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Shakti Yoga To Host Sitar Jam

The Shakti Yoga studio located on 133 Grant Street is an ideal space for meditation and reflection with its high ceilings and calming atmosphere. With great acoustics, it also happens to be the perfect venue for live music.

On Saturday, October 9 from 8 to 11 p.m., Shakti Yoga will host a live performance by Family FUNKtion and Sitar Jams.  There will be a suggested $7 donation at the door to benefit the musicians.

The group is comprised of the three Padmanabha brothers–Ravi, Naryan, and Aneal–who have been making music together for the past 20 years.  Their style interweaves classical and contemporary Indian music with rock and funk tones.  Each of the brothers began on western instruments, such as guitar, bass, and drums, and later picked up classical Indian instruments including the tabla, dulcimer/santoor, and the sitar.   They have performed in several venues, including Hallwalls Artist & Models, Trimainia, the Albright Knox and the Elmwood Arts festival.

Shakti Yoga owner Michelle Gigante thinks that hosting this event at the studio will provide the perfect venue to showcase the brothers’ chemistry.  “The connection that they have fits into Shakti in that there are so many layers to it,” she said. “The space suites them and their energy.”  Having listened to the Padmanabha brothers’ play together, Gigante noted how one can sense the closeness and family connection between them through their ability to improvise with one another in their music.

Gigante hosts guests musicians regularly at the Shakti Lounge in the studio in hopes of providing performers with a supportive audience and a relaxing environment where their music is listened to with respect and appreciation.  “Live music is so important to me and I knew I wanted it to be a strong part of what we do here,” she said.  “Music has a lot of value that can get lost.  I’m just trying to help resurface it.”

 In addition to the Sitar Jam on October 9, Shakti Yoga studio will host classical guitarist Mir Ali on Saturday, November 6.  She also plans to have a violinist from the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra perform in January. Aside from the Shakti Lounge performances, the studio also offers a dance class every Thursday that features live drumming.  Some yoga classes also feature a guest sitar player.

For more information about the
Sitar Jam, visit the Facebook event page. 
To learn more about the group, visit their website.  Shakti Yoga also has its own website for
those interested in finding more information on the studio itself.

Written by Sarah Maurer

Sarah Maurer

I moved to Buffalo to attend Canisius College in 2007 and began writing for Buffalo Rising as a journalism intern in 2010. Working with Newell and meeting numerous entrepreneurs, activists and everyday folks who were working to make their city better made a huge impact on my decision to stay here. After witnessing all the positive development and grassroots initiatives happening in neighborhoods throughout the city, I was inspired to pursue a term of service in AmeriCorps and a career in Buffalo's non-profit sector. I currently work in the housing department at the Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center of WNY and am excited to be a part of their ongoing efforts to revitalize the Broadway Fillmore neighborhood. I also volunteer as the project coordinator for Artfarms Buffalo. I continue to write for Buffalo Rising because I love having the opportunity to stay connected to those working toward positive changes for the Queen City.

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