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Haribol !

Sorry you haven't heard from us in a while. After finishing last year touring South Africa, India and the last two months in Australia, we were ready for a chance to sit down with a nice cup of tea! Just kidding - well, we are brewing something, more interesting than a hot drink though.

All members of As Kindred Spirits have returned to their respective homes for now, spread across the globe. In the coming months we will be doing a bit less travelling while we develop our next projects, including new albums and a fresh look at the way we offer our kirtan to you. There are still several dates you can catch more kirtan: don't miss the 2011 Spring Ecstatic Chant at the Omega Institute - always one of our highlights for the year, and catch a whole weekend of immersive kirtan and storytelling at Gaura and Gopi's Bhakti Immersion Retreat.

Happy Birthday to Shri Rama!

Today is Ramanavami, the festival commemorating Shri Rama's appearance in this world. All over the world, devotees hold grand celebrations in his honour. For chanters, it's an extra special day to join in some kirtan. The name of 'Rama' meaning 'ocean of all pleasure' is one of the most ancient and famous names for the Divine, chanted by billions of people worldwide. As we join in celebrating this day, we thought we'd share a live kirtan with you from our tour in South Africa last year. This track 'Shri Ramachandra Kripalu Bhajamana' is a famous song about the beautiful qualities and attributes of Lord Rama and features Gaura Vani, Jahnavi, Sri Shyam and Mayapuris, Vishvambhar, Kish, Gangi and Vrinda.

'Shri Ramachandra' - click to play

South India Mantra Music and Yoga Tour - January 2012
It's a secret! Ok, we'll tell...we're planning a fantastic tour of South India to kick off next year with a bang. Fabulous temples, yoga classes, Ayurvedic treatments, storytelling and classical dance and music - it's all going to be there. It's a while away still, but if you're interested, please drop us a line to let us know. Based on response, we'll be able to specifically cater the tour to the needs of the group. Please join us!


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