Hindustani Classical Concert in Castro Valley April 1

Public is invited to this fundraising event at the M.A. Center to benefit an international charity


The public is invited to enjoy what is being billed as an evening of soul stirring music and a delicious vegetarian dinner April 1 at Castro Valley's M.A. Center, a spiritual center dedicated to the humanitarian work of Amma.  Proceeds from the event will benefit Amma's Embracing the World Charities.

A Grand Hindustani Classical Concert in the center's Amrita Hall begins at 6 p.m. and will feature Nachiketa Yakondi, Hindustani vocalalist; Ravi Gutala, Tabla and Vivek Datar, Harmonium. This is the second in a series of concerts the M.A. Center has hosted this year.

A youth program will precede the concert at 4:15 p.m.

Tickets are $25 for the evening concert and include a vegetarian dinner. They can be ordered on-line here or purchased at the door. Children under age 8 will be admitted at no charge.

The M.A. Center is located at 10200 Crow Canyon Road, Castro Valley.

For more information, call 510-371-1426 or e-mail macenter@ammachi.org.

According to its website, the M.A. Center named after Mata Amritanandamayi who is also called Amma, is run entirely by volunteers and inspired by Amma's holistic vision of unity and selflessness. The ashram strives to put Amma's teachings into action.

Since its inception in February of 1989, the Castro Valley center has provided a welcoming community for spiritual seekers to enjoy a contemplative and nurturing atmosphere amid the beauty of its natural surroundings through retreats, volunteer activities, classes, chanting, devotional singing, and meditation.

The M. A. Center embraces a diverse community that spans different cultural and religious backgrounds and ages. Its website says its participants share in common an appreciation of the great spiritual truths that transcend religious affiliations, such as compassion, devotion, love and service.

Sustainable practices like organic gardening, recycling, waste reduction, and more, are encouraged to increase awareness and reverence for nature as inspired by Amma's teachings and to act as stewards for the well-being of the earth.

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