DurgaMata loves music and has sung with an International Choir for years. While at University she supplemented her income with busking, singing some of her favourite songs. But in later years she started to play firstly the tin whistle and then the pipe and tabor.
Pipe and tabor is a pair of instruments played by a single player, consisting of a three-hole pipe played with one hand, and a small drum played with the other. The tabor (drum) hangs on the performer's left arm or around the neck, leaving the hands free to beat the drum with a stick in the right hand and play the pipe with thumb and first two fingers of the left hand. Found in many countries and continents, the pipe and tabor has a long history in Europe. There are images of medieval taborers in buildings, for example York Minster, Lincoln and Gloucester cathedrals, and Tewkesbury Abbey. The one below is from Exeter Cathedral.
These pictures come from a range of sources. The first is an 18th Century painting of a tambourinaire The French equivalent of a Taborer. The second is fresco painting from Estuna church in Uppland, Sweden (mid 15th cent.) and the third a wood-cut illustration from an English medieval manuscript.
Playing Pipe and Tabor at a London Care-Home
This is a video of DurgaMata playing Christmas Carols on the Pipe and Tabor for residents in a London Care Home. See how they become more engaged and lively as they listen to and join in the music.
DurgaMata calls her busking Lifting up the World One Note at a Time.
She says, "Each day in my meditation I receive divine energy, inner peace and joy. In my busking I am able to share this with the people who pass by. I love to see tired faces melt into smiles. There is always someone who tells me, 'You have made my day!' In addition to sharing the joy, energy and inner blessings of my meditation, any payment I earn from the busking goes towards something good, whether by investing in my own business training or helping someone I know who is in need. There are many people struggling to make ends meet in our society and beyond. Whatever extra funds I earn I am always happy to 'give back.' I view money as a form of energy. It flows in and out. It's a power to use for good. I am always happy when I have a bit extra that I can use for someone or something special."
Below is an early video, busking with the tin whistle - but playing just with one hand, pratising the fingering for pipe and tabor.
“DurgaMata is a tower of uplifting positivity - a breath of fresh air, fun and freedom.”
By profession DurgaMata is an artist and teacher but the most important element in her life is SPIRITUAL ASPIRATION. She believes that if we really want to make a positive difference in the world, we have to begin with our own lives and look within. When we take action to raise our own consciousness, this ripples out into the wider world in a natural way and the change is enduring. This philosophy is not new. Over 2,000 years ago in China, Lao-tse expressed it eloquently.
If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbours.
If there is to be peace between neighbours,
There must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.”
As is true in all aspects of life, the important things are not new. They are timeless. But it is not enough just to know about them. What is needed is action, to embed these truths in our lives. And through her inspirational speaking Durga Mata can enable audience members to see their own lives in the light of timeless wisdom and embrace the necessary change.
DurgaMata of London