This CD, " Live Kirtan", was made in India in response to many requests from friends, who urged Ma to record some of her music. Some of the chants were recorded and mixed in Dehra Dun; others in New Delhi, and the project was made possible in large part by the support and loving kindness of Krishna Das, who connected with Ma on one of his trips to India several years ago.
Krishna Das, who is well known for popularizing kirtan in the West, was so moved by the beauty of Ma's chanting and the depth and passion of her devotion that he invited her to come to the US and tour with him. During the spring and summer of 2002, Ma spent time in Woodstock and New York City, did some touring with KD, and came out to the Pacific Northwest, eventually returning to New York, where she recorded a second CD, "Ram Bhaav Re" before leaving for India. She returned to North America the following year, touring through Toronto, New York, California, and Oregon, where she was received with love and gratitude by people hungry for the fire of her spiritual passion and devotion to God. As one of her devotees here in the West says, "Ma must be seen to be believed, a combination of raw power and deep silence produces a profound mood in the participant. Her kirtans always take you to the deepest places."
"Live Kirtan", blessed with Ma's distinctive style, which incorporates subtle syncopation within the rhythmic structure, dynamic and powerful compositions, a mastership of the harmonium and a voice that proves that power and humility are not mutually exclusive, goes a long way towards bringing us in touch with the Divine, that deepest place within each of us. It really opens the heart like only Ma can do so well!
As she says of her chanting, "There is nothing I would rather do than sit and chant the name of Ram. It fills me with peace and wisdom. May you also be filled in the same way while chanting the name of Ram."
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1. Om Maa Gange Saada Rakshatu
2. Devi Maata kirtan
3. Jaya Shiv Shankar
4. Govinda Krishna Vasudev
5. Jaya Radhe Preeya Preeya
6. Hare Krishna Hare Rama mantra