peace through music

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‘Give Peace a Chant’ Kirtan Community (GPaC) gathered on Friday nights, 2001 – 2015 in Vancouver, BC in local yoga studios and communities as both practice, and sometimes as performance. GPaC chant nights, usually held by donation, were musical offerings of love, devotion, passion, positive energy, harmony and an abundance of service (seva) from many loving souls.

Sometimes, special evenings would include slide presentations and sometimes Indian Dance. Thanks to team helpers, the GPaC program evolved with more special guests. Thanks especially Rob for slides, Wendy, Kim, Sunni and Mark, Steven, Valéry, Sarah, Alice, Anne, Ann and Ray and all helpers over years. Too many to list, really!

It has also been an honour to host / co-host guest Kirtan artists for special concerts and past events ✨ Thanks to Banyen Books, visiting guests have 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, for asking for volunteer musicians! I honour this seva as ‘calling of the flute’ and together, give thanks for bringers of joy, sacred musicians, singers, healers, dancers, too. ✨🙏✨ 

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

The studio in Kits (above) was demolished in 2015 and so ‘GPaC’ Friday night finished up. It was an amazing experience to then tour, but for now I am in Vancouver, Canada. Private sessions are available.

Otherwise, my spare time has been focused on recording soundtrack music for a new record label, Sandhya Records and completing an independent television production, keeping me as busy as ever.
I also teach yoga through the local community centres, a few classes a week.

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, my humble Indian musical development includes 10 week immersion at the Varanasi Academy of Indian Classical Music located in Varanasi (Benares), 2008. Gratitude to Pandit Shivnath Mishra & Deobrat Mishra of Varanasi. Their academy is based on Benares Gahrana music tradition in Varanasi. 2012/13, 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 and I am still learning!

Plus, these days, life is more of a balancing act. I feel 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. 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!