“There was some part of me that was like…this is way too hippy, but at the same time, I felt I needed a big change in my life...I needed to find a completely new relationship with myself”
MANTRA – Sounds into Silence is a feature-length documentary that charts the history, expansion and effect of the new music and social phenomenon of chanting. It focuses on the everyday people who are finding healing and a sense of inner peace by singing mantras together with others just like them, but it also features the artists and musicians who are the focus of this new music-based movement.
It’s a film about spirituality not religion, it’s about people reconnecting with their true selves and finding meaning in their lives.
As the characters’ stories about their connection to the music unfold, we meet the musicians who have inspired them deeply. Through these encounters, we will discover how Deva Primal & Miten, Krishna Das, Snatam Kaur, Lama Gyurme, Jai Uttal, MC Yogi and others came to this music themselves and to the practice of Kirtan*, and how, over the years, it transformed their lives too.
Harbant Gill has played the harmonium for 25 years in leading devotional chants in several countries, for as many as 2500 chanters. She has managed both music ensembles and teams of journalists, and has done harmonium teacher training in New York and further training in India. Harb has directed several shows including Ruminations at Melbourne festivals. She is also a journalist and teaches at Monash University. “I have been chanting all my life – it is as close to me as my mother tongue, Punjabi.”
Peta Minter grew up in the small town of Mirboo and started drumming at the age of 12. She went on to perform in school bands and quickly became accomplished in many styles, playing both drumkit and percussion, including pop, funk, Latin, rock, jazz and big band swing. She studied with the country’s top drummers including master percussionist David Jones, Darryn Farrugia (Hey Hey It’s Saturday), Dave Beck (In Melbourne Tonight), international djembe masters Adamane, Madou Keita from Burkina Faso, Mady Keita from Mali. Peta travelled to Ghana, Africa to live and study African drumming in its own cultural setting. While there Peta studied and trained extensively from djembe masters from Ghana and Burkina Faso.
Peta has performed with some of Australia’s top musicians including drum-master David Jones, bassist Evripides Evripidou, Southern Son’s Jack Jones, saxophonist Fiona Burnett, West African band Zazu, just to name a few. Peta is a member of David Jones’ percussion band DRUM! Their first concert was broadcast on ABC National Radio Sunday Live! program. In 2001 and 2003 DRUM! performed sell-out concerts in Japan, receiving 3 standing ovations.
Peta composed her first solo ambient album called Radiant Creation in 2017. You can listen and purchase music on Peta’s personal website www.petaminter.com.au.
Certified sound practitioner
Later in her career, she was drawn to the eastern healing modalities of singing bowls and many other musical instruments to assist people in their wellbeing. She has studied with Lama Tender and is Certified Tibetan Traditional Sound Healing. Certified group facilitator Peta’s passion for music and connecting people of all walks of life through power of group music-making has taken her to all parts of the globe, including Africa, Japan, America and England. Peta is a Remo Drum Circle Facilitator and endorsee, who are world leaders in making drums and percussion instruments. She is a certified Village Music Circles drum circle facilitator, an experiential Leadership Program. Peta has studied and completed a number of “Village Music Circles” trainings courses in the USA, including The Mentor Program 2012, 2013 and 2014 and many in Australia. She has attended Holyoake’s DRUMBEAT Program, an evidence-based therapeutic intervention program that uses music to engage participants.
Peta has studied and completed module 1, Meditation Teacher Training at The Gawler Foundation and uses many techniques throughout her sound bath and rhythm wellness sessions.
Certified personal coach
Peta wanted to take her group facilitating to the next level, she is now a qualified personal and business coach and has completed accredited and recognised International Coach Federation (ICF) Certificate IV and ICF approved coach training. 10547NAT Certified 1v in Business and Personal Coaching.
Peta has been teaching since 1992. She created her own Drum/Percussion school, which also offered scholarships to young students wishing to become professional musicians. Peta also taught privately through drum shops such as Melbourne’s Drumtek, Stothers Music Store in Traralgon. She has also taught at numerous schools including Marist-Sion College and St Margaret’s, just to name a few. She also traveled to schools around Victoria teaching and performing West African drumming from grade 3 up to Secondary levels.
About the event
Through thought-provoking events that inspire action, and using the power of film to illuminate the issues of our time, Suburban Sandcastles is a movement for people seeking to live with their minds opened by wonder, not closed by belief. Join us at Shirley Burke Theatre in Parkdale, Bayside Melbourne for a nourishing meal, fresh juice, wholefood snacks, beer and wine, all available for purchase before the film. Connect with our community and explore what's on offer from our wellness and lifestyle exhibitors.
5.45pm doors open, nourishing food and drink available, local exhibitors
6.45pm film commences
8.30pm Q&A panel and chant led by Vedic Vibe musicians
9.00pm event concludes