5th Anniversary of Gandharva Loka Christchurch
Here we are – March 7, 2013 – and the 5th anniversary of Gandharva Loka in Christchurch. We feel a deep sense of gratitude for all of the opportunities that have come our way as a result of opening Gandharva Loka in Christchurch and we would like to thank all of our friends and customers for the support and encouragement we have received over the past five years – you have been awesome!
Body Mind Spirit Festival, Christchurch
This coming weekend Gandharva Loka, along with our dear friends from The Lotus-Heart, will have a stall at the annual Body Mind Spirit Festival in Christchurch.
Whether you’re seeking information or inspiration, inner peace or mental stimulation, or you’re just curious about what’s out there, the Body Mind Spirit Festival invites you to revitalise your body, stimulate your mind, and pamper your soul…
With our wonderful selection of exhibitors, our ever popular series of free, inspiring workshops, all day entertainment, and healthy food from Govindas and The Lotus-Heart, the Body Mind Spirit Festival promises something for everyone.
We look forward to seeing you there…
We are very happy to announce that the international family of Gandharva Loka stores has recently committed to sponsoring a group of children in Bangladesh through the Surer Dhara School of Music.
Shurer Dhara is a school of music modelled after the thoughts and successful experiment in education of the Indian seer-poet and Nobel laureate (Nobel Prize for Literature,1913) Rabindranath Tagore (pictured top right). Tagore’s philosophy places as much importance on aesthetics as it does on intellect.
The community music school was founded in 1993 in Lalmatia, Dhaka, by Rezwana Choudhury Bannya (pictured bottom right), an accomplished exponent of Rabindra Sangeet (music of Tagore), who is a distinguished alumna of Visva-Bharati, the renowned Indian university in Santiniketan founded by Tagore.
Rezwana Choudhury Bannya is also a senior member of the Faculty of Music and Drama, University of Dhaka. Bannya was inspired by her guru, Sreemati Kanika Bandopadhaye, a direct disciple of Tagore, to open a school in Bangladesh to continue the tradition of Santiniketan.
The programme is called Music for Development and it promotes music education as an integral part of children growing up to learn social accountability and asset development skills. When I was in Bangladesh in 2009 as part of a contingent of musicians and singers from Christchurch who performed at the Songs of the Soul concert in Dhaka, I was so inspired to see what a difference the Music for Development programme was making for the children that we met and performed with. The following is from the Music for Development page:
Here we are again on the brink of Christmas and a New Year! We would like to advise everyone of our Christmas New Year hours of business, which are as follows:
- Sunday December 23: 11 am – 3 pm
- Monday December 24: 11 am – 3 pm
- Tuesday December 25: Closed
- Wednesday December 26: 11 am – 3 pm
- Thursday December 27: 11 am – 3 pm
- Friday December 28: 11 am – 3 pm
- Saturday December 29: 11 am – 3 pm
- Sunday December 30: Closed until Friday January 04, 2013
- Friday January 04, 2013 – we resume our regular shop hours.
We would like to wish everyone a happy, safe and peaceful Christmas and New Year.
Thank you all for your support throughout 2012.
Vajin and Prasasta Armstrong,
Gandharva Loka Christchurch.
In June our good friend Doug Brush bought touring master drummer and teacher in traditional Guinean music Mohamed Bangoura to visit Gandharva Loka.
As is the case when musicians are surrounded by instruments, Doug and Mohamed tried a few of the djembes that are on offer at Gandharva Loka and settled in for a little session of drumming. Fortunately we had a camera nearby and some of that session can be seen here: Mohamed Bangoura and Doug Brush at Gandharva Loka – June 2012.
It was really nice to meet Mohamed who, as can be seen in the video, exudes joy and enthusiasm.
Temporary Sunday Hours
Gandharva Loka in Christchurch is normally closed on Sundays but we will be open on the following Sundays from 12 noon until 3 pm: July 29, August 5 and 12.
August Closure Dates
Gandharva Loka in Christchurch will be closed from Thursday August 16 and will reopen on Friday August 31.
Gandharva Loka is heading to WOMAD 2012 in New Plymouth next week. The store will be closed in Christchurch from Wednesday the 14th of March and will be open again and back to regular hours from Wednesday the 21st of March. Our apologies if this causes any inconvenience. We missed WOMAD last year because of the earthquake and are really looking forward to this years event. Perhaps we will see you there…
Photographs can be found in Gallery 2: The Current Gandharva Loka Store.