to have lots of acoustic instruments, each instrument with their own healing resonance. For each track I would have a very strong visual idea that Praful, with his incredible ability to understand my ramblings, would help turn into music. As I don't have any official musical education - all I have is my ears - I would say things like "imagine mountain tops, wind, glass and metal" or "this is all about wood and clay sounds and a lovely river in the jungle". And Praful would try different things out and we would find our way together. The whole process of the production was SO much fun. And because of the funds I was so blessed to raise in the crowd funding campaign, I was able to pay some really brilliant musicians to play on the album. So we had files zooming through cyber space from Ireland, England, Holland, India and Australia whilst mixing everything in the studio in Germany. Just that in it self felt magic. And you can feel the heart and devotion of each musician and singer in the mix. This album was also the first time I have had a really active role in the production, down to every single tiny detail. So In Her Name is an album that I am feeling very proud of and  really hope that the listeners will enjoy.


- You are one of those artists who seem to really enjoy touring and playing live concerts. What do you love about it?

I love the adventure of traveling and meeting people in all corners of the world. All sorts of cultures and traditions, such variety. And still, when it comes to sitting down and singing, opening our hearts, being together - we are the same all over the world. I always feel incredibly lucky to meet so many amazing people, being invited into people's homes and taking part in their lives for the short amount of time that we are passing through. I always come away feeling that I have expanded my family. And as for the actual concerts - I just love that amazing feeling of Oneness when we are all together, singing from our hearts. And the incredible healing energy of the silence that follows. It just brings it home again and again - We are All One.


- What would you like to see manifesting more in your future musical life?

I do feel immensely grateful for all the wonderful experiences I have had so far through sharing music. So I would love for that to continue and expand. I have a strong pull to both North and South America, so I hope to make it possible to tour those continents at some point.

I would love to one day record an album of songs in English. I also really enjoy that way of expression, and there are songs that I really love and where I feel very connected to the lyrics. That way of telling a story and touching people in a different way than with the mantras.

And then of course, in my most wildest dreams, I would love to collaborate with Sting on an album of mantras! I have been singing along to his albums for more than 25 years now, and I think our voices compliment each other nicely :-)

- UK, September 2014

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4 comments

  • Loli Muñoz

    Loli Muñoz Alicante

    Hola Sudha, he estado esta tarde en tu concierto en Alicante y he quedado más que feliz. Ha sido una experiencia única. He sentido toda la Paz y el amor manifestado a través de tus canciones. Mil gracias por esta experiencia. Loli Muñoz

    Hola Sudha, he estado esta tarde en tu concierto en Alicante y he quedado más que feliz. Ha sido una experiencia única.
    He sentido toda la Paz y el amor manifestado a través de tus canciones.
    Mil gracias por esta experiencia.
    Loli Muñoz

  • Sunil

    Sunil

    Hi sudha i need your song mulla meditation uts lenth is 20.08 minute i m very crazy for it plz help me where from i found or download it. My email id is suniljasani79@gmail.com and my mobile number is +919920093099 plz help me.

    Hi sudha i need your song mulla meditation uts lenth is 20.08 minute i m very crazy for it plz help me where from i found or download it. My email id is suniljasani79@gmail.com and my mobile number is +919920093099 plz help me.

  • Naturamare

    Naturamare http://www.tantrahomemadrid.info/

    Thank you for the magic vibration

    Thank you for the magic vibration

  • Mantra Lover

    Mantra Lover <a href="http://www.mantrahotels.com/" title="Mantra">New Zealand</a>

    Your music and talent is absolutely wonderful. I can really 'feel' the energy, love and passion you bring to it. Thank you so much. Namaste.

    Your music and talent is absolutely wonderful. I can really 'feel' the energy, love and passion you bring to it. Thank you so much. Namaste.

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