Yuva Rhythms is…

…an ongoing musical project produced by CHYK West that strives to convey the messages of ancient stotras, bhajans, and sacred texts in a diverse contemporary way, and provides an avenue for the musically inclined youth of Chinmaya Mission to develop their talents as an offering to the higher. Entirely organized and produced by CHYKs, under the guidance of Swami Sarveshananda, it began in 2012 with the eponymously titled album Yuva Rhythms and has since produced Yuva Rhythms: Gurudev the Musical (2015) and Yuva Rhythms: Gam Gam Ganapathi (2016).

Yuva Rhythms is embarking on it’s fourth album – and we want you to be a part of it!

Auditions are now closed. Thank you for participating! Results will be announced mid-November.

If you have any questions, please email us at yuvarhythms@chykwest.com.

Yuva Rhythms: Gam Gam Ganapathi

The third album in the Yuva Rhythms series explores Lord Ganesha through a myriad of musical styles, ranging from Indian classical to jazz, from art rock to folk, and all sorts in between. You’ll find ancient sanskrit stotras, compositions by the likes of Saint Tukaram and Sri Muthuswami Dikshitar, and original lyrics by the artists on this album, singing and playing their way into the hearts and minds of listeners.

Order CDs: Coming Soon

Buy/Stream Online: Apple Music | Spotify | Google Play | Amazon Music

Track Listing:
1. Gananamtva
Swami Sarveshananda, Krishna Bhamidipati, Subu Narayanan

2. Swagatham
Pallavi Muluk, Krithika Rajkumar

3. Nachat Aale Ganapathi
Subu Narayanan, Gauri Niwargi

4. Vinayaka Ashtottarashata Namavali
Soumya Manikonda, Aashrita Manjunath, Krithika Rajkumar, Vani Ravichandran

5. Sri Maha Ganapathi
Subu Narayanan, Pranav Pannala

6. Ganesha Dvadasha Namani
Varsha Appaji, Nila Bala, Pallavi Muluk

7. Lambodhara
Krishna Bhamidipati, Sanchit Malhotra

8. Prabho Ganapathe
Nila Bala, Pallavi Muluk, Vani Ravichandran

9. Dashakshara Mantra Stotram
Sanchit Malhotra, Aashrita Manjunath, Anchit Menawat, Vani Ravichandran, Samarth Srinivasan

10. Ganesha Mantra Stotram
Sanchit Malhotra, Anchit Menawat, Samarth Srinivasan

11. Ajam Nirvikalpam
Sanchit Malhotra, Soumya Manikonda, Aashrita Manjunath, Anchit Menawat, Subu Narayanan, Pranav Pannala, Krithika Rajkumar, Vani Ravichandran, Samarth Srinivasan

Credits & Composers’ Notes

Gananam Tva (गणानां त्वा)

Voices: Swami Sarveshananda, Krishna Bhamidipati, Subu Narayanan
Language: Sanskrit
Description: In this traditional Vedic mantra from the Rig Veda, we invoke Ganesha as a beginning to this musical offering.

Swagatham (स्वागतम्)

Lyrics (Sanskrit) and Composition: Subu Narayanan
Arrangement: Sanchit Malhotra
Performed by: Pallavi Muluk, Krithika Rajkumar
Instruments: Vishnupriya Krishnan (violin), Sanchit Malhotra (guitar, keyboard)
Description: I’ve not seen Ganesha. I’ve not seen Vishnu. I’ve not seen Shiva nor Durga, Lakshmi or Saraswati. But I have seen you, oh Guru. Seeing the Lord in our Guru and our Guru in the Lord, this song is composed using select names from Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda’s Ashtottarashata Namavali.

