Prasada Festival

& Bhakti Arts Collective Present:

Shelter in Peace

a Facebook Live Series

Sun. July 12, 5:30-7pm PDT

Jai Uttal & Sudhanshu Sharma 

Shelter in Peace is a series of FB Live events featuring traditional Bhakti arts and artists. Brought to you by Prasada Festival and the nonprofit Bhakti Arts Collective, each session will include two 45 min. sets (or one 90 min set) featuring some of our favorite artists, who have each been chosen because of the depth of their Sadhana, and the refinement of their art. Artists are paid an honorarium. If you’d like to support the series you can make a donation to Bhakti Arts Collective here:




Schedule (pacific time): 

5:30 - 6:15pm - Jai Uttal 

6:15 - 7pm - Sudhanshu Sharma 

To attend, like and follow the Prasada Festival Facebook Page, where the live videos will be posted and pinned.

May these humble offerings reach the Lotus Feet of the One who is our true shelter. 

About the Artists:

Jai Uttal

 Jai Uttal is a kirtan artist, multi-instrumentalist, and ecstatic vocalist. He is considered a pioneer in the world music community with his combined influences from India and American rock and jazz. Jai has been leading, teaching, and performing World Music and kirtan—the ancient yoga of chanting or singing to God—around the world for close to 50 years, creating a safe environment for people to open their hearts and voices.

He grew up in New York City and lived in a home filled with music. Jai began studying classical piano at the age of seven, and later learned to play old-time banjo, harmonica, and guitar. At age 17, he heard Indian music for the first time, and two years later moved to California and studied under the famous sarod player, Ali Akbar Khan. Jai later began taking regular pilgrimages to India, living among the wandering street musicians of Bengal, and singing with the kirtan wallahs in the temple of his guru, Neem Karoli Baba.

Sudhanshu Sharma

Real Music happens when the soul sings and the soul listens
Sudhanshu sings to engage his own mind and soul, not to entertain people because he strongly believes that entertaining means titillating the ears of listeners for momentary pleasure rather than taking them along on a journey into the heart and soul of music.
Born in a family of music lovers and enthusiasts, Sudhanshu Sharma was initiated into music when he was just eleven years old because of his natural ability to portray the most difficult of musical phrases easily through his voice.

A Gold Medalist in Post-Graduation in Music from University of Delhi, Sudhanshu was initiated into music by Shri Lakheshwar Choudhary from Assam. Later, he moved to New Delhi to train under Pandit Baldev Raj Verma, the prime disciple of Pandit Amarnath and one of the torch bearers of the Indore Style of singing popularized by the legendary Ustad Amir Khan Saheb.
True to the traditions of the ‘Indore Gharana’, his singing is marked by a serene and reposeful elaboration of the Raga, away from the ostentation and showiness that usually grips a musical performance. He seeks to remain in constant touch with his innermost musical impulses, exploring ways to give supple voice to the myriad ideas, which surround his imagination, all this while remaining within the boundaries of the Rāga. His recitals endeavor to create a dense, rich and radiant structure of the Raga – and nothing else!

An approved Artist of the All India Radio, New Delhi, Sudhanshu is in the formative phase of his career as a performer of Hindustani Classical Vocal with many performances all across the country and abroad. He has extensively toured the Middle East, Europe, Bali (Indonesia), Australia and has upcoming invitations to perform in the USA, UK and Japan. A recipient of the prestigious Tushar Pandit Memorial Gold Medal and Smt. V. Bani Bai Ram Memorial Medal in Music, he is an internationally respected Teacher/Mentor as well with students all across the globe. He has many musical retreats, Lecture-Demonstrations and Music Talks to his credit.

He strongly believes that Art should have a bigger purpose of bringing hearts together and fostering better human relationships full of Peace and Love – both external and internal.

2019 Schedule
  • 10 - 11am Opening Ceremony with K.d. McComb, Blessing and Acknowledgement of Indigenous Ancestral Lands, with Judy Talaugon
  • 11-12:30 Kirtan with Acharya Mangalananda
  • 12:30-2pm Lunch*
  • 2-3:30pm Kirtan with Shekhar Boddupalli 
  • 3:30-4pm Break
  • 4-5:30pm Kirtan with Sheela Bringi
  • 5:30-6pm Break 
  • 6-6:30pm Odissi Dance with Revital Carroll
  • 6:30-7pm Bharatnatyam Dance with Nitya Narasimhan
  • 7-8:30pm Dinner*
  • 8:30-10pm Kirtan with Prajna Vieira & the Mukti Kirtan Ensemble
  • 9-10:30am Saraswati Puja with Sri Vivek Godbole
  • 10:30-11am Break
  • 11-12:30pm Kirtan with David Estes & Ananda Rasa
  • 12:30-2pm Lunch*
  • 2-3:30pm Kirtan with Nagavalli
  • 3:30-4pm Break
  • 4-5:30pm Kirtan with the Mayapuris
  • 5:30-6pm Break
  • 6-6:30pm Kathak Dance with the Shambhavi Dandekar Dance Company
  • 6:30-7pm Odissi Dance with Ganga Sheth
  • 7-8:30pm Dinner*
  • 8:30-10pm Kirtan with Jai Uttal

2019 Artist Videos



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