Gaura Vani & As Kindred Spirits

Gaura Vani & As Kindred Spirits

 Washington, D.C., Washington, D.C., USA

Discover the uplifting world-music of Gaura Vani & As Kindred Spirits. Rhythms and melodies of East and West combine to create a sound that is both cutting-edge and inspired.


These young, multi-cultural musicians blend western harmonies and lush instrumental layers with ethnic rhythms and hypnotic grooves. From grassroots get-togethers in yoga studios to rocking the main stage for festival crowds of tens of thousands, from NPR to CBS to Lollapalooza to the Obama Inauguration’s Chant4Change, Gaura Vani & As Kindred Spirits move people to sing, dance, and be transformed.

“Gaura Vani combines sitars and chants with rock for a genre-defying musical mix…The result is a hybrid of ancient Indian sacred music and modern Western styles. Sitars, mridanga drums, and chanted vocals meld smoothly with guitars and the occasional hip-hop vocal flow, all with clearly defined verses and choruses and a focus on melody not usually found in traditional Indian music.” – The Boston Globe

”This second offering from ground-breaking group ‘Gaura Vani & As Kindred Spirits’ presents world music as you've never heard it before. Their first album 'Nectar of Devotion' has attained the status of 'cult classic' in yoga circles around the globe, but 'Ten Million Moons' sees the kirtan-masters follow a clear progression on their past work to generate something joyfully modern. “ – Verve Magazine (UK)

“Gaura Vani & As Kindred Spirits are simply the most wonderful kirtan band in the Western world. Listen, sing, and be transported.” -Jai Uttal

“Gaura Vani and Kindred Spirits is bringing the ecstatic kirtan traditions of Bhakti yoga to America with full loving force. From Burning Man, to yoga studios, to chanting for change in Washington DC, Gaura Vani is a sacred activist and artist leading the way. Recommended with all my heart.” -Shiva Rea

“…Some of the most talented musicians you will ever hear in America. This is music to awaken wild longing in the soul—this is soul music—authentically rocking. Incredible musicianship, rapturous vocals, mystical soundscapes, hand clapping, cymbals smashing; this is rhythm, blues, gospel...”- Sharon Gannon (Co-Founder Jivamukti Yoga)

“This is Trancendental music at its best. Brings us to the Doorstep of the Divine!” – MC Yogi

“Chanting with Gaura Vani & As Kindred Spirits is incredibly thrilling. The ecstasy is highly contagious. Simultaneously wild and serene, it is an amazing flavor combination.” – Dave Stringer


My Body is a Temple (Krishna Murari)

Written By: Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur

Language: Bengali

krishna murari krishna murari
krishna murari sri krishna murari

mama mana mandire, mandire, mandire
mama mana mandire

mama mana mandire raha nisi din
krishna murari, sri krishna murari

bhakti priti mala chandan
tumi nio he nio cita-nandan

jivana marana tova puja nivedan
sundara he mana-hari

eso nanda-kumara ar nanda-kumar
habe prema-pradipe aroti tomar

nayana jamuna jare anibar
tomara virahe giridhari

(Radhe! Radhe Govinda!)


From morning until night, live in my heart, your temple, O Krishna Murari!

Takes these gifts: flower garlands, sandalwood—my love, my devotion. Accept them, O Delight of My Heart.

In life or in death I worship You with these offerings, Beautiful One, O Enchanter of the Heart!

Come, Son of Nanda, with the light of my love, I will offer You arati. Without You, the Yamuna river cascades from my eyes, O holder of Govardhana Hill!

I want to pass my life absorbed in Your song, in Your Praise, O Krsna Murari, Sri Krsna Murari!

