Bristol Benefit Concert

“One Night in India”

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Our Event

Welcome! We are so excited to be putting on this amazing event in Bristol as a benefit concert for Ramana’s Garden Children’s Home in Rishikesh, India. And we are all doing this together for the kids out of love, giving them the chance of a life full of opportunities and hope for their future! We would love you to join us in supporting them.

SATURDAY 24TH OCTOBER 2015
6.00PM – 11PM
ELMGROVE COMMUNITY CHURCH
ELMGROVE RD (COTHAM)
BRISTOL BS6 6AH

BUY YOUR TICKETS (SOLD OUT)

(Or via online Livestream direct to your home)

LIVESTREAM LINK

CLICK HERE TO DONATE
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The theme of the night is INDIA!… with live Indian music and a bustling Indian style market selling Indian snacks, drinks and other goodies.

The event will open with our wonderful market, full of the sights and sounds (& smells!) of a typical Indian market where you will be charmed by the characters to be found wandering around. Delicious Indian snacks and Chai await to waken and tantalise your taste buds while you browse the many stalls selling goods and wares. There will be a stall from Ramana’s Garden where you will have the chance to talk to someone who has been there or to pick up more in depth written information about different ways to support the children at Ramana’s.

The evening will be hosted by the wonderful and charismatic Niraj who will take us on our journey through the evening. The event can also be enjoyed live via the Internet around the world for those who cannot be with us in Bristol.

We are also very honoured to have Dwabha with us in person – she will share some of her stories about setting up and running the Children’s Home and about the children themselves. Watch this video for a taste.

We have an incredible line up of accomplished international musicians to open your hearts and lift your soul, and get those feet tapping:

Praful & Sika

Sudha & Tarisha

There will be a special video message from the incredible Deva Premal & Miten who have donated 100 CDs to us.

More about the musicians

Praful & saxPraful is a master sax & flute player, producer, charismatic performer and pioneer in the world music community. He embraces Jazz, Soul, Dance, Indian and New World Fusion with grace and passion. Praful’s 8 solo albums garnered great international success. “As he weaves his spell with his sax, or invites soul searching with his flute, or ignites you to dance to abandon, he is in each and every note, inviting you to journey towards that which is of the highest calibre within you.” A student of Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, he is a well-loved performer at many festivals and venues around the globe. More…

Sika

Through merging ancient and contemporary instruments, Sika’s music crosses the lines between world, ambient dance and acoustic trance, with a deep sense of reverence. His instrument bundle includes the Didgeridoo, Taos Drum, Shells, Ocarinas, Rattles and Shakers, Hoop Drums, Native American Flutes, as well as synths and electronica. More…

 

SudhaSudha is much loved for her beautiful chants and songs, and meditative and devotional mantras. She is perhaps best known for the track Om Bhagavan which has played in many yoga classes and alternative radio stations around the world. Performing around the globe since 2002, her singing transmits the divine energy of oneness. More…

TarishaTarisha’s music is inspired by the earth, nature, people and love. Many songs are dedicated to women and the Goddess, a celebration of both her and others’ journey into womanhood. A former member of the pioneering band Prana, and then Seize the Day, Tarisha writes & sings haunting and uplifting ballads, often with a shamanic influence, and plays keyboard, flute and guitar. More…

Deva Premal, Miten & ManoseFlame carriers of a 5,000 year old tradition, Deva Premal and Miten are at the forefront of the burgeoning world-wide chant phenomenon. They are one of the major contributors to the soundtrack of just about every 21st century alternative healing modality, from rehab/detox/stress management clinics to yoga studios, spas and meditation centres, shamanic gatherings and ceremonies in the depths of the Amazon, and throughout the world. Merging ancient mantras of India and Tibet with contemporary musical settings, their debut album The Essence introduced a unique musical genre. The album rocked to the top of World and New Age charts where it still remains. They grace festivals, concert halls, rock venues and cathedrals around the planet. More…

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About Ramana’s Garden Children’s Home

Ramana’s Garden was set up 25 years ago and run by Prabhavati Dwabha (originally from the U.S.) and is still flourishing today. It is a Non-Profit Organisation (501c3) and continues to inspire and empower all 69 children who live there.

Their school offers free places to local children as well as to the project children, a total of 168 in all. All the children have come to Ramana’s as a last resort. Their parents are either dead, or have abused or abandoned them. Despite these harsh beginnings, they are now thriving in an environment of love, empowerment and creativity. We would like to assist Dwabha in her efforts to keep this as their reality.

