Ananda Music — With Ramesha Nani
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.
Ramesha (Fabio) Nani began his formal music training with classical guitar at the age of seven, later switching to violin and receiving his Diploma in violin performance from the Music Conservatory in Como (Italy). But by the time he had finished his studies he had become disillusioned with music as a career and instead became a music teacher in his hometown of Lugano, Switzerland. During this time he shifted his musical focus to studying voice with Swiss soprano, Giovanna Zaugg-Casella. Years later, during repeated visits to the Ananda meditation and retreat center in Assisi (Italy), Ramesha was introduced to Ananda Music, and as he tuned into it more deeply he felt himself changing. His love of the violin was rekindled and he began to play again.
Now, music has a completely different meaning for him. He realizes that what matters most is not how well he plays or sings, but rather how open he is as a channel for blessings to flow through the music and touch people’s hearts. Ramesha met his wife, Bhagavati, when they performed together at Ananda Assisi, and moved with her to the United States in 2006 in order to participate more fully in the music ministry of Ananda. He is in demand as a vocal instructor, teaching both in-person and online to students throughout the world. Ramesha and Bhagavati lived for three years in Los Angeles, where they headed up the Ananda LA music ministry and expanded their music outreach as members of The Joy Singers. They returned to Ananda Village in 2013 to help lead Ananda Music worldwide. They also perform as the Harmony Duo.
“I just have to think of the words of a song, and I feel Swamiji. I feel this attunement with everything that Ananda is. In just a few seconds into a song, I feel like I get completely in sync with everything that Ananda, Swami and Master are, and therefore, I feel more unified with the path and with what I am trying to do with my life as a truth seeker. I’m trying to find God, to make God more a part of my life, and to share that with everybody. I feel the music is a perfect tool to do that.”
VIDEO MUSIC (written by Swami Kriyananda) "Emerald Isle" (from a live performance) "Sailing the Blue Sea" (Relax: Meditations for Flute and Cello CD - www.crystalclarity.com)
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