I grew up in Russia in a family of musicians practicing bhakti yoga. I attended a school that taught bhakti yoga components, such as Vedic philosophy and mantra meditation alongside regular academics in Moscow. There I developed a taste for an ancient spiritual practice of singing sacred mantras, called ‘kirtan’.
I went on to study Russian traditional folk music. After graduating from music college in Moscow as a singer, I recorded a debut Russian language album, launched 2007. Shortly after this, I moved to the UK where I enjoy being a part of various mantra music projects such as Mantra Lounge, Oxford Kirtan, Leicester Kirtan Fest, Pop up Temple at the Mind Body Spirit Festival etc. I also love being on the team of ‘Kirtan London’, a project which aims to make mantra music accessible and relevant to a wider audience.
I have just finished working on a musical album with Radha Krishna Records called ‘Inevitable Time’ based on the great epic of ancient India called Mahabharata. It was released on 28 May at the Camden Centre in London featuring performances by the amazing Samadhi Dance Company and stunt work by Mark Kelly and Jay Varsani. Samadhi Dance Company have created a beautiful 1 hour show called ‘Atma’ based entirely on the music from the album and have been touring with it all over Europe. Here’s the trailer for the show: