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Sruti Ram & Ishwari

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Sruti Ram & Ishwari sing high energy, heart opening kirtan. It is both ancient and modern, with a spirit of joy that is pulsating and contagious. Sruti Ram plays the harmonium and kartals of traditional Indian kirtan, Ishwari plays acoustic guitar. They interweave harmonies through Indian ragas to create a haunting, hypnotic effect. Together with their backup musicians, which include tabla and djembe, cello and bansuri flute, they carry the audience on a musical journey into their hearts in the ancient tradition of bhakti (devotional) yoga.

Sruti Ram & Ishwari exploded out of Woodstock last fall with their CD, Fire of Devotion, and an appearance at Omega Institute’s Ecstatic Chant weekend. Stephan Rechtschaffen, Omega’s co-founder, said, “Sruti Ram and Ishwari have created a CD of kirtan and sound that delivers a profound experience for the listener. Their performance at Omega’s Ecstatic Chant created a feeling of spirit that moved all who participated. This CD offers the authentic experience of bhajan.”

Sruti Ram & Ishwari’s CD release in November 2007 drew the enthusiasm and support of a thriving Woodstock kirtan community nurtured by Sruti Ram for 35 years. He traversed the U.S. with Ram Dass over a 30-year period as meditation master and pujari. Sruti Ram has sung kirtan as his personal practice and in temples across India. Sruti Ram met Ishwari in 2004 at a kirtan event. Ishwari had been writing, singing and performing her own music for 30 years. Singing together, they recognized a powerful compatibility in their styles. Sruti Ram says, “It’s like fusion, our energies together are more than the two of us apart.”

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