Asakti


Asakti has been singing, playing and recording both professionally and semi-professionally for more than 25 years, and has been leading Kirtan regularly in Byron Bay and in Tiruvanamalai India.

Celtic by heritage and raised in a typical Australian middle class suburban family, she sought refuge in art, music and nature. Like many others of her time, the Aquarius Festival of 1973 in Nimbin, with its catch cry of unconditional love and peace, drew her away further into nature and an alternative lifestyle.

She first started singing devotionally in 1979, a pivotal year in which her marriage broke up, her son recovered from a life threatening illness, her mother died and she was introduced to Osho, (then known as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh) and his teachings.

For the next 5 years she lived and worked with one hundred other devotees in a wild and wonderful world, the Rajneesh Commune Sydney, singing in a professional band and making regular pilgrimages to the Master in Oregon. After Osho’s departure from the U.S.A. in late 1985, and the closure of the commune there, Asakti left the Sydney commune with Buddha’s words “Be a Light Unto Yourself” as her mantra.

Since that time she has been inspired and touched by non-dual Gurus ;
Sri Ramana Marharshi, H.W.L.Poonja, Nisargadatta Maharaj, and Karl Renz.

The nineties brought a period of singing in a diverse variety of musical endeavours, in a wide range of styles: from pop, rock, Latin, to avant-garde vocalizing in duos, trios, quartets and dance bands.
However, her inclination was towards experimentation with non-lyric vocalising, improvisation and developing the art of listening.

By the end of the nineties she immersed herself in ceramics, sculpture, and painting, exhibiting in local galleries and shows in the Byron Bay Shire. In 2003 her studio, alongside another twelve artist studios, burnt to the ground. And out of the ashes, so to speak, rose her phoenix in the form of Kirtan.

The Papaji Sangha offered a fresh approach in singing and playing devotional music. Singing these ancient chants with the traditional call and response structure, but with their own western influence, created a passionate and compelling platform to dive into no-thing-ness.

Lucknow Sankirtan has emerged over the last 6 years out of collaboration between four people who love Kirtan music. This core group are sometimes joined by other musicians in their weekly gatherings and events. The lead musicians of the group all complement each other in their diverse offerings of vocal qualities and instrumentation, with Asakti playing both harmonium and guitar.