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Gandharva Loka News – October 15, 2013

Concert at The Lotus-Heart – October 3, 2013

The Sri Chinmoy Centre recently offered a concert of Sri Chinmoy‘s meditative music at The Lotus-Heart vegetarian restaurant in Christchurch. Concert at The Lotus-Heart – October 3, 2013Gandharva Loka’s co-manager, Vajin Armstrong, introduced the concert and a variety of instruments from Gandharva Loka’s stock of world instruments including djembe, sitar and udu featured in the concert. The concert, the first for the Centre since the Feb 2011 earthquake, also saw the inaugural use of the new upstairs dining room at The Lotus-Heart which relocated with Gandharva Loka and The Gift Shop to 363 St Asaph Street after the earthquake.

The room was full with standing room only and this webmaster was fortunate enough to catch the concert through the kindness of our dear friend Ron Kettle who stood holding a tablet that transferred the event electronically via Skype. Ron’s comment afterwards was that he “…now knew what it was like to be The Statue of Liberty!” Thank you Ron – you’re the champion of self-giving! From my perspective, the concert was very beautiful and soulful and it was great to see the Centre members performing their Master’s music in a public concert again. I was greatly inspired by the concert and was very grateful to have had the opportunity to see and hear it from Auckland. Prasasta, who sang in the concert, also wrote a short article which can be viewed here »

The Lotus-Heart Voted ‘Best Vegetarian Restaurant 2013’

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New Instruments Arrive At Gandharva Loka, March 2013

Autumn in Hagley Park, Christchurch

As Autumn arrives and the leaves begin to turn colour and carpet the pavements of Christchurch, we at Gandharva Loka have been bucking the trend by adding numerous instrument-leaves to our music-tree following the arrival of several shipments from around the world – and we are expecting more in the coming weeks. Here is a sampling of some the new instruments that can be found in our world music store at the moment…

New Instruments

  • Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls – all sizes and tunings, from 8″ (20 cm) to 20″ (50 cm) bowls.
  • Gongs – highest quality gongs from Wuhan, China. All sizes and types.
  • Various Egyptian Instruments including Oud, Semsemia and Udu.
  • Bodhrans – Irish frame drums with adjustable heads.

New Instruments at Gandharva Loka in Christchurch

And those nearing our shores…

Instruments Arriving In The Coming Weeks

Easter Hours

  • Good Friday, March 29th : Closed
  • Saturday, March 30th : Open from 11 am to 3 pm
  • Sunday, March 31st : Closed
  • Easter Monday, April 1st : Closed

We resume our normal shop hours from Tuesday the 2nd of April.
Please note: our companion enterprise, The Lotus-Heart vegetarian restaurant, will be open Easter Friday, Saturday and Sunday – business as usual for The Lotus-Heart.

Our Latest Video Clip

We invite you to have a look at our latest video clip:
Singing performance at Gandharva Loka and The Lotus-Heart, March 2013.

When we sing,
We embody and become
The power of music.
This power has a free access
To the Universal Heart.
    – Sri Chinmoy.

The Gandharva Loka Newsletter for November 2010

Subscribe to The Gandharva Loka NewsletterThis is an online version of The Gandharva Loka Newsletter that was emailed to our subscribers on November the 7th, 2010. If you would like to receive our monthly newsletter highlighting the arrival of new instruments, special deals, musical instrument workshops, free concerts and meditation workshops, kindly subscribe to The Gandharva Loka Newsletter.
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November Newsletter

It is now been two months since Christchurch was shaken by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake. The city is steadily returning to normality although many of the streets look like a mouth with teeth missing as the buildings that are beyond repair have been demolished and left as vacant lots for now. There are still many damaged buildings to be restored or removed but life goes on and it is not unusual to see visitors to Christchurch conducting their own little ‘tours of the rubble’.

The Wizard of New ZealandSummer is coming and the days grow longer and warmer! The streets of Christchurch and our beloved Cathedral Square are beginning to throng with visitors again. Buskers are also returning to the Square to entertain the crowds leading up to the World Buskers Festival in January. The ancient (some say eternal) and wise Wizard of New Zealand (nee Christchurch) has come out of hibernation and has been seen in Cathedral Square dispelling darkness from atop his sturdy step ladder. Ah, summer…! Warm weeks ahead and Christchurch is on the mend…

Thanks again to all the people who contacted us with concern and support during the past two months. I think we can safely offer gratitude on behalf of the entire community as the support this city has received from within New Zealand and from abroad has been extraordinary The warmth and oneness of our family, humanity, has a far greater value than anything that was lost during the earthquake.

Here’s what is happening, new and upcoming at Gandharva Loka in Christchurch

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The Gandharva Loka Newsletter for August 2010

Subscribe to The Gandharva Loka NewsletterThis is an online version of the Gandharva Loka Newsletter that was emailed to our subscribers in August, 2010. If you would like to receive our monthly newsletter highlighting the arrival of new instruments, special deals, musical instrument workshops, free concerts and meditation workshops, kindly subscribe to The Gandharva Loka Newsletter.
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August 2010 Newsletter

We hope this newsletter finds you warm and embracing the beauty of winter. We have had a busy two weeks with the school holidays where we see many more customers than usual and we have also been listing on our website a great deal of information about every instrument we have. In the middle of August we are off to New York for a meditation retreat. You will see our good friend Victor in the store taking care of things until we get back.

The Gandharva Loka Team
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