Moods of Kirtan

Written By: Sri Chaitanya

Language: Sanskrit

ceto darpana marjanam bhava maha davagni nirvapanam
sreyah kairava candrika vitaranam vidya vadhu jivanam
anandambudhi-vardhanam prati padam purnamrtasvadanam
sarvatma snapanam sarvatma snapanam

param vijayate sri krsna sankirtanam

namnam akari bahudha nija sarva saktis
tatrarpita niyamitah smarane na kalah
etadrsi tava krpa bhagavan mamapi
durdaivam idrsam ihajani nanuragah

trnad api sunicena
taror api sahisnuna
amanina manadena
kirtaniyah sada harih

Hare Krsna Hare Krsna
Krsna Krsna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare


Glory to the Sri-Krsna-Sankirtana, which cleanses years of dust from the heart and extinguishes the fire of material life, of repeated birth and death. It spreads the rays of the moon and is the life of all knowledge. It increases the ocean of bliss, and enables us to taste the nectar we are anxious for.

O my Lord, Your holy name alone can render every gift to all living beings. That is why You have hundreds and millions of names, like Krsna and Govinda. You have invested Your transcendental energies in these names and there are no rules for chanting them. O my Lord, out of kindness, You enable us to approach you through these names.

But I am so unfortunate that I have no attraction for them.

Humbly chant the holy name of the Lord. Think yourself lower than the straw in the street, more tolerant than a tree, devoid of all sense of false prestige. Be ready to offer all respect to others. In such a state of mind, chant the holy name of the Lord constantly.

Mira's Song (Mharo Pranam)

Written By: Mira Bhai

Language: Hindi

mharo pranama bhanke bihari ji
mharo pranama

mora mukuta mathe tilaka biraje
kundala alaka kariko

adhara madhura kara bamsi bajavai
rijha rijhau radhapyariko mharo pranama

yaha chhabi dekha magana bhai mira
mohana giravaradhariji


My respects to Banke Bihari, Who has a crown of peacock-feathers, a tilaka mark on the forehead and locks of hair hanging over his earring hoops.

My respects to Mohana, Who puts a flute to beautiful lips and plays, Who playfully entices His dear Radha.

This image captivates Mira—this image of Mohana, Who lifted Govardhana Mountain.

Sleeping Soul

Written By: Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur

by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur
Language: Bengali/English

Wake up! Time to wake up.
Come on now, wake up. Wake up, sleeping soul.

jiv jago, jiv jago, gauracanda bole
kota nidra jao maya pisacira kole

bhajibo boliya ese samsara- bhitare
bhuliya rohile tumi avidyara bhare

Now, you know you can’t sleep forever.
Shake off that darkness.
Rise and greet the morning light.
Wake up, sleeping soul!

tomare loite ami hoinu avatara
ami bina bandhu ara ke ache tomara

Can you hear me calling?
We’ve been sleeping too long in illusion, I said, illusion.
Oh no, no!

enechi ausadhi maya nasibaro lagi
hari nama maha mantra lao tumi magi

I see the golden sun. I see the golden sun.
(I see it rising)

bhaktivinoda prabhu carane pariya
sei hari nama mantra loilo magiya


Written By: Gaura Vani

Twenty-five years of doing it my way, has brought me here.
The road behind me is littered with the ruins,
Decisions made in fear.
“But don’t be afraid,”
The Lord has so sweetly said,
And depending on his word,
I will surrender, surrender, surrender, surrender
(da da da da da da…)

My habitual desire to control, I now abandon.
And from my schemes so carefully conceived,
I release everyone.
And in humility,
Set you free from me.
My playing God is over.
Now I surrender, surrender, surrender, surrender
(da da da da da da…)

I pray to be a bow, upon my life, affix an arrow,
A dazzling weapon of Your will.
Like the poet says, “Let that string that sings be mine.”
And as a simple tool of your design.
Remember, remember
Pretender, pretender
Surrender, surrender


Ten Million Moons - 2009 On Mantralogy, Distro by Warner Brothers ADA
Nectar of Devotion - 1998

Mantralogy is a venture by Equal Vision Records (home to such acts as Coheed And Cambria) and film/music producers Gaura Vani and Rasa Acharya that brings together the edgy punk rock attitude and underground ethos with the ancient uplifting philosophies and culture of conscious living and music.

Set List

Enough original and traditional material for 3 hours of performance time.