Poetry of the Saints & Sages of India, Blacksburg, VA

Dr. Krishnakant Shukla

Dr. Krishnakant Shukla

Poetry of the Saints & Sages of India

sung by

Dr. Krishnakant Shukla
(on tour from Varanasi, India)
on
Saturday, April 5th,2014, 07:00 p.m.
Venue: 2387 Warm Hearth Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24060

While teaching physics and astronomy as an assistant professor in upstate New York,Dr. Krishna Kant Shukla decided to quit academics and follow his heart and soul deep into the fathomless waters of Indian classical music. Having studied with great maestros like Srimati Laxmi Shankar, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Dr. Tapan Bhattacharya, he returned to India in 1994 to explore the roots of Indian classical music in the great living oral folk traditions. His musical search lead him into remote villages in the Himalayan foothills, as well as difficult to reach places in the central plains. He has been particularly influenced by the songs of Kabir, Gorakhnath and other poet-saints, as sung by his mentor, the legendary Pandit Kumar Gandharva. Krishna also sings the compositions of Sufi poets and has been much influenced by the Chishti order of Sufism.

Krishna’s performances have been aired on National T.V. and radio in India. He is an empaneled artist with Indian Council of Cultural Relations, Government of India. Recently, he completed his term as a “Distinguished Visiting Professor” in music under the National Endowment for the Humanities at Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY. Here, he taught a course on “Devotional Music of North India”.Krishna has sung for Meher Baba’s disciples at Meherazad where according to resident Peter Booth,

 ”his performance was one of the most moving and powerful I have experienced in thirty years.”

We are indeed fortunate to welcome Krishna as our guest. A beautiful evening of music and bhajans with Dr. Krishna Kant Shukla, on tour from Varanasi, India. He shares the songs of Kabir and other poet-saints interlaced with classical Indian musical pieces. He also sings original songs and interactive Kirtan. Krishna Kant Shukla gave up his job as assistant professor of astronomy at an American college and returned to his native India to live his dream of singing bhajans (Indian devotional songs expressing love for the Divine). A distinguished lecturer with a Ph.D. in solid state physics now turned musician, his love for Varanasi, oldest living city in the world and holy city of India, and his passion for music

“combine to serve as his breath for survival”. “Time stands still in Varanasi” Dr. Kant Shukla has said and “music is in my blood,… singing makes me come alive”.

His bhajan performances at various cities in India have won him accolades. He has performed at the London Mela as a distinguished guest of the Mayor of London, but of more particular interest to Baba lovers is that Krishna has sung for Meher Baba’s old disciples at Meherazad, where, according to Meherabad resident Peter Booth,

 ”his performance was one of the most moving and powerful I have experienced in thirty years.”

More about KRISHNAKANT SHUKLA: While teaching Physics and Astronomy as an assistant professor in upstate New York, Dr. Shukla decided to quit academics and follow his heart and soul deep into the fathomless waters of Indian Classical Music. Having studied with great maestros like Srimati Laxmi Shankar, Ustaad Ali Akbar Khan, and Dr. Tapan Bhattacharya, he returned to India in 1994 to explore the roots of Indian Classical Music in the great living oral folk traditions. His musical search led him into remote villages in the Himalayan foothills, as well as far flung and difficult to reach dwellings in the central plains. He has been particularly influenced by the songs of Kabir, Gorakhnath, and other nirguna bhakti poet-saints—songs that have been sung as part of a living oral tradition that is over six hundred years old. Dr. Shukla’s repertoire includes compositions of Tyagaraja, Tulsidas, Surdas, Meera, Tukaram, Purandardas and other poet-saints of India, as well as the musical compositions of Sufi saints. He has also been researching, recording and performing the folk songs of rural northern India, which, according to him, is an art form of unparalleled beauty which is fast becoming extinct. Dr. Shukla has performed widely in India and has recently toured the U.S. . He has been recognized as a singer of devotional music by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, an agency of the central government that supports artists to represent India culture abroad. More details are there on the website: www.krishnakantshukla.org Also, please RSVP to the event if possible.

