JAYA LAKSHMI

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Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda are Oregon based musical artists in the genre of mantra music.  They offer kirtan, healing mantra music and Kirtronica (kirtan and electronica fusion).  In just over 4 years together, they have released 6 albums independently and on Sounds True and Spirit Voyage.  They tour nationally and internationally holding their own events and retreats.  In addition, they perform and teach at festivals and regularly offer Kirtronica at ecstatic dances.  They have been pioneers in bringing music and conscious businesses together, especially on their USA west coast tours. Their sponsors include Coconut Bliss, Medicinal Foods, Blue Lotus Chai and Jem Organics.
In addition to holding ‘prayer-formances’, Ananda also teaches Kundalini Yoga and together they hold cacao ceremonies and chanting/singing workshops.  All their offerings have music and mantra weaved into them and the results are very heart opening, healing and transformational.  The culmination of all their offerings has been named the ‘Altar of Love’, which mostly they hold in weekend offerings but also in a retreat format.
Jaya Lakshmi’s largest influence in the realms of mantra, kirtan and bhakti came from her connection with the Guadiya Vaishnavs, otherwise known as the Hare Krishna’s.  She was initiated in 1992 by Srila Govinda Maharaj and lived on and off in ashrams and likeminded communities for years afterwards.  Ananda’s main influence comes from the Kundalini Yoga tradition and teachings of Yogi Bhajan.  He has been a dedicated practitioner and teacher for over 9 years and has studied with many of the great teachers of that lineage.  When the two of them merged, they felt called to bridge the cultures and traditions between them.  Thus, Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda and the Altar of Love offerings were born.
Previous to their partnership, Jaya Lakshmi had been sharing her beautiful kirtans since 1992.  She has four solo chant albums on Sequoia Records.  In addition, Jaya Lakshmi was the lead singer to the highly influential tribal techno band Lost at Last before their break up in 2003.
Their coming together was integral in the creation of the ‘Altar of Love Weekends’ a concept in which they share gifts mutually.  The weekend consists of a night of kirtan and another night of Kirtronica, and during the days offering workshops in kundalini yoga and meditation, singing and mantra as well as a cacao ceremony.
Their music initiates deep healing and opens the heart to joy, sharing the grace they have been given through their partnership. Greatly inspired by yoga and spiritual teachings of India, their performances consist of ‘kirtan’ chanting (call and response singing), mantra repetition and original songs blended with English, Sanskrit and Gurmukhi.  Weaving guitar, harmonium, bansuri flutes, vocal harmonies (and dance beats when performing ‘Kirtronica’), they create an angelic sonic field – a rare and powerful expression of the divine feminine and masculine dancing in harmony.

 

 

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