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.
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Katie Underwood has trained with Lama Tender (the Dalai Lama’s Chant Master) in traditional Tibetan Sound healing and Jonothan Goldman - Chant Master, Grammy Award winner and author of "Healing Sounds" in The USA. She has a Diploma of Sound Healing Therapy and is a certified meditation teacher.
Katie has a long history with music performance across many genres. She now holds regular Sound & Meditation workshops across Greater Melbourne. She weaves an intuitive soundscape for deep healing and meditation using her voice, native drums, harmonic drums, crystal and Tibetan bowls. These sessions also include guided group toning - empowering each person to create their own healing sounds and find their voice.
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.” Harb is artistic director and producer of One En-Chanted Evening on September 15, 2018, at the Melbourne Fringe Festival. It will be a three-hour adventure of chanting, music, dance, poetry and meditation. Tickets go on sale on August 16.
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