Feb 25, 2018
10:30 am - 11:30 am
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First Parish in Lexington

Mid-winter muck getting you down? Need some color in your life? Come and celebrate Holi – the ancient Hindu festival of color. Rev. Anne will offer readings and teachings from the Hindu sacred tradition as Rip Jackson and the choir collaborate with our NYC-based guest musician, Nirmal Chandraratna, to provide us all with an interactive musical and spiritual worship service. This morning we invite you to participate in the ecstatic ancient singing tradition of Kirtan led by Nirmal. Singing chant offers us the experience of deeper connection with music, each other, and ourselves.

Rev. Anne Mason, Worship Leader

Today, we welcome guest musician Nirmal Chandraratna. He was born to Sri Lankan parents in Rochester, New York. Nirmal found his passion in music composition and received his Masters in Music in 1998 from San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In 2010, Nirmal discovered Kirtan, a call-and-response practice of singing mantra, and fell in love with Kirtan’s intentionality and immersive nature.  He began studying Sanskrit, Eastern philosophy and mantra, and has been leading Kirtan ever since. Kirtan and mantra have influenced his other compositions in his desire to continue to include the audience into a musical experience in an intentional manner, and he also offers guided meditations on the chakras, Sound Journeys, live music for yoga classes, and other creative offerings.