Dasi: Prayers By Women
This album is an offering to women everywhere, evoking a peaceful, yet powerful essence of femininity and devotion. Their voices, thier wisdom, and poetry are felt in these songs: composed in both dance and meditative styles. Compiled as a decication to women of spiritual voices, this is a compelation of women's songs from India, sung in Hindi and Sanskrit. The songs reflects the styles of chants, Bhajans and Kirtan. The artists has composed the music and arrangements in dedication to her late mother, Kunti Devi. In 1998, as my mother was passing away,she requested me to take my singing seriously and record. Although I had studied Sanskrit and sung bhajans for 28 years, I was apprehensive without proper training. That same year, I took her ashes to India, and searched for a teacher to begin studying the classical Dhrupad style. My two teachers, Pandit Vidur Malik and Tarun Krsna Das guided me through four years of wondrous meditation and training. As a child in school, my teacher Kutila taught us to chant the women's prayers from the scriptures. Rembering this, I took the opportunity to search out more women in our Sampradaya ( spiritual lineage) and compose music to their words. Here then, is my offering to these glorious women. Women who sing, pray and share their life with realizations. For all of us, there is a voice that we can relate to, whether it be Draupadi's song of letting go or simply the Arati celebration to the river Yamuna. Please sing along and let these women touch your heart.