Ananda Music — With Dhuti Johnson
May 20, 2021
The ANANDA MUSIC ORAL HISTORY VIDEOS capture the essence of living and sharing the music of Ananda. Listen to longtime devotee musicians share their stories and remembrances of spiritual lessons learned from working on the songs and chants of Swami Kriyananda and Paramhansa Yogananda.
Before Dhuti Johnson came to Ananda, she had a very musical upbringing with piano and guitar lessons starting at a young age: four years of classical voice training, singing in children’s, church and school choirs, ensembles, madrigal groups, barber shop quartets, rock & roll bands, and folk groups, as well as leading singing activities at a summer camp. After moving to Ananda Village in 1979, she sang in the Ghandharvas small group, directed the choirs in Palo Alto, Ananda Village and throughout India. In more recent years, she has accompanied Ananda teachers on tour in India, Israel, Romania, New Zealand, Australia, Czech Republic, Serbia, Spain, Italy and different cities in the United States. With the advent of COVID, Dhuti has been offering online sing-alongs three times a week, as well as lessons and classes.
“Sharing Ananda Music around the world: It is the same wherever I go. It doesn’t matter if people understand the words, which are sung in English or Italian. The music is imbued with a consciousness that transcends language. The language they understand is one of joy, inspiration and love, and they feel it in their souls. Watching the faces in the audience as I share the songs of Ananda, seeing a joyful light awakened in their eyes, and a growing love in their opened hearts—this is one of the greatest pleasures of my life.” “Ananda Music really transforms you from the inside out. When you get out of the way and the music is just flowing through you, it transforms you in a way unlike anything else, I venture to say, except for Kriya.” “What I see is that people don’t think they can sing or are musical. Then they start to chant, then they start to sing and they’re off on the most beautiful journey of their life, being able to express the divine through this music.”
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