Nachat Aale Ganapathi (नाचत आले गणपती)

Lyrics (Marathi): Saint Tukaram
Composition: Bhagavata Shiromani Sri Mohan Rao Pai
Arrangement: Sanchit Malhotra
Performed by: Subu Narayanan, Gauri Niwargi
Instruments: Vishnupriya Krishnan (violin), Sanchit Malhotra (guitar)
Description: Hearing the welcoming cries of the devotee in the previous song, the Lord comes dancing into our hearts. In this abhang, Saint Tukaram boldly declares that Vitthal and Ganapathi are one and the same! Incorporating folk and country elements from India to Africa, this song strives to create that very joy: the joy in oneness, of seeing the one thread connecting all the pearls of names and forms.

Vinayaka Ashtottarashata Namavali (विनायक अष्टोत्तरशतनामावली)

Composition: Subu Narayanan
Arrangement: Sanchit Malhotra, Samarth Srinivasan
Performed by: Soumya Manikonda, Aashrita Manjunath, Krithika Rajkumar, Vani Ravichandran
Instruments: Saagar Raavi (dhol, tabla)
Language: Sanskrit
Description: A namavali composed in four ragas and performed by four singers. Offered as a garland for daily archana and puja, these 108 names span the myriad emotions of a devotee calling to the Lord: from joy to yearning to finally liberation.

Sri Maha Ganapathi (श्रीमहागणपति)

Lyrics (Sanskrit) and Composition: Saint Muthuswami Dikshithar
Arrangement: Anchit Menawat, Subu Narayanan, Samarth Srinivasan
Performed by: Subu Narayanan, Pranav Pannala
Instruments: Jay Appaji (mridangam), Neeraj Chandrashekar (Carnatic violin), Rakesh Kadamati (saxophone), Sanchit Malhotra (guitar), Saagar Raavi (beatbox, dhol)
Description: This is our depection of a famous Carnatic classical song composed by Sri Muthuswami Dikshithar in Raga Goulai. Featuring a wide array of percussion such as mridangam, dhol, synth percussion, drum kits, and beatboxing, rounded out with other synth instruments and guitar, this song pushes musical boundaries while keeping the original roots intact.

Ganesha Dvadasha Namani (गणेश द्वादशनामानि)

Composition and Arrangement: Sanchit Malhotra
Performed by: Varsha Appaji, Nila Bala, Pallavi Muluk
Instruments: Vishnupriya Krishnan (violin)
Language: Sanskrit
Description: These shlokas depict the twelve names of Ganesha. Beginning in a quiet and meditative mood, this composition takes the listener on the journey of a seeker, slowly unfolding into the expanse and infinitude of the Lord.

Lambodhara (लम्बोदर)

Lyrics (Sanskrit): Krishna Bhamidipati, Kavitha Srinivasan
Composition and Arrangement: Sanchit Malhotra
Performed by: Krishna Bhamidipati, Sanchit Malhotra
Instruments: Sanchit Malhotra (guitar), Saagar Raavi (tabla)
Description: A Hindustani classical, psychedelic rock composition based in Raga Nayaki Kanada. With verses crying out to subtler and subtler shades, this composition is offered to invoke the true hero, or nayak, himself, Lord Ganesha.

Prabho Ganapathe (प्रभो गणपते)

Lyrics (Tamil): Saint Agastya
Composition and Arrangement: Samarth Srinivasan
Performed by: Nila Bala, Pallavi Muluk, Vani Ravichandran
Instruments: Jay Appaji (mridangam), Shilpa Kudva (flute), Sanchit Malhotra (guitar), Rahul Puppala (drumset), Samarth Srinivasan (keyboard)
Description: The fusing of worlds, a meeting of minds. Basd on a traditional tune sung in temples and households for generations in India, this blues composition features three singers whose harmonizing and interwoven voices are accompanied by both western and Carnatic instruments. The result is a unique piece, striving to keep devotion at its center while implementing contemporary musical elements.

