EVENTS – LONDON | Kirtan
Music As Medicine
with Sivani Mata and The Shakti Soul Family
Sunday 15 May 2022
13:00 – 15:00
at The DOJO, 2a Doyle Gardens,
Kensal Rise, London, NW10 3DA
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.
Please bring your own cushion/sheepskin/blanket so you are comfortable and warm during our time together. Please respect other people’s space, and do not come if you are feeling unwell.
Investment: £20 full price, £15 concession – PRE BOOKING necessary call 0207 704 0919 or go to www.thelifecentre.com – 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.
Drawing of Ardhanārīśvara by Sivani Mata Francis