Krishna Das (singer)

Krishna Das (Singer)

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Krishna Das (born Jeffrey Kagel May 31, 1947 in Long Island, New York) is a U.S. vocalist known for his performances of Indian devotional music called kirtan (chanting the names of god). With eight albums released since 1996, Das is perhaps the best known U.S. singer of kirtan-style music.


Krishna Das traveled to India in the 1960s where, along with Ram Dass, he studied with a Hindu guru named Neem Karoli Baba (Maharaj-ji). Krishna Das has studied ancient Indian meditation practices, Bhakti Yoga - in Hinduism this is the yoga of devotion, and is now devoted to singing and teaching. He has released several CD, and he travels around the world giving performances and teaching, sometimes with Ram Dass. In recent years he also has often led workshops in combination with leading meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg. He has also offered workshops with yoga teacher Dharma Mittra.

Krishna Das is arguably the best known U.S. singer of Indian kirtan-style devotional music. Other artists working within this genre include Bhagavan Das, Jai Uttal, Ragani, Eddy Nataraj, Sean Johnson and The Wild Lotus Band, Shyamdas, Lokah Music, Wah!, Deva Premal, Girish and Snatam Kaur.

Krishna Das has recorded numerous variations of Hanuman Chalisa, a 40 stanza Hindi devotional poem to Hanuman by Tulsidas (c.1600). In recent years, he has also performed and recorded the traditional gospel song, "Jesus is on the Mainline". He has commented that he read the Gospels while in India...
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