Dashakshara Mantra Stotram (दशाक्षरमन्त्रस्तोत्रम्)

Composition: Anchit Menawat, Subu Narayanan
Arrangement: Anchit Menawat, Samarth Srinivasan
Performed by: Sanchit Malhotra, Aashrita Manjunath, Anchit Menawat, Vani Ravichandran, Samarth Srinivasan
Instruments: Vishnupriya Krishnan (violin), Sanchit Malhotra (guitar), Anchit Menawat (keyboard), Saagar Raavi (kanjira, tabla)
Language: Sanskrit
Description: This composition aspires to make an ancient stotram accesible to newer generations by setting it to an easygoing tune, hoping to hum its way into the hearts of listeners again and again.

Ganesha Mantra Stotram (गणेश मंत्र स्तोत्रम्)

Composition and Arrangement: Sanchit Malhotra
Performed by: Sanchit Malhotra, Anchit Menawat, Samarth Srinivasan
Instruments: Vishnupriya Krishnan (violin), Shilpa Kudva (flute), Sanchit Malhotra (guitar, keyboard), Saagar Raavi (tabla)
Language: Sanskrit
Description: What greater joy is there than singing the name of the Lord? Through this uplifting acoustic guitar-based composition, we bring to life another rarely heard stotram on Lord Ganesha.

Ajam Nirvikalpam (अजं निर्विकल्पम्)

Lyrics (Sanskrit): Shri Adi Shankaracharya
Composition and Arrangement: Sanchit Malhotra
Performed by: Sanchit Malhotra, Soumya Manikonda, Aashrita Manjunath, Anchit Menawat, Subu Narayanan, Pranav Pannala, Krithika Rajkumar, Vani Ravichandran, Samarth Srinivasan
Instruments: Vishnupriya Krishnan (violin), Shilpa Kudva (flute), Sanchit Malhotra (guitar)
Description: Unequivocally diving into the deepest depths of Vedanta, Ganesha is expounded in this climactic tour de force as the formless, nameless reality by the very champion of Advaita, Shri Adi Shankaracharya.

Yuva Rhythms: Gurudev the Musical

The second installment in the Yuva Rhythms series features the music from the CHYK West stage production, Gurudev: The Musical. With songs in Malayalam, Hindi, English, and more, this album captures moments of Swami Chinmayananda’s life and strives to present his mission through the language of music.

Order CDs: Coming Soon

Buy/Stream Online: Coming Soon

Track Listing:
1. King of Kings
Subu Narayanan, Charu Veerasubramanian

2. Initiation
Sanchit Malhotra, Subu Narayanan

3. Shiva
Sanchit Malhotra, Subu Narayanan

4. The Revolutionary
Varsha Appaji, Ankita Janakiraman, Anchit Menawat, Subu Narayanan

5. The Exile
Anchit Menawat, Sanchit Malhotra, Subu Narayanan, Sanin Rahman, Samarth Srinivasan

6. The Prisoner
Anchit Menawat

7. Mother
Varsha Appaji

8. Close to God
Sanin Rahman

9. Gangadhara
Subu Narayanan

Yuva Rhythms

The first album in this series, eponymously titled ‘Yuva Rhythms’, features modern renderings of shlokas, bhajans, and poems, in a diverse array of musical genres.

Order CDs: Chinmaya Publications

Buy/Stream Online: Apple Music | Spotify | Google Play | Amazon Music

Track Listing:
1. Ganesha Pancharatnam
Subu Narayanan

2. Gurustotram
Lakshmi Chandrashekar, Om Chitale, Sanchit Malhotra, Ashwin Subramanian

3. Achyutashtakam
Sagar Laud, Sanchit Malhotra, Ashwin Subramanian

4. Madhurashatakam
Lakshmi Chandrashekar, Shirali Patel

5. Ankhini Mein
Shirali Patel, Ashwin Subramanian

6. Mein Gulam
Sagar Laud, Subu Narayanan

7. Mhara Re
Lakshmi Chandrashekar

8. Moko Kahan
Sagar Laud, Devesh Vashishta

9. Chinmayashatakam
Devesh Vashishta

10. Kayena Vacha
Ashwin Subramanian

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