This month I have been thinking about giving. Sometimes the universe collides and presents you with an experience so moving you need to share it.
As many of you know my music career fuels the philanthropic work of my charity Kirtan for Causes: the relationship between the two being both financial and, as I’ve realised this month, increasingly creative.
Last January, as 2016’s new light dawned, I swallow-dived straight into my next musical imagining, head and heart first.
The dawning of a new year provides time to reflect, to let go and to look forward. 2015 was a wonderful year for me.
The past four weeks have been a month of building. Work has begun planning to build a house in the Punjabi village of Khadur Sahib. My charitable organisation Kirtan for Causes are constructing and gifting a new home to the family of a child participating in our sponsorship scheme.
After my whirlwind trip to London and debut performance at the Union Chapel in August, the last few weeks have been a time to take stock and reflect on my work so far.
On the 22 August 2015 I performed my first official concert at the evocative Union Chapel London. The stage in this beautiful building has been graced by music royalty.
Mid-July I arrived in London to begin rehearsals and promo for my concert at The Union Chapel, London on 22 August 2015. Things have been busy indeed!
This month I’ve come to the end of editing two important projects: my music video for the track ‘Aukhee Gharhee’ and the live footage of a concert I gave earlier in the year in Dubai.
This month I was so pleased to be interviewed by The Rhythm Divine radio show on Radio National, Australia. It was a pleasure to speak with Geoff Wood about my music, Kirtan for Causes, leading a spiritual life and the meaning of singing devotional Sikh song.
This month I travelled to Amritsar to shoot the video for my track ‘Aukhee Gharhee’. Collaborator Jyotsna Srikanth, who plays violin on the track, also made the trip and appears in the film.
I’m so pleased to announce that I will be headlining the Union Chapel, London in August 2015. The venue is the perfect place for my London debut: an architectural treasure that is both an award-winning performance space and a spiritual sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of city life.
The highlight of February was my live show with the masterful Mr Talvin Singh. On the 6th of February Talvin and I performed to friends and family in the gardens of my home in Dubai.
I welcomed in the dawn of 2015 in the city of my childhood: Melbourne, Australia. It was here that I first began to sing kirtan, and here that my passion for music was so lovingly nurtured by the local community.