Location: 2387 Warm Hearth Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24060

Telephone: 540-239-0440, 540-544-7617
Email: aduchovn@vt.edu, Alan Duchovnay
Note:- Bring a cushion for optional floor seating. Wear warm socks as shoes are left at the door.
Directions: From Interstate 81 take exit 118B (US 460 Blacksburg/
Christiansburg/Virginia Tech). Follow 460 West toward Blacksburg/Virginia Tech.
Stay on 460 West until you see an exit for 460 Business/ Smart Rd. This exit will fork. Stay in the right lane and take 460 Business East toward Christiansburg. Turn left at the stop sign and left again at the light. At the second light (HIGHTOP ROAD), turn right. At the bottom of the ramp, turn right onto FARMVIEW DRIVE. (You will see a Warm Hearth Village sign on the corner). Go 1.3 miles to Warm Hearth Village. Building is on left.

Krishna’s tour is self funded, please give what you can. Thank you!
(Suggested donation $10, or a gift from your heart, Students free)

For further information & Directions, you can call Krishna 304 620 6925

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Sunset in Berkeley Springs



I have never owned a camera in my life and didnt want one..they detract too much from the moment, I thought. But, when I saw some of the sunsets here, and the beauty that surrounds me, I wished I had a camera so that I could share this with my loved ones. My friend Richard, who visited me here from Hawaii for a week…mailed me a camera (a top quality Canon) from Mauii. Many thanks to him.
Pictures, the ones with the mist covering the river were taken today at sunset and rest of the them last week, from the back deck of the house where I have been staying alone for the past three months. The house is overlooking the Potomac river and the Cacapon river confluence. My family and friends consist of the trees and forests around the house, the black mountain bears, the deer, the bald eagles, the great spotted owls, many woodpeckers and some energetic chipmunks and squirrels. There are some mice staying in the house who started starving when I started putting out all the food scraps into my compost bin outside, before going to bed. so I have been putting some wheat berries for them to eat, and have told them that they must find a new home when I leave. If I catch them and put them outside now, they would freeze to death in fifteen minutes. Temperature five days ago was minus twenty degrees Fahrenheit.
I have been staying in semi seclusion here, enjoying nature, reading, practicing music, meditating, doing japa and prayers, and listening to what the trees and the river have to teach. I am also working on my book on spiritual ecology. there has been no internet, phone, t.v. or newspaper and I have been completely cut off from what is happening in the world, which, I am finding, is a real blessing.
Feeling healthy, due, in large part, to drinking the water that bubbles up from the sands in Berkeley Springs,3.5 miles from here. The water has a PH of 7.2, which is alkaline and hence very good for treatment of various ailments esp. acid reflux. One can see gold particles and silver particles in this spring water under the microscope. I also sit in the springs waist deep four days a week. the springs are warm (74 degrees fahrenheit) all the year round. The native americans, for thousands of years, have been coming to these springs for healing..from as far away as Canada and the Carolinas.
the pictures with snow were taken a week ago when the big freeze was on…
Many thanks to Peter Booth, whose house I am staying in and who insisted, when I was getting hopeless in India this last year, that I come and avail of his “weekend home” in Berkeley Springs.
Lastly, this view, a sample of which you see in the attached pictures, is rated by National Geographic Magazine as one of the top ten views in North America.

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DIALOGUES WITH DIVINITY, AND THEIR RELATIONSHIP TO CREATIVITY, IN THE HINDU TRADITION

Synopsis & Recordings | Spain Seminar & Pilgrimage


PART I – INVOCATION

My presentation will begin with some ancient Hindu invocations in Sanskrit language. The first invocation will be to Ganesha, the god of divine wisdom and learning. The second will be to the Guru-principle in the Universe, our cosmic teacher. The third will be to Saraswati, the goddess of all creative arts and sciences. These would be followed by a Christian Gregorian Chant. This will be followed by an Islamic Sufi prayer. The total time to do these invocations will be five minutes.

PART II- HINDU WORLD VIEW IN A NUTSHELL

Hinduism assumes consciousness to be the supreme principle of creation. This is in contrast to the scientific view, which maintains  that “dead matter” in the form of subatomic particles, are the building blocks of the whole universe. By means of a thought experiment, we shall see that western science is a belief system, and hence no different from a religion. According to the Hindu View, Consciousness, and not dead matter, is the supreme principle of creation. Therefore, EVERYTHING in the universe is conscious, and EVERYTHING is sacred. What is different is the quality and degree of consciousness. And once consciousness has a form, it has a personality.  Hence, in this world view, the sun, the planets, the earth, mountains, oceans, rivers, trees and plants, as well as the cosmic forces, have personalities and are sacred. Even Time and Space have personalities. It is interesting to note that this world view, in essence, is the same world view held by pre-Christian Europe, all the Native American races of North and south America, the Aborigines, the Daoists, the Egyptians, and the African tribes.

