This collection of prayers and mantras invoke the presence and blessings of the divine couple through the blissful singing of their holy names.
Lively and fresh, a ‘must have’ album for those who relish melodious kirtan and devotional bliss.
Enjoy a full hour of joyful chanting and meditative bhajans with Bada Haridas, Visvambhar, Purusartha, Anapayini, Jvalamukhi, Komala Kumari, Ekendra, Bali, Jaya Sita, Markandeya, and Krsna Kishore. 12 page songbook included.
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“Arcana and I absolutely love this CD. We listened to it four times on the way home driving back to North Carolina. It is sublimely, gently, feelingly ecstatic. We can feel the spiritual emotion on this recording, which is what is supposed to happen with really good, heartfelt chanting. I think it is Bada Haridas’ best work to date and one of the best bhajan CD’s ever!” Karnamrita Das, Prabhupada Village, North Carolina
“This album is beautiful. I’m playing it three times a day for my deities. It’s great to see the next generation of kirtan artists playing and singing with Bada Hari on this album.” Mukhya devi das, Alachua, Florida
“What a lovely masterpiece of devotional expression. I love it. Thank you for creating this. Both the album and the artwork are fantastic. I love all the songs in different ways, from track 1’s zydeco kirtan funk flavor to track 7’s groovy maha mantra jam. Bada Haridas’ heartfelt singing can melt stone. What a gift for the world.”
Gaura Vani, kirtan singer and teacher, Washington D.C.
“I find his music joyful, and that is what I’m attracted to most. I like his voice – I can easily sing along with him. For my personal yoga practice, Bada Hari’s kirtan motivates and inspires me; it helps me get in the place I want to be to practice asanas.”
Kristy Tonti, yoga teacher and artist, Bainbridge Island, Washington
“Bada Haridas’ new album, Sri Nama, resonates with the elegant simplicity of a seasoned artist in his prime. Fills you with the same warm waves of joy you might feel upon visiting a beloved friend you hadn’t seen in years.”
Navina-Shyama Dasa, Gainesville, FL
Review By Steven J. Rosen (Satyaraja dasa)
Check out Bada Haridas’ “Sri Nama.” It just might be the next big thing in devotional music.
The first song, “He Govinda, He Gopala” is upbeat and funky and a wise choice for an opening track on this otherwise mellow album.
As the opening track builds, we hear female vocalists responding to the lead singer. Their voices are perfect, drawing listeners ever deeper into the kirtan, as Ekendra’s deft drumming and Purusartha’s rhythmic bass carry the mood from beginning to end. In fact, the musicianship throughout this CD — flute, tabla, and assorted other instruments — is superb, as is the standard harmonium and percussion.
This particular song, “He Govinda, He Gopala,” a personal favorite of mine, artfully describes Krishna, not only as Lord but as protector of cows and devotees, merciful to all fallen souls. His magnificent and mystical flute playing sounds like it is calling out Sri Radha’s name, and His yellow garments and long dark hair give new meaning to the word, “beautiful.” He eclipses all fear and liberates people from the cycle of birth and death. Bada Hari conveys every nuance of these truths in his joyful singing.
The second track, Kevalastakam, is unique — more folk song than kirtan, though firmly entrenched in the bhakti tradition. The song expresses the inescapable importance of Krishna’s holy name and why that name is the essence of spiritual life. It also tells us that Krishna Himself dwells where sincere, spiritually advanced people sing His glories — people like Bada Haridas.
Brimming with devotion, which is evident in his singing, listeners can nestle back into the softness and goodness of his voice, with accompanying music that poignantly conveys every emotion in the Vaishnava storehouse of spiritual feelings.
Next come the “Maha-mantra” and “Radha Krishna Prana Mora,” two Vaishnava favorites. Both embody Bada Haridas’s characteristic mellowness. Here he is particularly somber and reflective, taking listeners into meditative states through his easy, low-key mode of singing, complemented effectively, especially in the latter tune, by soft, lovely piano playing. This latter song, too, is especially important having been written and initially sung by Narottama Dasa Thakura, one of Vaishnavism’s premier poets from the 16th century. The Thakur beautifully shares his unflinching allegiance to Radha and Krishna, proclaiming that They are his very life breath, as the title indicates. And he goes on to describe Their beauty and how he serves Them in his mind’s eye. Bada Hari clearly wants to follow in his footsteps.
The gentleness of these two tracks will serve to ease listeners into a beautiful glorification of “Sita-Rama,” with haunting cello that chills the spine — perhaps raising kundalini energy to the heart, where Rama resides in His Vishnu form. Beautiful female voices counterbalance Bada Haridas’ in this tune, naturally evoking the sensed presence of both Sita and Rama . . .
This is followed by another mellow glorification of Krishna — a traditional tune written, again, by Narottama Dasa Thakura, one of the greatest Vaishnava poets of all time. More cello and other expert musicianship make this song come to life, as the song’s plaintive tone works in tandem with lamenting, piteous Bengali lyrics: “When will that auspicious day come? When will I have Krishna in my heart?” Without knowing the language, one can feel the emotion.
