"Inspired by the soulful traditions of India, we have combined our energies to create music that communicates a certain sense of peace and wellbeing to our listeners. We interpret and compose contemporary sounding music that is strongly rooted in traditional Ragas and Chants. Mostly, we seek to share the deeper aspects of sound and vibration with our audience "
Nadaka was born and raised in Quebec, Canada, and began playing various instruments at an early age before settling on guitar when he was 11. He decided to travel around the world when he was 16 and settled in India where he lived for the next 35 years, primarily in the international township of Auroville, founded on the ideal of human unity. His love and passion for Indian culture led him to study its music, learn different Indian instruments. He designed and crafted a unique instrument of his own, a guitar specially designed to play the subtle tones of Indian music that he likes to call the “Geet-Taar” (singing strings). From the early days of Indian fusion, he was an active member of the contemporary musical scene in India, recording and performing with many recognised Indian musicians such as A.R. Rahman, Ganesh-Kumaresh, Vikku Vinayakram, Selvaganesh & Shivamani. He also has a number of successful albums to his credit. Inspired by traditional Indian Ragas and rhythms, Nadaka plays his own distinct style of east-west fusion
Gopika was born in Mumbai, India, and her mother, Prafulla Dahanukar, was well-known artist and patron of the arts. Gopika grew up taking lessons in Hindustani classical singing and was later drawn to the study of sanskrit mantra chanting. She for over 15 years in South India at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Auroville where she first met Nadaka. Along with music, she also pursues other artistic forms such as Visual art and photography. Currently, as a synthesis of her research in visual form and Vedic sound, she is creates immersive art installations that are meditative in nature. Her artistic aim is “to create both art and music that bring awareness and state of quiet.” Gopika’s voice has a soulful quality that reflects her seeking spirit.
Nadaka & Gopika met in Auroville, India and have since collaborated on numerous musical ventures. Says Nadaka: “as an invaluable addition to my musical spectrum, I have been most fortunate to learn these mantra’s from Gopika in their deep original form” Gopika ads: Nadaka’s unique Raga-Guitar sounds harmonise perfectly with the vibration of the chants.