Indian classical music is meditative and healing in nature as it has its roots in the ancient tradition of yoga. In the olden days, music and spirituality were two sides of the same coin. Indian classical music originated from the Samaveda and evolved over centuries into a well-organized system. The music was traditionally learned and practiced to attain spiritual liberation but it slowly transitioned into entertainment after the Mughal invasion. We hope to revive this tradition and cultivate it in the setting of an ashram.
Today, we have begun to enjoy music events at the ashram in Walden, NY. We started this journey during Guru Poornima of 2009 with a Sitar and a vocal concert. Since then, we have annually encouraged different musicians – local and world-renowned – to publicly play at the Ashram. The glorious natural setting of the 294-acre property in the Hudson Valley provides a perfect setting for this peaceful music. The musicians have not only enjoyed performing in the ashram’s beautiful setting but also look forward to coming often to conduct workshops and intensify their own music sadhana (practice) by spending time at the ashram. The concerts have been appreciated by musicians and audiences alike, inspiring us to now offer them on a frequent basis.
This allows the community members to regularly come together to experience sacred music and also enjoy delicious food after the concert. We want to encourage and support a growing number of local and budding musicians, as well as invite, from time to time, world-renowned musicians from United States and abroad. Part of our vision is to support this ancient tradition and encourage local and budding musicians to keep pursuing their talent as a profession. We invite everyone to support this endeavor.