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The gift of music goes a long, long way
Bansuri classical performances is a relatively new concept: the flute has always been a long-honoured and favourite instrument of Indian shepherds and folk musicians. It is often associated, in terms of both sound and sanctity, with Lord Krishna.
Classical Indian music is improvised with an artful and sensitive resonance between musicians and players. The Bansuri (flute) runs through Vinod Prasanna's bloodline: he is a Bansuri (flute) virtuoso who has 250 years of family tradition of flute-playing. So sacred is the tone and the history of the Bansuri, that many a Sanskrit verse credits the Bansuri as the source of 'Sawarajnana', or 'the knowledge of music'. This Friday night, at JingSpace Lilydale, Vinod presents a night of classical Indian music with Tabla musician Aman Kalyan to raise funds for Traditional HealthCare India. Vinod Prasanna, who has lived in Melbourne since 2008, has toured India, Japan, Germany and France. He has had over 17 years of teaching and performance experience, as a soloist, duo and fusion artist.
Vinod Prasanna and Aman Kalyan are story-tellers. Their music, which synergises the woody-alto tones of the Bansuri with the Earthy-tribal beats of the Tabla, take you on a journey of both self-discovery and on an Indian cultural heritage trail. Their emotive exploration of these traditional instruments and sounds blend into spiritual wholeness, which is why Indian Classical music is often linked with 'the sacred' and meditation circles. Close your eyes and listen: you can almost see the daily lives of Indian people, so resonant is the sound with its everyday rhythms, voice-imitation and ritual-beats. Independent chord structures are layered and laced with melody, counter-melody; rhythm and counter-rhythm. Improvised music relies on 'feel' and partnership: Vinod and Aman understand each other and skilfully manage speed and know how to bend time. Their music creates a living space that invokes both vision and devotion.
The Bansuri or Indian flute, can be seen in sacred pictures with Lord Krishna and Saruswati, the Goddess of Music. It is a transverse alto flute made of a single-length bamboo and has 6-7 open finger holes. As there are no keys to produce sharps or flats, accidents, microtones, 'meends' (glissandi) and other ornamentation, are produced by unique fingering technique. The range and tone of Bansuri enables it to express the sublime nature of the classical vocal style.
Vinod Prasanna and Aman Kalyan are story-tellers. Their music, which synergises the woody-alto tones of the Bansuri with the Earthy-tribal beats of the Tabla, take you on a journey of both self-discovery and an Indian cultural heritage trail.
A Fundraising Evening with Classical Indian Musician Vinod Prasanna event has captured my imagination because its supports a 'big vision': Jing HealthCare is a devoted group of healers and humanitarians who have been raising money and implementing the Traditional HealthCare India program since 2007. The model of Traditional HealthCare India is to build and operate sustainable healthcare clinics in underprivileged communities. A temporary acupuncture clinic was built in Datom, Jharkhana, in 2009 and the first stage building of the hospital was completed in 2012. Now, in 2016, the hospital that serves over 100 surrounding villages has one building with treatment rooms, research and education facilities. The hospital arranges and provides staff and volunteers; provides equipment, health-clinic consumerables and education; and offers research facilities and promotion. Traditional HealthCare India is a vision, network and model that can easily be adapted to other communities in the Third World if support is found.
The Traditional HealthCare hospital is built on the belief that 'healthcare doesn't have to cost the Earth'. The vision is based on 5 key principles: health care, permaculture, sustainable architecture, renewable energies and water conservation.
The Traditional HealthCare hospital is built on the belief that 'healthcare doesn't have to cost the Earth'. The hospital provides traditional healthcare within the Chinese, naturopathic and yogic medicinal traditions (99% of villagers live below the poverty line and rely on the land to make a living). Traditional HealthCare is based on 5 key principles: health care, permaculture, sustainable architecture, renewable energies and water conservation.
In the beginning, as under-graduates, JingCare's fundraising efforts were described as 'tin-rattling', but it quickly evolved to business development, hosting arts events and a dogged pursuit of government and corporate support. The development and sustainability of Traditional HealthCare in India turns around all manner of inequality in global healthcare. JingCare have developed an inclusive, respectful and integrated healthcare model that offers great hope for real change. An evening with Vinod and Aman uses the very natural partnership of the healing-arts and is a local event with international reach.
Friday night's performance hopes to raise $4000 needed to supply water for the Traditional HealthCare India hospital. Specifically, money raised will be used to build a well to provide water for the clinic, village of Datom and for the hospital's permaculture gardens that feeds villagers. The $4000-target from Friday night's Water for Datom Concert is part of a funding requisite to show supporter One Health Organisation that Traditional HealthCare India is following up on their long-term plan. Completion of this project would give Traditional HealthCare access to 100K from One Health, which would support a team of health practitioners and student volunteers to go to the hospital in February to offer health services and expertise. The 100k contribution would also enable Traditional HealthCare to complete their second building and to expand the permaculture garden and help to set-up a clothing business to generate jobs and income and ecotourism business to protect local wild elephants. After Friday night's musical concert, Dr Tom Connor will be presenting a documentary previewing the new building works at Traditional HealthCare India.
The $4000-target and Water for Datom Concert proves to One Health Organisation that Traditional HealthCare India is following up on their long-term plan. Completion of this project would then give Traditional HealthCare access to 100K from One Health, which would support a team of practitioners and student volunteers to go to the hospital in February to serve villagers and their health needs.
Jing HealthCare is an Integrated Holistic HealthCare Centre that is based around Traditional Chinese Medicine. A percentage of all profits from Jing are donated directly to Traditional HealthCare Hospital in India. Dr. Tom Connor, its co-director and principle practitioner, primarily works as an acupuncturist and herbalist. The Centre also offers: Shiatsu, Reiki, Remedial Massage, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Naturopathy, Hormone Re-balancing, Medical Qi Gong, Five-Day Adrenal Reset Programs, Hypnotherapy and Counselling, Saunas and virtual 'on-the-spot' Live-Blood Analysis. In addition to practitioner and clinic services, Jing also have a workshop and class program that incorporates a variety of yoga and meditation styles, as well as Street Latin Dance and Brazilian Capoeira. Get in quick: they are offering $20-a week membership deals that give you unlimited access to classes.
I am proud to preview of Fundraising Evening with Vinod Prasanna the Jing HealthCare Clinic. The event and project-vision that it supports proves that even in small outer-suburban towns of Melbourne, you can think big and change the world. The gift of music travels far.
Traditional HealthCare India is a hospital, education and research facility in Datom, India. Datom serves over 500 people from 100 surrounding villages. People have access to Datom and the hospital by rail. The permaculture garden, and other food and employment programs, address poverty at the grass-roots and implement long-term sustainable change.