Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
University Students Perform Maharishi Gandharva Veda Music for First
Both Ms. Butet and Ms. Fontoura will be performing again throughout the
remainder of the school year. Look for the dates and times to be posted in
the Domes, Annapurna, and Everybody's.
Alesia Lloyd writes in the The Review, Vol. 15, #14, of May 10, 2000, of
Maharishi University of Management
( Fairfield, Iowa, USA
The profound melodies of Nature filled the Maharishi Patanjali Golden Dome
of Pure Knowledge on the evening of April 22, as University students gave
solo performances of Maharishi Gandharva Veda music for the first time.
Florence Butet, an advanced certificate student in Maharishi Gandharva Veda
music, shared her divine singing voice, performing the raga "Jog." A
a specific melody which enlivens certain frequencies of Nature. This was a
milestone for Ms. Butet, who has studied for almost two years before
performing on her own.
Monica Fontoura, who is also an advanced certificate student, accompanied
Ms. Butet on tabla, marking her first solo performance as well. Accompanying
the two certificate students were music students Nadine Thomas and Roy
Williams, both on tanpura. Music Department director Isabel Matzkin
accompanied on harmonium.
Ms. Matzkin said that it is not every day that a Westerner can perform a
Maharishi Gandharva Veda music raga, noting that it is complex process that
involves not only learning the the specific melody of the raga, but also how
to perform the improvisational parts, which can be quite difficult.
According to Ms. Matzkin, the audience really responded to the students'
performance. "Some members of the the audience reported that there was a
great depth and purity in Florence's voice which created specific effects in
the environment that they could feel," Ms. Matzkin said.
Of her experience Ms. Butet said, "There was a lot of love flowing both
myself and the audience. It was an experience of growth on all levels--it
Ms. Fontoura too reported feeling a connection with the audience and said
that she felt completely natural and at home in her performance.
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