Sheela Bringi

Adjunct Faculty


BA in Yoga Studies - Adjunct Faculty


MFA World Music Performance, California Institute of the Arts
BA Ethnic Studies, Mills College

Further music education

Past teachers include Indian maestros Pandit G.S. Sachdev and Ustad Aashish Khan, and Western contemporary greats such as Fred Frith, Cecil Taylor and Meredith Monk. Sheela’s first bansuri teacher was Naropa’s own Chaitanya Kabir. She currently studies Hindustani voice with Sri Subhashish Mukhopadhyay, one of the topmost exponents of the “Kotali Gharana” (a lineage of North Indian classical music).


Sheela’s Indian vocals, bansuri flute and harp have graced 30+ new age and world albums, including the recent Grammy-nominated “Bhakti Without Borders” (Madi Das). Her music can also be heard on numerous independent and major films scores (including “Monkey Kingdom” from Disney Nature). She has released two albums as a solo artist - “Shakti Sutra” (New Earth Records) and “Incantations” (White Swan). Her work to bridge the musical worlds of India and America has been profiled by NBC News, National Public Radio, Public Radio International, Yoga Journal Magazine, and others.

Recent Performances

Sheela tours internationally and has collaborated with artists including Idan Raichel, Karsh Kale, DJ Drez, Jai Uttal, and many others. Past performances include the Angel City Jazz Festival (Los Angeles), Omega Institute Ecstatic Chant Retreat (Woodstock, NY), Sivananda Ashram Chant Retreat (Nassau, Bahamas), Esalen Institute (Big Sur, CA), Bali Spirit Festival, and others.

Recent scholarly presentations

Columbia University department of Ethnomusicology (guest lecture/demonstrations in "Music of South Asia" courses)

"Improvisation: The Yoga of Spontaneity" (talks at Wanderlust Festivals in the US & Canada)

Workshops, classes and immersions at yoga festivals, ashrams, retreats and Yoga Teacher Training programs around the world


Indian Devotional & Raga Singing I & II

Book recommendations for students

The Yoga of Sound by Russill Paul
The Classical Music of North India: The first years' study by Ali Akbar Khan

What's next?

Designing for MUS an Ensemble course in Indian Music.