One of the delightful surprises about life is that no matter how long one’s been around there is always something new and beautiful around the corner.


When our dear friend, Roselyn, visited in December from Australia, she brought along some music that was new to us and unquestionably beautiful. Deva Premal and Miten deva-and-mitenhave been creating evocative music for many years. I’m posting this on the off chance that someone reading may, like us, have spent their life to this point missing the awesome voices and music of these two consummate musicians.


Being a radio man myself (see Voices from the North), I always appreciate a good interview. Roselyn brought along a recording of Deva Premal and Miten on Australian National Radio during a tour they made of the sunburnt land. They told a story I hope I do justice to now.


When Deva was born in Germany to her German parents, her father sung her into this world with the well known Gayatri Mantra (Om Buur Buva Swaha, Tat Savituur Varaynium, Bargo Devasya Dimahi DiyoYonah Prachodayat. Please excuse the spelling. I’ve made it up on the fly, phonetically). When her father recently died, Deva and Miten managed just enough time off from their musical touring to be at her father’s bedside in Germany and sung him out of this world, also with the Gayatri Mantra. I wonder how much more peaceful this world would be if this kind of conscious musical attention was given to more births and deaths.


You may have heard of the Mozart Effect. There is documented evidence that children’s learning, memory and studies improve when accompanied by certain of Mozart’s music. We recently heard the story of a young woman who is considered quite remarkable in many ways including the fact that she is fluent in eight languages. Her parents played specific classical music all during the pregnancy and during the birth of this girl. I wouldn’t discount the power and impact the music had on the development of her brain and body.


Do enjoy the power and impact of the music of Deva Premal and Miten.