THE WAY OF LOVE – Charming Bengali songs elegantly produced and sung by Vaiyasaki Das to delight the heart and refresh the spirit. The celestial voice of Vaiyasaki Das is it’s signature, bhava it’s emotion, and bhakti it’s goal. The musical accompaniment of sarangi, sarod, tablas, flute, mrdanga, kartals, balalaika, synthesizer, and bongos, gives the CD an Indo-Latino flavor - a traditional sound accessible to the western ear. This lovely album includes the gorgeous “Shyamol Sundara Shyam” one of the sweetest songs ever. “Gopinath” is a devotional masterpiece, and the Baul-influenced “Nitai Mile Na” simply spectacular.
The Way of Love uplifts the soul through the current of divine love. The energy level of each song connects the listener to Vrindavan, recalling the rhythms of Sri Chaitanya’s Bhakti Movement of ancient Bengal . Each song, written by self-realized masters from ancient India , speaks of eternal truths on loving service in surrender and devotion.
Nitai Mile Na 7:29
Durlabha Manava Janma 13:18
Jamuna Puline 11:45
Shyamol Sundara Shyam 8:02
Ar Ke Bhajabe 8:01
The Way of Love - Produced and arranged by Vaiyasaki Das. Copyright 1995 Vaiyasaki Das (Per Sinclair) All rights reserved. All arrangements and compositions copyrighted.
"I recorded this in a digital recording studio in Kolkata, India. I hired the top studio musicians to produce an extremely professional recording which still retains a personal and intimate flavor. The songs are mellow and melodic with an exotic sound. I then took the original tracks to Los Angeles and mixed in a few Latin percussion instruments as well as subtle ambient synthesizer sounds to give the listener a modern, up-to-date sound on Bengali songs that are hundreds of years old.
This CD is dedicated to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who inspired millions to bring Kirtan into their lives and to make their lives sublime through spiritual song and dance. On the occasion of Srila Prabhupada's 100th Centennial celebration in 1996, I humbly offered these songs of devotion." Vaiyasaki Das.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Internationally recognized for his musical abilities to perform the ancient art form of Kirtan & Bhajan, Vaiyasaki Das provides a rare opportunity to experience a taste of authentic devotional music from the Vedic tradition.
Though born in London, England, Vaiyasaki Das came of age in Winnipeg, Canada. After many years in the music business - and a personal search for the divine -- he is now one of the premier singers on the kirtan circuit. Starting out as a rock and blues guitarist with a penchant for singing, his taste for Indian culture came at an early age.
By 1970, he found himself back in London and enamored by Krishna devotion. Soon, in 1973, he was committed to the path of devotion, or bhakti-yoga, and, just two years later, he received formal initiation from His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami.
On his Guru’s request he journeyed to India in 1975, both for personal purification and to proclaim the renaissance of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's bhakti movement. He traveled the entire subcontinent, and Southeast Asia, serving the mission of bhakti-yoga.
By 1978, he arrived in Bangladesh, where he imbibed the culture through his pores, becoming fluent in Bengali and learning the ways of the local people. On a boat trip down the Meghna River, he chanced upon a local kirtan band on their way to a festival. Deciding to follow these happy minstrels and their soulful kirtan music, he would also attend that same festival, changing his life forever. It was there that he discovered the ancient Bengali art of raga-kirtan, which touched his soul in the deepest possible way. Never before had he heard such angelic singing, and he resolved to use his own considerable vocal talents to spread this technique around the world. He returned to London with his own style of kirtan, a blend of ancient Bengali and modern contemporary music.
His first album was released in 1982 followed by numerous CDs, which are now considered seminal in the yoga/kirtan/world music universe. Today Vaiyasaki Das is a much sought-after performer, conducting workshops and leading yoga festivals and retreats worldwide. Sharing his heart through music and chanting is the basis of his life. He has been a practitioner of bhakti yoga for 34 years and performs his music with a mission to uplift the consciousness of the planet.
His considerable knowledge of the vast repertoire of Indian bhajans and kirtans has provided the foundation for a new generation of artists, in the flourishing genre of music for yoga and mantra meditation.
His CDs include: Way of Love, Charana Kamal, Kirtan Rasa, Hari-Nam-Ananda, Transcendence, Vrindavan Chandra, Chaitanya Chandra, Ratha-Yatra USA, The Turning Point, Best of Vaiyasaki, Kirtan Explosion-High Energy Kirtans, & Sri Krishna Divya Nam.