Dana Kaplan is the leader & co-founder of the Orlando-based Kirtan band, To Bring Devotion. Kirtan is an age-old practice of Bhakti Yoga, the yogic path of unconditional love. In this call & response form of musical chanting, our minds soften & focus, while our hearts open to the Divine light that resides within us all. The Names & mantras chanted carry great transformative, vibrational power. As Krishna Das says: “With chanting, the music is the syrup and the Divine Names are the medicine.”
To Bring Devotion’s dharma is to bring people together in love & joy. They beautifully blend Western rock & pop music with ancient, Eastern mantras. One of Dana’s favorite past-times is to “mash-up” positive rock/pop songs into her original music. To Bring Devotion has been delighted to play at the Lovelight Music &Arts Festival for the last 3 years in Maryland. Most recently they played at the beautiful & intimate Goddess Rising: A Shakti Kirtan Celebration in Orlando.
You may have also seen them at the Zen Awakening Festival and at the Faerie Earth Festival, both in Florida, as well as at yoga studios throughout the Sunshine State.
Dana studies traditional Indian music and voice under the tutelage of her Guruji, Pandit Nandkishor Muley. As a vocalist, she has had the honor to sing with some of her favorite sacred music artists & inspirations, including Girish, Wynne Paris, Lee Mirabai Harrington, Yvette Om, Mirabai Moon, Amah Devi, Johanna Beekman, Rick Franz “Graced Kirtan” & others. Dana also puts her heart & soul into building a richer Bhakti community in Central Florida by inviting, hosting, promoting & supporting other kirtan artists as they tour the country.
Come and use your voice (and/or silence if you just want to receive the vibration) we will explore the delicate balance between contributing to and receiving from the collective in a meaningful way.