MUSIC: Jahnavi Harrison was born and raised in a family of English bhakti yoga practitioners at Bhaktivedanta Manor in Hertfordshire. Her mother, who is a schoolteacher, and her father, who is a priest and writer, instilled a love of communication, education and strong spiritual values.
Harrison is a multi- disciplinary artist, trained in both Indian and Western classical dance and music, as well as writing and visual arts. After graduating with a BA in Linguistics and Creative Writing, she travelled internationally with the sacred music band, ‘Gaura Vani and As Kindred Spirits’, for five years, presenting the dynamic stories and spiritual culture of India for a fresh, contemporary audience.
‘Jahnavi Harrison is a being of total devotion. Listen to her sing and let the doors of your heart fly open.’Jai Uttal
She has been a member of sacred music collective ’Sita and the Hanumen’, and regularly collaborates with kirtan artists like Krishna Das, Shyam Das, Wah!, Shantala and Jai Uttal. In 2012 she was presented with a Youth Achievement award at the UK House of Lords for her efforts to bring upliftment to society through sacred music.
She now resides in London where she teaches and shares through ‘Kirtan London’, a project which aims to make sacred mantra music accessible and relevant to a wider audience. She writes regularly on spirituality and the arts for various publications, as well as on her blog – ‘The Little Conch’ (www.littleconch.com).
‘When she sings and plays one feels that one is eavesdropping on the music of the Gods. She needs no recommendation, one only has to have ears to hear her and one knows immediately that we are in the presence of grace.’Krishna Das