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One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das

Film Screening and Group Chant

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
7:00 PM–9:00 PM
Sold Out

2012, Jeremy Frindel, USA/India, 72min.

In 1970, a young musician named Jeffrey Kagel walked away from the American dream of rock ‘n’ roll stardom—turning down the lead singer slot in the band that would become Blue Oyster Cult. He sold all his possessions and moved from the suburbs of New York to the foothills of the Himalayas in search of happiness and a little-known saint named Neem Karoli Baba (or Maharajji).

One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das follows Kagel’s journey to India and back, his struggles with depression and drug abuse, and his eventual emergence as Krishna Das—the world-renowned spiritual teacher, chant master, and Grammy-nominated recording artist. Featuring interviews with Be Here Now author and spiritual guru Ram Dass, Grammy-winning producer Rick Rubin (Beastie Boys, Metallica, Johnny Cash), New York Times bestselling author Sharon Salzberg, and two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee Daniel Goleman, as well as a score by Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis and Devadas, One Track Heart is the inspiring story of how one man’s journey continues to transform countless lives.

A Q&A with the filmmaker and a group chant led by Krishna Das and Nina Rao will follow the screening.


About the Speakers

Krishna Das, born Jeffrey Kagel, is one of the most popular singers of Indian devotional music in the world. Layering traditional Hindu kirtan with accessible melodies and modern instrumentation, Krishna Das has been called yoga’s “rock star.” With a remarkably soulful voice, Krishna Das—known to friends, family, and fans as simply KD—has taken call-and-response chanting out of yoga centers and into concert halls, becoming a worldwide icon and the bestselling chant artist of all time. He has released a string of well-received albums including Live ANADA, which was nominated for the Grammy for Best New Age Album in 2013. KD is first and foremost a devotee, with the sharing of his practice a profound act of his faith.

Jeremy Frindel released his first feature film, One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das, in 2013. Distributed by Zeitgeist Films, the film screened theatrically in over 100 US cities, in festivals all over the world, and won the Best Documentary prize at many festivals. His second feature film, The Doctor from India, about the life and work of Dr. Vasant Lad, will be released in late 2017. He earned a BA in Film Scoring from the Berklee College of Music in 2001 and has been engaged in the many aspects of filmmaking ever since.

Nina Rao learned traditional chants (bhajans) from her grandfather in a village in south India when she nine years old. The chants quietly stayed with her until she rediscovered chanting with Krishna Das in New York in 1996. For many years, Nina has been Krishna Das’ business manager and assistant, often touring with him playing cymbals and singing. In 2007, she recorded the track “Nina Chalisa” on Krishna Das’ album Flow of Grace and in January 2013, she released her debut album, Antarayaami: Knower of All Hearts. Nina regularly leads kirtan, chanting of the Hanuman Chalisa, and sings for yoga classes in her hometown of Brooklyn, NY and beyond.

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