Join us for an evening of Bhakti Music with international artist Vijay Krsna and beautiful Carmella Baynie as well from SE Queensland special guest Haitch.
Vegetarian Food from 7pm Chanting 7.30pm
Vijay Krsna was initiated into Bhakti-Yoga at the young age of 11. The very first order from his beloved Guru was to “always be engaged in Kirtan”. From that time on he has been traveling the world with various spiritual teachers learning the depth of this art and developing great expertise on the Mrdanga drum. He has also spent extensive time in India studying vocal in the various Kirtan styles from holy men, mendicants, temple monks, villagers and singing strangers. Now having absorbed the essence of his study, he has developed a synergy between these styles of Kirtan, bringing with it mood, depth and passion.
Vijay studied Kirtan in the sacred village of Vrindavan, India and grew up singing in ashrams & temples in India and the West. He leads the Kirtaniyas – a global collective of musicians, producers and dancers. The Kirtaniyas tour the world infusing new life to ancient chants with youthful spirit and energy. They have recorded a number of albums that push the boundaries of genre: melodious electronic dance music and subsonic bass meet the call and response singing of ancient Sanskrit mantras and live acoustic instruments.
Carmella Baynie, award winning vocalist and composer, caught a generationʼs attention with her first hit single Sweet Silence, which charted in Australia, South East Asia and Japan during the mid 90ʼs.
Throughout Carmellaʼs accomplished career, she opened for artists as diverse as Eartha Kitt, Daryl Braithwaite, Jenny Morris, Tex Perkins, Paul Capsis and composed for Top 10 artists from China, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Carmella performed sacred music in Latin and Aramaic as a soloist from the age of seven years old. An initiated practitioner of meditation (Osho) and yoga (ashtanga, sivananda yoga, kiyoga) since 1984 and was introduced to Bhakti Yoga and chanting in 1993. She became an accredited yoga teacher, attaining her teacher training in South India in the Sivananda tradition.
Carmella also became an accredited voice teacher in 2002.
As Carmellaʼs commitment to the practice of Bhakti intensified, she was initiated into
bhakti in the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition. Carmella developed a teaching model called Voice in Yoga, assisting people from all walks of life, to awaken to the sacred within, and
to release the inner voice. This practice is being utilised and taught in several countries. Carmella teaches actors, singers, yoga teachers, religious and fitness instructors, teachers, coaches and anyone for whom the voice is the definitive tool of the trade, using meditation and yoga as the basis for her training.
Carmella holds a particular passion for working in the field of interfaith – finding and sharing the commonality between all traditions. Carmella has been teaching yoga and meditation to the Muslim community in Western Sydney with Auburn City Council, for the past four years In 2002 Carmella was invited to study Classical Indian music in Vrindavan and Mayapur in India. She is now one of Australiaʼs most popular and sought after kirtan singers, travelling the world, performing and running her innovative workshops, particularly in Asia, China, India, New Zealand and the USA.
“Her music beautifully showcases Carmellaʼs impassioned and angelic voice and the result is both moving and inspirational”
– Wellbeing Magazine
“Beautiful voice! Beautiful spirit! The music on this CD evokes higher realms, the kind frequented by angelic beings and devas. It reaches slightly higher too – to that devotional realm we might actually call ʻhomeʼ”
– Steven J Rosen, author – The Yoga of Kirtan
“Beautiful music! Wonderful production! May many people be blessed by listening to her music!”
– Deva Premal
“Carmella has a lustrous and vibrant voice and presence. I would sing with her anytime, anywhere!”
– Dave Stringer
“A hauntingly beautiful blend of devotional music.ʼ
– Australian Yoga Life
Haitch is a South East Queensland musician and composer @ www.haitchmusic.com Bringing a fresh twist to the world music, devotional and yoga scenes, his style is expansive and deep. Looking to nature for inspiration and world cultures for instruments, his uniqueness lies in the moving fusion created with both uncommon and classical instruments. Including Native American flutes, Yidaki (didgeridoo), slide Didge, Suling flutes, Mellophone, Trumpet, electric Indian zither, vocals and synthesizers.
Sharing music and movement in ‘Yoga Soundcapes’ classes, holding devotional ‘Chanting to Bliss’ concerts & facilitating ‘Soundwaves’ sound healing journeys, several group workshops and private tuition and healing sessions. Haitch also runs www.circularbreath.com sharing his passion for this technique, used for music and medically diagnosed sleep and breathing disorders. Circular Breath also manufactures a range of telescopic style didgeridoo or ‘Breath Strengthening Pipes’ here in Australia.