Machel Montano to perform at Maha Shiv Raatri celebrations in India


Machel Montano in 2019. The soca star will perform at Maha Shiv Raatri celebrations in India on March 1. – FILE PHOTO/SUREASH CHOLAI

To celebrate a 40-year musical journey, Machel Montano will perform in what he has described as the biggest event of his career – the Maha Shiv Raatri celebrations at Isha Yoga Center in India.

Maha Shiv Raatri is a nighttime festival of meditation, music and dance.

The event is scheduled for March 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Atlantic Standard Time (6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. India Standard Time). It can be viewed on the MahaShivRatri 2022 livestream:

There, Montano will perform new music from his MONK music label, a collaboration between him and Marge Blackman titled Touch the Ground.

Montano said performing at this festival will be one of the most profound moments of his life. “After 40 years in the music industry, I am overwhelmed with joy and gratitude for this opportunity and for what it means on a global level.”

Maha Shiv Raatri is one of India’s largest and holiest festivals, and the gathering at Isha Yoga Center drew over 120 million people, in person and online in 2021.

A statement released on Saturday announcing the event said that for Montano, this event is deeply connected to his own spiritual journey, which he embarked on with his wife, Renee, and his manager, Che Kothari.

“For the past seven months, Montano has been in India to participate in a yoga program (Sadhanapada) at Isha Yoga Center, under the tutelage of Sadhguru, Yogi, mystic and one of the most influential visionaries of our time .”

Recently, Montano partnered with the Conscious Planet Save Soil movement, led by yoga guru Jagadish “Jaggi” Vasudev, also known as Sadhguru, to raise global awareness and encourage government policy action to revitalize the soil. .

The statement explains that the song Touch the Ground is a call to action for the Caribbean and the world to find ways to protect the world’s soil from further degradation.

Montano also plans to collaborate with Isha Home School students in a musical performance to raise awareness of the Save Soil movement on March 5. This performance can be viewed on Montano’s Instagram.

In mid-March, the soca star will accompany Sadhguru on a series of visits to the Caribbean where they will meet government leaders from across the region to discuss and collaborate on the Save Soil movement.

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