1. Tvameva Mata

From the recording Bliss of Kirtan

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The origins of this popular and ancient 'shloka' seems to be something of a mystery, although I found one reference that attributes it to the Sharanagati Gadyam written by Ramanujacharya and another saying the origin is unknown, among other possibilities. (The meaning is addressed after the lyrics.) This composition simply has one melodic part throughout the chant and opens with a bansuri intro by Steve Gorn.

Features: Gina Salá - call, response and additional vocals; Steve Gorn - bansuri; Monnie Ramsell - esraj; Benj Clarke - fretless bass guitar; Daniel Paul - tabla; Ben Leinbach - drums and hand percussion; Natesh - call and response vocals, guitar, drums and hand percussion.
(from Bliss of Kirtan, released January 2, 2014)


Tvameva Maataa Cha Pitaa Tvameva
Tvameva Bandhush Cha Sakhaa Tvameva
Tvameva Vidyaa Dravinam Tvameva
Tvameva Sarvam Mama Deva Deva


You alone are my Mother and my Father,
You alone are my Brother and my Friend,
You alone are my Knowledge and my Wealth,
You alone are my All in All, O God of Gods.