Jaya Lakshmi and Anand Bio
Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda are Oregon based musical artists in the genre of mantra music. They offer kirtan, healing mantra music and Kirtronica (kirtan and electronica fusion). Since their coming together in 2010, they have released 4 albums on Sounds True as well as 6 independently. They tour nationally and internationally holding their own events and retreats. In addition, they perform and teach at festivals and regularly offer Kirtronica at ecstatic dances. They have been pioneers in bringing music and conscious businesses together, especially on their USA west coast tours. Their sponsors regularly include Coconut Bliss, Jem Nut Butters, and Medicinal Foods and have also included Blue Lotus Chai and Organic India.
In addition to holding ‘prayer-formances’, Ananda also teaches Kundalini Yoga and together they hold cacao ceremonies and chanting/singing workshops. All their offerings have music and mantra weaved into them and the results are very heart opening, healing and transformational. The culmination of all their offerings has been named the ‘Altar of Love’, which mostly they hold in weekend offerings but also in a retreat format.
When the two of them merged, they felt called to bridge the cultures and traditions between them. Thus, Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda and the Altar of Love offerings were born. The ‘Altar of Love Weekends’ was a concept in which they would share their gifts mutually to the world. The weekend consists of a night of kirtan and another night of Kirtronica, and during the days offering workshops in kundalini yoga and meditation, singing and mantra as well as a cacao ceremony. They also went on to hold Altar of Love Retreats in Bali, Guatemala, Hawaii, Harbin Hot Springs (CA), and Breitenbush Hot Springs (OR).
Jaya Lakshmi’s largest influence in the realms of mantra, kirtan and bhakti came from her connection with the Guadiya Vaishnavs, otherwise known as the Hare Krishna’s. She was initiated in 1992 by Srila Govinda Maharaj and lived on and off in ashrams and likeminded communities for years afterwards. Jaya Lakshmi began sharing her beautiful kirtans in 1992. Since then she has four solo chant albums on Sequoia Records. In addition, Jaya Lakshmi was the lead singer to the highly influential tribal techno band Lost at Last before their break up in 2003.