Traditional Indian chanting and sound healing workshop in Iowa City

The Healing Power of Sacred Sound

The Conscious Living Center — Wednesday, July 20 at 7 p.m.

Rameshvaram -- photo courtesy of wikimedia
Rameshvaram — photo via wikimedia

The Conscious Living Center (2711 Muscatine Ave, Iowa City) welcomes Dr. Hariharan, a composer and music therapist based out of Pondicherry, India, back to Iowa City for a night of Kirtan singing and guided meditation on Wednesday, July 20 from 7–8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Dr. Hariharan has visited the United States annually for the last 20 years, leading sound healing workshops and administering Vedic astrology readings.

“The evening will feature two sessions led by Dr. Hariharan,” said Justin Matthews, one the organizers for Wednesday’s event, “the first involving Kirtan chanting, which is a traditional Indian style of call-and-response … for the second session, Dr. Hariharan will lead a healing meditation and perform original compositions for the electronic tambura.”

Dr. Hariharan currently heads the college of fine and performing arts in Pondicherry, India. In the past he taught at universities in Thanjavur, Mysore and Madurai. This is his fifth visit to Iowa City.

Shiva with Sitar -- photo courtesy of wikimedia
Shiva with Sitar — photo courtesy of Wellcome Library, London