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Music Offerings

Current Events – Fall 2017

 

Devotional Music Session
Saturday, November 4th, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
The Sur Laya Sangam singers will offer a session of beautiful devotional bhajans on Saturday afternoon, November 4th at the Sri Aurobindo Sadhana Peetham ashram in Lodi, CA. This will be a session of collective singing (or just come and immerse yourself in the sound and meditative atmosphere of the ashram and absorb the vibrations.) for those interested in learning these very special compositions sung in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram centers in India. Please join us. Click on Flyer announcement below for details

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Gandhi Jayanti

Sun., Oct. 1st, 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Honoring Mahatma Gandhi Ji’s birthday, Sur Laya Sangam singers will offer music in his spirit of universal peace. The offering will include collective singing of devotional music sung in Gandhi Ji’s ashrams.

Hosted and co-sponsored by Cultural Integration Fellowship, 2650 Fulton St., San Francisco. Please allow time for parking. No pre-registration needed.

Suggested free will offering $15 – $20.

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Ongoing for Inquirers

Monday Evening Tambura Meditation Circle – (7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)

Last Monday of the month is open for inquirers and those who wish to participate in silent meditation. Tamburas naturally lend themselves to creating a meditative state. We tune multiple tamburas to sustain a silent  and meditative atmosphere supported by sound. Sanskrit mantras are sung at the beginning and end of each session.Please email to reserve: surlaya.ca@gmail.com or call 510-788-0129. Albany, CA location. $10 donation.

Thursday Evening Student Sangam Circle for inquirers and listeners- (7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.)

Last Thursday of the month is open for inquirers and listeners to attend the ongoing student music circle in which classical and devotional music is sung. We invite you to enjoy the music. Please email to reserve: surlaya.ca@gmail.com or call 510-788-0129. Albany, CA location. $10 donation.

 

Ongoing for Sur Laya Sangam Students

Monday Tambura Meditation Circle: – 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. This is a silent meditation sustained with live tambura playing and sung Sanskrit mantras. Students who wish to participate must take preliminary training. Donations appreciated to support the organization.

Thursday evening student music circle: – 7:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. This is a review circle and an opportunity for Sur Laya Sangam students (actively studying with Sur Laya Sangam) to present material learned in private music sessions. Call to confirm attendance.

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Past Events

 

Fall 2016

Gandhi Jayanti

Sun., Oct. 2nd, 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Honoring Mahatma Gandhi Ji’s birthday, Sri Karunamayee will offer music in his spirit of universal peace. She will also include collective singing of devotional music sung in Gandhi Ji’s ashrams.

Vishal Nagar will accompany on tabla.

Hosted and co-sponsored by Cultural Integration Fellowship, 2650 Fulton St., San Francisco. Please allow time for parking. No pre-registration needed.

Suggested free will offering $15 – $20.

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Khayaal Class

Sat., October 15th, 11:00a.m. – 12:30 p.m.,

Sri Karunamayee will present the foundations and development of a chosen Raaga and related composition. Class will include Raaga fundamentals as well as advanced material and will be presented in traditional call and response singing. All are welcome to participate in the inspired spiritual music of India. Albany, CA location. Pre-register. $45. Class fee.

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Peace Meditation in Sound

Sun., Oct. 23rd, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.,

Sri Karunamayee will lead participants in devotional music of India. Music foundations will be based on Indian classical Raaga. Collective singing, silence and reflection, will invoke an atmosphere of spiritual inspiration, healing and prayerful offering for the peace and well being of all creation. Albany, CA location. Pre-register. $45. Class fee.

 

Fall 2015

Group Class:

Mahatma Gandhi’s Peace Prayers – Sunday, September 20th – 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Devotional Music Class. Sri Karunamayee will draw from the compilation of devotional songs, sacred verses and mantras sung in Gandhi Ji’s ashrams. These songs were foundational in his aspiration to form a non-violent movement during India’s freedom struggle and are very much an inspiration and pathway for non-violence in our times.

Class fee $40. Albany, CA location.

Pre-registration required for classes. Please email to reserve: surlaya.ca@gmail.com

 


Concert:

Sunday, October 4th – Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti, Cultural Integration Fellowship, 11:00 a.m., San Francisco.

Honoring Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, Sri Karunamayee will offer music in his spirit of universal peace. She will also include collective singing from the compilation of devotional songs, sacred verses and mantras sung in Gandhi Ji’s ashrams. These songs were foundational in his aspiration to form a non-violent movement during India’s freedom struggle. Accompanists include, Vishal Nagar, distinguished tabla maestro, and singers from Sur Laya Sangam – Study Center for Indian Devotional music.

Co-sponsored and hosted by Cultural Integration Fellowship, 2650 Fulton St., San Francisco, 94118. Suggested free will offering, $15-$20. Allow time for parking. Call 415-668-1559, for information. No pre-registration necessary.

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Parliament of the World’s Religions:

Join us in Salt Lake city as we attend the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions in October. On Saturday October 17th, Sri Karunamayee, Dr. Cynthia Snodgrass and singers from our study center will be presenting:

Instruments of Peace and Non-Violence: Mahatma Gandhi’s Sung-Prayer Songs as the Heart of Social Action

Mahatma Gandhi’s great respect for the power of sung-prayers and spiritual songs resulted in his observing daily rituals of interfaith sung-prayers, simple enough to be sung and shared by everyone, yet so powerfully inspiring that they nourished a freedom movement of millions. This daily ritual of sung-prayer remained a constant for over forty years, touching every facet of the Mahatma’s life and the many non-violent freedom campaigns. The sung-prayer songs chosen for this use were drawn from both ancient sacred texts as well as from popular devotional traditions. Prayer-songs from the West and from the East were included. The Mahatma referred to those interfaith prayer-songs as ”primary nourishment” for the Satyaagraha non-violence movement.

This collaborative seminar includes elements academic and experiential, participatory and instructional, as well as the musical aspects of that sacred space. Musical illustrations, ”in the style of” Gandhi’s sung-prayer meetings, are offered, including actual sung-prayer songs from that time. Participants are invited to join in.

Check out the Parliament website to find out more about this very special gathering.  http://www.parliamentofreligions.org/