Vemu Mukunda

* 11.03.1929, † 04.02.2000
„We come from sound, we are the sound, we go back to sound.“

Vemu Mukunda is the founder of the Nada Brahma Tone Therapy. He enjoyed a Brahmanian education which also taught him the traditional Southern Indian music “karnatika”. He moved to Glasgow to study nuclear sciences and stayed to work as an atomic engineer at the University of Strathclyde. After a couple of years he quit his scientific career in favour of music. With his veena (the oldest Southern Indian string instrument) he gave concerts in India and the western world and worked with significant artists like Maurice Béjart, Maynard Ferguson and other great musicians. He was one of the first Indian musicians to combine classical Indian music with jazz.
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Vemu Mukunda
Inspired by the effects of his concerts, Vemu Mukunda delved deeper into the wisdom of the Indian scriptures (e.g.: Viveka Chudamani, Goraksha Satakam, Sangita Ratnakara) about the importance of music for mankind. He experienced the spiritual dimension of music gaining self-knowledge and founded the Nada Brahma System in theory and practice. His personal accomplishments are the development of a method to determine the groundnote, the description of the characteristics of the 12 notes and the development of practical exercises of this tone therapy.

Mukunda passed on his knowledge in the 80s and 90s to many people from the United States, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Great Britain and Germany. Germany is the only country where students educated by him have joined together and founded a society in order to preserve and deepen his great knowledge according to his statement: “I only did the first step, you have to continue.”

Vemu Mukunda died in February 2000 in his adopted city, London.