Chandrika Tandon’s Song of Beginnings


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It seems wholly appropriate that Grammy-nominated artist Chandrika Tandon has released the first track of her new album Shivoham – the Quest, in August, the month of Ganesh Chaturthi, the birth of the beloved God of New Beginnings.

It is called The Song of Beginnings and is a love song, an all-encompassing devotion to the Auspicious One. I look upon it as a special gift to each one of us: listen to it as you wake, as you drive, as you battle life’s ups and downs.  It washes over you, and the many-layered music and Chandrika’s definitive voice transcend to soaring heights, taking you to a place of peace and happiness.

OVERTURE – Song of Beginnings

We ask for grace and blessings to remove obstacles along the way.

Gum Gana Pathaye Namaha

Vakratunda Mahaakaaya
Soorya Koti Samaprabha
Nirvignam Kurume Deva
Sarva Karyeshu Sarvadaa

Ganaanaam Tvaa Ganapati Gum Hava-Mahe
Kavim Kaviinaam-Upama-Shravas-Tamam
Jyessttha-Jam Brahmannaam Brahmanas Pata
Aa Nah Shranvan-Notibhih-Seeda-Saadanam
Om Shri Mahaa-Ganapataye Namah Om…


Chandrika Tandon's 'Shivoham - The Quest'

Chandrika Tandon’s ‘Shivoham – The Quest’

This is the first offering of the full-length double album: Shivoham—The Quest, and  has steadily climbed up the charts. It is No. 5 on the Radio Indie Alliance.

As Top 40 described it, “This is a majestic musical statement of 90 minutes, populated with five choirs, orchestras, multiple world-renowned soloists, and was recorded in nine studios across four countries over two years…Split into three primary movements preceded by an overture, the suite of interconnected songs is based on thousands of years of literary and musical tradition.”

Chandrika Tandon noted: “While the album is expressed in three movements, it is not a linear road. That path is tortuous and follows many landscapes and terrains, and crosses all genres, religions, and races – the music is also reflective of this cross cultural, cross continental journey we all go through, expressed from one person’s prism.”

Putting the Quest together was itself a quest, with scores of renowned musicians, orchestras and across countries.  The Quest will be released on September 15 and I will be doing a review and interview at that time.

Meanwhile, it is time to celebrate the Pitcher of Prosperity, the Granter of Boons and the Guarantor of Success. He is the Lord of Wisdom, a scribe who broke off his own tusk to use as a pen when transcribing the epic tale of Mahabharata for the sage Vyasa.

Listen to this evocative Song of Beginnings and enjoy being immersed in the transformative joy and wisdom of Ganesha, loved and cherished across the world…it is a prelude to the Quest we all are on.

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Lavina Melwani is a New York-based journalist who writes for several international publications. [email protected] & @lassiwithlavina Sign up for the free newsletter to get your dose of Lassi!


  1. Lavina S. Bhojwani via Facebook on

    Lavina S. Bhojwani via Facebook

    This was ‘wow’. Morning energiser. Love those dramatic violins 🎻. Thank you Lavina

  2. Truly mesmerizing – such a powerful chant! I can actually feel the positive and devotional vibrations – totally enjoyed the experience of listening to it!

    Thanks Lavina for sharing this!

  3. anand bhoopathi perampati on

    I am not a Carnatic music fan – I can’t understand it I guess but this is overpowering, beautifully recorded.

  4. I still enjoy listening to Chandrika’s previous albums but this one was powerful.
    This is the only kind of music that brings solace specially with the turmoil all around us these days.

  5. This is sublime food for the soul, timeless and universal.

    Lavina, loved your description and intro, could not say it any better. Congratulations and gratitude to Chandrika for creating and giving us this wonderful composition.

  6. Kavita Gugnani on

    Chandrika Tandon’s melody is heavenly, she lifts the soul and transcends like no other!!
    Have enjoyed her earlier album immensely over the years, thanks for this beautiful new gift.