I have worked for Bhakti Fest since its conception in 2009. I volunteered my first year and got hired swiftly after. It has been one of the most challenging, and simultaneously rewarding, undertakings of my adult life. From this festival, an entire community of yogis from different traditions has emerged. I have made lifelong friends, learned to create boundaries and enforce rules, practiced patience...
While I know the "back end" of the festival well—having coordinated for 5 festivals now—I have been slowly introduced to the festival in a creative capacity.
You'd think as a singer I would have requested a kirtan slot from day one. Actually, I never imagined I would be a Bhakti Fest artist. While I have been invited to sing background vocals for several artists over the years, I never asked for a set of my own. I was quite taken aback when the producers offered me a modest slot in 2011... and again when I was put on the 2012 schedule.
Here are a couple of excerpts from the Hanuman Stage on Sunday, September 9, 2012. I feel very blessed to have been asked.
Bhakti Fest 2012 - a collage of my set
Thank you to Sat Kartar for coming all the way out to sing with me. Thank you Philipo Franchini, Corey Sokoloff, Siri Baldeep Kaur, and Mejda Das for your musical support.
Bhakti Fest 2012 - "Mera Man Lochai"