My Musical Roots
I like to say that music is in my blood. Even though my parents were never musicians, since I was a little girl I've always looked for any instrument I could get my hands on. First was a toy accordion, a little guitar, and finally a real violin when I turned ten. I took private lessons and got to engage my love of music at my school, the Minnesota Waldorf School. As my passion grew, I progressed to studying intensely as a classical violinist for 8 years at MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, MN. I played with the Minnesota Youth Symphonies for 7 years and competed with chamber quartets throughout high school. In the later part of high school I started to feel the passion was being outweighed by the stress and competition, and decided against music school. I wanted to play music from my heart without rules. I studied Irish fiddling and bluegrass briefly until I realized I needed something different entirely. That's when I discovered Kirtan.
What Is Kirtan?
Kirtan, also called Bhakti Yoga (the yoga of devotion), is an ancient practice that stems from India. The call and response nature of Kirtan involves both performers and audience, setting a unique and sacred space that quiets the mind, reduces stress, and awakens your spirit within. Kirtan is open to all people, regardless of spiritual or religious beliefs.
I discovered Kirtan while at my cabin in the winter of 2012, working on my first book Teachings from God. As I started meditating and channeling the words, my radio started playing what I can only describe as the most enchanting, heart awakening music I had ever heard and felt. I had to open my eyes to see what it was, discovering Ragani. I quickly became obsessed with the music and made it my first priority to see her live. After attending my first live Kirtan in 2016, I fell in love with it even more (if that was even possible!) I knew then and there that this is what I wanted to do going forward. This was the musical awakening I had been looking for! I bought a harmonium and haven't stopped singing since! Now I have begun playing at festivals in the midwest and plan to continue growing my love for Kirtan and expanding my venues. You can find upcoming Kirtan's in my events page.