Meditative vibe on Matakana Road

Monk Party will be one of two groups performing at the Songs for the Soul event.

A free outdoor concert entitled Songs of the Soul will be held at the Hungry Elephant on Matakana Road on Saturday, March 9.

The concert will feature two Auckland-based performing groups, drawing on the musical legacy of the late musician-composer and spiritual leader Sri Chinmoy. Chinmoy visited New Zealand on four occasions, met successive prime ministers and held a number of free concerts dedicated to world peace.

The evening concert in Matakana will feature father and son duo Monk Party on guitar, flute, percussion and vocals, and the women’s vocal/instrumental bhajan group, Mukti Giti.

Organiser Jogyata Dallas says the concert title reflects the meditative, peaceful nature of the music and the purpose of the concert is to offer an inner experience of peace through music.

“In our very cluttered and stressful modern world, meditation has become a mainstream interest and a widespread practice,” Jogyata says. “Songs of the Soul is an interactive event with the audience and performers together co-creating an atmosphere of peaceful, meditative stillness.”

The Hungry Elephant, a vegan and vegetarian café located at 615 Matakana Road, is teaming up with Auckland’s Sri Chinmoy meditation group to organise the event.

Although admission is free, registration is required for catering purposes and to reserve seating in the outdoor gardens.

Concertgoers can register at the Hungry Elephant or leave details and numbers attending by texting 020 4025 3741.

Info: meditationauckland.co.nz


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