PART III – BEADS ON A STRING When consciousness is the supreme principle, and EVERYTHING is sacred, then other religions, cultures, peoples are sacred too. They are all, as it were, ‘BEADS ON A STRING’. The string, which is common to all the beads, being consciousness, or God, or Divinity. Hence there is no concept of  “conversion” in Hinduism. Hinduism does not just teach “tolerance” for another religion. It teaches respect and love for them too. It encourages people to learn from the wisdom, beauty and truth that lie at the heart of each religion. To experience divinity in all these wonderfully different ways and flavors. When I was eleven years old, I was  visiting England with my mother, who is an orthodox, Hindu, Brahmin lady.  While visiting London, we went into a beautiful cathedral with exquisite stained glass windows. When we went up to the altar, my mother kneeled down in front of the cross and prayed in Christian style. She then lit a candle. It is with such actions, and not mere words, that Hindu parents teach their children about honoring and celebrating all religions.

Part IV-DIALOGUES WITH DIVINITY AND THE CREATIVE IMPULSE

The Hindu Scriptures say that two things are needed for any kind of creative activity.  Consciousness (or Awareness) and Energy. Consciousness is worshipped in the form of Shiva, and Energy in the form of the divine mother, Shakti. All creative activity, whether in the Sciences or the Arts, is seen to be the result of divine grace. This grace is earned thru establishing a “dialogue with divinity” thru worship and prayer, or a “monologue” thru meditation. Throughout the ages, Hindu musicians, painters, sculptors, dancers, poets, writers, scientists and philosophers have contended that their chosen creative activity IS their own personal worship or prayer, a dialogue with divinity. They do not need a separate ritual or service. The initial creative inspiration, the effort to give it form, and the end result, ALL are seen as being  the grace of the divine. Hence the entire work is offered and dedicated to the divine. For this reason, many of the greatest works of art and sciences in India have no signatures, and the authors are unknown. In the pursuit of excellence, young artisans had to undergo austerities and spiritual practices in order to diminish or erase ego and cultivate humility and love for God. My own chosen field of creative expression is music. In traditional classical Indian music training, prayer and worship as well as meditation are important parts of the curriculum. Meditation in particular, because thru meditation one learns true silence. In order to know sound, one must know silence. Silence and sound are two sides of the same coin. The great Indian musician-saint, Tyagaraja, took this one step further. He boldly declared, “Music is not just a way to reach god. Music IS god”. In summary, then, in Hinduism, the source of ALL creative inspiration is divinity. Bringing the creative impulse into form is seen to be the result of opening  oneself up to a “dialogue with divinity”. It is for this reason that, even in the so called “secular” subjects, such as politics, economics, grammar, mathematics or astronomy, traditional Hindu texts open with a prayer to Ganesha, Saraswati and Guru. In India, there has never been a conflict between religion and secular scientific thought. The Hindu Seers boldly declared that the purpose of ALL artistic expression, as well as Scientific enquiry, is to glorify god. It is my belief that until not too long ago, people in Europe had the same idea. Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Bach and Beethoven, Gregor Mendel, Newton, Bacon, Descartes and Galileo were all men of deep faith. Post industrial revolution, however, god was slowly removed from the equation. The result is the secular wasteland that the modern world is. According to Indian Seers, WHATEVER we do in life, even plumbing or carpentry or law, will be of benefit to us and society IF we are doing it to glorify god. Conversely, WHATEVER we do in life, without dedicating it to god, will, in the long run, harm us and the world around us. An  example comes to mind. I read somewhere that most of modern Psychiatry is, as if, one takes the bible and evaporates God from it. What is the result? The Prime Minister of Australia declared a few years ago, that “we will have to put antidepressants in our water supply”. The number of people in the modern world who are on anti-depressants has reached epidemic proportions. In 2011, when I was teaching Music in U.S.A., there was a news item that caught my attention. There were more than five million prescriptions of “ADIROL”, a chemical to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, in a single month. The country had run out of supply of this chemical.
When I was thirteen years old, I had visited France and gone to De Louvre. When I looked at the Mona Lisa for the first time, I stood in Awe. The first thought that came to mind was, “What a fantastic mother Leonardo Da Vinci must have had”. My mind, steeped in Hindu values imbibed from my family and society in Kashi, wanted to honor and touch the feet of the mother of Leonardo Da Vinci! He had created in oil colors, but she had created in living flesh and blood! And what a beautiful, fantastic, creation. Her “dialogue with divinity” was to raise a god conscious child as a gift to the world. I feel that Human life is not worth living if, at least once in our lives, we don’t feel the creative impulse course thru our veins. By creating a personal “Dialogue with Divinity” we open ourselves up to the creative forces in the Universe. Our creative expression need not be restricted to the “standard” areas of classical arts or sciences. It can also be thru making peace at home and raising a god conscious child, or thru gardening, or thru planting trees. The possibilities are endless.

