Vallabhdas is most comfortable barefoot in Braj and speaks the national and local languages of Hindi and Brajbhasha about as well as any foreigner could. He has lived as a spiritual pilgrim in India for most of 10 years, except while earning his masters degree studying bhakti, Hindi, Sanskrit, Brajbhasha and Persian at the University of Washington. Vallabhdas was an assistant and co-translator for the late kirtan singer and bhakta, Shyamdas, and is a disciple of Shri Milan Goswami, guru in the 500 year-old nondual bhakti lineage known as the Path of Grace or Pushti Marg.
Madan Mohan, a native of Krishna’s hometown of Gokul, served by Shyamdas’ side for nearly 40 years, assuring guests from Sting to Christie Turlington to Shyamdas’ family and friends were comfortable, safe, inspired and well-fed. He is excited to offer you the same. Mohan has traveled widely with westerners on tour throughout Rajasthan. His cooking (a mixture of western tastes, local ingredients, ancient tradition and a whole lot of love) is legendary.
Gaura Vani is a multi-disciplinary artist fluent in music, film and visual arts and is most well known for his mantra music performances. His events are unifying and transporting–a mix of participatory rhythm and song, story and dance. Gaura shares kirtan at eclectic venues like private homes, theatres, temples, yoga studios as well as festivals like Lollapalooza, Bhakti Fest and Wanderlust. Born in Los Angeles to parents living as monks in a Hare Krishna temple, at age six he went to Vrindavan, India to study at a gurukula (traditional temple school). There he learned the mantras and sacred music he has been blissfully sharing with us ever since. Gaura is co-founder of the kirtan music label Mantralogy. More at www.gauravani.com
Visvambhar Sheth has been immersed in kirtan and the bhakti traditions since birth. Singing the Sanskrit mantras in their original tunes came natural to him from a very early age. The mridunga drum has become his inseparable companion. While attending an ashram school in India, Vish studied the ancient origins of kirtan’s sacred mantras, tunes and beats. He also studied harmonium, sitar and flute, along with a number of Western instruments. His knack for fusing deep knowledge of ancient mantras and tunes with passionate flair is elevating the culture of contemporary kirtan to new heights. He travels widely, sharing kirtan and devotional teachings with Gaura Vani as the Juggernauts, as well as with Mantralogy artists the Hanumen and the Mayapuris.