Selections from performances at the Deepawali Festival in Auroville’s Bharat Nivas, organized by Auro Sangamam on the 5th of November, 2018. Video produced by Manohar, Auroville.
“O Thou of whom I am the instrument,
O secret Spirit and Nature housed in me…”
The most loved soundtrack theme of the Water ceremony for Auroville’s 50th anniversary, as performed by the Auroville Choir and Instrumental ensemble in a Cripa performance few nights later.
A performance on bansuri by Nadaprem in Auroville’s amphitheatre, dedicated to the “blue moon” (so is called the exceptional second full moon in the same month) on 31 March 2018. Video by Manohar (AV).
A fusion of Odissi, Kathak, Bharatanatyam classic Indian dances, performed in Auroville on March 21, 2018.
Performed in Auroville’s Unity Pavilion on 28 January 2018. Video produced by Manohar.
“The closer, Mystic Horse, is altogether unlike anything else on the album: percussive echoes in deep space; a slow, primitive, ritual drumbeat; bits of wooden flute, triangle, claves, but the drumbeat has the last word. The ritual remains, taking us out but bringing us back into the body, leaving us so much richer for the journey.”
Celestial Winds, the album’s most active and layered piece, sweeps us away at once into a vast spiral eye, with wonders swirling around us, as we pass by many worlds on our way to returning home.
The sixth track from the “magnum opus” of Lucette Bourdin – the “Horse Heaven” album.
The fifth track from the “magnum opus” of Lucette Bourdin – the “Horse Heaven” album.
The fourth track from the “magnum opus” of Lucette Bourdin – the “Horse Heaven” album, her last and perhaps most significant composition.
Lucette taps the pulse of creation with the swelling, crystalline chords of The Luminous Ocean, radiating out to the dome of the universe, and the growling, powerful bass of Fearless Light.
In ‘Torrent of Nectar’, the artist stands in awe; beatific and still, only music can begin to describe her vision. How, then, can we reduce it to words?
“Horse Heaven is mystic, ineffable, introspective and god-seeking – exploring and celebrating both external and internal infinities, and a quest for their meeting place. Imagine church music for everyone, without any sectarian baggage, with no need for division or fear – just sharing the wonder of this life eternal. That’s how I would sum up this essential release, from an artist whose music should be heard by all.”