Navkar Mantra – Kavita Seth


I can certainly relate to the “Navkar Mantra” which, among Jains, is undoubtedly one of its significant mantras, if not the most important one. This is the first prayer recited by the Jains while meditating and, for Bareilly-born Kavita Seth, having completed formal academics in music along with receiving tutelage in Hindustani classical music under the auspices of N.D. Sharma of the Gwalior Gharana, Vinod from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, and from Iqbal Ahmad Khan, Kavita’s music/production consolidates her reputation as one of India’s prime vocalists who cuts across genres. Just in case any validation was required, it arrived her way at the recently held 5th Artist Aloud Music Awards wherein Kavita won an award for ‘Best Genre’. On her rendition of ‘Navkar Mantra’, Kavita is well supported by the brilliant arrangements of Debarpito Saha who utilises subtle percussion and light guitaring on a track that is backed by keyboards. A truly evocative reading of a traditional mantra.

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– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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