EVENTS – LONDON | Kirtan
Music As Medicine
with Sivani Mata and The Shakti Soul Family
Sunday 24 October 2021
19:00 – 21:00
at The Life Centre, Islington,
1 Britannia Row, London, N1 8QH
A heart-centred journey of Kirtan, Poetry, Sound and Silence
You are invited for an evening exploration of Kirtan, a deep dive into the heart through co-created song. It is a conversation with that inner place in each one of us that is ever unified with everything in creation; it is a practice of communion with all that is. In our gathered community we mainly sing together in the ancient powerful language of Sanskrit. Each Kirtan repeats simple mantras which invoke a trance-like state within, as well as evoking the spirit of Bhakti: the mood of love. As well as Sanskrit Kirtan we will explore simple songs in other languages, the poetry of the mystics and moments of silence.
Sivani Mata plays the harmonium, leading our journey, accompanied by musicians who support with heartfelt instrumentation and rootsy rhythms as a foundation for our practice. Every time we gather it is unique, as everyone in the space adds their voice, and in doing so contributes their special spice to flavour the collective soup we brew together. All are invited to be at home here to express the truth of themselves, through these songs of freedom. We co-create healing sounds, music as medicine, kindling the process of transformation which can move through us as ecstatic or cathartic dancing, sweet tears, deep peaceful stillness, the warmth of an inner joy, or other expressions.
No experience necessary – All are welcome
All ages, all genders, all ethnicities are welcome, and all are encouraged to treat each other with respect and compassion in our shared space.
Investment: £15 full price, £12 concession – PRE BOOKING necessary call 0207 704 0919 or go to www.thelifecentre.com (find our session on the Islington Class Schedule – change the date as it only shows one week at a time)– If you have never been to The Life Centre before, you will need to register for a free account (click here and "create account" at top left) with them to book this session. If booking for more than one person please book on the phone not on the website.
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This will be the last Kirtan at The Life Centre Islington, unfortunately they will be closing their doors on the 28th October. The Islington studio has been our home for many years and we will be sad to no longer gather in this beautiful space.
Drawing of Ardhanārīśvara by Sivani Mata Francis
The Life Centre Islington,
1 Britannia Row, London, N1 8QH
Britannia Row is situated just off Essex Road in the heart of Islington. The nearest transport links are Essex Road (Overground) which is 5 minutes’ walk, Angel (Northern Line) which is 10 minutes’ walk, and Highbury & Islington (Victoria Line and Overground) which is 10-15 minutes’ walk. King’s Cross is only 10 minutes by bus on routes 73 and 476. Old Street is 15 minutes by bus on route 271.
The Life Centre Islington is a few yards down Britannia Row from its junction with Essex Road. Essex Road is on many major bus routes, including routes 38, 56, 73, 271, 341 and 476.
There is some parking available on Britannia Row and surrounding streets. Some is pay&display and some residents only, all are free after 6pm on weekdays, after 1:30pm on Saturday and all of Sunday.
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