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Das, Krishna

Breath of the Heart - Songbook

Stories and songsheets for all the songs on Krishna Das' popular kirtan album "Breath of the Heart", published in 2001. Songsheets are given in Western staff notation as well as in Indian sargam.

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The following six songs from "Breath of the Heart" are featured: Baba Hanuman, Kainchi Hare Krishna, Ma Durga, Kashi Vishwanath Gange, Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya, Vrindavan Hare Ram. Each chapter is illustrated with rare photos from Krishna Das's time in India with Neem Karoli Baba, and exclusive behind-the-music stories from Krishna Das, illuminating how the songs were composed, what the mantras mean, and lots more. The book is compiled and edited by Daniel Tucker, an American kirtan musician and harmonium teacher from the next generation. The songsheets are adorned with beautiful original deity artwork by Jennifer Mazzucco.

35 pages, six songs, numerous illustrations and photos

Kirtan, chanting holy names of Indian gods in call and response between lead singer and group, is one of the central practices of Bhakti Yoga. American Krishna Das, born in 1947, is one of the most important pioneers of kirtan in the west and today one of the most popular kirtan singers worldwide. He was a disciple of Neem Karoli Baba in the 1970s and worked closely with Ram Dass, Neem Karoli Baba's other well-known American student. His first CD was published in 1996 and was followed by about a dozen more albums, two books and a documentary about his life. In his music, Krishna Das combines ancient Indian kirtan melodies and Indian instruments such as the harmonium and tabla with Western musical concepts such as chord accompaniment and underlying bass voice. Thus he is able to inspire people in East and West alike.