Turiya Nada (Nandhi)
Turiya Nada’s intense, devotional chants - enhanced at times with such diverse instrumentation as cello, zither, Native American flute, guitar, bass, keyboards, Tibetan bowl and butterfly harp – are resonant with his breath and redolent with his dedicated passion.
“These are moments when the intense enlightened energies of the Sages, as consciousness, reach each of us in ease. My purpose is to be the joyful instrument that can uplift humanity to amazing possibilities of consciousness. Imagine a million Mahatma Gandhis, Rumis and Einsteins! This is a possibility in our times. We are the realities of this consciousness.” – Tapasyogi Nandhi.
Siddhar yogi Nandhi is a visionary, humanitarian, artist, ecstatic chant musician, author and teacher. It has been several lives in one intense journey through consciousness for Nandhi. He was formerly known as Adhipen Bose, an industrialist from the philanthropist Ayya Nadar family, Sivakasi.
As a child, aged 5, Nandhi had his first encounter with the Divine (Swamy Ayyappa) sitting on the shoulders of his father on a pilgrimage. The pilgrims were hopelessly lost in the forest of Sabarimalai (Kerala, South India) and a Divine Being appeared from the dark canopy of the forest to show them the way out. For Nandhi, this divine experience was a mystical side of himself that followed him through his growing years. Through his childhood, Nandhi thought it was normal to invoke the presence of Swamy Ayyappa by inhaling and holding his breath and then coming into the same calm of being led out of the jungle of circumstance by his “childhood friend”.
But Nandhi did go through his fair share of ignorance in his growing years as a student.
When he was 16, he met his first “Guru”, from England, Uncle Lewis. Later, Nandhi left to England under the invite of Lewis Parker (whom Nandhi called Uncle Lewis), to complete his MBA studies in London. With Uncle Lewis as a mentor and guide, the urge for Nandhi to ‘wake up’ seek the deeper truth within was lit. But this ‘wake up’ reality needed more time and the right circumstance.
Upon returning back to India he led a brief life of normalcy. He married Kanimozhi in an arranged marriage which in its first year. Soon after, he learnt of Uncle Lewis’s suicide in the UK. All this proved to be a catalyst of impending change. It was at this point in time that Nandhi sensed his own impending death.
After being initiated through death, Tapasyogi Nandhi, undertook his spiritual journey through tapas and pilgrimage to attain his wholeness and come to understand a life of purpose. As a yogi unfolding the depth within himself under the guidance and grace of his Gurus, Nandhi witnessed his past life of a successful businessman; his family and identity as Adhipen Bose dissolved away. Providence helped Nandhi grow in the anonymity, solitude and discipline of his spiritual resolve.He was blessed to have Gurus who guided him through this journey of wholeness.
LA Yoga, November 2013
Turiya Nada, better known as Nandhi, once lived in south India as an ascetic and a devout follower of the Siddhar sage Ayya. From his guru, Nandhi learned mystical mantras that reverberated with energy, leaving him with a heightened sense of awareness and joy. Many years later, he was instructed to share these mantras around the world. After settling down in Los Angeles, Nandhi produced albums containing these chants. Arakara is his fourth project to date.
Unlike his previous albums, Arakara was created specifically with the trance dance crowd in mind. Using live recordings of mantras sung by Nandhi during ritual pujas, co-producers Howard Lipp and EdWing Sankey worked their magic by layering percussion, keyboards, guitar, harp, bass, flute, cello and vocal tracks on top of the traditional chants. Additional credit goes to Winston Raval, Rob Kholer, Jeronimo Sexton and Ena Vie for their stellar music contributions.
The resulting sound inspires the listener to move ecstatically in "Vel Vel Muruga", dance passionately in "Siva Siva Arakara" and sing blissfully in "Aum Sakti"...and when it's all over, to sit quietly and meditate on the experience. Give Arakara the attention it deserves and it will awaken the inner fire in your soul. –Joni Yung