Jul
13

Arjun Bruggeman

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Arjun Bruggeman is featured on Shyamdas’s Songs of Sweetness album and joins him for several events every summer. Shyamdas and Arjun combine their passions for rhythm and improv to create spontaneous bhava well worth witnessing — and taking part in!

Arjuna is Krishna Das’s primary touring and recording tabla accompanist. He studied classical percussion under Michael Frashe and tabla with Zakir Hussain, Ty Burhoe, and Benjy Wertheimer.

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Jul
10

Adam Baba

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Adam Baba — doesn’t this photo say it all? A blissful, benevolent being who loves to “bhaj.” His humor and goodness are matched only by the spiritual funk he conjures up with his bass, enough to get anyone in the divine mood. Connect with this soul brother at one of Shyamdas’s many New England events, like the Boston Chant Fest, Omega, and others. Sample Adam Baba’s groovy bhajan bass from Shyamdas’s Songs of Sweetness album, below:

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Jul
07

Steve Gorn: Bansuri

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We are fortunate to have a musician of the caliber of Steve Gorn (stevegorn.com) in the U.S., offering virtuoso bansuri flute performance and accompaniment. Shyamdas and his audiences are thrilled by Steve’s presence in a number of Shyamdas kirtans every year, as he accentuates the devotional heights and depths of the divine praise that is kirtan. Steve G offered this hauntingly beautiful finishing touch to the “Grace Goddess Yamunaji” track of Shyamdas’s Beloved Chants.

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Jul
06

Naren Budhakar: tabla

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What to say of Naren? One of the sweetest people you could hope to meet, as well as most versatile and sensitive tabla artists you could hope to hear. He accompanies dance, instrumental, and vocal artists in an astounding array of musical genres, a testimony to his broad aesthetic sensibilities. Naren regularly supports Shyamdas in venues in and around New York city. You are sure to enjoy any performance and conversation with this remarkable man. Here’s a sample of his tabla wizardry, from Shyamdas’s album Sweet Radhe!

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Quotes

Worship love-filled Krishna with the devotional mood of the Gopis.
What is the point of your million practices if you do not serve Him with love?
Once the fire sages asked Lord Rama, “Give us the pleasures of Sita. Make us all women.”
Now, what type of path is this, in which a man gets a woman’s devotion?
This is the reverse of all norms.
When the Gopis heard Shri Krishna’s flute,
they ran out of their homes with their clothes and jewelry in disarray.
Yet, their devotion was in perfect symmetry,
like letters on a printing press that are set in reverse
but appear correctly when printed on paper.
When there is recognition of love, the Vedic rules no longer stand.
Sings Sur, “The Vraj Gopis brought that clever Enchanter under the rule of their love.”
— Surdas