My own chosen form is to sing the poetry of the self realized saints of India. Hence, I will leave you with a song by Kabir, who lived in my hometown six hundred years ago. The song is about how our spirit feels restless in the material world. Here is a translation of the song:

I am a bird from a foreign land,
I do not belong to this land.
In this land, people are asleep, unconscious,
Each moment, a cosmic dissolution.
The land where I am from,
I could sing without a mouth, Fly without wings, walk without feet.
My meditation was formless,
And I was merged in the unstruck cosmic melody In the heart.
Sitting in the shade, I felt pervaded by fire, Sitting in the hot sun, I felt much coolness.
My Satguru, teacher of the Self, Was beyond heat and cold, beyond dualities, And I was one with him.
The land where I am from, My meditation was unbroken and continuous,
I never lost that state, oh lord! Where the mind and energy cannot reach,
I am from that land, oh brother saints..
My lord and master is formless, Yet he takes on names and all forms, Says Kabir, Listen, oh saints,
Within me, the whole Universe!


About the conference:-

From: http://www.beadsononestring.org/education/spain/

Spain has been chosen in order to reach into the memory of the time when Islam, Judaism and Christianity lived side by side and created one of the most profound cultural and spiritual moments in European history.

Dates: October 2013, arriving Friday 25.  leaving Tuesday 29.

Theme: The Creativity between Man and God
Creativity is inherent in all beings. Man’s creative response towards God is present in all spiritual traditions. 
We hope a dialogue will ensue between the speakers and participants, making time and space to listen, reflect and focus on the creativity which has come about through the intimate dialogue between devotees and God.

Amongst others the speakers are:

  • Rabbi Larry Tabick: Judaic Mysticism
  • Valerie Quinlivan: Catholic Tradition
  • Ignacio Bejar: Sufism
  • 
Krishna Shukla: Hindu Tradition
  • Stephan Schuhmacher: Zen Buddhism
  • Renate Moritz: Meher Baba teachings

This seminar is an experiment in creativity and Spain has been chosen in order to reach into the memory of the time when Islam, Judaism and Christianity lived side by side.
A one day pilgrimage will take place to Cordoba to visit the Jewish Quarter and the Mezquita, where mosque and Christian church intertwine.

Pilgrimage: A pilgrimage journey is planned on the last day, to visit the Mezquita in Cordoba, where mosque and the Christian church intertwine, followed by the only synagoge from 400 years ago, and finally Granada’s Alhambra, to experience the beauty of this ancient and unique building in Europe.

more at: http://www.krishnakantshukla.org/?p=540

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Poetry of the Saints & Sages of India

Dr. Krishnakant Shukla

Dr. Krishnakant Shukla

Poetry of the Saints & Sages of India

sung by

Dr. Krishnakant Shukla
(on tour from Varanasi, India)
with
Kerry Anne Jackson
(on Tambora)
on
Saturday, December 21, 04:00 p.m.
Venue: The Granary, 143 Mercer Street (next to El Ranchito Mexican restaurant), Berkeley Springs, WV 25411

While teaching physics and astronomy as an assistant professor in upstate New York,Dr. Krishna Kant Shukla decided to quit academics and follow his heart and soul deep into the fathomless waters of Indian classical music. Having studied with great maestros like Srimati Laxmi Shankar, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Dr. Tapan Bhattacharya, he returned to India in 1994 to explore the roots of Indian classical music in the great living oral folk traditions. His musical search lead him into remote villages in the Himalayan foothills, as well as difficult to reach places in the central plains. He has been particularly influenced by the songs of Kabir, Gorakhnath and other poet-saints, as sung by his mentor, the legendary Pandit Kumar Gandharva. Krishna also sings the compositions of Sufi poets and has been much influenced by the Chishti order of Sufism.

