Introduction to Maharishi Gandharva Veda

Live online, with recordings available for three months • 22 - 23 May 2021

With Reshma Srivastava

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Saturday and Sunday, 10:30-12:30 and 15:00-17:00 CEST

Course fee: 64€*

*There is a reduced price for lower-income countries, please see the application form.
The price listed is excluding VAT (for EU countries only).

Online, Interactive Sessions

Sessions a day,
over a weekend

Open to everyone

Online, Interactive Sessions

Sessions a day,
over a weekend

Open to everyone

About the course

Offered online for the first time, this introductory, weekend course familiarises you with the art and science of Maharishi Gandharva Veda, with elements of both theory and musical performance. This course on Gandharva Veda, led by world-renowned Reshma Srivastava, was developed for everyone to understand the profound benefits of Gandharva Veda — what Maharishi called ‘the eternal melody of nature’. Whether you play an instrument or simply love music, you will enjoy this beautiful opportunity to unfold your creativity through Maharishi’s approach to music.

You’ll learn the principles behind Gandharva Veda music, including Ragas, notes, scales, and beat cycles. These principles allow the musician to dive into their creativity while being in harmony with natural law. You’ll also come to understand the special features of Maharishi’s approach to music, including the very important aspect of time theory and its effects on physiology and consciousness.

By the end of this course, you will have a deep insight into the basic principles of Maharishi Gandharva Veda and leave with experiences of Gandharva Veda on a personal level. After the course, you will be able to take more advanced courses on Maharishi Gandharva Veda, or simply appreciate and enjoy music more, noticing its effects on your consciousness.

Reshma Srivastava, Sitar Master gives Maharishi Gandharva Veda concert

About the Faculty

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Reshma Srivastava

Reshma Shrivastava comes from a family of musicians in Allahabad, India. She began her life-long musical career on the sitar at the young age of six, taught by Professor Satish Chandra. She received her Master’s in Music from the University of Allahabad and soon became a star performer, appearing frequently on radio and television.

Among her many prestigious awards, Reshma was honoured in the Vedic tradition with the titles Sur Mani (‘Master of Notes’) by Sur Singar Sansad, Prayag Gaurav (‘Pride of Prayag’), NaadBrahm Ratan (‘Jewel of Supreme Sound’) by Sangeetanjali, Sangeet Kala Gaurav (‘Pride of the Musical Arts’) by Sangeet Kala Kendra, and most recently Sangeet Shiromani (‘Crown Jewel of Music’) by the Society for Action Through Music, New Delhi.

Reshma has given sitar concerts across the globe, dazzling audiences in India, Great Britain, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Cyprus, Greece, Slovenia, Turkey, Israel, Croatia, Ukraine, and the United States. 

Reshma regularly gives courses on Maharishi Gandharva Veda at Maharishi European Research University, and she is delighted for this to be her first online course with MERU.

What people say about Reshma

Classically trained Sitarist Reshma Srivastava dazzles audiences with her soulful compositions and energised interpretations of the ancient ragas. Replicating the intimate sounds and frequencies of nature, she offers concertgoers a unique, transcendent experience. 

‘It is hard to describe in words how beautiful this was. After listening to Reshma play traditional Indian evening ragas with the evening breeze blowing and birds talking in the background, I felt restored clarity. I felt centred. Things that have been weighing on my mind were put back in perspective as very small in the grand scheme of things. Things seemed as they should be, and I felt more in tune with the universe.’

– Miche McClendon


‘Pure sitar. A marvellous concert. Sublime energy. Opened hearts. Relaxed minds. Reshma Srivastava: A shining treasure under a full moon.’

– Sherri Remez


‘One of the most remarkable sitar players next to Ravi Shankar. Listening to her play is transformational–a sound like no other.’

– DeeDee


Course fee

The course fee is 64€, excluding VAT where applicable. Reduced prices are available to participants from lower-income countries — please see the application form for more about the prices for different countries.

Course schedule

The course consists of four sessions over a weekend, Saturday and Sunday 22  – 23 May 2021, 10:30-12:30 and 15:00-17:00 CEST. See the dates and times and the topics below.

Session 1 – Saturday, 22 May, 10:30-12:30 CEST
Session 2 – Sunday, 22 May, 15:00-17:00 CEST
Session 3 – Saturday, 23 May, 10:30-12:30 CEST
Session 4 – Sunday, 23 May, 15:00-17:00 CEST

If you miss any sessions, replays will be available on MERU’s online course platform for three months after the course ends.

Joining the course

Technical requirements to join are that you have a desktop, laptop, or mobile device that can access the internet. The course will be conducted by Zoom video conferencing software. Instructions for using Zoom, and login details for joining the course, will be provided before the course.

Once the course has finished, you will be able to catch up on sessions you may have missed, or review any session you would like to see again on our online platform by the following Tuesday, for three months.

Apply by noon, 21 May 2021, and let the powerful sounds of Maharishi Gandharva Veda transform your life.