Credits to: Jahnavi Harrison and Willow Smith for the Krishna Keshava Mantra Melody
Since 2012, Astrud has been leading her band the Cosmic Caravan locally, nationally and internationally. It is with faith in the power of sound, vibration and the Bhakti Yoga tradition that she has committed herself to uplift the spirit, awaken the heart and deepen relationships to oneself and others. She passionately guides communities in the ancient art of Kirtan – singing the names of the divine through call-and-response chanting.
Astrud shows up to sing wherever she is called with a desire to lead people closer to their hearts and their truest essence – LOVE – the heart of Bhakti Yoga. She leads Kirtans at yoga studios and festivals, in addition to teaching Bhakti Yoga workshops and teacher trainings.
The practice of constant surrender is what has transformed her and inspires her the most. Astrud’s chanting is rooted in Kirtan’s traditional style of simple devotional repetition, while including her own original arrangements. She calls on her own voice to express authentically and inspires all who join her to sing in the key of “WE”.
She has opened for Jai Uttal, as well as sung with Prema Hara, the Kirtaniyas, Radiance Kirtan, and Keith Borden.
As a group, we are inspired by the sacred sounds and love to sing in the key of “WE”.
We share what is known as KIRTAN, a call and response of sacred sounds and mantras. It is the relationship to these mantras that illuminates our heart and awakens our consciousness. It is not important that you can sing or that you understand the words. KIRTAN is an experience. It is a practice to release you out of the thinking mind and drop you gently into the heart. MAN means mind and TRA is an instrument. So it is through these sacred sounds we are able to conduct the instrument of the mind.
Krishna Keshava Pahi Ma
Rāma Raghav Raksha Ma
Ananda Mahi Jaya Bhagavān
Shanti Mahi Jaya Bhagavān
Hari Om Tatsat
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
Hare Rāma, Hare Rāma
Rāma Rāma, Hare Hare