Kirtan Shakti Project is a creative collaboration aimed at empowering and educating underprivileged girls in India. Launched in 2014, under the nonprofit Kulimela Association, the project was initiated by a tightknit group of friends. Together they recruited a team of international Kirtan singers and crowdfunded an album to raise funds for Food For Life Vrindavan. The campaign took off with supporters quick to lend support and by Summer the first album went into production.
Bhakti Without Borders
Produced by Dave Stringer, and featuring singers and musicians from around the world, the record is both musical allegory and mechanism for change. Truly a by-the-people-for-the-people brand, Kirtan Shakti Project hopes to support charity organizations through conscious music for years to come.
Bhakti Without Borders blends melodies from the East Indian Bhakti tradition with the folk, bluegrass and country elements of traditional American and Irish music. The result is a sound that is both fresh and familiar.
Kirtan is the sacred tradition of sharing music with friends and strangers as a way of connecting with The Divine. Recently, the practice has emerged as the hot new sub-genre of Yoga music, spilling from studios and music festivals onto radio stations and podcasts, climbing charts and courting Grammys. Most world religions have some form of sacred music tradition, be it Gregorian chant or Gospel; Klezmer or Qawwali; Buddhist hymns or Hindu Bhajans. Across time, each music tradition has evolved and blossomed. Now (thanks to modern globalization), we can enjoy Kirtan music influenced by Hip-Hop, Dubstep, Rock, Jazz and Country, all blending together in a beautiful fusion of Bhakti Without Borders.
Food for Life
Food for Life Vrindavan is a humanitarian aid organization working in the poorest villages surrounding Vrindavan. Its schools provide education for 1,500 children, most of whom are female. As a result of local cultural biases, girls receive less food, education and medical care than their male counterparts. Without support, these minors would need to start working to support their families before being married off at an early age. For more information please visit: Food for Life.