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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Say Bonjour to Kirtan à Les Québécois at the Second Montreal Chant Fest (Video, Photos)

June 20, 2013
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Montreal has gained a reputation for its festivals over the years, but not so much for its bhakti.  Lea Longo is trying to change that.  The primary force behind the Montreal Yoga & Chant Fest, Longo has been working to build the city’s nascient kirtan community from the ground up for seven years, ever since […]

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Ten Signs You Might Be a Kirtan Addict, From a Self-Proclaimed Chantaholic (Just for Fun)

June 10, 2013
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Do you have any of these symptoms?  1. You wake up humming the Hanuman Chalisa. 2. You’ve exceeded your internet data allowance watching kirtan livestreams. 3. You have at least one pet — or possibly a child — named after a Hindu deity. 4. Your family whispers behind your back because every time they see you […]

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Shyamdas Interviews Ram Dass at Omega, Spontaneous Radhe Chant Ensues (Video)

May 26, 2013
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Omega’s annual Ecstatic Chant weekend would not exist without Ram Dass.  The legendary Labor Day retreat for chantaholics in the heart of New York’s Bhajan Belt has its roots in Ram Dass’ own epic gatherings at Omega dating back to the mid-1990′s.  In those days, Omega co-founder Stephan Rechtschaffen recounted to The Bhakti Beat, Ram […]

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Live from Shakti Fest, In Your Living Room: Remembering Shyamdas’ Blanket of Bhakti Love

May 19, 2013
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Can we just say how much we love livestream?  We envision a day when every festival and concert, kirtans included, is streamed free to living rooms and laptops everywhere. With perfect audio.  And a strong, steady feed.  And — since we’re dreaming — professional camerawork that zooms in on the action.  While we’re at it, […]

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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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