Chanters and teachers of Vedic recensions recognize Sāmaveda to be the most authentic and original source of vocalizations and voice training using sound partitions. The hymns of R̥gveda are known to be exquisite divine offerings through the Vāņī, or the essence of speech expressing devotional thoughts through the vocalization of intonated mantra. However, the essence of these hymns is the psalm rendering those Rik sounds into Sāman by way of intonated chanting and stylized singing. This singing of Sāman mantra is known as Sāma-gāna (singing of psalms). Sublime expression of the Sāma-gāna through vocalization is hailed as the highest virtue that is balancing the deep silence. Sublimation through Sāma chanting and singing has been recognized as a way to moxa or deliverance from the cycle of death and rebirth.
This project is one of the most inspiring efforts to revive an esoteric, resonant and sublime branch of Vedic chanting recension known as the Rāṇāyaniya branch of Sāmaveda. This branch of intonated chanting and stylized singing is considered to be the sweetest among the Sāma-gāna (singing of psalms) still alive today. However, very few chanting lineages are able to survive today due to the paucity of resources. The degenerating infrastructure in India has resulted in broken lineages and as a result there is now a lack of ordained teachers who can transmit their chanting techniques through a sustainable lineage of successors. Most of the surviving lineages are in South India, especially in southern Karnataka and Kerala. There is a serious lack of understanding about the role and value of such extraordinary traditions. Hence both the divinity and validity of purpose have been trivialized.