peace through music

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We honour the traditional, unceded, occupied territories of the Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish (Sḵwxwú7mesh), and Musqueam (Xwméthkwyiem) Nations.

‘Give Peace a Chant’ Kirtan Community (GPaC) gathered on Friday nights from 2001 – 2015 in Vancouver, BC at local yoga studios.

In the past, it has been an honour to host / co-host guest Kirtan artists for special concerts and past events ✨ including Shyamdas, Krishnadas, Mayapuris, Jai Uttal, Dave Stringer, Daniel Paul, Gina Sala, Shantala, Women of Bhakti and volunteering for Kirtan Vancouver / Bhakti Yoga Vancouver Festival when possible✨

We had a long run of friendly gatherings, mainly held in Kitsilano, 2001 – 2015.

The studio in Kitsilano (above) was demolished in 2015 and so ‘GPaC’ Friday night community bhajans finished. It was a good experience, and since then, I have learned to appreciate practicing bhajans and bhakti yoga but now I do so privately, at home. My spare time has been focused on recording soundtrack music and completing an independent television production, keeping me as busy as ever.

Bio: My background includes ashram residency, since 1996 (BC and abroad) plus, Dru Yoga (sound and mantra training) in North Wales, UK and India. Also, humble Indian musical development includes immersion at the Varanasi Academy of Indian Classical Music located in Varanasi (Benares) a few years ago, now. Gratitude to Pandit Shivnath Mishra & Deobrat Mishra of Varanasi. Their academy is based on Benares Gahrana music tradition in Varanasi. I studied Sanskrit at UBC with Professor Thomas Hunter and I recommend his courses, if he is still instructing. Just like music skill and yoga practice, Sanskrit is easy to lose if you don’t keep it up! Practice is always welcome.

These days, life is more of a balancing act. I am humbled and grateful to be growing in new directions.

✨ By Grace, in 2016, I received a blessing initiation through Pushtimargiya Aacharya, Sri Milan Goswami and the teachings of Sri Vallabhacharya in Kota, India. Here, my heart stays. ✨🙏✨

 

 

 

When we play: ‘GPaC’ Kirtan extracts its flavour or rasa  from Indian devotional chant (also called ‘bhajan’) and bhakti yoga (devotional) practice. We usually have Harmonium and sometimes Tabla, or Kol, or Mridanga… or you can clap your hands! You don’t need be a “good singer” in order to enjoy the many benefits of Kirtan and mantra meditation.

Our mission is peace through music!