Krishna’s performances have been aired on National T.V. and radio in India. He is an empaneled artist with Indian Council of Cultural Relations, Government of India. Recently, he completed his term as a “Distinguished Visiting Professor” in music under the National Endowment for the Humanities at Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY. Here, he taught a course on “Devotional Music of North India”.Krishna has sung for Meher Baba’s disciples at Meherazad where according to resident Peter Booth,

 ”his performance was one of the most moving and powerful I have experienced in thirty years.”

We are indeed fortunate to welcome Krishna as our guest. A beautiful evening of music and bhajans with Dr. Krishna Kant Shukla, on tour from Varanasi, India. He shares the songs of Kabir and other poet-saints interlaced with classical Indian musical pieces. He also sings original songs and interactive Kirtan. Krishna Kant Shukla gave up his job as assistant professor of astronomy at an American college and returned to his native India to live his dream of singing bhajans (Indian devotional songs expressing love for the Divine). A distinguished lecturer with a Ph.D. in solid state physics now turned musician, his love for Varanasi, oldest living city in the world and holy city of India, and his passion for music

“combine to serve as his breath for survival”. “Time stands still in Varanasi” Dr. Kant Shukla has said and “music is in my blood,… singing makes me come alive”.

His bhajan performances at various cities in India have won him accolades. He has performed at the London Mela as a distinguished guest of the Mayor of London, but of more particular interest to Baba lovers is that Krishna has sung for Meher Baba’s old disciples at Meherazad, where, according to Meherabad resident Peter Booth,

 ”his performance was one of the most moving and powerful I have experienced in thirty years.”

More about KRISHNAKANT SHUKLA: While teaching Physics and Astronomy as an assistant professor in upstate New York, Dr. Shukla decided to quit academics and follow his heart and soul deep into the fathomless waters of Indian Classical Music. Having studied with great maestros like Srimati Laxmi Shankar, Ustaad Ali Akbar Khan, and Dr. Tapan Bhattacharya, he returned to India in 1994 to explore the roots of Indian Classical Music in the great living oral folk traditions. His musical search led him into remote villages in the Himalayan foothills, as well as far flung and difficult to reach dwellings in the central plains. He has been particularly influenced by the songs of Kabir, Gorakhnath, and other nirguna bhakti poet-saints—songs that have been sung as part of a living oral tradition that is over six hundred years old. Dr. Shukla’s repertoire includes compositions of Tyagaraja, Tulsidas, Surdas, Meera, Tukaram, Purandardas and other poet-saints of India, as well as the musical compositions of Sufi saints. He has also been researching, recording and performing the folk songs of rural northern India, which, according to him, is an art form of unparalleled beauty which is fast becoming extinct. Dr. Shukla has performed widely in India and has recently toured the U.S. . He has been recognized as a singer of devotional music by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, an agency of the central government that supports artists to represent India culture abroad. More details are there on the website: www.krishnakantshukla.org Also, please RSVP to the event if possible.

Location: The Granary, 143 Mercer Street (next to El Ranchito Mexican restaurant), Berkeley Springs, WV 25411

For further information & Directions, you can call Krishna 304 620 6925 or Kerry 240 426 1364

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Spain Seminar & Pilgrimage

From: http://www.beadsononestring.org/education/spain/

Spain has been chosen in order to reach into the memory of the time when Islam, Judaism and Christianity lived side by side and created one of the most profound cultural and spiritual moments in European history.

Dates: October 2013, arriving Friday 25.  leaving Tuesday 29.

Theme: The Creativity between Man and God
Creativity is inherent in all beings. Man’s creative response towards God is present in all spiritual traditions. 
We hope a dialogue will ensue between the speakers and participants, making time and space to listen, reflect and focus on the creativity which has come about through the intimate dialogue between devotees and God.

