a Diwali Kirtan Festival
On the eve of Diwali, The Festival of Lights, join us to celebrate Bhakti Basics' first Kirtan Fest.
12 hours of Kirtan, Satsang and Puja
Bringing together Kirtan leaders from various parts of Wales (and beyond) in this joyous day of devotion and service.
Scroll down the page to see details of our Kirtan leaders.
Tickets for the full day will be £35, and will include both lunch and dinner - all vegan.
There will be a number of discounted tickets available in exchange for some Karma Yoga Seva - help in the kitchen, preparing, serving and washing up. If you wish to offer your services for this, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Vivian Hall, which celebrated its centenary last year, is situated opposite the Lido and sea-front at Blackpill (definitely not to be confused with Blackpool) on the main road between Swansea and Mumbles.
It is planned that the Bhakti Basics Kirtan Fest becomes a regular event in the Bhakti Calendar, growing into a full week-end event with camping.
You can book your tickets for this event by clicking on the "Add To Cart" button below.
Your E ticket will be sent to you along with acknowledgment of payment.
Our Wonderful Kirtan Leaders
Introducing our Kirtan Leaders for the Diwali Kirtan Fest on October 26th 2019 in Swansea.
Firstly we are really honoured and happy to have TIM CHALICE with us. Tim will be closing the event, accompanied by David Oliver (percussion) and Martin Solomon (violin and harp).
Tim has been playing music for over 30 years. After a spiritual awakening and some years experimenting with different kinds of voice and sound healing he did his first workshop with Chloe Goodchild, Founder of The Naked Voice, in 2005. This transformative experience crystallised in 2006 with the release of his first CD Planting Peace, starting regular chanting groups and a life-changing trip to India. Since then Tim has worked extensively with Chloe, becoming a Naked Voice Facilitator and been witness to the incredible power of the voice and chanting in particular. Tim is a regular at UK Bhakti Festivals and yoga gatherings and in 2012 released a kirtan CD, Devotional Heart, produced by Tabla Tom. The follow-up Give It All Away For Love was released in 2016.
"Tim sings his devotional chants straight from the heart. His voice has a rare quality of authenticity. With him it's all about the soul, but his music is great too, lyrical, uplifting and inspiring." - Ranchor Prime, author and publisher.
Our next Kirtan leader for the Diwali Kirtan Fest on October 26th in Swansea is LOUISE THORNDYCRAFT.
We are so blessed to have Louise sharing with us at this event.
Louise discovered yoga in her 20’s and quickly recognised spiritual connection as a powerful antidote to the stresses of modern life. She fell in love with the yogic life and began teaching others in 2007. Simultaneously, she attended the first of many retreats with Zen master, Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay), whose teachings on engaged Buddhism, mindfulness and the heart of compassion continue to inform her life and work. Aside from the wild teachings of mother nature herself, Thay remains Louise’s greatest spiritual teacher and it was in his presence that she first realised the profound joy of devotional singing.
Since 2013, Louise has led regular kirtan in south west Wales and at various UK festivals and events. She released her first album, Calling from Within, in 2016 and has been humbled and delighted by feedback from many people, praising the positive impacts of the music: “Your album has got me through a dark fortnight - thank you for your amazing voice and beautiful soul. Everyone should have a copy of 'Calling from within'. In fact it should be prescribed on the NHS!”.
Further recording is currently on hold for Louise, who is immersed in studying for a Masters in psychotherapy. However, singing kirtan remains a kind of homecoming for her. She is particularly interested in the healing capacity of chanting and voice work and experiences devotional singing as a means of welcoming all parts of the self into the expansive field of the heart. She remains fascinated by the seemingly endless capacity of the wounded heart to change and blossom through the healing power of the authentic voice.
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CARDIFF KIRTAN GROUP
Dave, Claire & Jon came together through a mutual love of Kirtan and play regularly in and around Cardiff and South Wales. Lifelong lovers of music, they all share a strong connection to the healing power of sound, the voice and connection through group chanting. Cardiff Kirtan blends together devotion and musical inspiration from all parts of the earth, singing with, for and to that place of love that exists within us all.
Playing their first Kirtan festival Anahata Svara is a new Kirtan group from Carmarthenshire. The Kirtan Family Bayari, Ellie, Masto and Tania all came together after many trips to India experiencing the magic of Meditation and Kirtan. Kirtan uplifts the mind, opens the heart, brings inner peace and is joyful and devotional. Anahata Svara now feel blessed to be able to share this with others on their Spiritual Journey.
Pete connected with the yogic path 36 years ago after a few hedonistic years working as a piano playing session musician in the rock industry. He quickly became a yoga teacher in the Sivananda lineage, but fairly soon after met Guru Sri Subramanium, who directed his life onto the path of Bhakti and devotion. For the last 30 years Pete has been a practicing Nada Yogi sharing the teachings of mantra, kirtan and bhakti within the UK, Europe and India.
Having been a professional musician for many years, performing at venues and festivals throughout the UK and Scandinavia, Jim now shares regular Kirtan sessions in the Swansea area and at various Bhakti events including Beltane Bhakti Gathering, Sundara and Santosa.
In 2018 he released a live double CD, “Namaste”, the profits of which are going to support the work of Skanda Vale Hospice.
Jim is also the author of three books, his latest, “The End is Insight”, being an account of his “karmic life journey” that has brought him to his immersion into Bhakti Yoga. He is currently working on his next book, which look at what it really means to practice Bhakti Yoga.
“Bhakti Yoga is not just something that we do, it is like breathing, it is our life”.
KATRINA SURYA KALKWARF
Katrina Surya has a background in devotional singing from the Babaji and Amma Guru lineage, based on the teachings of truth, love, simplicity and service as the core of her practice. She has performed at the Weston Sound Event and as a FB Admin for Beltane Bhakti Gathering for many years was also honoured to coordinate the closing ceremony the last two years. She holds regular Kirtans in Hereford, Abergavenny and near Ross on Wye. She is playing at retreats in Hay-on-Wye and Devon in the next few weeks and at two locations on Shivapriya’s, (a German Kirtan leader’s) tour. A recent participant at one of her events said, “Katrina Surya’s Kirtan is an optimal banquet to optimise inclusion, a celebrant culture, vital and well connected.” Her style is influenced by a multi faith background, as well as the Bhakti, she will incorporate Native American, Shamanic drumming, Kundalini and Vedic mantras and she is a singer/ songwriter with experience in community choirs and Abbey Singers Choral.
Introducing Dhruva, who will be joining us for the Diwali Kirtan Fest at Vivian Hall, Blackpill, Swansea on Saturday 26th October.
Dhruva will be playing Tablas and other percussion instruments during the day, accompanying some of the Kirtan leaders.
Dhruva started playing Nall/Pakhawaj in 1995 and learned from his father.
“Our family Gurus are from the Siddha Yoga Path. I began serious study of Tabla in 2002 with Samir Chatterjee while I was serving in Shee Muktananda Ashram. On returning to the U.K. I continued study of table with Sanju Sahi. I also Studied Dhol with the dhol foundation 1998-2000. I also spent some time with Shahid Suliman in Southall. I worked for several summers with Tarang (uk south Asian orchestra) where I met Kousic Sen. I played in Samarkand song contest with a jazz fusion band "Jadu", and have worked extensively with Nikki Slade, Free The Inner Voice. I received an award from Chakaradar Tabla ensamble and I play regularly with many Sadus from the Godia Mat Tradition. My style is Folk kirtan and tabla Solo in Farukabad Benaris mixed with western influences.