August 22, 2012
This week’s topic: It’s Bhakti Fest Time Again!
until i can figure out how to embed the podomatic player, click here to listen to the podcast.
Sridhar Silberfein, Executive Producer of Bhakti Fest
Phil Goldberg, author of “American Veda: How Indian Spirituality Changed the West”
Hari Om Shiva Om (Cheb I Sabbah Desi Remix), Deva Premal
Gayatri, Benjy Wertheimer & John de Kadt
Sri Ram Jai Ram, Prajna Vieira & Ben Leinbach
Sunlight, MC Yogi
Unity, Sean Johnson and the Wild Lotus Band
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since this was to be my second annual bhakti fest show (it feels special to be able to use the term “annual” since i’ve now been on the air for over a year), i wanted to focus on things that weren’t covered in last year’s show. in that episode, i had bhakti fest emcee shiva baum in the studio with me; we chatted with musicians ben leinbach, sirgun kaur, and moose ali khan and played their music plus much more from other bhakti fest musicians. my plans were a bit too ambitious — we went way over time and spanned almost two hours!
this time, thanks to a fortuitous meeting at krishna das’s workshop at bhakti yoga shala last week, i managed to snag the uber-busy sridhar silberfein, executive producer of the festival. with the promo flyer in hand, we went over the list of teachers, speakers, and musicians who’d be there and the wheels were set in motion.
i decided to focus on the people i knew nothing about. and i was surprised to find out that there were quite a few of them! after a bit of research, i reached out to some and landed two with very interesting stories to tell: phil goldberg, who’d authored a book on the influence of traditional indian spirituality on modern western culture, and parvati, who’d created a yoga/dance/music blend called yoga in the nightclub. if anyone ever thought that a festival focused on bhakti was too woo-woo for them, these guests would quickly change those perceptions!
as for the music, it was clear to me that if i wanted to highlight was new this year, i had to feature music that was new. so i rummaged through my kirtan CD collection and picked out albums that were released this year. among them were:
– deva premal, “deva lounge” (sounds true)
– benjy wertheimer and john de kadt, “one river” (mantralogy)
– prajna vieira and ben leinbach, “amrita” (mantralogy)
– MC yogi, “pilgrimage” (white swan records)
i also found a new song (actually a video) from sean johnson and the wild lotus band that was on their website, so since they had created an indiegogo page to raise the money to produce their next album, i thought it rated a play on the show. here’s that video: