Ananda Music — With Gitanjali Gregorelli
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.
Tyagini Gitanjali Golub-Gregorelli first became acquainted with Ananda music in 1978. From the first moment she heard one of Swami Kriyananda's songs, she felt the deep inspiration and power of his music and knew it would be an important part of her life. She moved to Ananda in 1980, where she sang in the choir and toured with the first Joy Singers group. In 1988, she was asked to direct the choir and coordinate all the musical programs for the Christmas season at the Village. In February 1989 she was invited to move to Ananda Assisi (Italy) to participate in the choir and, later, to direct it. In 2005, she and her husband Yogindra moved to Ananda India, where they served for 5 years. She directed the choir for most of their time there, and the choir performed at all of Swamiji’s public events in India. For many Indians, it was their first time hearing choral music, and they embraced it completely. When she and Yogindra returned to Italy in 2010, she continued to direct the choir until she felt it was time to pass the directing baton to Mantrini Klippstein and then Peter Treichler. She still continues to sing, and along with Darshan Lotichius, to coordinate musical programs with solos, duets, and instrumental pieces while Peter focuses on working with the choir.
“Singing Swami’s music is one of the threads that has really held us together and helped us to be not just be in tune with Master, the music, and Swami, but also in tune with each other. And, I think that the harmony that we have experienced as a community amongst ourselves and the deep friendships that we have created comes from the fact that we have been singing Swami’s music for so many years.”
VIDEO MUSIC (written by Swami Kriyananda) "Sailing the Blue Sea" (Relax: Meditations for Flute and Cello CD - www.crystalclarity.com)
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