This album, Krishna Das - The Voice of the Vedas
, represents my sincere prayer to Maharaj-ji
to help me find the right angle on a dark and crowded stage, to really capture the man. I crawled all over the stage until I found this angle, braced myself on my monopod, cranked the camera and just fired the shutter non-stop, praying these photos would come out!
Deva Premal, Miten
perform magnificently conscious
sacred music, that embodies the presence of Osho
. I can't wait to have the opportunity to hear and photograph them again.
This master yoga class at Bhakti Fest 2011 featuring Krishna Kaur
took students beyond their limitations, to experience the exhilarating sense of freedom. Krishna Kaur is the founder of Los Angeles based Yoga for Youth
This compillation album has photos of the divine mama at Bhakti Fest
2009 and 2010, and from her kirtan with an incredible laser show at the Amma Benefit Concert
in Santa Monica, and at Kali Klub
in Los Angeles. To me, Wah represents a paragon of integrity and artistry. I find myself drenched with tears as I photograph her, feeling the enormous amount of love, bhakti, and grace that flows, as she brings kirtan to life.
On Stage Two at Bhakti Fest 2010, it was practically impossible to find a clear line of sight from which to photograph the set organized by Momo Loudiyi
. There were so many musicians, instruments, monitors, stands and gear, I can't believe this came out as one of the most gorgeous photo sessions from the festival! So much of the Los Angeles yoga and kirtan community was on stage, including Darshana Thaker
, Matthrew Pszonak
, Annmarie Solo
, Dahveed Haribol Baba, Marla Leigh
, Matthew Hufshcmidt, and Arjuna. Also Momo Loudiyi was joined by Alvin Young of Johnson and the Wild Lotus Band
, David Schommer
, and Michelle Hurtado among other kirtan artists.
My Guru's House
is the name of this album, which features photos of my beloved Amma Sri Karunamayi
, photos of the Deities freshly-worshipped at my pujas in Los Angeles at Aanand Saagar
, and of hand-crafted sacred objects that I have photographed over the years.
is the finest sacred dancer I have ever seen. Her prowess encompasses Indian Classical dance, many forms of Bellydance, Afghani, Moroccan, and Sufi styles. To her I owe my success in photography, for it was my interest in supporting her work back in 2004 that led me to purchase my first Canon 10D and start taking digital photography seriously as my Seva and Art. I am also proud of the simple, but thorough website that I designed for her - outdated as it is by today's standards. I feel its writing and composition really captured the spirit of her work at that time.
Yet another stunning visual treat - only in LA. Wah! performing at the annual Amma Benefit in an amazing laser show where each of the lasers was calibrated to frequencies that heal the body and soul! Jai Ma. Jai Wah!
An intimate portrait of Govindas and Radha performing at the Amma Benefit in Santa Monica, opening for Wah! This heartwarming performance captured the beauty of their musical family/sangha spirit.
Jai Ma, I love living in LA! The yoga scene is alive and radiating love and light to the whole world! My Los Angeles Yoga Scene
album features photos from the Titans of Yoga
premiere that was covered by Kasey Luber
in her video adventures, with a host of teachers including Shiva Rea
, Larry Payne
, Swami Kriyananda
, Saul David Raye
, Kishan Shah
, Sara Ivanhoe
,and kirtan artist Joey Lugassy
. Also included in the album are Cristi Christensen, Hala Khouri
, and Isabelle du Soleil
at Exhale Center for Sacred Movement
in a benefit for Yoga Gives Back
, photos of kirtan troubador,Girish
, Sean Johnson and the Wild Lotus Band
, and my photos of yoga teachers shot for LA YOGA Magazine
, including Editor in Chief, Felicia Tomasko
DJ Cheb i Sabbah
rocked the dance world with Ganga Dev
, and other spiritual classics from the Maha Maya
CD. So it was a treat to shoot his set in Los Angeles at Kali Klub
in 2010. I love the Black and White images in this album.
