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Gandharva Loka to Sponsor Children in Bangladesh

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.

Tagore and BannyaShurer 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:


Christmas 2012 / New Year 2013 Shop Hours

Christmas BellsHere 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.

Mohamed Bangoura and Doug Brush at Gandharva Loka

Mohamed Bangoura and Doug Brush at Gandharva LokaIn 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.

August 2012 Extended Hours and Closures

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 at WOMAD 2012

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…

WOMAD New Zealand – The World's Festival

Post Event

Photographs can be found in Gallery 2: The Current Gandharva Loka Store.

Gandharva Loka Shop Hours Into 2012

Happy New Year!We are very happy to be open again at our new location on St Asaph Street – it is delightful to be nestled in with The Lotus-Heart vegetarian restaurant, tea house and health food store, and The Gift Shop. Thanks so much to our friends and customers who have called us or come by over the past three weeks to wish us well – your kindness and good wishes have been most encouraging.

Just a short note to let everyone know our hours over the New Years break. Gandharva Loka Christchurch will be closed from Thursday 29th December until January 2nd. We will be reopening on the 3rd of January and will then continue with our regular hours.

Prasasta and I would like to wish everyone a peaceful, happy and safe New Year and we look forward to serving your musical needs at Gandharva Loka in the new year.

Vajin Armstrong
Gandharva Loka, Christchurch

Music is an indispensable thing. We don’t have to know what it looks like or what it does. Its very existence keeps us alive. Music means Self-expansion and oneness. The Self expands through music. The Self that expands is not the individual self but the unlimited Self. Music is the expansion of unlimited Reality. When the Unlimited expands, that is music. – Sri Chinmoy.

Gandharva Loka Christchurch to re-open on December 6!

We are delighted to announce that Gandharva Loka in Christchurch will be re-opening at 11am on Tuesday the 6th of December!

Our new location is:
363 St Asaph Street,
(Between Fitzgerald Ave and Barbadoes St

We have a lovely space that is accessed from the St Asaph Street entrance of The Lotus-Heart restaurant, tea house and health food store – a new location for the popular vegetarian restaurant that is also home to The Gift Shop. At present a new facade is being installed so the building is shrouded in scaffolding. But prepare to be amazed when you step inside – the interior is enchanting!

We now have in stock the best range of instruments we have ever had and we are expecting that more instruments will be arriving in the next few days.

Our hours are:
Tuesday to Saturday, 11am-3pm.
Friday evening 5pm-8pm.
We are happy to accommodate customers outside these hours by appointment if our regular store hours do not suit.