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Mantralogy Tour 2009: DC to Toronto

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July 28th, 2009

Putting lemons under our tyres for good luck, we set off from Gaura’s home in DC in high spirits. Ten sandwiches, six rest stops and a box of granola bars later and we reached New York, where we performed two very different shows – opening for a fundraising evening at Club Le Royale, and then an evening at Jivamukti Yoga.

Gaura Vani and As Kindred Spirits at Jivamukti Yoga Trying out traditional garba dance!

Dancing the night away

Next we drove to Albany, NY for a workshop with our friend Shiva Rea at the Kripalu yoga centre.

After some peaceful asana practice, the kirtan heats up! Gaura leads the garba groove

Vish closes the kirtan with a meditation

From there we traveled straight to Toronto, only stopping to drop off our trusty trailer before we crossed the border. We were invited to come and participate in the 37th annual Toronto Festival of Chariots, as well as its sister event called ‘Yoga Meltdown’. An ongoing city workers’ strike meant that the normal, secluded venue of Centre Island was completely inaccessible, but nevertheless, the festival organizers worked even harder and put on a dynamic event on the harbor front.

Visvambhara leads the kirtan for Lord Jagannath's cart Moving down Yonge St

Jai Jagannath! Nama Rasa das on the kartals

Jahnavi leads just before the tunnel kirtan The calm before the storm

The procession enters the tunnel in a crashing wave of kirtan! The famous Toronto Tunnel kirtan

Performing on stage with special guests, Bada Hari, Purusartha, Jaya Sita, and the Krishna Culture Festival Tour crew.

A diverse crowd attended on both days, enjoying the delicious feast, yoga classes, cooking demonstrations and entertainment. Of course, the best part of the event was the non-stop kirtan in the specially dedicated tent.

Today marks the end of our first week on the road. It has been driving so much every day has been tiring, but we continue to be enlivened by the  enthusiastic response to kirtan everywhere we go. Now we head for Lawrence, Kansas – another stop on the way to the Wanderlust festival in Lake Tahoe, California, where we will be performing with Shiva Rea and Jai Uttal.

N.B. We apologise for not posting any recordings right now. We are recording all shows, but because we are on the road, we have limited facility for editing and uploading. Please stay tuned!

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1 Comments on “Mantralogy Tour 2009: DC to Toronto”

  1. tarun says:

    prabhu ji i’m eagerliy waiting for that recordings

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