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Kirtan with Madhava 2019

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by Carolyn Hopping (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer based in Perth, Western Australia, who enjoys writing about the things I love: travel, nature-based activities, the arts, spirituality and creative, fun activities for children.
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KIrtan, the art of musical meditation, has been an integral part of traditional yogic culture since ancient times. However, despite the popularity that yoga and other meditation practices have been experiencing throughout the world over recent decades, it has remained something of a mystery outside its birthplace in the ashrams and temples of India. One musician who has contributed greatly to the growing awareness of kirtan throughout the world is Mauritian-born Madhava Naidoo, who was captivated by its magic during his early childhood, when he received his first drum at the tender age of five. As a teenager, this fascination led him to northern India, where he studied under some of the world's foremost kirtaneers in the sacred town of Vrindavan - learning to play traditional instruments such as the harmonium, mrdanga (a two-headed drum) and karatals, tiny hand cymbals.

Image courtesy of the Sacred India Gallery website
Image courtesy of the Sacred India Gallery website

Over the years, Madhava has developed his own unique kirtan style. Based on the Bhakti tradition, it combines Indian and Mauritian elements with those of a more contemporary nature. The ambience is deep, soulful and meditative, with the mantras accompanied by exquisite harmonium melodies and intricate mrdanga beats. Bhakti Yoga can be loosely translated as the yoga of love and devotion, and as a kirtan leader, Madhava encourages his audience to look within themselves and sing from the depth of their hearts. Many people describe this as being a powerful and transformational experience.

Image courtesy of the Sacred India Gallery website
Image courtesy of the Sacred India Gallery website

These days Madhava travels the world with his wife Radhika also an accomplished musician and other band-members, sharing his love for kirtan with audiences wherever he goes. Madhava's dedicated fans here in Perth will be pleased to learn that he will soon be returning to town as part of his current tour of Australasia. His visit will include two evening kirtan programs, to be held during late February and early March. The first will take place at Inglewood Civic Centre (895 Beaufort Street) in Inglewood on Thursday February 28th from 7pm. The second will be held at the Beacon Yoga Centre (151 South Street, Beaconsfield), and shall kick off at 7pm, on Saturday March 2nd. Tickets for these events are $20 per head and include a delicious vegetarian supper. They can be purchased here on Eventbrite or by calling 0490 022 383 to register, and then paying on the day.

Image courtesy of the Sacred India Gallery website
Image courtesy of the Sacred India Gallery website

Last but not least, Madhava's wife Radhika is not only an extremely talented musician in her own right, but also a fabulous cook with many years of experience. Her Wholesome and Healthy workshop (to be held on Sunday March 3rd from 10am until 2pm) will provide ten fortunate participants with the opportunity to learn some of her best-kept culinary secrets. The planned menu will include a variety of international vegetarian goodies such as beets and feta cheese in puff pastry (accompanied by a sharp mustard and horseradish sauce), quick and light lasagne, classic herb and olive oil focaccia, Linzertorte tart, and an easy, light and eggless cheesecake. It will be suitable for every level of experience, including beginners, so if you've been keen to learn a few new vegetarian dishes, but haven't been sure how to begin, this may be the perfect opportunity. In order to optimise the experience of every participant (so that each step can easily be observed), there are only ten places available for this workshop. The cost to participate is $80, which will include a delicious lunch at its conclusion. Wholesome and Healthy with Radhika will take place at Vrindavan Bhavan, the beautiful Wattle Grove home of some of the volunteers at the Sacred India Gallery. More information can be provided upon registration. Tickets can be purchased here, on the Eventbrite website.

In conclusion, whether you love yoga, meditation and world music, or are simply looking for something a little bit different to do, the above events with Madhava will definitely provide a variety of experiences that will uplift and inspire you. To find out more, please visit the events page on The Sacred India Gallery website. For those who would like to attend, two booking options are available you can purchase tickets on Eventbrite (links are provided above) or you can register for door sales and pay on the night. For more information, including registrations, contact Shree on 0490 022 383.
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Why? This event offers the rare opportunity to enjoy a beautiful night of kirtan and yummy vegetarian food, right here in Perth.
When: There are three events - read the article for specific dates.
Phone: 0490 022 383
Where: There are three events - held at Inglewood Community Centre, the Beacon Yoga Centre, and a private venue. Read the article for more details.
Cost: $20.00 per person for the kirtan events and $80.00 for the vegetarian cooking demonstration and feast.
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