CROWDFUND THIS: Adam Bauer’s Debut CD Bows Deeply to Shyamdas (Video & Interview)

May 16, 2013
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Project: Full-length Studio-Recorded CD Fundraising Goal: $25,000 Deadline: June 4, 2013 @ 11:59 p.m. PT Contribute NOW!   Ed. Note: This is part of our ongoing series on Crowdfunding Kirtan, in which fans and friends contribute money for new recording projects in exchange for “perks” ranging from free downloads to private concerts.  The trend has grown in […]

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BHAKTImmersion Breakfast: Sean Johnson & WLB Serve Up Sargam for Daily Soul Tune-Up

April 26, 2013
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It started with Ahh.  A long, rolling round of Ahhs to open our throats and wake up our vocal chords. That was the first thing we did on the first full day of Sean Johnson and The Wild Lotus Band’s 8-Day BHAKTImmersion, and every morning thereafter. Open your mouth and sing Aaaaaahhhhh.  Stretch your face, […]

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Circle of Song for Mother Gaia with Earth Day Kirtan in a Stone Temple by Lake Champlain

April 25, 2013
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Earth, water, sky, a temple of stones and kirtan. You can travel all over the world but sometimes the sweetest vibes are right in your own backyard.  The Monday Night Kirtan crew in my home ‘hood celebrated Earth Day chanting for Mother Gaia amid the circle of stones that is Burlington’s Earth Clock.  With Lake Champlain […]

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Chantlanta’s ‘Unknown’ Bhakti Bands Show Depth & Diversity of Southern Bhav (Pt.2) (Videos/Photos/Set Reviews)

April 18, 2013
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The Southern Bhav rose again on Day 2 of Chantlanta on the altar-cum-stage of the Druid Hills Baptist Church in Atlanta, the backdrop for a line-up of regional bands that showed the depth and diversity of the “unknown” bhakti bands in the Southeast.  (We use the quotes on “unknown” because they’re only unknown to those not in […]

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Chantlanta’s ‘Unknown’ Bhakti Bands Reveal Depth & Diversity of Southern Bhav-Pt.1 (Videos, Photos, Set Reviews)

April 16, 2013
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Watch these Wallahs… One of the things we love about this “mantra revolution” is how many largely unsung local bands are out there doing their thing, bringing the bhav to their communities, just waiting for people to wake up to this thing called kirtan. The Unknown Bhakti Band. Of course, they’re not unknown to those in the […]

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Southern Bhav Rising: Chantlanta Demonstrates How To Do a Regional Chant Fest (Video/Photos)

April 12, 2013
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Ahhh Chantlanta. How we love thee.  Let us count the ways… Your goal is to spread the bhav. You put on a two-day festival with seven great regional bands, all for FREE. You topped it off with KRISHNA DAS on the schedule, concert + workshop.  Nice. You raised more than $3,000 to send an impoverished young woman […]

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Fresh from The Grammys, Krishna Das Shines at Chantlanta, With Band of One (Video, Photos)

April 11, 2013
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Barely a month after his 15 minutes of fame in the Grammy spotlight and fresh from a tropics tour of Costa Rica, Sivananda, Bahamas, and Florida, Krishna Das showed up fully for the headline show at Chantlanta last month — even after fighting a spring snowstorm in the Northeast to get there. Tablist Arjun Bruggeman […]

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Kickin’ It: Texas Yoga Conference Brings the Bhakti Back to Yoga (Highlights & Photos)

March 6, 2013
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What did we love about the Texas Yoga Conference?  The bhakti, baby! No surprise there, but seriously: these folks “get” that yoga is more than asana.  TYC founder Jennifer Buergermeister told us the integration of practitioners from a wide array of yogic and healing arts was by design, a nod to the Eight Limbs of Yoga.  Bhakti was […]

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Live at Ananda: Shyamdas Tribute in Bhajan Belt Celebrates the Lila of Bhakti’s Favorite Uncle

February 22, 2013
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One month after Shyamdas’ passing, the bhakti community is still reeling from the gash torn in its heart by the loss of the great Sanskrit scholar who had become, in recent years especially, the Western bhakti world’s favorite uncle.  From the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad India, where a moment of silence in honor of Shyamdas […]

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Brenda McMorrow Takes Off With Third CD, European Tour & Big Bhakti Collaborations (Crowd-Funding Kirtan Series)

February 13, 2013
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Project: Full-length Studio-Recorded CD Fundraising Goal: $25,000 Deadline: Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 @ Midnight PT.   Ed. Note: This is part of our ongoing series, Crowd-Funding Kirtan (more article links at bottom).  Crowd-funding, in which fans and friends contribute money for new recording projects in exchange for “perks” ranging from free downloads to private concerts, […]

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