Mantra Yoga CD: This new CD is a beautiful composition of modern duets, harmonies, and music combined with traditional ancient mantras, chants and bhajans. Most of the songs are sung by Mahalaxmi and Sura. She sings sweet celestial soprano which mixes with Sura's raspy (old blues singer ) voice, to create a kind of Beauty and the Beast scenario. Mahalaxmi sang with the Australian National Choir for 5 years and her pristine angelic presence is felt throughout the CD. Adwaita plays the mrdunga drum, which slowly brings the chanting to its' crescendo again and again. Several men and women make up the background and harmony vocals to make this CD soulful, mellow and timeless.
The Band: The Temple Bhajan Band is a group of devotional chanters that tours Southern California's Yoga Studios, Yoga Retreats, and various social events. They have been together for over 4 years. The heart of the band is Sura whose voice is legendary among practitioners of Yoga and Interfaith followers. While Sura sings to the accompaniment of the harmonium, he leads the rest of the members on instruments such as the esaraja, tamboura, kartals, flute, ektar, violin, and mrdunga drum in a dynamic symphony that is timeless. The Temple Bhajan Band plays ancient Vedic bhajans, which include mantras and chants from spiritual India. Many of the chants are done in a responsive fashion where the audience can participate and experience the purifying pleasure of the chanting.
Events: The Temple Bhajan Band tours the Southern California area, playing at Yoga Studios, Retreats, Interfaith Events, and parties in general. At the events they not only chant, but the lovely Mahalaxmi and others perform a classic Indian/modern dance. After their performance the audience is invited to join in on the interactive dance which makes the scene very blissful.