& Bhakti Arts Collective Present:
Shelter in Peace
a Facebook Live Series
Sun. Sept. 27 5:30-7pm PDT
Nachiketa Yakkundi & Parvathy Baul
Shelter in Peace is a series of FB Live events featuring traditional Bhakti arts and artists. Brought to you by Prasada Festival and the nonprofit Bhakti Arts Collective, each session will include two 45 min. sets (or one 90 min set) featuring some of our favorite artists, who have each been chosen because of the depth of their Sadhana, and the refinement of their art. Artists are paid an honorarium. If you’d like to support the series you can make a donation to Bhakti Arts Collective here:
Schedule (pacific time):
5:30 - 6:15pm - Nachiketa Yakkundi
6:15 - 7pm - Parvathy Baul
To attend, like and follow the Prasada Festival Facebook Page, where the live videos will be posted and pinned.
May these humble offerings reach the Lotus Feet of the One who is our true shelter.
About the Artists:
Hailing from Dharwad, Nachiketa Yakkundi was initiated into Hindustani vocal music by his parents. His formal study began in Madras under Shri B. N. Simha and later under Shri B. Hanumantachar. His rigorous and extended pedagogy came under the virtuoso late PadmabhushanPandit Basavraj Rajguru. Nachiketa has performed in several cities across India and North America. A resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, he runs the Rajguru Sangeet Vidyaniketan school of music.
As the most recognized woman Baul performer in the world, Parvathy Baul is a practitioner, performer and teacher of the Baul tradition from Bengal, India. She is also an instrumentalist, storyteller and painter.She has performed in over forty countries, including such prestigious concert halls and music festivals as the Noh Theater in Kyoto, the World Music Center in New York City, and the Festival of World Sacred Music in Fez, Morocco.Parvathy’s technical virtuosity – her mastery of vocal pitch and tone while playing multiple instruments and dancing – has been lauded by music experts. The depth of her mesmerising performance is rooted in her deep spiritual practice, and is described by critics as “riveting” and “spellbinding.”
Introduction to Parvathy Baul As the most recognized woman Baul performer in the world, Parvathy Baul is a practitioner, performer and teacher of the Baul tradition from Bengal, India. She is also an instrumentalist, storyteller and painter. In February 2019, she was conferred the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, a national recognition for her immense contribution to the ancient Baul tradition.She has performed in over forty countries, including such prestigious concert halls and music festivals as the Noh Theater in Kyoto, the World Music Center in New York City, the Festival of World Sacred Music in Fez, Morocco, the WOMAD festival in London, and the Melbourne Arts Centre.The Baul tradition dates back to the early 8th C. AD and has grown weaving together threads from Sahajiya Buddhism, Turkish Sufism and Bengali Hinduism. This powerful musical form has been recognised as a “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO.Parvathy is a tireless advocate for both the preservation and renewal of the tradition. Baul practice has often been largely limited to men and she has taken it upon herself to dismantle gender barriers more. Parvathy frequently uses her international reputation to highlight other, lesser-known master performers, and is passing on training in the traditional Baul arts to women on a scale that has never occurred previously.She is now creating a dedicated learning center for the Baul tradition in Bengal. This learning center, Sanatan Siddhashram is named after her Guru, Sri Sanatan Das Baul. Here periodically ayurvedic medical services are provided to neighboring villagers. Village children are also trained in Yoga and music. Since the Covid-19 breakout she has tirelessly enabled support for over 45 families of Bauls and Fakirs in Bengal and Bangladesh.To support Parvathy’s work at the ashram please visit: https://sacsouthasia.org/donate-sanatan-siddhashram/For further information please visit: https://parvathybaul.comImage attached is by Akira San
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