Deva Premal and Miten employ ancient mantras, rich harmonies, and sensual rhythms in their music, exploring the essence of love, devotion, and consciousness. They have released a series of acclaimed CDs, including Password and Tibetan Mantras For Turbulent Times (with the Gyuto Monks). devapremalmiten.com
Grammy-nominee Krishna Das is one of the foremost devotional singers in the world. He has released numerous CDs, including the best-selling Pilgrim Heart and, most recently, Live Ananda. He is also author of Chants of a Lifetime. Das first traveled to India in 1970, where he met Sri Neem Karoli Baba, through whom he was introduced to the practice of kirtan, or devotional chanting. krishnadas.com
Jai Uttal is a pioneer in the world music community. A student of India’s Ali Akbar Khan and master teacher Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Uttal’s blend of Eastern and Western sound has put his music at the forefront of the world fusion movement. His many albums include Beggars and Saints, the Grammy-nominated Mondo Rama, and Bhakti Bazaar. jaiuttal.com
Gaura Vani’s musical roots are deeply planted in both Western and Eastern musical styles. At the age of six, Gaura Vani left the United States to study sacred music in Vrindavan, India. Twenty-five years later, he continues to share sacred music worldwide. His CDs include Ten Million Moons and Nectar of Devotion. gauravani.com
The Mayapuris encompass a unique variety of talents that present entertaining performances of live music featuring classical Indian dances, sacred chanting, and upbeat mridunga drums. They chose to name their group after the holy village of Mayapur, where the kirtan movement was originally formed. mayapuris.com
David Newman (Durga Das) is a kirtan chant performer and recording artist, sacred singer-songwriter, and practitioner and educator of bhakti yoga—the yoga of love. He is also author of Merging with Grace, and founder of The Stay Strong Project and Yoga On Main in Philadelphia. davidnewmanmusic.com
Vishal Vaidhas trained in the song form ghazal, which means “to hold conversation with the divine,” and has worked with such acclaimed musicians as Bill Laswell and Karsh Kale.
C.C. White has shared her soulful sacred energy and powerful voice for many years, singing kirtans and chanting with Jai Uttal, Shyamdas, Dave Stringer, Gaura Vani and As Kindred Spirits, and other. A moving kirtan performer in her own right, C.C. continues to inspire audiences with her uplifting style of “soul kirtan,” an exciting blend of soul, kirtan, gospel, and blues. soulkirtan.com
The Fanna-Fi-Allah Sufi Qawwali Party aspires to bring the magic of Pakistani qawwali to the West in its traditional form, inherited directly form the grand masters. For more than 12 years, they have performed in much of the Western world as well as in Pakistan and India. fanna-fi-allah.com
Bamboo flutist Manose collaborates with artists as diverse as Grammy-nominated Jai Uttal and bluegrass musician Peter Rowan. He has released multiple solo CDs, including Dhana Aman: Meditation of No Mind. manosemusic.com
Daniel Paul, a composer and Fulbright award-winning tabla drummer, has played a lifetime of world music with many diverse artists who share his love for the sacred music of India. He has contributed to many diverse projects using his rare melodic drum set and has released three of his own CDs Rhythms of Paradise, Between Two Worlds, and Elephant Prayers.
Radhanath Swami is a spiritual leader who has been practicing bhakti yoga for nearly 40 years. The author of The Journey Home: Autobiography of an American Swami, Radhanath Swami runs a number of service programs from his headquarters at Radha Gopinath Ashram in Mumbai, India.
Ram Dass (live via streaming video) has been a trusted guide to Omega and thousands of spiritual seekers all over the world for more than 30 years. One of America’s most beloved spiritual figures, and author of many best-selling books, including the classic Be Here Now and Polishing the Mirror, Ram Dass has made his mark on the world, giving teachings and promoting loving service.ramdass.org