Shiva resides in the Heart of every Artist
Recently I was reading one of the prominent Indian Newsapapers (As cited in The Hindu, Nov 29, 2009) and found an article about an Opera Singer whose life has transformed since she discovered the joys of knowing Shiva and Spirituality.
Larissa, an opera singer, moved to India a few years back. Moved by Indian culture she decided to stay.
Larissa likes many more things about the country she adopted as her home four years ago. For her, India on account of the spiritual wealth available here, is the first step to know anything in this world. “I feel so much at peace and satisfied here,” says the singer who has been practicing Sahaja Yoga for the last 20 years.
Using Sahaja Yoga she has been able to experience “self-realization”. The spiritual growth has contributed on the professional front as well. “My timbre is changing and understanding of the songs has increased,” explains the singer who teaches opera music at Russian Cultural Centre in Delhi.
The Indian connection
She met her now husband at a conference she came for on Sahaja Yoga “We met in the morning and got married the next day. When we were in Uzbekistan, I used to watch a lot of Hindi movies there. I would tell my mother that I would marry an Indian and it would be a different marriage and that’s what happened. And I am very happy,” exclaims Larissa.
She learnt opera music for seven years at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory, feels, the western classical music and Indian classical music are similar in many ways. She also contemplated going to a music academy in Nagpur but then didn’t go ahead with the plan.
“Then, I decided to concentrate on opera but I sing bhajans which I learnt on my own,” says Larissa who believes that Hindu god Shiva resides in the heart of every artist, be it a dancer, musician, singer or poet. “Shiva sits in our heart and everything comes from there for an artist. Voice is a reflection of the spirit and spirit is a reflection of God,” concludes Larissa.