How do you pronounce samjjana, Maia and Pratika-Sahayak?
sum-ya-na ~ Maya ~ Pra-tee-ka-Sha-hi-ak (Pratika on its own is totally fine).
What does samjjana mean?
A ceremony for harmony, unanimity and consciousness (so it's more about what we do than who we are, and what we co-create together with the audience).
Are you aligned with any religion or religious group?
We are not aligned with any religion or religious group, though we are aligned with core messages common to them all - love, peace, compassion, unity and service. For almost 20 years Pratika-Sahayak has been a student of an Indian meditation teacher, Sri Chinmoy, who also was not aligned with any organised religion.
Where are you based?
Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
What is the name of the steel instrument Maia plays and where is it from?
It's called a 'hang' (pronounced hung) and it is handmade in Switzerland.
Where/how can I find out more about the hang?
Visit the hang page, which also offers links to various websites that offer more information about the hang and other hang-inspired instruments.
How can I purchase a hang?
All you need to know is here.
What are the flutes Pratika plays?
Native American-style single and drone (double) flutes (available from SpiritSong Flutes)
Indian Bansuri flutes (available from Arjuna)
Shakuhachi (Japanese Zen) flute (available from David Brown)
What are samjjana's other instruments?
Lap harp (available from Geoff Welham)
Swarmandal (Indian harp) (Available from Rikhi Ram)
Sansula (available from Kalimba Magic)
Four therapeutic grade quartz crystal singing bowls and four Alchemy crystal singing bowls (From Crystal Tones). Many types of Alchemy bowls are available, with samjjana's being Emerald (G), Kyanite (E), Ruby (F#) and Laughing Buddha (iron, A#)
Koshi wind chimes
FreeNotes Wings (xylophones)
Who composes samjjana's music?
All samjjana's songs and chants are given by Spirit, and predominantly received and evolved by Maia. Maia plays recognisable, repeatable melodies while Pratika-Sahayak predominantly improvises - so you will never hear the same song played the same way twice.
"Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul"