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Professor Shuk Dev Madhur, Basant Madhur

Sun Jul 7th, 2019

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Raga Music & Chants of India

Sunday 7 Jul 4pm – 6pm

The Light Room, 325 Maunganui Road

Music For Meditation – Classical Raga Music from India

A divine meditation experience with accomplished musicians and classical instruments from India. Performance, Meditation, Kirtan, Mantra, Chanting and Chai.

This beautiful event will be in 2 parts:

The first half will be “Music for Meditation“ a 45 minute set based on Indian classical raga, presented and performed by:

Shukdev Madhur: Violin

Sargam Madhur: Sitar

Arohi: violin

Deepak Madhur: Harmonium

Basant Madhur & Akhil: Tabla

Followed by a short intermission break with complimentary delicious chai tea served.

The Second Half will include:

Chanting (devotional Kirtan, Music & Mantra) with Shukdev Madhur and local guest performers; Sarah Spence (Premratna), Emily Macklow (EmRiver) and Rayna Love (Teg Ravi Sing) - and others.

There is opportunity for audience participation to sing and chant, with clapping and movement as we enjoy a meditative chanting experience together, with group consciousness and unity.

This is a unique opportunity to experience intimate and powerful live music, mantra and chanting with world class musicians, playing ageless classic Indian instruments and chants, at a divine and cosy venue, bringing warmth to our hearts and souls in the middle of the winter :)

Extra Early Bird - presales: $10 (Available until 27Jun or until sold out)
General Admission and TLR Members - presales: $15
On the Door: $20 (if places available)

(TLR Members - please book via the Mind Body App or via our website

About Shuk Dev Madhur:

Shuk Dev Madhur is a retired lecturer of music renowned and a master in his field, especially in the area of music training and tuition.

He is known to New Zealanders as a proficient violinist and his passion for the art has made him a quality teacher encouraging a growing number of youngsters to learn violin under his able guidance.

Mr Madhur is a recipient of several Awards, among the foremost of which is the National Award received from former Indian President Shankar Dayal Sharma in 1993 for his contributions to music.

He is a wealth of knowledge in Indian classical music.

He is largely responsible for bringing Indian classical music to NZ, giving it the global audience it enjoys today. Violin concerts of Professor Madhur have been featured in innumerable music festivals & conferences all over New Zealand, Australia & USA.

Professor Madhur has associations with many outstanding musicians from all over the world including top musician like Flutist Pt Ronu Majumdar, Tabla Maestro Ustad Fazal Qureshi & Pt Pawan K Verma, Vocalist Pt Shyam Das Mishra, to name just a few.

Some of his unique performances also include music concerts at Asia 2000 Foundation of New Zealand, Prana Music, Dance & Arts Festival, Waitakere Indian Association, Pakistan Association of New Zealand, Bharatiya Samaj’s Fund raiser in New Zealand, Auckland Council Community events.

Professor Shuk Dev Madhur, A true cultural ambassador of India, continues to preserve and spread the rich cultural heritage of Indian classical music, in all its glory.

About Basant Madhur:

Basant Madhur is a widely acknowledged tabla player and a much-respected artiste in the arena of Indian Classical Music. On account of his versatility and pleasing disposition, he is the most sought & creative artist in the realm of Indian classical music in New Zealand and Australasia as a whole.

Born into a family of musicians, he took early training from his elder brother Deepak Madhur and received expert guidance from Punjab Gharana tabla maestro, the late Pt. Pawan Kumar Verma.

During his college period, he received numerous awards at state, zonal & national level youth festivals. At the same time, All India Radio & Television approved him as a performing artist at AIR & television in Shimla.

Madhur moved to New Zealand in 2002 and established the “Sargam School of Indian Music.” By 2006, he had trained more than 300 students, some of which at a very high level. In 2008 he received the Award of Appreciation for his contribution to the field of music by GOPIO (Global organization of People of Indian Origin New Zealand).

Basant has had the honor of accompanying some of the stalwarts of Indian Classical Music such as Grammy Award winner Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt in New Zealand and USA, Pt. Ronu Majumdar in New Zealand & Australia, Pt. Rakesh Chaurasia, saxophone genius Dr. Kadri Gopalnath and mridangam player Patri Satish Kumar to name a few. He has also collaborated with several western musicians such as John Ellis, Luke Hurley, Murray McNabb, Frank Gibson Jr., Jon Sanders and Prosad Freeman in fusion music.

Other then being a regular feature in many music festivals in New Zealand, Basant is known to perform in India, Australia and USA.

About EmRiver:

EmRiver brings gentle, earthy, acoustic music and songs to inspire deep connection with all that lies beneath the surface. There is a wildness, an untamed energy, that is exhilarating to tap into. Music from the heart facilitates that dropping down into the deepest of places, helping us connect to the very fibre of existence. Music communicates in ways that words fall short, flowing through hardships, finding its way through rocky places, coating life with comfort and delight.

About Sarah Spence:

Sarah Marlowe Spence, also known as Premratna is based between New Zealand's beautiful Bay of Plenty and Auckland.

Music Singer/songwriter with a folky acoustic and emerging comedy vibe, yoga class accompanist and kirtan artist/teacher.

Yoga Trained teacher in Yasodhara Yoga (2005, 2007) including hidden language, kundalini and dreams advanced teacher training. Bihar School of Yoga Diploma (2010).

A classically trained singer, her musical inspirations really took off spending time in nature during a university holiday job taking Japanese tourists hiking in New Zealand's Southern Alps. Creative flows continued during years living in the Canadian Rockies and Kootenay mountains, and while spending extended periods of time working and studying at residential yoga centres (ashrams) in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and India. Once life settled more into one place, poetry and people started inspiring more of her songwriting.

Premratna translates as 'jewel of unconditional love'. Sanskrit names are often given in yoga traditions with the intention of reminding the recipient of their highest potential.

Kirtan (joyful chanting) is the practice of singing your heart open; it is the music aspect of yoga. The leader facilitates group singing with a simple melody, often in Sanskrit, which the group sings back. The accompanying instruments support as the chant increases in intensity before pulling back to a silence perfect for meditation. Experience it to understand - you don't need to be able to sing!

About Rayna Love:

Rayna will perform a kundalini mantra in kirtan style, encouraging group participation to create a vibrant energy in the room and each person there.

Rayna brings to performances his passionate love of all things natural, of music, dance, movement, health and holistic wellness together with an open spiritual curiosity for the deeper meaning and essence of life. He supports the adventurous ideal of a community that deeply cares and shares its combined knowledge and experience through inclusion and equal opportunity, a place that is always home, and welcoming.

acoustic/solo, classical, country/folk, world, Professor Shuk Dev Madhur, Basant Madhur, EmRiver, Sarah Marlowe Spence, Rayna Love

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