The disk ends with the Maha-mantra yet again, but this time we’re treated to a more upbeat version, completing the cycle of emotions that initiated the CD. Thus, there’s a bit of a sandwich effect here: We started with a celebrating mood of union, as Bada Haridas introduced us to Krishna in “He Govinda, He Gopala.” But then the bulk of the CD takes us through the brooding sentiments of separation, the intense feelings of longing, which is the “stuff” of the sandwich. Finally, in the last track, we feel the same celebratory emotions that we felt in the first — rejoicing, we’re reunited with Krishna for once and for all.
Review by Caturatma Dasa
Bada Haridas has once again shown his expertise at blending classical Indian kirtan instruments with classical and modern western instruments. His amazing ability satisfies our musical desires for varieties of kirtan.
In the opening cut, the pulsating, primal rhythm truly reaches to the deepest parts of ones being and begs for attention.
On the second cut the harmonium has such a wonderful village simplicity, yet it is filled with a satisfying richness. The tabla and acoustical guitar are the field upon which the harmonium sound is planted.
The other worldliness of the flute on the third cut truly transports you to another world.
In simple words, the piano work on this fourth cut flows along with the lyrics to create a lullaby for the soul.
Leave it to Bada Haridas to show his masterful ability at arranging ancient songs in a way that makes them sound even older and more mystical on the fifth cut.
On the sixth cut you are asking yourself, “Is that the timeless sound of a sarod, an esarag or the modern made timeless by the sound of a cello?
After displaying such an emotional depth in the previous two numbers, this last cut causes a fiery, rhythmic burst of life, with a middle eastern flare, to spring forth from the chanter’s heart. Just try not to roll your hips and your head as you chant along with it.
Bada Haridas’s use of the songs of Narottama dasa Thakur, which are very mystical and spiritual, combined with his unique musical presentation, make the entire recording a deep, soulful experience, filled with a sound that is so very pure in its essence.
You won’t want to stop listening to it!
Review by Karnamrita Das
Not all music or even devotee music is equal. I work in a devotee New Age store and listen to all kinds of New Age, World Fusion, Kirtana, Native American and Indian music. Bada Haridas’ new CD, Sri Nama, I found to be an exciting spiritual musical journey, causing me to listen to it over and over again.
My wife, Arcana Siddhi, and I have a number of Bada Haridas’s CDs which we really like, and we appreciate chanting with him in person. However something about this CD touched our hearts like no other. We found it rather amazing! it is the feeling of this CD that really floored us. Subjective opinion it is, but everyone we have played it for has really appreciated it too.
In some ways the chanting is traditional with prominent harmonium. Yet the backup singing is original and professionally crafted with gifted singers, and the use of Western instruments like bass and acoustic guitar, piano, cello, and drums combined with flute and tablas make this a fusion kirtana of Eastern and Western instruments. Yet that is only the background for the real meal.
To me this is kirtana music at its finest. Why? In my opinion, the primary reason is its transformative affect. One experiences spiritual emotion and one truly “feels” the music coming through what must a spiritual intention, and the purity and emotional singing of the devotees. As I said it is certainly good music, yet it is much more then just that. I have heard plenty of good devotee music that didn’t move me like this. I am not giving this glowing review lightly.
Though I have my favorites, I liked every song, and found a great mix of styles and tempos. It is “easy listening”, but also enlivening and exciting, in Bada Hari’s very mellow way. After two weeks of listening, I haven’t grown tired of it, and am content to just listen to it and sing along with the provided lyrics. This is nectar for the ear—and I might add for the heart.
The first track begins with a familiar kirtana sound on a great rendering of “He Govinda He Gopal”, though soon Bada Hari’s voice and the backup vocals give us a clue that this is a special recording of this favorite chant. By the second song, Kevalastakam, one gets caught up in the quality and heart of this CD—the refrain of “harer namaiva kevalam” really floors me by its moving quality. Then comes the first Maha mantra chant in a Bengali melody that is charming. Radha Krishna Prana Mora, by the great saint, Narottama das Thakur takes me by surprise as I wasn’t expecting such a beautiful sound of just the piano and acoustic guitar—really superb piano.
The next two songs make use of the wonderful sound of Jaya Sita’s mellow cello to set a tone of somber blissfulness. The Sita Rama mantra should attract many people in the kirtana world as this has song has the bhakti mood so thick that it is unique in its ability to move one. The singers are obviously crying out to a person in loving feeling! Next, another Narotama Das Thakur song, this one very high theologically, Kebe Krishna Dhana Pabo, about personal service to the Divine couple, Shri Shri Radha Krishna. Narottama is hankering for such service and feeling intense separation.
And the CD winds up with a foot stomping Hare Krishna chant, popularized by Aindra das. Enthusiastic upbeat back up vocals and lively bass guitar and tablas surround Bada Hari’s classic mellowness, and one is both rocked and relaxed at the same time! This is an uplifting, superlative musical experience that I hardily recommend.