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Halcyon Arts brings
​the world of music and spirituality ​
to ​New England by presenting
programs ​that enrich and transform. ​

Photo by Robert Bowler taken from Dun I, the highest point on the Isle of Iona, Scotland.

Featured  Programs

  • Soothing our Souls with Tagore's Spiritual Songs
    Soothing our Souls with Tagore's Spiritual Songs
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    Sat, Jun 29
    All Saints' Episcopal Church
    Jun 29, 2024, 7:30 PM EDT
    All Saints' Episcopal Church , 7 Woodbridge St, South Hadley, MA 01075
    Poems and songs by Rabindranath Tagore featuring vocalist Maitreyee Chakraborty.
  • Master of Sarod: Anirban Dasgupta feat. Mir Naqibul Islam
    Master of Sarod: Anirban Dasgupta feat. Mir Naqibul Islam
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    Sat, Jul 20
    All Saints' Episcopal Church
    Jul 20, 2024, 7:30 PM EDT
    All Saints' Episcopal Church , 7 Woodbridge St, South Hadley, MA 01075
    Renowned for his lightning fast improvisations, perfect tunefulness and depth of performance, Anirban Dasgupta is one of the foremost modern exponents of the Hindustani sarod.
  • Lyrical Slide Guitar: Joel Veena feat. Mir Naqibul Islam
    Lyrical Slide Guitar: Joel Veena feat. Mir Naqibul Islam
    Sat, Aug 17
    All Saints’Episcopal Church
    Aug 17, 2024, 7:30 PM – 9:20 PM
    All Saints’Episcopal Church, 7 Woodbridge St, South Hadley, MA 01075, USA
    Hindustani ragas and original songs played on the 20-stringed Indian slide guitar by Joel Veena and accompanied by Mir Naqibul Islam on tabla.
  • Early Christian Mystics II
    Early Christian Mystics II
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    Mon, Sep 09
    Six bi-monthly sessions online via Zoom.
    Sep 09, 2024, 7:30 PM
    Six bi-monthly sessions online via Zoom.
    Transformations in God
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Our logo depicts the kingfisher

Watercolor
by Sarah Stribbling

The word "halcyon" is from a Greek myth about the Kingfisher.

According to Greek mythology, Alcyone, the daughter of the god of the winds, became so distraught when she learned that her husband had been killed in a shipwreck that she threw herself into the sea and was changed into a kingfisher. As a result, ancient Greeks called such birds alcyōn or halcyōn. The legend also says that such birds built floating nests on the sea, where they so charmed the wind god that he created a period of unusual calm that lasted until the birds' eggs hatched. This legend prompted people to use halcyon both as a noun naming a genus of kingfisher and as an adjective meaning either "of or relating to the kingfisher or its nesting period" or "calm."      --from Miriam Webster

Thus, the phrase "halcyon days" owes its origin to this beautiful myth of Alcyone, when, for two weeks around the winter solstice each year, Aeolus, Alcyone's father, calms the winds and the waves so that Alcyone, in the form of a kingfisher, can safely make her nest, lay her eggs, and care for them until they hatched and fledged. Hence, the term "halcyon days" comes to signify a period of great peace and calm. 

Background Image: photo by llee_wu

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