Some months ago when I learned Krishna Das and Deva Premal & Miten with Manose were planning The Chant Super-Tour (a 15 city, 22 day kirtan event that concluded in NYC) I was thrilled. I knew I’d be there with my like-minded gal pals in a large like-minded gathering. Though I’ve attended many a kirtan (peaceful energy based call-and-response chanting of Sanskrit mantras) with KD, I’d yet to fully experience Deva Premal, et al (though I’ve been enjoying them for years via compact disc).
I’ve been in joyous contact with a gracious Deva thanks to the ease of e-mail.
Joyce was on the last plane out of
Dublin where she spent a milestone
birthday (before air travel was halted due to volcanic activity in ). Debra
(my BFF) drove her tightly packed van into the city where we found a parking
space several car lengths from the entrance to Webster Hall (the concert
venue). We had a bite to eat in a lovely nearby café; and when we realized a
line was forming in front of the theater, we scurried in hopes of still finding
good seats. Movement into the theater was slow. Unexpectedly, there
was Deva Premal and Miten who greeted me (and Maryanda) with loving hugs and
kisses. I couldn’t have planned a more memorable encounter. We found perfect
seats (just below center stage) where we enjoyed LOVE inspired voices
accompanied by a magical blend of harmonium, keyboard, acoustic & bass
guitars, flutes, violin, and finger cymbals. The singing was magnificently
complimented by sweet stories that generated smiles and laughter. We were en
masse in LOVE. KD (as always) graciously and loving chatted, hugged, and kissed
fans who gathered around him as the audience dispersed while DP & M greeted
people on stage. It was then that I shared a sweet moment with Manose among
the scattering crowd. Iceland
Since the kirtan Thursday evening, I’ve continued to bask “In The Light Of LOVE” (a song so titled on the latest DP & M in concert cd). Click here for a sweet musical treat and experience the LOVE for yourself. Namaste.