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Mahishasura Mardini’ – Tapasya’s avowed element working it’s magic

When a woman is worshipped as the ultimate power by a woman herself through a performance as impactful as “Mahishasur Mardini”, it is bound to affect the listener beyond words. The power-pact presentation of Tapasya Chakraborty is surely worth the attention it has been receiving for the past months.

Madhulika Gupta | BeatCurry Team

 

Hailing from the Sanskrit term, ‘Shak’, Shakti means ‘to be able’, implying a sacred power in addition to empowerment. Hence, it is no brainer when the woman is referred to as the ultimate creator, the source of every power of humankind. Over years, hymns, stotras, and mantras have been dedicated to celebrate and explicitly worship the power of the feminine. Composed by Shri Adi Shankaracharya, this devotional verse addresses the widely celebrated win over Mahishasura by Devi Durga and is sung every year on the occasion of Durga Puja and Navratri. 

 

Listen to the rendition of ‘Mahishashur Mardini’ by Tapasya Chakraborty here:


AN AMALGAMATION OF CREATION AND POWER

When you taste the unimaginable fusion of the Arabic/Egyptian grooves with the Sanskrit Stotra, you automatically give praise where praise is due. Perhaps this is not a coincidence that musicians Vaibhav Chaturvedi and Vinayak choose this as the platter to serve the dish. Egypt is known to worship Nefertiti, the embodiment of the epitome of successful, true feminine power. However, the absolute cynosure of the music is Tapasya Chakraborty, a true revelation of what magic the vocals could bring to the music. 

 

From the very moment we hear her sing “Aigiri Nandini”, we feel her absolute devotion, realizing that she believes in the verse. On her social media Tapasya writes “Every woman is Shakti”, in addition to how this stotram has been her ability to fight her demons, finally finding peace within. It is evident in the way she presents this prayer, where you cannot help but devote your mind to celebrating womanhood and the joy of overpowering evil. 

 

The song makes use of exquisite instruments, right from Middle-eastern Darbukas, the australian Didgeridoos, Frame Drums (Dafs), bells and many other percussion elements rendered by Vaibhav Chaturvedi. 

 

THE USE OF IMAGERY

As formidable as the music, the video is a special treat to watch. The usage of the colors like red, yellow, and orange, dominating all over the eyes of the viewer, brings a sense of sacredness within the heart. The way Tapasya fearlessly, almost smirking at times, delivers her screen presence, it is undeniable that the team has made justice to the vision of Vaibhav and Harsh, combined. The video creates a stir within anyone watching, and especially women, who recognize this solidarity among themselves by worshipping one another.

 

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