Krishna Das is arguably the best known U.S. singer of Indian kirtan-style devotional music. Other artists working within this genre include Bhagavan Das, Jai Uttal, Ragani, Eddy Nataraj, Sean Johnson and The Wild Lotus Band, Shyamdas, Lokah Music, Wah!, Deva Premal, Girish and Snatam Kaur.
Krishna Das has recorded numerous variations of Hanuman Chalisa, a 40 stanza Hindi devotional poem to Hanuman by Tulsidas (c.1600). In recent years, he has also performed and recorded the traditional gospel song, « Jesus is on the Mainline ». He has commented that he read the Gospels while in India and, « they sound a lot different at 10,000 feet ». He also remarked that there has been some criticism about an « ex-jewish boy » chanting the name of Jesus. He responds to this by saying that his guru, Neem Karoli Baba, once said « Jesus is Love, » and singing about Jesus is just singing about love. Other heterodoxies are found on his album Door of Faith (2003), which includes a setting of the Hanuman Chalisa that interpolates the Buddhist « Gate of Sweet Nectar » and a setting of the Gospel tune « God is Real » which blends in « Hare Ram ».
Krishna Das’s harmonium bears an image of Hanuman, and he generally wears red T-shirts when he performs (a coloring associated with Hanuman).
Krishna Das’s musical style is distinctly Western, using chord progressions typical of Western popular music. The kirtans he leads often build from a slow, meditative tempo to a high paced catharsis. It is common for his audiences to stand up and dance during some of his Hare Krishna chants. The ensembles with which Krishna Das performs changes frequently. He is usually accompanied by a tabla player (Arjun Bruggeman), other percussions (including cymbals, drum kits, and occasionally cowbell and triangle), strings (cello or violin—Genevieve Walker), or electric bass guitar (Mark Gorman, Mark Egan or Patrick Hammond), or guitar (David Nichtern). Often, he is accompanied on kartals (small wooden percussion instruments from Indian) by Nina Rao.
Krishna Das has been associated with many other artists. Two of his albums have featured Hans Christian as a guest multi-instrumentalist, and Sting appears on the album « Pilgrim Heart ». He has also appeared on an album with Baird Hersey & Prana entitled « Gathering In The Light ».
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