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Global Music, Connecting Cultures Stories from the Rajasthani Road... from world music ensemble LIBANA

Connections Abide ~ Sisterhood Around the World

USA | Tuesday, 20 Dec 2011 | Views [2065]

Creating a full color art calendar. . . Organizing a fair trade crafts fair. Who knew that our journey to India would inspire these new ventures??? A year ago, Libana was busily preparing for our major life adventure to North India . Departure was ... Read more >

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Deep Peace

USA | Monday, 4 Apr 2011 | Views [1168]

It was six weeks ago today. I am still not sure what led the ten of us to a private audience with His Holiness the Karmapa. It certainly was a total surprise, arranged by our guide Kunsang in Dharamsala. And it certainly was a gift.     We ... Read more >

Poverty and Progress

USA | Sunday, 27 Mar 2011 | Views [1079]

We’ve been back from India for a month now—and I’m finding that it is still hard to put my thoughts together about the poverty we witnessed.   The scale of poverty in India is staggering—it is in evidence everywhere:   enormous numbers of people ... Read more >

East ~ West ~ Zest!

USA | Saturday, 26 Mar 2011 | Views [2288] | Comments [3]

Dear Friends far flung and near, Recently Libana performed at Wellesley College as part of the Art and Soul series. Hosting such artistic luminaries as poet Mary Oliver and Tibetan flutist ... Read more >


USA | Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | Views [1719] | Comments [2]

Sometimes the stars align and you meet the exact people you were supposed to meet.   That’s what our connection with Mirai Chatterjee and the wonderful women of SEWA felt like.   Sue has already written about the circumstances of our meeting and ... Read more >

Fostering Creativity on a Third Floor in Ahmedabad

USA | Sunday, 6 Mar 2011 | Views [1221]

Going to Ahmedabad in Gujarat was almost a last minute addendum to our itinerary. The planning of this trip did not come together smoothly, and was actually quite stressful. In retrospect, I can see more clearly that our East Coast, North American ... Read more >

The wildest pre-concert preparation ever!

USA | Thursday, 3 Mar 2011 | Views [1431]

Well, we’ve been back in Boston for a few days and I am only now coming up for air after transitioning back to work and reaclimating myself to day-to-day life in the US—but thoughts of India and our experiences there continue to reverberate in my ... Read more >

Road to Jaipur

USA | Monday, 28 Feb 2011 | Views [846]

This is my 3 rd attempt to write this blog entry as the first two suddenly disappeared after I hit the ‘save story’ button (imagine my frustration!). So a little belately, here are my impressions on the road to Jaipur. Driving time in our ... Read more >

A Spontaneous International Music Festival in Rural Rajasthan

USA | Monday, 28 Feb 2011 | Views [1814] | Comments [3]

I have now woken up two mornings back home here in Somerville. My dreams are filled with the colors, sounds, and heart impressions of India. I am not sure what to make of anything. This morning it is snowing. Clearly this journey is going to ... Read more >

Monks, Momo's, and a Million Tears for Tibet

USA | Thursday, 24 Feb 2011 | Views [6855] | Comments [1]

We are back in Delhi, where we are spending our last day in India repacking and shopping for that one more beautiful scarf or piece of sari silk....Our suitcases are already bursting at the seams. Retail therapy has been abundant, enjoyable and always ... Read more >

Great news!

USA | Sunday, 20 Feb 2011 | Views [1169] | Comments [2]

We have just come back to Delhi from the amazing lands of Rajasthan and Gujurat where there has been NO time or computers to blog on--our apologies! We all promise to blog about everything for weeks to come after we are home. However, I got here late ... Read more >

Dentistry in India

USA | Friday, 18 Feb 2011 | Views [2195] | Comments [1]

Who knew we would need a dentist while in India?  My son Jared is traveling with Libana on this trip and his lower wisdom tooth chose this time to assert it's presence screaming it's need to come out NOW!  Being in Jaipur and away from our friends ... Read more >

Delhi Concerts

USA | Tuesday, 15 Feb 2011 | Views [1578] | Comments [2]

Contrary to what we have written thus far, we have done more than drive around and buy things!!! We are now in Jaipur, Rajasthan after a 7 hour road trip yesterday, worthy of its own extended blog entry. But Libana gave three concerts while in Delhi.... Read more >

Mela Melee

USA | Monday, 14 Feb 2011 | Views [2051] | Comments [2]

Yesterday, the 10 of us, our wonderful driver from the AES school and two teachers packed into our van and headed 45 minutes outside Delhi to the Surajkund Mela--a huge open air crafts festival.  We arrived to find hundreds upon hundreds of stalls ... Read more >

Tibetan Opera meets Libana Songs

USA | Friday, 11 Feb 2011 | Views [1544] | Comments [9]

Last evening, culminating the fourth day of our five day residency at the American Embassy School here in Delhi (which has been REALLY delightful), we were invited over for an evening of singing with American women teachers from the school. They have ... Read more >

It is hard to write in the midst of amazement!

USA | Thursday, 10 Feb 2011 | Views [2081] | Comments [3]

After bidding good riddance to umpteen feet of snow and ice and tolerating a manageably long flight by watching Hindi movies, Libana landed in Delhi last Friday night. Wow. And Wow. And Wow again. We were met in a couple of vans by our contacts from ... Read more >

India Here We Come!

USA | Thursday, 3 Feb 2011 | Views [942] | Comments [3]

India Here We Come!

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Photos: Libana travels to India

USA | Thursday, 20 Jan 2011 | Photo Gallery

Photos from India, Feb 2011
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Connecting Cultures

BULGARIA | Thursday, 20 Jan 2011 | Views [983] | Video

As we ready ourselves for our trip to India, we're thinking about all the fun we had when we performed at the International Folklore Festival in Bourgas! What a wonderful way to connect with the music, people and places in Bulgaria!! 

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The journey begins...

USA | Thursday, 20 Jan 2011 | Views [886]

Hello and welcome to our travel journal! We're Libana , the global music ensemble. We've been traveling and performing together for more than thirty years, and are very excited to set out for India next month! Travel along with us!

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