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Kirtan with Anandra and Amit is a heavenly experience of call and response mantra chanting set to Indian classical rāgas and refined tablā rhythms.
We begin the saturation in sacred sound with call-and-response rāga singing on the Sanskṛt vowel of ānanda (bliss) shakti Ā… with the delicate strains of the heavenly guitar. Then Amit starts laying down his funky Indian/jazz/funk grooves as we sing the names of the Beloved and churn out the divine nectar from within in ecstatic surrender!
Join us… Discover the worlds within worlds of each musical mood, within each mantric syllable, and release the sweetness of your own uniquely sweet devotional voice. Beginners welcome.
Anandra has been practicing yoga and meditation for almost 20 years. Anandra teaches Sanskrit mantra for meditation and profound personal transformation internationally. She studies Indian Classical music with a master teacher in India, bringing the deep joy of sacred sound into her classes, kirtans, retreats and teacher trainings. A dynamic and lifelong teacher, she facilitates a magical, inspiring experience for all participants.
Named in OPEN magazine’s list of 50 most creative Indians in their 2010 indepence special issue, Amit Heri‘s artistry is centered around presenting Indian music and Jazz in an innovative and global form, with the purpose of bringing joy and connection between people and cultures.
He is one among few exceptional Indian musicians to have performed in prestigious internationalvenues, including the Kennedy Centre, the Barbican, Montreux Jazz festival, Berlin Jazz festival WOMAD, London Jazz festival, Rome World Music festival and the Paris Jazz festival. As a guitarist, he has shared the stage and worked with numerous internationally renowned Jazz and World music artists including Charlie Mariano, Zakir Hussain, Salif Keita, Angelique Kidjo, Trilok Gurtu, Matt Garrison, Dominique DiPiazza and Robert Miles.
A prolific composer, Amit Heri’s work combines explorations into the soulful melodic and intricate rhythmic traditions of India with the energetic and innovative expressions of Western music. He has composed music for feature films (including ‘Morning Raga’), dance, theatre productions, television and radio. To date, Amit has released two albums (‘Jhoola’ and ‘Elephant Walk’), a soundtrack, as well as several collaborations with leading musicians. At the early age of 16, his passion for music earned him a scholarship at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston where he studied Jazz Performance & Composition. He also has a strong foundation in Indian music – melodic and rhythmic, having studied voice, sitar & vocal percussion from a young age.