Elise Youssoufian CIIS SVMH Final Project Presented Sunday, May 31, 2015 Soorp Badarak as Mantra The elements of this piece, presented in three parts, are drawn from my own daily devotional practice. Developing my ever-evolving practice is providing me with space and guidance to search deep within myself and gain awareness of what I need to heal, to be whole. A few months ago, I sought out recordings of the Armenian Divine Liturgy, the Soorp Badarak , which I sang every week in the Armenian Apostolic Church when I was a child. Now I am thrilled to discover that when singing those ancient Armenian chants, the sharagans , I feel the same warmth and connection with spirit and unity consciousness that fill me when singing and sharing devotional chants from other traditions. Two of the sharagans have become my constant companions, and just a few days ago the Soorp Asdvadzamayr mantra came to me, from a desire to give life to something new and to nurture balance by restoring the presence of feminine divinity within the construct of the my own upbringing in the Apostolic traditions.
- Spring '15
- Silvia Nakkach