Lecture in language
Girish is an eclectic artist with roots in jazz, world, and sacred music. His musical talents find expression in a wide array of instruments – including tablas, world percussion, guitar, harmonium, and voice. For as long as he can remember, Girish has created rhythm to accompany life. For the past twelve years has written, recorded, and performed his own original music and taught Sanskrit mantras and chanting in music festivals and yoga studios all over the world.
When he was eight years old, his parents gave him a little red snare drum as a bargaining tool to stop him from banging on everything else in the house. In his teens, he started experimenting with pop, rock, jazz and orchestral music. His first experience of music as sacred art came in college, playing with jazz bands. "During improvisational sessions," he recalls, "there were these unexplainable moments of synchronicity and intuition that felt like magic." Then a college philosophy class inspired him to explore spirituality through Kundalini yoga, meditation, and the study of Eastern scriptures. By the time of his graduation, Girish was so deep into these practices that he decided to move into an ashram in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Thus began an unexpected journey-a seeming detour that inadvertently nourished his musical artistry. He lived in the ashram for five years, giving up music but spent hours every day chanting and studied Sanskrit as a means to understand the deeper meanings of these ancient chants, and helped his teacher translate dozens of hymns. Girish then returned to music by studying tablas. He also traveled to New York to learn the art of Indian drumming at Siddha Yoga Ashram. It became clear to him that his innate musical passions didn’t conflict with, but in fact lead to a spiritual livelihood.
His move to Los Angeles in 2000 brought him to the nation's epicenter of chanting and world music. He was accompanying many of the names in the yoga music genre, including Wah!, Dave Stringer, Donna De Lory, Thomas Barquee, Snatam Kaur, Shanti Shanti, Steve Ross, Swaha, and Rasa. As a session player, he has appeared on more than a hundred world music albums, cooperating with producers Glen Ballard (Dave Matthews Band, Alanis Morrisette), Michael Brook (Nusrat Fatah Ali Khan, Youssou N’Dour) and many others. Girish continues to explore and expand musical borders. His six albums have received critical acclaim from O, The Oprah Magazine, Yoga Journal, and The Guardian, among others. Girish's book, Music and Mantras, continues his mission to share the art of meditation through music and mantra with the world.