Sacred Earth, Deva Premal, Kula Shaker, Krishna Das
Rebecca Bornstein - vocal, guitar Menaka Visvanathan Thomas - vocal Shen Flindell - tabla
A sacred fusion of original Western folk and Indian rhythms, bhajan, kirtan and mantra, “Spirit of Bhakti” is a unique trio offering music to nourish the soul.
Singer and songwriter Rebecca Bornstein presents her original compositions with soulful vocals and acoustic guitar. Raised in a Yoga community in California, Rebecca has been writing devotional songs from the age of 6. She has released several albums and won a Sunny Award for Original Song of the Year at the age of 16.
Menaka Thomas weaves a hauntingly beautiful pattern of ancient Indian melody. Menaka has been studying South Indian Classical music since the young age of 5 years. She received tutelage under the inspiring guidance of her mother, Vijaya Visvanathan of the Sri Krishna Music Academy in Brisbane. Menaka has shared music at many events, including the Woodford Folk Festival.
Shen Flindell brings the music to life with his percussive brilliance. Since being initiated into the Benares Gharana style of tabla in 1994, Shen has become one of Australia’s leading tabla players. He has been studying and teaching for 20 years, with performances across Australia, India and Japan.
Rebecca, Menaka and Shen joined forces as Spirit of Bhakti in early 2014 and have been performing regularly around Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Byron Bay. They have featured in events such as Brisbane YogaFest, and at Sydney’s Super Retreat. They are releasing their first album, “Open Door” in June 2015.