Vedic Recitations

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The Vedas are an ancient body of texts written in Sanskrit which were considered to contain 'sacred knowledge' handed down over the centuries. They form the fundamental basis for what is now Hinduism, and had a vast influence on philosophies including Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism.

Among the most ancient religious texts still in existence, they give a unique view of everyday life in India more than four thousand years ago. Their subject matter is vast and their language as elegant and uplifting as the thoughts contained in them.

This extract is from the archives of the Asian Music Circuit and was filmed in the holy city of Varanasi (Banares).