Jyoshna La Trobe is a NZ singer/songwriter and ethnomusicologist. La Trobe’s original music communicates to others her life’s journey, written from the heart and soul of an artist. Her 30 plus music albums range from intimate devotional love songs on Occen (1980) to her singer/songwriter style on Unity Hours III (2019). She has also written on commission for feature films (Stars in Her Eyes), short films (Prout documentary), TV documentaries (NRK TV), festivals and other events.
As a performer La Trobe works as a solo artist, as a duo with percussionist Kavita Neumannova and in groups. Working in collaboration with musicians in Brasil, India, New Zealand, London, and Ireland of late, La Trobe has initiated recording projects and concerts, many of which benefit disadvantaged children in India, Haiti and Africa.
As an ethnomusicologist La Trobe’s passion is to build bridges between people of diverse cultural backgrounds to bring greater understanding and appreciation between them. Her speciality is the investigation, lyric translation, musical analysis and promotion of Rarhi Kirtan (North East India), Maori and other indigenous music-culture’s. La Trobe has initiated promotional tours in of Rarh music and dance in the UK, festivals in NZ and Ireland.
Jyoshna’s ethnographic recordings are lodged in her own collection at the British Library World Music Archives under the name Jyoshna La Trobe’s Rarhi Bangla Kirtan Collection (C1211). She has deposited, collated and catalogued over 100 hours of audio-visual recordings that highlight the beauty and diversity of Rarhi music – culture from India for present and future generations.
As an educationalist La Trobe’s works as a lecturer, course author and leader, using innovative educational technology to provide greater opportunity for students of different cultural backgrounds to progress in their present context. La Trobe has initiated guitar schools for gifted children in low economic areas worldwide in New Zealand. She also teaches music and guitar to students privately and in groups.
Starlight Kiirtan Single Launch
The song Starlight came about after reading one of P.R Sarkars discourses on the influence of starlight on our lives, which is on Unity Hours III and from that song came the kiirtan. It really has the feeling of being among the stars for me mixed with devotion. I asked Edgar Diehl if I can use one of his masterpieces as the album cover. The one I chose was “JUPITER II”, 2011, (relief, acrylic on formed aluminium-sheet, 50x50x5cm), as its so vibrant and I resonate with the colours (read more under my recent Blog). I hope you enjoy the kiirtan as well as the cover, thank you so much for listening.
This Kiirtan is now available on
Launch of the Kiirtan Guitar Booklet!
By Jyoshna La Trobe (PhD)
The Paperback and Ebook of the Kiirtan Guitar Booklet is here! It has musical notation and guitar chords with the Baba Nam Kevalam universal mantra. It’s the first Kiirtan Guitar booklet ever on Amazon!
Learn new tunes and expand your repertoire with twelve new kiirtans, eleven originals plus ‘Tiny Green Island’ composed by Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar. There’s also video links for each of the twelve kiirtans. Having put my heart and energy into making this kiirtan booklet I want to now share it with you. I hope that you will join me in singing these kiirtans and make kiirtan even more widespread.
Many thanks to Erik Azzopardi for his wonderful music editing skills, to Kavita Neumannova for hours of formatting and Jano Stefanik of Croi Publishing for publishing the booklet. I am also grateful to you, the reader for sharing this spiritual/musical journey with me and many others. My deep love for Shrii Shrii Anandamurti who gave us Baba Nam Kevalam and inspired us to write many new tunes that anyone can sing.