While teaching Physics and Astronomy as an assistant professor in upstate New York, Krishna Kant Shukla decided to quit academics and follow his heart and soul deep into the fathomless waters of Indian Classical Music. Having studied with great maestros like Srimati Laxmi Shankar, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, and Dr. Tapan Bhattacharya, he returned to India in 1994 to explore the roots of Indian Classical Music in the folk traditions. His musical search led him into remote villages in the Himalayan foothills, as well as far flung and difficult to reach dwellings in the central plains. He has been particularly influenced by the songs of Kabir, Gorakhnath, and other poet-saints as sung by his Guru, Pandit Kumar Gandharva. These songs belong to living spiritual traditions, some of which are over fourteen hundred years old.
In this episode we discuss
-Krishna's journey from physics professor to classical Indian musician
-His many realizations that have brought him to where he is now
-The wisdom of the Indian Rishis
-Expanding the boundaries of the self
-Learning to harmonize with the earth and to enroll in the "Nature University"
-How to use music/creativity as a spiritual practice
-The science of sound and why it is so powerful
-The importance of devotion
-The importance of freedom in the creative process
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