Ramana's school children

Ramana’s are now on their second generation of children, with some of the first generation coming back to work in the school as qualified teachers. Others are ‘flying the nest‘ to embark on new studies – ambitions that would likely never have been fulfilled or perhaps even dreamed of had they not had the support of Ramana’s Garden.

Dwabha & Organic CafeAn Organic Cafe on the premises, run by Prabhavati Dwabha, the children and volunteers, with food supplied by their own organic veggie gardens, helps to support the children and the running of the Children’s Home. The Cafe is very popular with the tourists who visit Rishikesh – the queue is often out the door! Volunteers from all around the world give their time to help out both in the Cafe and in other areas of daily life at the Children’s Home.

Each child has their own college fund. They are taught that they can achieve anything they want to in life and that the caste system ends with them taking responsibility for themselves and their actions.

For more inspiring videos about the children and their projects subscribe to the RamanasGardenVideos YouTube channel here.

Recently Ramana’s Orphanage teamed up with Tents for Nepal to create shelter and emergency aid for children made homeless by the earthquake in Nepal. So far they have created 7 transitional classrooms in Dhawa and surrounding communities, with 2 new schools opening and have provided truckloads of tents for survivors at Gompa Langtang Refugee Camp.

For more about Ramana’s Garden Children’s Home and ways in which you can support them, including making a donation, sponsoring a child or volunteering, please see their website.

Our Fundraising Project

All work in this Bristol-based fund-raising project is voluntary. Like Bob Geldof’s Live Aid in the 1980s but instead of watching it on TV, this event will be streamed into people’s homes via the Internet worldwide. People will also be encouraged to host their own Ramana’s fundraisers in their own homes worldwide. The sky is the limit on this project, which is an amazing marketing opportunity for anyone who chooses to get involved as a sponsor, thanks to our big network of friends and the power of social media.

We are raising funds primarily through ticket sales to the live event in Bristol and online donations for those who wish to join via livestream.

Dwabha cuddling boy25 years ago, Dwabha set up the children’s home to save the lives of so many kids who were at risk – giving them a home, food, education and the most important thing of all – love and an extended family. Dwabha is financing Ramana’s Garden solely through private donations and needs our help to pay the bills for everything a mother has to pay for – but with 69 children! – bringing them up and even getting them through college. Please donate!!

What will the money raised be used for?

We asked Dwabha to list their most urgent needs.

Purchase of lease on their organic farm $30,000

Top of the list which has just turned critical is the need to purchase the lease on the organic farm as the annual lease looks likely to not be renewed. Dwabha writes:

Kids and cabbages

“We have been leasing the land for our Ambiya Paradise organic farm and the kids’ summer haven from the heat for past 11 year on a renewable lease with the option to purchase. We just never had the extra $30,000 needed. …we are desperately trying to raise the funds to purchase the Organic farm retreat center. It is our salvation, provides 90% of the food we eat as well as serve in the Cafe and most important gives the kids and all of us shelter from the unbearable heat, power cuts and acute water shortages that follow every summer in Tapovan , our headquarters in Laxman Jhula. We can not survive without the mountain center. It also has a pure water spring that has never gone dry and water is becoming a huge shortage here in India.”

Read more about Ambiya Paradise Organic Garden here. And read Prabha’s recent blog here about what’s at stake.

Please support the children and donate below.

In addition or instead of giving a donation, you may wish to sponsor a child – read more information here.

Buy Your Tickets Here (SOLD OUT – Please join the Livestream)

Types of Ticket

We have 2 types of tickets available: VIP and standard. The VIP ticket includes seating in the front 3 rows, a complimentary CD from Deva Premal & Miten and extra goodies!

VIP TicketPrices:

VIP £30 (limited to 33 and selling fast!) Please purchase from Mala by bank transfer.
Standard £15 in advance or £20 on the door

Buy your tickets here: £15 + booking fee


Buy your VIP tickets via bank transfer to Mala:

Name C.Brinsden
Sort code:  30-80-49
Account number:   21972968
Lloyds Bank, UK
Reference – Please give your name & Ramana as reference

Please email Mala at planetclare@hotmail.com with your name, date and amount of transfer, number and type of tickets. You can pick up your ticket on the door. You can call/text Mala with any queries on 07528 586817.

We have capacity for only 200 people, so please book early to ensure your place.

Join Our Event Via YouTube Livestream

If you are not local to Bristol, join us live from wherever you are in the world – our livestream crew will beam us directly into your homes via the internet using YouTube. There is no charge to join the livestream and we hope you will support our fund-raising by donating using the links below.

Join the livestream between 6.30 and 11.00pm (UK time).

Find your local time here.

