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Sounds of India
December 30, 2010   
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Krishna Das, one of the world’s best known singers of mantras and ancient Hindu devotional music, is making his first trip to Poland to perform at the Palladium Club in Warsaw Jan. 25. The singer will be accompanied by Genevieve Walker on violin and Arjun on tabla.

Krishna Das grew up in a rock and blues milieu on Long Island, New York, and originally set his sights on singing in a rock band. He met the writer and spiritual teacher Ram Dass in 1968 and decided to travel to India with him. Krishna Das studied with Hindu guru Neem Karoli Baba (Maharaj-ji) in the 1970s. He also studied Bhakti yoga, which involves singing mantras, while in India.

After three years in India, Krishna Das returned to the U.S. and began singing for free in yoga centers in New York. “I never thought of singing as a career,” says the artist when asked about his popularity. “For the first three years I sang for people for free. I was simply doing what I knew best. It all came together by itself. One day you’re singing in a yoga center and the next you suddenly find yourself in a large hall with professional sound equipment and thousands of people all around you. This is now my whole life.”

Krishna Das now packs out halls built to seat hundreds, like the Wadsworth Theater in Los Angeles and the Manhattan Town Hall.

Krishna Das has made many trips to India. He has met spiritual teachers from many traditions and has lived in jungles, ashrams, and holy places. It was there that he had the opportunity to become acquainted with ancient Vedic knowledge and where he also studied Buddhist meditation. The artist’s music combines the ancient world with the modern in that he sings in both Sanskrit and contemporary languages and also writes texts in English.

M.B.

Palladium Club, 9 Złota St., Warsaw
Club opens 7 p.m., concert starts 8 p.m.
Tickets: zl.80-115 available from EMPiK or online at www.ticketonline.pl

For more information go to www.palladium.art.pl
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