Simona Apsara


Musician, singer and promoter of ancient Indian knowledge.

Coming from a musical family I started my musical journey from a very young age with the piano and rigorous training in western classical and jazz music. I graduated in Jazz vocal and became a professional singer. By those years I was doing many experiments in various fields of music from popular, electronic, classical to fusion, but always felt some longing for a deeper, sacred and profound musical dimension. A dimension that I knew from some books describing mystics from India and their divine experiences through music.

Happened, that from my childhood I was flying constantly to Asia, because I had relatives from my father’s side there, and I always felt attraction and a deep desire for India in my heart. I was drawn there at the age of 20 with my fire for the spiritual quest that I had strongly.

Once in India, while staying in the ashram with my meditation master, I stopped completely to play, sing and even listen to music for about 2 years. I was confused at that time thinking that music is something that is distracting and sometimes too superficial. This was a very difficult and challenging time, but at the same moment very important inner growth and research. Once I asked my master what I should do in my life, his answer was: “do what you like”. So I told him that I always loved music and he smiled at me and said: “wonderful, music is a very spiritual path, go for it”.

With those blessings and assurance, I started again my musical journey with a new page and I had an immense fortune to meet a few exceptional masters of Indian classical music, but the most important was my meeting with Pt. Ritwik Sanyal, a worldly renowned Master of one of the most ancient and refined singing traditions – Dhrupad .

At the same time I got deeply into Indian classical studies like Sanskrit language, mythology and I got a degree in Indology and Indian classical music.

Currently, I’m teaching and curating workshops to maintain and support the transmission of those traditions.


Our own voice to pray