Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda’s music is a glimmering reflection of what is possible in the realms of transcendental love. They sing and play music that initiates deep healing and opens the heart to divine joy, sharing the grace they have been given through their partnership. Alternating guitar, harmonium, bass, tabla and vocal weaving, they create a magic together that sets the stage for the Devas and Devis to dance upon. Offering a combination of kirtan (call and response singing) mantra repetition, bhajan and original songs, they mix English, Sanskrit and Gurumukhi as a bridge for all those who have been mysteriously called to Yoga and teachings from India.
About Jaya Lakshmi:
Inspired by the deep devotional mood of Indian singing and music, Jaya Lakshmi began leading kirtan with harmonium and 12 string guitar and writing her own devotional songs in the early 1990's on the island of Hawaii, shortly after receiving harinam initiation from Srila Govinda Maharaj, a great Vaisnava saint from West Bengal, India, who graciously bestowed on her the name "Jaya Lakshmi", which means "victory to the goddess Lakshmi", the Hindu goddess of fortune and spiritual wealth.
She has since created 4 solo albums on Sequoia Records and recently released the double disc album 'Live at the Altar of Love' in June 2011. She is also known as the lead singer and songwriter for the techno-tribal group 'Lost at Last' that toured the US West and produced 3 albums during the years of 1997-2004. She continues to explore the format of mixing of electronica and sacred chant ('kirtronica') through composing and performing with Ableton LIVE.
Her ecstatic singing and kirtan leading, often accompanied by other talented artists, has had a powerful effect amongst various communities in the islands of Hawaii, the West Coast, and Europe, always creating a deep sense of intimacy with the divine. She has a unique style that blends beauty, power and purity to create a truly transcendental sound driven by her deep connection with spirit. A gifted songwriter, she weaves English, Sanskrit, and prayers of other spiritual traditions with musical influences from India, indigenous trance, Celtic, psychedelic and folk rock.
Since coming together with Ananda in November 2010, she has been steadily involved in their collaboration of sacred music projects and special events including recording, touring, retreats and teaching yoga together.
She is the mother of two beautiful daughters, a student of Anusara and kundalini yoga, and the Special Events Representative at Luna & Larry's Coconut Bliss, currently based in Eugene, Oregon. Visit her website: www.jayalakshmi.net
Ananda is a musician, who like many have been inspired by the Indian influences of Yoga and Bhakti. His own path took him deeply into the ancient teachings of Yoga, especially Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. His music has a unique blissful energy current supported by Mantras with roots in Sanskrit and Gurmukhi, the Sikh holy language.
With his musical influences from people and groups like Snatam Kaur, Shimshai, the Beatles and Bob Marley, one can't help but feel the sincere connection he has made with his soul and how it touches the listeners. It is music aimed to bridge Eastern and Western paths so that they merge at the only place they can, infinite love. His music is for healing, joy, bliss, communion, yoga, love, and ultimately the experience of the divine within each of us.
About "Live at the Altar of Love":
These albums are a collaboration of music that represent some of their deepest, most intimate connection with the transcendental love and beauty of the divine. They represent their soul's journey and personal longing for the Divine. They are routinely in their daily practice for merging with Ananda (Bliss of the Divine). The two of them collaborated on each others albums along with their fantastic band to create these bhakti-filled magical albums.
The intention for making these albums was to share with all beings a very intimate way of merging with the divine. Music that would be healing, meditative, heartfelt and timeless. They mix English, Sanskrit and Gurmuki as a bridge for all those who have mysteriously been called to Yoga or teachings from India. The English connects our hearts and the ancient languages align our frequency.
"Our prayer is that this music will be a gem that lights your way on this path towards light, love and truth.
With the utmost love and gratitude, we present this triumph of work and share with you the deepest parts of our souls."
Namaste (I see the divine in you and that reflection within myself) and Sat Nam (True Nature),
Your donations are such a blessing to our artistic heart endeavors!! If you are so inspired, please feel free to donate more. We are already working on our next album and your contributions will help us greatly. Any donation over $20 and you will be the first to receive our next CD. Thank you so much.
$11.11-Shanti (Peace) Donation
$15.15-Prema (Love) Donation
$21.21-Shakti (Divine Feminine Creative Power)Donation
$31.31-Deva/Devi (God/Goddess) Donation
$41.41-Raj (Royal) Donation
$51.51-Maha (Grand/Infinite) Donation
$108-Maha Raj (Infinitely Royal) Donation!!
For more info about albums, check out www.JayaLakshmiAndAnanda.com
"The beautiful Kirtan of Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda reflects years of devotional practice, a passion for Mantra and music, and a deep love for each other." Jai Uttal
"From the heart-opening strains of their sumptuous traditional kirtan to the wild blend of contemporary rhythms and sounds they call Kirtronica, Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda's divine harmonies will keep you riding waves of devotion from the meditation hall to the dance floor, and most everyplace in between. " Janet Stone