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About Bhaktiland

Bhaktiland strives to encourage the expression and expansion of devotional art. We do this by reviving the culture of patronage, whereby donors support artists through funding and other resources. Our non-profit organization seeks to create a network of support, a community of sincere artists and art-lovers.

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Our Team

Vish

Starting at the age of 5, Vish has spent his life leading Kirtans in the ISKCON (Vaisnava) tradition. He is a multi-instrumentalist, and a master of the Mridanga drum and performs in traditional as well as fusion styles. Vish started performing in the yoga studio culture 2009, and since then he has performed at countless gatherings and well known spiritual venues like BhaktiFest and Omega Institute. Vish is the lead singer of the internationally acclaimed group ‘The Mayapuris’, a headlining Kirtan group that has rocked stages from India to Florida, and worldwide. Vish has a degree in religion from University of Florida. For more details about Vish, visit his website: www.visvambhar.com

Vrinda

An alumni of the reputed Kalakshetra institute, Vrinda holds a First Class Diploma in Bharata Natyam and graduated in 2007 with the highest rank in Overall Performance. For several years, Vrinda traveled and performed with The Mayapuris, experimenting with creating a dance repertoire to kirtan music. Her first dance film “Shedding-Skin” (2014) won more than ten awards at film-festivals throughout the U.S. In addition, Vrinda has a degree in English from University of Florida. She is the proud mother of a daughter, and lives in Florida with her husband and extended family.

Dhanya

Born into a family of Bhakti musicians and artists, Dhanya grew up participating in a myriad of devotional art forms, including her passion: singing/songwriting. She has been writing original music and lyrics since childhood and has continued to harness and refine her craft with deep self-work and the help of a vibrant artistic community. Her style is expressive of who she is as a person: a modern-day aspiring Vaishnavi with deep roots in mystic devotional practices, as well as a lifetime of musical exploration and experimentation. Her music blends mainstream and alternative sounds with mantra meditation, hoping to spread messages of devotion, non-violence, feminism, community and above all, love. Most recently, she has collaborated on tour and recording with world-famous Bhakti kirtan artists “Mayapuris”, as well as numerous live collaborations with other renowned Bhakti artists such as Gauravani, Vrinda Devi Dance, Jagi Aragones, Jahnavi Harrison and others. Dhanya is currently recording her debut solo album.
In 2015, Dhanya also received both Master’s and Specialist’s degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Anna

I have several names. My legal name is Anna Kristina. My Sanskrit name is Annapurna. Mostly people call me Anna. I lived most of my life in Sweden but I have lived 15 years now in the US. I live in Florida now with family and friends. I have one grown up daughter, Vrinda. Being my only child she is very precious to me.
I have done lots of things in my life but I am mostly seeking wisdom, truth and beauty. These aspects have been a driving force forever. Wisdom , truth and beauty are affairs of the heart. My heart rules my life where generosity, mercy and kindness always gets the upper hand.Education and accomplishments never seemed that important to me. I have always felt so rich within myself regardless of external life situations. Accomplishments always seemed less important. I guess happiness is what I was looking for. Are we not all looking for that? I firmly believe that for things to change in the world we need a change of heart.

Len

I am Leonard Cohen but not the famous “Leonard Cohen” who wrote the famous song “Halleluyah.” I am not the Canadian poet/songwriter that you may be familiar with. Then who am I? I am Bhakta Len of Bhaktiland, a spiritual seeker who funds Krishna Conscious art projects. I am 64 years old, married to a wonderful Swedish devotee of Krishna, Annapurna devi dasi, with a grown child in California from my first marriage back in the ancient, hippy days of 1973. I live in a town that is a hotbed of Krishna Consciousness in the material world- Alachua, Florida which is near the “Swamp,” the home of the University of Florida Gators in Gainesville, Florida. Originally I am from Philadelphia, Pa. but I retired here to Florida in 2010 to be with my family, including my lovely granddaughter, Naimi. Isn’t that what most Jews do? Retire to Florida? Then of course, they die in Florida but personally I believe there is no such thing as death. There is only death of the physical body. Your soul lives on. That makes me a Hin-jew, by the way.

Projects

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