Artistic Director of Tara Dhatu
Tara Dance. Dharma Emporium. Dances of Universal Peace.
When Anahata Iradah picked up her first musical instrument at the age of seven she was sure that she had entered the angelic realms. She has been transporting people there ever since, through her ministry of music and dance.
Born and raised in England, she received advanced diplomas from the London College of Music before heading for the United States. There she was introduced to the Dances of Universal Peace, a tradition that celebrates the unity of religions ideals through simple circle dances using the sacred words of the world's great religious traditions.
Over the past ten years she has made great contributions to this tradition.
As a musician, she has arranged recorded, notated and composed many of
the treasured songs that accompany the dances. As a teacher she is known
for her depth. Having absorbed the background of the dances, she leads
her circles into the profound atmosphere of each culture.
As a core member of the Mentor Teacher's Guild, she has developed comprehensive curriculum to assist her "mentees" in developing their own dance-leading skills.
Ever seeking to broaden her personal experience she graduated from the Healing Light Center Church in Glendale California where she studied to be a natural healer. She received her certificate of Ministry from this church.
Working closely for many years with Shinzen Young, a respected Buddhist scholar and meditation instructor, she has incorporated the profound teachings of Buddhism into her work.
by the brilliance of the Sufi path she became a Semazen in the Mevlevi
tradition, the whirling dervishes, guided by Jelaluddin Loras in the direct
lineage of Rumi.
She studied to be a film composer at UCLA which became excellent preparation
for her work in producing a series of video documentaries about the Dances
of Universal Peace and the Tara Dance. She has made 14 documentaries.
Becoming interested in citizen diplomacy through music and dance, she co-led a group of pilgrims to the Middle East in 1993. The delegation met with refugees, spiritual and political leaders and offered the Dances wherever they went.
She has continued to develop the idea of Pilgrimages of Peace with Prema Dasara. They have brought groups twice to North India and Nepal and one group to South India. Their next pilgrimage will be to Brazil.
She has been designing musical instruments for the Nuns of Kopan, helping them to develop a distinctive style of music to accompany their sacred dances.
Anahata teaches with gentleness and openheartedness. Her music and the poetry of her understanding leads her students into the breadth and depth of the human heart.
To request more information, email Anahata at