DEVOTIONAL MUSIC

Originally from Siena, Italy, Sangeeta Laura Biagi 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 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 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, she 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’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 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 served as a Visiting Professor at New York University and Vassar College. She is currently teaching Italian and Yoga at Vassar College, in New York. Between 2010 and the present, Sangeeta was the recipient of the Carolyn Fae Grant grant at Vassar College, to bring contemplative and yogic-based practices into academia.

 

Sangeeta periodically teaches Nada Yoga in Europe: in Italy at the Associazione Culturale Centro Yoga Artè in Milan, and in Tuscany with Spazio Luce; and in Germany at the Gitananda Yoga Association in Berlin.


NADA YOGA (GITANANDA YOGA)

In 2009 Sangeeta traveled to Southern India where she lived for almost two years at the International Center for Yoga Education and Research, ICYER, at Ananda Ashram (www.icyer.com), Tamil Nadu. At ICYER, Sangeeta studied Nada Yoga with Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani in the Swami Gitananda Giri tradition. In 2013, she received a Two Year Residential Senior Yoga Teacher degree with 7,000 hours of training in Hatha Yoga, Pranayama, Tantra, Yantra,  Carnatic Music, Bharatanatyam Dance and Sanskrit. Since 2010, Sangeeta has been teaching yoga in Europe and the U.S. Since 2011, she has been the recipient of the Carolyn Fae Grant Endoment grant to bring yoga and contemplative practices to academia at Vassar College, in upstate New York, where she teaches weekly classes to students, faculty, staff and administrators.


ICYER Diploma (2013)
ICYER Diploma (2013)

RELATED ARTICLES (2011-2012)

- From Vassar College "Miscellany News,"

Biagi brings Yoga sensibility to Italian

 

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