Montano to perform at Maha Shivratri celebration in India

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Montano to perform at Maha Shivratri celebration in India

Soca superstar Machel Montano is taking his music to India.
He is set to perform on March 1st, in what he described as the largest event in his career – the Maha Shivratri celebrations at the Isha Yoga Centre in India.

Maha Shivratri is a night-long festival of meditation, music and dance.

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

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

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 represents on a global level.”

Maha Shivratri is one of the largest and most sacred festivals in India, and the gathering at Isha Yoga Centre attracted more than 120 million people, in person and online in 2021.

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

At the event, Montano will perform his new single, a collaboration between himself and Marge Blackman titled Touch the Ground – which is a call to action for Caribbean people and the world to find ways to protect the world’s soil from further degradation.

Montano also plans to collaborate with the students of the Isha Home School 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 with government leaders from across the region to discuss and collaborate on the Save Soil movement.

Meanwhile, a media release by Pundit Satyanand Maharaj, spiritual head of the Satya Anand Ashram said even though Montano began his musical journey with calypso and soca, it has led him to embrace Hinduism.

“On what would have been previously know as Machel Monday, a time when many Hindus would choose to attend Machel’s fete rather than Maha Shivaratri the opposite is now happening. Machel is now setting a positive example, and I hope Hindus will follow his example with equal fervor and attend mandirs across the land. This is a time when Hindus will fast and keep vigil for the night making offerings on the lingum of Lord Shiva.”

The release said Sanatan Dharma has a place for everyone and the Hindu community welcomes Montano with open arms.

“It does not matter what your past was. Everyone has a past. Sanatan Dharma encourages people to seek the divine, to write a new future for yourself.”

The event is carded for March 1, from 8.30 am-8.30 pm Atlantic standard time (6 pm-6 am India standard time). It can be viewed on the MahaShivRatri 2022 livestream: