A wonderful addition to this year’s Confluence was having Naren from Sangita Yoga perform on Saturday night.
Naren and his partners, notably Hansel on the tabla, bring an honest, traditional approach to their music. They emphasize the sacredness, and its long history, and how the music flows through our own understanding and inner workings.
His description on Saturday of kirtan’s being full of simple words so the audience can lose themselves in the devotion was the clearest, and really most beautiful, way of describing this bhakti practice that I’ve encountered. (I tend to want things more difficult. But here’s a time when simple is best.)
Below is just a taste, which doesn’t do them justice. This is from a song to Saraswati, which they always sing:
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