Larisa Stow & Shakti Tribe Show How Juicy You Can Get at Shakti Fest (Photos, Set Review)

June 6, 2014
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There is nothing traditional about Larisa Stow & Shakti Tribe.  And that’s just fine with us. Larisa and the Tribe deliver unapologetic Mantra Rock.  Quite unlike anything we’ve seen anywhere else. The first time we experienced their edgy urban-laced brand of bhakti, our jaw dropped, and they just keep get juicier each time we see […]

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‘Too Much Talking’ from a Kirtan Wallah? Hmm. Bhakti Quotes Worth Repeating-Shakti Fest 2014

May 25, 2014
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At one point during the weekend-long love feast that was Shakti Fest 2014, I ran into Vijay Krsna and his beloved, Sarasvati Devi, the couple who lead the Kirtaniyas.  It was the day after their late-night set,  and I was gushing to them about how deeply touched I was by their kirtan and teachings (I […]

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Top 12 Bhavalicious Moments at Shakti Fest, Bhakti Fest’s Spring Fling in the Desert (Photos)

May 22, 2014
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No, this is NOT a blog professing to proclaim the “best wallah” or the “best music” or the best anything at Shakti Fest, the Bhakti Fest franchise’s spring fling in honor of the Divine Feminine.  Choosing a best kirtan artist would be like proclaiming azure blue or burnt orange to be the “best” color in […]

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‘We Need A Bus!’ Kirtaniyas Kick Off Shakti Fest Kirtan & Take Bhakti to a ‘Whole Other Level’

May 16, 2014
The Kirtaniyas at Shakti Fest 2014, by TheBhaktiBeat.com
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Shakti Fest 2014 — the first of the three bhakti yoga “love fests” by the Bhakti Fest franchise — kicked off with a little pre-show Thursday night with the Kirtaniyas, the progressive Krishna Kid bhakti band that is pushing the kirtan movement into new ground. The leader of the pack, Vijay Krsna, paused midway through […]

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CROWDFUND THIS! ‘Sound Colorist’ Jim Beckwith’s Debut Chant CD Fuses Kirtan With Original Lyrics (Interview, Photos)

April 16, 2014
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Project: Full-length Studio-Recorded CD Fundraising Goal: $12,000 Deadline: April 30, 2014 @ 11:59 p.m. PT Contribute  Here 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 […]

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Breaking News: Scientists Discover Rare Brain Disorder Linked to Chanting Kirtan

April 1, 2014
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Scientists have definitively identified, for the first time ever, a rare but rapidly increasing brain disorder affecting the frontal lobes, amygdala and hippocampus of people who regularly chant kirtan. Publishing in the Journal of Neuroscience and Non-Duality, lead author Baba Bhavakirtanananda, a former saddhu who spent 20 years chanting the Maha Mantra nonstop in a […]

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Jai Uttal’s Latest Release Goes Back to the Future to Show a Gentler Side of Jai (Review, New CD)

March 28, 2014
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With “Return to Shiva Station,” Jai Uttal travels back in time to a period of his life when his musicality was exploding but his personal life was imploding — and emerges with a CD that is more a vision of where he is heading, musically and perhaps personally, than a rehash of where he has […]

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Hari Bol Y’All: Fifth Annual Chantlanta Breaks the Mold for Regional Chant Fests (Photos)

March 19, 2014
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  There are regional chant fests, and then there are Regional Chant Fests.  Chantlanta proved once again how to “do” a Regional Chant Fest in the best possible way that we’ve seen. Anywhere.  So far. How’d they do it?  Well, perhaps not how you might have thought… ‘Unknown’ Bhakti Bands Take the Spotlight For starters, […]

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Give Gratitude from the Heart. Your Brain Will Thank You. (And So Will Your Family.) [Video]

November 21, 2013
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The emerging science of positive attitudes like gratitude and appreciation leaves little doubt that giving thanks is good for you and good for those around you.  So what are you waiting for?  Also see:  5 Ways to Keep the Gratitude Flowing  (Donna De Lory Video) Ahh, Thanksgiving.  Time to fight traffic and travel long distances […]

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Going to a Shakti Shindig? Play This On The Way (New Music; Just for Fun)

July 17, 2013
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We really wish we had had this song for our road trip to Bhakti Fest Midwest.  The 1,000 miles would have gone by so much faster… Just released by Count Shakti and the Shakettes, the “Shakti Shindig” hits the airwaves just in time — okay, not quite in time — for the summer bhakti festival […]

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