Balamohan Shingade in Music Concert in Auckland

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The Auckland Zen Centre is organising a musical concert by Balamohan Shingade, a renowned for his captivating performance of traditional Indian music, at its premises located at 50, Princes Street, Onehunga.

The Concert will be held on Saturday, February 17 from 4 pm to 6 pm.

About Balamohan Shingade

Mr Shingade is the Assistant Director of St Paul Street Gallery at the AUT University based in Auckland.

Trained as a singer of Hindustani Classical Music since he was five years old, Mr Shingade completed a Graduate Diploma in Hindustani Classical Music from the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya in Mumbai. His teacher and guide was Pandit Rajendra Kandalgoankar, one of the most popular exponents of Hindustani Classical Music.

Mr Shingade is a postgraduate in Fine Arts (MFA) from the Elam School of Arts.

He is also a member of the Auckland Zen Centre, while his parents are associated with Shri Shirdi Saibaba Temple in the neighbourhood.

About Auckland Zen Centre

The Auckland Zen Centre is a Zen Buddhist community formed in 2003 by two disciples of Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede, Dharma heir of the late Roshi Philip Kapleau.

Auckland-born Sensei Amala (formerly Charlotte) Wrightson, a Zen teacher and priest of the Three Jewels Order, and her husband Richard von Sturmer, a lay member of the Order, have both undergone extensive Zen training under Roshi Kjolhede and resettled in New Zealand in 2003 after over a decade living and working at the Rochester Zen Center in upstate New York.

Both completed the formal koan curriculum under Roshi Kjolhede.

Amala-sensei was formally sanctioned as a Zen teacher in an August 2004 ceremony, while Richard has permission to offer daisan.

In 2012, Roshi Kjolhede visited Auckland to conduct a Dharma Transmission ceremony for Amala-sensei, thus making her a full Dharma heir in the Rochester lineage.

Authentic practice

The purpose of the Auckland Zen Centre is to foster authentic Zen Buddhist practice, and a vibrant Sangha of committed practitioners, by means of regular formal sittings, live Dharma talks and teishos, dokusan, a full range of ceremonies to mark important days on the Buddhist calendar, community service, social events, activities for families, sesshin and residential training.

About the Concert

Mr Shingade will be accompanied by Basant Madhur on Tabla at the forthcoming Concert on February 17, 2018.

Tickets priced at $20 per person can be booked online

Further information can be obtained from Richard von Sturmer on (09) 6364383.

Email: or Hanya Gallagher

Photo Caption: Balamohan Shingade

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