Amongst others the speakers are:

  • Rabbi Larry Tabick: Judaic Mysticism
  • Valerie Quinlivan: Catholic Tradition
  • Ignacio Bejar: Sufism
  • 
Krishna Shukla: Hindu Tradition
  • Stephan Schuhmacher: Zen Buddhism
  • Renate Moritz: Meher Baba teachings

This seminar is an experiment in creativity and Spain has been chosen in order to reach into the memory of the time when Islam, Judaism and Christianity lived side by side.
A one day pilgrimage will take place to Cordoba to visit the Jewish Quarter and the Mezquita, where mosque and Christian church intertwine.

Pilgrimage:
A pilgrimage journey is planned on the last day, to visit the Mezquita in Cordoba, where mosque and the Christian church intertwine, followed by the only synagoge from 400 years ago, and finally Granada’s Alhambra, to experience the beauty of this ancient and unique building in Europe.

Accommodation:

Hotel Molino de Santillan, in the hills, close to Malaga and Malaga airport.
www.molinodesantillan.es

Costs for Pilgrimage/Seminar IS £285.00:
This is to include accommodation for 4 nights B & B plus dinner Friday evening and lunch and dinner Saturday and Sunday.

  • The Pilgrimage day on Monday includes a packed lunch but not the evening meal.
  • Transport costs are included in the price for the Pilgrimage Day.
  • £140.00 deposit by cheque or Pay-Pal required to reserve a place and the rest to be paid by 28th September, please.
  • There will be transport arranged from and to the hotel from the airport but this will be dependent on your time of arrival.
  • Car hire at airport can be arranged privately and info on public transport will be
  • included on information sheet available, when you have registered.

Please book early as places are limited.
For more information, questions or to receive a registration form with details for booking and payment please contact us -
Jane Hoskin:  jane@hoskin410.freeserve.co.uk Tel-01453 767630
Jan Baker bakerjan@hotmail.co.uk Tel-01727 868368
For the US please contact Marnie Frank marniefrank1@me.com cell 503-887-5924

Day Visitors

There is space for a limited number of day visitors.
Please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to come.
There will be a charge of 30 Euros a day. This will include coffee and lunch but not dinner. If you wish to stay for the evening meal, the cost is 16.50 euros for 3 courses. 
If you would like to join us for the pilgrimage to Cordoba and Granada on Monday we may have to ask you to make your own travel arrangements as the coach has a capacity for 55 people and so will depend on how many people signup for the whole residential stay-if there are spare places we will let you know nearer the time.

To register visit the Online Registration Form

 

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Dr. Shukla, Distinguished Visiting Professor, Deptt. of Music and Religion, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY


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The Medieval Indian Music Ensemble

 
FIRST SUNDAY CONCERT

THE MEDIEVAL INDIAN MUSIC ENSEMBLE

December 4, 2011, 2:00 pm

TheRenaissanceCenter*

650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst,MA01002, 413-577-3600,  www.umass.edu/renaissance

The Program:

Mr. Greig will present a short talk on the topic of Indian music in the 16th c. Following this introductory discussion, J. Andrew will play the Tambur. Mr. Row will then demonstrate some courtly music on the Rudra Vina, with J. Andres accompanying on the drone Tambur and the frame drum Daf. Krishna Kant Shukla will sing several songs from the period. Accompanying him will be drone Tambur, Daf, and various other musical implements. Indian music is improvised. And, as old as it is, it is always new!

The Musicians:

J. Andrew Greig started learning North Indian music on the Sitar in 1966 in New York  City.  He holds a M.A. in South Asian studies from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies, and a Ph.D. in South Asian history at UCLA.  Both focused on music; his pioneering dissertation examined music in the 16th century, using Persian, Sanskrit, and iconographic sources.  He has studied Sitar with Ustad Imrat Khan, and Rudra Vina with Ustad Asad Ali Khan, who was the last exponent of the Khandarbani Dhrupad tradition.  Sandy will be playing a variety of instruments representing Central Asian performance traditions, some of which he imbibed as a career cultural attaché in the U.S. Foreign Service.  He is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Renaissance Center, working on a book on 16th Century music from northernIndia, and co-founder of the Medieval Indian Music Ensemble.

