peace through music

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‘Give Peace a Chant’ Kirtan Community (GPaC) gathered on Friday nights, 2001 – 2015 in Vancouver, BC. Chant nights, usually held by donation, were musical offerings of love and service (Seva) from many loving souls.

Including amazing team helpers, especially Rob for slides, and all helpers over years. Too many to list, really!

It was an honour to host / co-host guest Kirtan artists for special concerts and past events ✨ Thanks to Banyen Books, visiting guests included Shyamdas, Krishnadas, Mayapuris, Jai Uttal, Dave Stringer, Daniel Paul, Gina Sala,  Shantala, Jaya Lakshmi, Kirtan Vancouver, Women of Bhakti and more recently Adam Bauer. Also, thanks to Kirtan Vancouver / Bhakti Yoga Vancouver, and ‘Kirtan from the Heart ‘Festival! ✨🙏✨ 

GPaC’s long run of friendly gatherings held in Kitsilano, 2001 – 2015.

The studio in Kits (above) was demolished in 2015.

Our seva is focused more on recording soundtrack music and completing an independent television production, keeping busy as ever.

Bio: Sandra Leigh (pronounced Lee) has background ashram residency, since 1996 (BC and abroad) plus, Dru Yoga (sound and mantra training) in North Wales, UK and India. She studied Indian music at the Varanasi Academy of Indian Classical Music located in Varanasi (Benares), 2008. Her gratitudes include Pandit Shivnath Mishra & Deobrat Mishra of Varanasi, based on Benares Gahrana music tradition in Varanasi. She studied Sanskrit at UBC with Professor Thomas Hunter.

2016, Sandra was blessed through Pushtimargiya Aacharya, Sri Milan Goswami and the teachings of Sri Vallabhacharya in Kota, India. Here is where her heart stays. ✨🙏✨

 

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

We honour that our events take place on traditional, unceded, occupied territories of the Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish (Sḵwxwú7mesh), and Musqueam (Xwméthkwyiem) Nations.

Our mission is peace through music!