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Meet Your Instructor

Harmonium: Level 1

Swarna Iyer

Swarna Iyer has had the opportunity to be a musician in Amma’s musical repertoire and play keyboard and harmonium for Amma on all of her world tours since 1992, as well as at Amma’s Ashram in Kerala and Indian Tours. Swarna met Amma in 1987 at age 13, with little musical skill and was invited to sit on stage by Amma for Amma’s Bhajans. Within a year or so, Swarna picked up playing harmonium and was soon playing for the Swamis, Amma’s senior disciples who are also extremely accomplished musicians.

At age 21, in 1995, Amma called Swarna to play harmonium for Amma on stage during the October program in Paris. This incredible experience led to many more wonderful opportunities for Swarna to play for Amma, and within a few years she picked up playing keyboard. Having had no formal training whatsoever, Swarna completely attributes her musical capabilities to Amma’s inspiration and is extremely grateful to Amma for these precious experiences.