Peter Row, performer on Sitar and Rudra Vina, is a member of the faculty of New England Conservatory in Boston, where he teaches Indian music.  He also served as Dean (1983-1990) and Provost (1990-1996 and 2000-2004) in that premier institution.  Peter studied Sitar and Rudra Vina in Kolkata, India (1965-1973) with Pandit Gokul Nag of the Vishnupur Gharana and obtained the Bachelor of Music, Master of Music and Doctor of Music (Sangitacharya), from the Prayag Sangit Samiti in Allahabad, India.  Peter has performed in concert throughout North America and India and has made numerous radio and television appearances. A former president of the Northeast Chapter of the Society of Ethnomusicology, he is widely published and has lectured about Indian music across the U.S. He was the recipient of a JDR Fund Fellowship for doctoral studies in India. Peter is joined this afternoon by his son, Andrew.  He is co-founder of the Medieval Indian Music Ensemble.

Krishna Kant Shukla, MIME’s guest artist, is a renaissance man; having studied in India and U.K, he obtained a M.S. and Ph.D. at the SUNY Buffalo in solid state physics.  He then left academics to follow his heart and return to India to explore India’s living oral folk musical traditions, especially devotional music.  He counts Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Pandit Kumar Gandharva as his most important musical mentors.  His travels have taken him into remote villages from the Himalayan foothills to far-flung settlements in the central plains.  He is particularly moved by the songs of Kabir, the quattrocento poet-saint. and those in the much older lineage of Gorakhnath.  Krishna Shukla has performed to acclaim in India and the U.S.  He is an empanelled artist with the Indian Council of Cultural Relations, the India’s national cultural service.  The Medieval Indian Music Ensemble is fortunate to have him appear with them at this event.

* The Center is a facility of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Julie Hayes, Dean.
Location: The Renaissance Center,650 East Pleasant Street,Amherst, MA 01002, www.umass.edu/renaissance
For queries please call  413-577-3600

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Poetry of the Saints & Sages of India



Dr. Krishnakant Shukla

Dr. Krishnakant Shukla

Poetry of the Saints & Sages of India

sung by

Dr. Krishnakant Shukla
on tour from Varanasi, India
Saturday, November 19, 08:45 p.m.
Venue: Ananda Ashram,Yoga Society of New York, Inc.,13 Sapphire Road,Monroe NY 10950
For further info & Directions/map of the Center please visit Ananda Aashram Website or call them on (845-782-5575)


A beautiful evening of music and bhajans with Dr. Krishna Kant Shukla, on tour from Varanasi, India. He shares the songs of Kabir and other poet-saints interlaced with classical Indian musical pieces. He also sings original songs and interactive Kirtan.
Krishna Kant Shukla gave up his job as assistant professor of astronomy at an American college and returned to his native India to live his dream of singing bhajans (Indian devotional songs expressing love for the Divine). A distinguished lecturer with a Ph.D. in solid state physics now turned musician, his love for Varanasi, oldest living city in the world and holy city of India, and his passion for music “combine to serve as his breath for survival”. “Time stands still in Varanasi” Dr. Kant Shukla has said
and “music is in my blood,… singing makes me come alive”. His bhajan performances at various cities in India have won him accolades. He has performed at the London Mela as a distinguished guest of the Mayor of London, but of more particular interest to Baba lovers is that Krishna has sung for Meher Baba’s old disciples at Meherazad, where, according to Meherabad resident Peter Booth, his “performance was one of the most moving and powerful I have experienced in thirty years.”
More about KRISHNAKANT SHUKLA: While teaching Physics and Astronomy as an assistant professor in upstate New York, Dr. Shukla decided to quit academics and follow his heart and soul deep into the fathomless waters of Indian Classical Music. Having studied with great maestros like Srimati Laxmi Shankar, Ustaad Ali Akbar Khan, and Dr. Tapan Bhattacharya, he returned to India in 1994 to explore the roots of Indian Classical Music in the great living oral folk traditions. His musical search led him into remote villages in the Himalayan foothills, as well as far flung and difficult to reach dwellings in the central plains. He has been particularly influenced by the songs of Kabir, Gorakhnath, and other nirguna bhakti poet-saints—songs that have been sung as part of a living oral tradition that is over six hundred years old.
Dr. Shukla’s repertoire includes compositions of Tyagaraja, Tulsidas, Surdas, Meera, Tukaram, Purandardas and other poet-saints of India, as well as the musical compositions of Sufi saints. He has also been researching, recording and performing the folk songs of rural northern India, which, according to him, is an art form of unparalleled beauty which is fast becoming extinct.
Dr. Shukla has performed widely in India and has recently toured the U.S. . He has been recognized as a singer of devotional music by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, an agency of the central government that supports artists to represent India culture abroad. More details are there on the website: www.krishnakantshukla.org
Also, please RSVP to the event if possible.
Location: Ananda Ashram,Yoga Society of New York, Inc.,13 Sapphire Road,Monroe NY 10950
For questions please call  845.782.5575 or email @: ananda@anandaashram.org
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Devotional Music & Poetry of India: Songs of the Saint-Poets



