I was born into a family of Krishna devotees in England, and raised in the Bhaktivedanta Manor community near London. From birth I was exposed to kirtan, call and response singing of sacred names – like many others in my community, it was the soundtrack to my life. As I grew, I was exposed to everything from the Celtic music of my Dad’s family to the Klezmer and American folk of my mothers’. I also began to listen to classical Indian music, particularly Carnatic – from the South. Listening, I felt deep recognition, as if remembering something I was already familiar with. I began to study Western classical violin, as well as developing keen interests in dance, writing and visual arts.
I graduated from Middlesex University in 2009 with a degree in Language and Creative Writing. I had no idea what to do next! Fate had it that whilst travelling with ‘Krishna Culture Festival Tour’, I met Gaura Vani and the As Kindred Spirits crew, who all became dear friends and collaborators. We’ve been touring together ever since – from Mumbai to Sydney, New York to Cape Town!
The greatest blessing is to share my abilities with everyone I meet along the way. The wonderful secret of practising art with bhakti is that when there is an attempt to create for more than my own pleasure, to write, dance, paint, and sing as an offering – then true art can flower.
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