Sahaj Unlimited

Sahaj Unlimited is a group of musicians who have lost their hearts to Indian music and who have now managed to realise their dream of recording 12 unforgettable bhajans and qawwalis. Bhajans are pieces dedicated to Hindu spirituality, qawwalis on the other hand, are Urdu hymns based on Sufi mysticism. “It is not our aim to be over pedantic about authenticity; we are a Finnish group of professional and amateur musicians who perform Indian music in our own inimitable way”, says ethno-musician Kiureli Sammallahti.

Sahaj Unlimited

The famous qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is named by the group as someone who has influenced their music. Other sources of inspiration can be found both in Indian folk tradition as well as popular movie songs. Sahaj Unlimited is a large group of people from different walks of life brought together not only by their love of Indian music but also through Sahaja Yoga meditation. Their joyous and heartwarming performances have won them followers irrespective of their ideology or religion and during their gigs they have succeeded in getting their audiences on their feet and onto the dance floor!

In Western societies, spiritual music is often thought of as melancholic and full of guilt-ridden pathos. Bhajans and qawwalis, however, carry a message of joy, life and energy, according to Tuomas Kantelinen who plays the harmonium and who writes movie scores for a living.

During its 10 year career, Sahaj Unlimited has earned a reputation for its uplifting performances, for example at Faces Ethno Festival, Kaustinen Folk Music Festival and the Gloria Club in Helsinki. During the summers of 2005 and 2006, the band toured the Baltic countries, including Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Finland, often attracting sell-out crowds of newly-found followers of their Indian sound. The band performs with regular irregularity throughout the year and from year to year.