With a tuft of matted dread-locks erupting from his otherwise shaven head, a sculpted goatee, and a host of piercings and tattoos, you expect Madhava to be a punk rocker — that is until the moment he closes his eyes, opens his mouth, and begins to sing. Before he completes one line, the sweetness captures your mind. And by the time you are repeating the refrain, you are his—hook, line, and sinker. If you had any plans for the next few hours go ahead and cancel them, and instead make yourself an appointment with the ecstatic chanting of sacred mantras.
Welcome to kirtan, Madhava-style.
A native of Mauritius, Madhava moved to Vrindavan at the age of 18. There, he spent every day of the next seven years participating in kirtan with the Krishna Balarama 24 Hour Kirtan Mandali, under the direction of legendary Hare Krishna chanter Aindra Dasa. Now married and living in Switzerland, Madhava leads an eclectic group of devotee musicians called the Gaura Prema Bhajan Band.
See for yourself why his previous visit was the biggest single event ever held at Qi.
She now helps to run ‘Kirtan London’, a project which aims to make sacred mantra music accessible and relevant to a wider audience, including schools, mental health institutions and outdoor events.
Saturday 8th Apr 2017
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Qi Freshwater Studio
“Madhava’s kirtan is one of the most transcendent kirtan experiences I’ve ever had. He sings with so much heart and dedication that every one who is present is effortlessly transported to another universe on waves of his chanting. His melodies are rich and inviting, his voice is honest and true, and he always surrounds himself with beautiful musicians and artists – all part of his artful way of revealing a doorway to the divine world through sacred chant. Madhava is a treasure to hear and to join with in kirtan. I pray that I’ll be chanting with him for many years to come, basking in the warm glow of the names of the divine.”
“Madhava is a powerful and inspirational devotional singer and master of mantra singing. His music and melodies bring ecstacy to our singing and dancing, bathing us in happiness as we respond to his illuminating voice.”
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