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Review: Love kirtan at Yoga on High

Sevika Radecki's Love Kirtan at Yoga on High


Sevika Radecki and some great musicians and vocalists lifted the roof at Yoga on High on Feb. 22, 2014. The theme of the kirtan was Love, and the selected chants were centered on love. Chanting the mantras in Sanskrit had a special energy that goes to the science of musical vibrations. The format of call-and-response allowed Sevika to vary the pitch and volume of the words and have the responders entrained in the creation.

Sevika Radecki's Love band
Rev. Jim Hetzer

The concert opened with the traditional Om Namah Shivaya and progressed through the evening to end with the classic Om Mani Padme Hum. In between, the chants covered Ganesha, the elephant god, Hanuman, the monkey god, and the Maheswari, the mother figure in the Hindu religion. It does not require knowledge of the Hindu religious dogma to appreciate the different energies that are opened as the Sanskrit words are repeated.

Sevika has a uniquely clear voice that carried the positive emotions of the selected songs that she led. Abby Dorn and Dawn Stone were the backup vocalists in this band. They played an important role because they supported the audience in hitting the tonal changes that Sevika made each time through the lines of the chanting.

Jim Fiest is an excellent tabla musician, with an amazing array of sounds pulled from the two drums that are struck by hands and fingers. Samuel Salsbury played the violin in support of the chants, and combined with Jim Fiest on improvisational breaks between the singing of the chants. Having a skilled violinist as part of a kirtan band is an exquisite luxury. The whole group provided a professional kirtan that was truly enjoyable.

Sevika mixed in some popular songs with English lyrics, which displayed some of her vocal skills, and also emphasized the Love theme for the night’s kirtan. One of the highlights of the evening was a chant on devotion that included the song Stand By Me. Sevika’s rendition was powerful, and the audience response was heartfelt.

Sevika has kirtan performances on a regular basis. One of her next performances will be with Michael Cohen and Samuel Salsbury in Akron on Saturday, March 15, 2014. This is one day after David Stringer is playing at the Christian Spiritualist Temple on March 14, 2014 under the hosting of Yoga on High.

You can check out various spiritual events that are coming to Columbus and other Ohio cities to plan another evening of high energy kirtan music. Yoga on High is working on getting at least one kirtan performance in Columbus each month. You can check out their schedule for the rest of 2014.

If you haven’t experienced the energy from kirtan, David Stringer’s Magic and Logic performance on March 14, 2014 is a great way to start. Kirtan is going to grow in Columbus, and you can grow spiritually through the experiences.

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