In the early 1950's, during His frequent visits to East Africa, Gurudev Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa inspired disciples to form a Band through which they could nurture their musical skills and participate in events that bring the diverse community together. Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pipe Band was formed in 1955 making it the first Indian-Scottish pipe band of its kind anywhere in the world.

The Band initially comprised of a few members playing bugles, trumpets and drums, but has since flourished, adopting new and high performance musical instruments. With the encouragement and divine blessings of Acharya Swamishree Maharaj, the Band has evolved into a traditional Scottish pipe band, with a traditional, military uniform to match.

At present, the musical instruments of the Band include Scottish bagpipes, snare drums, tenor drums, bass drums and multi-tenor drums. The Band comprises of over fifty young disciples of Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan, Shree Swaminarayan Siddhant Sajivan Mandal – Nairobi.

Over the past 60 years, Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pipe Band, Nairobi has performed on numerous occasions during religious and public functions in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, India and the United Kingdom. In addition to performing at the Organisation’s religious and cultural festivals, the Band also supports charitable causes, raising vital funds and creating awareness of important issues. The public functions give an opportunity to interact with members from different communities and build cohesive bonds of brotherhood.

Probably one of the most noteworthy public performances of Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pipe Band, Nairobi include saluting President Uhuru Kenyatta at Kasarani Sports Complex during the Presidential Swearing-in ceremony in April 2013.

Some Facts...

46

Members

24

Pipers

16

Drummers

6

Drum Majors

42

Performances


Band Uniform

The band uniform includes a red tartan hat, black waistcoat, white or black shirt, black trousers, and a red tartan plaid.

Band Repetoire

Our repetoire includes Scottish, religious and Bollywood tunes.

Member Position

Ajay Ramesh Hirani

Bagpipe

Amit Devendra Rabadia

Bagpipe

Arun Karsan Rabadia

Drum Major

Arun Ramji Kerai

Bagpipe

Ashish Manji Varsani

Drum Major

Ashish Narendra Bhanderi

Bagpipe

Ashish Rajnikant Bhatt

Bagpipe

Ashwin Narendra Sanghani

Snare

Ashwin Shivji Jesani

Bagpipe

Avnish Harshad Khoda

Snare

Chandrakant Karsan Rabadia

Drum Major

Chandrakant Velji Varsani

Tenor

Devraj Arjan Sanghani

Bagpipe

Dimesh Ramnik Varsani

Bagpipe

Divyang Navin Varsani

Bagpipe

Harish Devji Pindoria

Snare

Harshadrai Govind Rabadia

Bagpipe

Jayesh Ravji Vasta

Bagpipe

Manish Karsan Rabadia

Snare

Mayur Ajit Pindoria

Bass

Mitesh Narendra Sanghani

Bagpipe

Navin Karsan Varsani

Drum Major

Nikhil Vinod Kerai

Bagpipe

Pankaj Harish Hirani

Bagpipe

Pankaj Laxman Varsani

Snare

Pankaj Narendra Sanghani

Bagpipe

Pankaj Valji Kerai

Bagpipe

Paras Mahendra Ladha

Tenor

Paresh Kantilal Jesani

Bagpipe

Piyush Harish Gami

Tenor

Pradeep Arvind Kerai

Snare

Praful Naran Varsani

Bagpipe

Pragnesh Prafulchandra Sanghani

Bagpipe

Pragnesh Vinod Hirani

Bagpipe

Prakash Naran Pindolia

Bagpipe

Sanjay Ajit Pindoria

Tenor

Sanjay Kantilal Jesani

Bagpipe

Sanjay Lalji Vasta

Tenor

Sanjay Ramesh Hirani

Snare

Shashikant Jadva Sanghani

Drum Major

Sunil Prafulchandra Sanghani

Drum Major

Suryakant Kanti Sanghani

Tenor

Tarun Harilal Varsani

Snare

Tarun Shashikant Hirani

Bagpipe

Tejas Hitesh Gorsia

Snare

Tushar Shashikant Sanghani

Bagpipe

Contacts

Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pipe Band Nairobi

Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Nairobi
2nd Parkland, Swamibapa Road, Nairobi, Africa, Kenya
SMSPB@SwaminarayanGadi.com
+254 20 374 2947
http://SwaminarayanGadi.com/PipeBand