about the founders / facilitators
as music facilitator
Shahana is principal facilitator at Prathama Nada. She lives and works in the Seattle area as an intuitive life guide, music guide, artist, and speaker/ author. An awakening to Truth and Love sparked in 2004, and continually culminates in a Self-realized existence. All her natural gifts are simply avenues to facilitate the abiding of human being in awakened consciousness.
Shahana's sharing of music is presently less about teaching a craft and more about facilitating the awakening the original 'voice' and musical vibrations in every human being, for alignment in Self. Her understanding is that Raga is a natural harmonic of Nature and Dhrupad practice is the perfect way for naturally attuning the human body's vibrations. She is often able to 'transmit' what's remembered in her, and even very young children become quickly attuned. This approach notwithstanding, Shahana does have formal training in the basics of Indian classical music. Beginning with Carnatic vocal at age 3, she transitioned to Hindustani at 7, and trained until a college and university education in architecture took over. Later in the U.S. she was blessed to be associated for many years with the Pandit Jasraj Institute of Music, learning with Pandita Tripti Mukherjee, and also receiving guidance from Pandit Jasraj. By 2015, a sustained abiding in Self beckoned a shift in direction toward purely meditative sound and whole-body alignment, and 2017 saw her beginning all over again in Dhrupad music, with the Gundecha Brothers. Shahana has been facilitating students in the Seattle area since 2008, and in 2015-16, created her first collection of compositions on 11 poems of the Saint Kabir.
as seer and wayfinder
With Self realization, unconditional Love is the premise of being, which opens up the limitless creative power of consciousness. By channeling powerful intuition we can consciously create manifest life in all its aspects. Shahana's gift in facilitating access to this potential in others, aligns them in Self and results in a profound shift from a circumstantial life to a consciously creative one. She works with various modalities, both in 1:1 sessions as well as in groups organized around any shared purpose, be it education, art, social-change or entrepreneurship... always with consciousness at the heart of all matter! Shahana's clients work and live in a gamut of 'fields' - the tech industry, academia, business, performing art, government, social change and healing. Shahana is a vipassana practitioner.
as writer and artist
Among Shahana’s published works are Limestone Diary, Chickadee and the Cat, You Are Michelangelo...And You Are David!, Thrive! Falling in Love with Life, Ten Avatars and an international-prize-winning essay, Touching a Single Life. Listen to an interview with Shahana on her book You Are Michelangelo...And You Are David!', featured on GOOD BOOKS RADIO, by Dr. John Cook. With Shirin Subhani, Shahana has also been co-editor / publisher of the magazine Courageous Creativity. Presently she writes on social media as well as in a blog titled Reflections and Revelations. As an artist, she has exhibited her visual art (which has also found other homes!), guided socially-motivated stage and theater projects, and also has to her credit, built architectural projects.
Currently sessions are done in person or via skype / facetime. Please contact us for any personal queries.