If there is a voice for Krishna bhakti, Vrindaban style in the US today, it is undoubtably heralded by Vijay Krishna, Rasika Covin, and Sarasvati Nugent of The Kirtaniyas
, who combine the heartiness of village kirtan with the esoteric mellows of Vrindaban Gaudiya bhakti for Srimati Radharani. This ablum consists of photographs from their 2 am set at Bhakti Fest 2010.
Nupur Dance Academy
, where I study Indian Classical music under my Guru Prachi Dixit, recently held an incredible performance titled, "Generations of Kathak" in which Prachi, her Guru who flew in with her daughter, and Prachi's students all performed together, representing three generations of artists. Myself, in the "fourth generation" was blessed to be the photographer.
I first met Radhanath Swami
in 1986 after I was kicked out of the Boston temply by Niranjana Swami, who drove me to New Vrindaban. I stepped out of the car, walked up to the main temple and Radhanath Swami was sitting outside. I made dandavats and introduced myself. He welcomed me to New Vrindaban. He was one of the most advanced devotees, among several greats such as Varshana Swami
and Bhaktitirtha Swami Krishnapada
. Until 1899 I stayed in the brahmacari ashram with him when he visited New Vrindaban.
Bhakti Fest 2010 Compliation
. What can I say? The pure essence of spiritual transformation! The Wisdom School of the Desert. Yes! David Newman Durga Das
, Seane Corn
, David Elliot
, Saul David Raye
, DJ Fabian Alsultany
, Krishna Das
, Lauri Ashworth of The Hub
, Shiva Baum
, MC Yogi
, Deva Premal and Miten
, Masood Ali Khan
, Tony Khalife
, and so many other beloveds!
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"You have amazing talent behind the lens, I love so many of the photos... the colors are rich and the energy is beautiful. Thank you for your talent and dedication to the bhakti community." Wah!
"Thanks so much. Feels like you were right next to me!!!
Your photos are simply great!!!!!!!" Jai Uttal
"Thank you so much brother-ji." Girish
"Good going, great photos" Shyamdas
"You captured the moment- jai ma!" Sara Ivanhoe
"Kailas, Blessings these are the best pix I've ever seen, you captured great moments. thank you so much brother and many blessings." Tony Khalife
"beautiful pictures Kailas!" Krishna Kaur
"You're an amazing photographer
so honored to have your pics. Thank you for your time and spending the day with us all to bless us with your photography!" Ani Phyo
"Gratitude to Kailas for capturing my Bhakti Fest set on camera." Dave Stringer
"Kailas, You are a Genius!!!! Pure Art!!" Momo Loudiyi
"Dear Kailasji, Thanks you much for the posting all the pics. it's just awesome. I love it all. all my blessing to you." Manose
"These are all wonderful shots... you are a very talented bhakta!!! Your pics are epic...Jai Siya Ram." Govindas
"Awesome photos brother. Well captured!!" Massod Ali Khan
"What an amazing photographer you are! Wow!! You really captured the moments. I love how crisp and refined each photo is too." Terra Gold
"Dearest dearest, wonderful photos." Kristin Olson
Beautiful photo's Kailas! Bliss everywhere!! David Elliott
"Thank you so much. The shots are amazing. You are a gift!!! So much love and infinite blessings." Sita Devi
" Wow Wow Wow..... I'll say it again WOW!!! You have magic in those hands and eyes capturing the creative moments." Matthew Hufschmidt
"This is a CD cover, it's breathtaking." And "This is one of the most beautiful pics of Denise I've ever seen. Blessings to you for your incredible gift, and your beautiful soul Kailas!" C.c. White
"Your participation in Kali Klub as a mentor, guide, photographer, friend and confidant was crucial to the beauty and essential experience of Kali Klub" Cecelia Fuentes, Founder, Kali Klub
Thank You to Brother Echo Roberson of Raw Sangha who took the amazing photo of me at the top of this site. We were shooting Bhakti Fest together, Momo's set, and he came up to me and showed me this image and I could not believe how perfect it is! Gratitude and a big shout out!
Complete Index of Kirtan
, Yoga and Ayurveda Photographs by Kailas.