In 2014, Krishna Sharma was our first featured musician-of-the-month. Recently I caught up with Krishna Sharma to discuss his newest album, Small World Kirtans.
How do you describe kirtan in front of Western audiences? Krishna Sharma, our featured musician-of-the-month, explains the essence of kirtan in 150 words or less.
In a dimly lit room, a sweet jazzy chord rings off the strings of a guitar, quickly progressing into a swaying rhythm. A drum pulses in followed by a familiar and warm harmonium. Anchoring both rhythm and melody, an electric bass booms and then a deep, soulful voice starts the invocation, “Nama Om Vishnu Padaya.” In this way, Samadhi ignites another evening of electrifying kirtan.
With her rich vocals, Ananda Monet stands out as a brilliant singer and musician. The depth and beauty of her performance transfers every venue into a realm of divine bliss and happiness.