Dr. Krishnakant Shukla

Dr. Krishnakant Shukla

Devotional Music & Poetry of India: Songs of the Saint-Poets

sung by

Dr. Krishnakant Shukla
on tour from Varanasi, India
Saturday, August 27, 03:00 p.m.
Venue: Avatar Meher Baba Center, 4356 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60641
For further info & Directions/map of the Center please visit www.ambcc.net or call Fereshteh (630-207-9461)

(Free & Open to the Public)


We are very happy to announce Dr Krishna Kant, a renowned Indian musician’s unexpected but welcome visit to Chicago this Saturday, August 27th.  We are trying to arrange for a concert at the Center during our Celebrating the Divine program from 3:00 to 5:00 pm and what a better way to celebrate Mandali Month than to listen to the heart songs of Kabir to the Beloved. We will have an intimate gathering with him and his guitar, playing love songs to the Divine Beloved…
Dr. Krishna Shukla, a Baba Lover who has spent much time at Meherabad, sings bhajans that will melt your heart. He especially loves the songs of Kabir, one of Baba’s favorites. Krishna Kant Shukla gave up his job as assistant professor of astronomy at an American college and returned to his native India to live his dream of singing bhajans (Indian devotional songs expressing love for the Divine). A distinguished lecturer with a Ph.D. in solid state physics now turned musician, his love for Varanasi, oldest living city in the world and holy city of India, and his passion for music “combine to serve as his breath for survival”. “Time stands still in Varanasi” Dr. Kant Shukla has said and “music is in my blood,… singing makes me come alive”. His bhajan performances at various cities in India have won him accolades. He has performed at the London Mela as a distinguished guest of the Mayor of London, but of more particular interest to Baba lovers is that Krishna has sung for Meher Baba’s old disciples at Meherazad, where, according to Meherabad resident Peter Booth, his “performance was one of the most moving and powerful I have experienced in thirty years.”
More details  are there on the website www.krishnakantshukla.com
Also, please RSVP to the event if possible.
Location: Avatar Meher Baba Center, 4356 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60641
For questions please call 630-207.9461 or email @: meherazad@gmail.com
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Classical Indian Musical Concert with Dr Krishna Kant Shukla from India

Classical Indian Musical Concert with Dr Krishna Kant Shukla from India

sung by

Dr. Krishnakant Shukla
(on tour from Varanasi, India)
Monday, August 22, 07:00 p.m.

Venue: Eternal Eden Healing Center, 10750 W. 66th Ave. Arvada, CO 80004
(Free & Open to the Public)

Come enjoy a beautiful evening of music, poetry and Kirtan with Dr. Krishna Kant Shulka from India. I saw him perform a number of times in Maui and his music is wonderful. He shares the poetry of Kabir interlaced with classical Indian musical pieces. He also has original songs and plays interactive Kirtan.
Here are some links to videos
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQyA5bTPvYw
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2711913218003937168#
.. more about him on his website: www.krishnakantshukla.com
We are also looking for a tabla player and someone who would like to play his tambura. Please contact me at  or  if you are interested.
Also, please RSVP to the event if possible.
Location: Eternal Eden Healing Center, Arvada, CO
10750 W. 66th Ave. Arvada, CO 80004
For questions please call 303-588-2963 or email @: linda.l.green1@gmail.com
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