Click here for LIVESTREAM LINK

or copy into your browser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNUDENp-eJ8

SIGN UP Here to get a reminder the day before and an hour before http://eepurl.com/by8PSb

 

N.B. Apologies to our friends in Germany – for some bizarre reason YouTube doesn’t Livestream to Germany, but please sign up anyway and we’ll sort something out for you.

Here’s the first few minutes of the Livestream (sorry for the technical glitch):

Watch the main Livestream here:

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DONATIONS

UK Residents

Please donate here.

US Residents

Please donate here via the US-based charity, Friends of Ramana’s Garden, Inc.

Please write ‘Bristol Event’ in the message option you are given with Paypal so we can keep track of funds raised through this event.

Residents of other countries

Please donate here via the US-based charity, Friends of Ramana’s Garden, Inc.

Please write ‘Bristol Event’ in the message option you are given with Paypal so we can keep track of funds raised through this event.

Global One Night in India Parties

If you would like to have your own One Night in India party at home while tuning into our livestream or playing your own music, we have some suggestions at Party On, Livestreamers! to help you create the fragrance of India and to generate lots of funds to support Ramana’s Garden Children’s Home.

Sponsorship

We would like to say a MASSIVE thank you to all our Sponsors:

Connolly and CallaghanCONNOLLY + CALLAGHAN
Nomads Clothing logo

NOMADS CLOTHING

Deva Premal & Miten logoDEVA PREMAL & MITEN

Crystals logo

CRYSTALS

House of Colour logoHOUSE OF COLOUR

Juiciful -feast on gourmet vitalityJUICIFUL

Four Seasons Organic logoFOUR SEASONS ORGANIC

 

Maitreya Social logoMAITREYA SOCIAL

Jacaranda Healing logoJACARANDA HEALING

 

MoneyTree Bookkeeping logoMONEYTREE BOOKKEEPING

Bristol Sweetmart logoBRISTOL SWEETMART

 

If you would like to support us as a sponsor, or have any suggestions or queries, please contact Mala at planetclare@hotmail.com or call/text her on 07528 586817.

About the Organisers

Mala visited Ramana’s Garden Children’s Home earlier this year and delighted the kids by teaching them how to make hula hoops (Read more about Mala’s adventures here). On her return to Bristol, she and her flatmate, Kutira (a long-time friend of Dwabha, the founder) had a vision of putting on a benefit concert to raise funds for the children’s basic care and education. Fortunate enough to be connected to some world-class, India-loving musicians, the dream began to unfold…

Practical Information

Getting to the Venue in Bristol

Mala checking out the Elmgrove CentreThe Elmgrove Centre
Elmgrove Road
Cotham
Bristol
BS6 6AH

 

Parking

The entrance to the large hall is on Elmgrove Road, where there are normally a number of parking spaces. Parking is also available on Redland Road which borders the Elmgrove Centre on its North-East side. Further afield parking is possible on Zetland and South Rd, on Arley Hill and on Redland Grove (where access to the Elmgrove Centre can be gained across Cotham Gardens Park, via the Bannetynes Health Club Centre site).

Nearest Train Station

5 minutes’ walk from Redland Station – local line connected to Bristol Temple Meads station.
From Redland station head southeast on Redland Grove toward South Rd, continue onto Fremantle Rd, slight left to stay on Fremantle Rd, turn left onto Elmgrove Rd.

Nearest Bus Stop

Buses from Bristol Temple Meads 8 & 9 to Clifton via Cotham Grove stop leaving every 20 mins

Buses from City Centre 19 to Cotham Grove stop

Other routes leave from City Centre (from Bond Street outside Holiday Inn – very handy for those arriving from the Bus Station): no. 71,73,75,76 via A38 (Gloucester Road) stops opposite Colston Girls School then walk straight up Cheltenham Road then turn left onto Arley Park, turn right onto Redland Rd and then left onto Elmgrove Road.

Other information:

The venue has disabled access including a wheelchair ramp and toilet for disabled.

Children are welcome if they can keep quiet during the music as the musicians hope to record a live album on the night with proceeds going to Ramana’s Garden. Thank you for your help with this.

We’re looking forward to seeing you at “One Night in India”. Please invite your friends!

Please share and invite your friends to our Livestream Facebook Event and our Bristol Concert Facebook Event. You can also follow Ramana’s Garden on Twitter and ReTweet us! Our hashtag for this event is #GiveKidsAChance

Please also help us spread the word about this event and Ramana’s Garden generally by Liking our Facebook pages and sharing the posts. Many thanks!

Ramana’s Garden Children’s Home

Children of Ramana’s Tartan Ties

Ramana's kids

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