Originally from Siena, Italy, Sangeeta Laura developed an interest in sounds and languages from an early age. Throughout her career, she has studied and performed various musical traditions, finally creating the alchemical formula that is her own vocal style, a blend of devotional music, rock, hip hop and electronica.

 

Sangeeta Laura had her musical debut as a singer at 14, performing in rock and heavy metal bands in Italy. She studies jazz music at Siena Jazz, in Siena, and Italian folk music at the Scuola Popolare of Testaccio in Rome. She moved to New York in 1997 to work as a Language Fellow in the Department of Italian Studies at Vassar College and to study voice and composition with performance artist Meredith Monk. This research work became the source of inspiration for her B.A. thesis, "The Performance Art of Meredith Monk" (Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Siena, Italy).

 

Between 1998 and 2004, Sangeeta Laura lived in New York City with a full scholarship from the Department of Performance Studies at New York University where she earned a Master of Arts and Ph.D. with an extended research on the role of music and dance in Southern Italian healing rituals.

 

While in New York, Sangeeta Laura performed, taught and presented lectures and workshops on sound and music at New York University, Vassar College, La MaMA theatre, Judson Church, the Gallery at Deep Listening Space, CBGBs and the Stone.

 

Sangeeta Laura’s first album, Aria, was released in 2006 and is a collection of folk songs from Italy and the U.S.

 

Between 2009 and 2012 Sangeeta Laura lived at Ananda Ashram in Tamil Nadu, India, studying yoga in the tranditions of Yogamaharishi Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri Guru Maharaj and receiving a Two-Years Advanced Yoga Teacher Diploma. She trained in hatha yoga, pranayama, mantra yoga, Sanskrit, Carnatic vocal music, and Bharatanatyam dance. Under the guidance of her music and yoga teachers, Yogacharini Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani, and Yogacharya Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani, she lectured and performed at the ICYER Hospital and University in Pondicherry, at the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga in New Delhi, and at the J. Nehru Medical College in Wardha.

 

Sangeeta Laura served as a Visiting Professor at New York University and Vassar College. At Vassar College, she was the recipient of the Carolyn Fae Grant grant in 2010, 2011 and 2012 to bring contemplative and yogic-based practices into academia. In the fall of 2012, through the support of this grant, I was able to lecture on the topic of sound studies and the embodied imagination in the departments of Music, Drama, Dance, Religion, English, Italian and Psychology at Vassar College.

 

Sangeeta Laura regularly teaches in Europe: in Italy at the Associazione Culturale Centro Yoga Artè in Milan, at the Yoga Festival in Rome, and the YogaMeeting in Merano; in Germany at the Gitananda Yoga Association in Berlin.