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A six hour studio recording of live, traditional, temple style kirtan!
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Hello!  My name's Devadas. I am a singer, a composer, a writer and a producer from Brooklyn, New York.  Over the years, I've recorded and collaborated on a crazy array of diverse projects, but I am best known as a singer of kirtan, a type of traditional spiritual music that is native to India.

Over the past several months, I've been wrapping up production on my newest recording, the Grand Street Kirtan Sessions. This is an album containing almost six hours of live temple-style kirtan. That's not a typo.  We really recorded almost six hours of live kirtan, just the way we do it when we offer it in temples, studios and homes. 

Here's a sneak peek.

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For those of you who are unfamiliar, kirtan is a spiritual practice, a type of call and response group singing where the words we’re singing together are considered to be Divine Names… Names that invoke the divinity and inherent happiness that exists within each of us. This is music that draws us into our own hearts.

kirtan at Brooklyn Yoga School
kirtan at Brooklyn Yoga School

I learned this practice in the presence of my teacher decades ago, and have been leading kirtans all over the world for many years. It’s a practice that I love to share with people. It’s intimate. It’s profound. It’s healing. It’s ecstatic. It’s fun. And in my travels it’s brought a wealth of experiences and friendships beyond my wildest imaginations. 

some of our friends on a kirtan retreat at Bethel Farm in New Hampshire
some of our friends on a kirtan retreat at Bethel Farm in New Hampshire
we have a rotating crew of close knit band members
we have a rotating crew of close knit band members

The intent of The Grand Street Kirtan Sessions was to capture this: that feeling of the live kirtan experience, of sitting in a room in satsang, just singing back and forth with people. 

To do this, I brought together a number of great friends, people who I’ve been chanting with, traveling with, recording with, staying up late with, sharing life with over the past several years, and we camped out together in a recording studio on Grand Street in Brooklyn for a couple days last spring, and we sang. Nothing was rehearsed or even planned. And the end result was, we recorded almost six hours of live chanting together.

recording at Grand Street studios
recording at Grand Street studios

That’s the story.

I am excited for you to hear these recordings and for the world to hear these recordings. It's really a massive project, a labor of love, and I think you're really going to love it.

Thank you so much for your support, and please share this if you'd like your friends to know about it.

Finally, if you'd like to learn more about me, please check out devadasmusic.com.

You can also find my music on itunes, spotify, and pretty much anywhere else music is streamed.

Risks and challenges

The album is nearly finished!

Every now and then there are delays in the mixing and mastering processes. This could add a little time to the schedule, maybe a couple of weeks.

If there any unforeseen delays this could become mid to late summer 2019, however, we have considered all the rewards offered carefully and do not expect problems in getting them to you around the estimated delivery date we have noted.

As a backer, you are our partner. If there are any issues along the way, we will be sure to keep you updated.

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    Download + Signed Copy of Radio Nada

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    The Complete Devadas Catalog

    Receive a custom USB loaded with the Grand Street Sessions and everything else, including Devadas's complete discography: 3 Prayers, Brighter Day, Silent Night, Radio Nada, More Nada, Brooklyn Mellows, Ocean - Songs for Amma, Shine Shine On, Milton's Glen, Bhajans, and last but not least, 2 Strangers, a collaboration of english songs with his daughter, Uma.

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    The Whole Schmear

    Best Deal! Get all the stuff! You'll receive a USB Custom Hard drive loaded with the new album + the entire Devadas catalog, a signed copy of Radio Nada, and a brand new custom Grand Street baseball hat! Boom!

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    Private Kirtan

    Private Non-commercial Kirtan Concert with Devadas at a mutually agreeable time and location, to be arranged by email within 12 months of album release, in the comfort of your own home (travel costs may apply). Request your favorite chants, ask questions, and explore this ancient tradition. We'll hang out and sing with you and your friends!

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