New Age Meditative Singers Karunesh and Deva Premal

May 29, 2011 by  
Filed under New Age Music

I don’t know if you chant but there is something about the Buddhist way of meditation that has healing powers and many people swear by it. If you have Buddhist friends, they will often “chant for you” to wish you well or help you through a roadblock in your life – a truly wonderful concept that really works, just like our “traditional” prayers.

Chanting relies on the repetition of mantras, often thousands of times, to elevate the person chanting into a meditative state. If done alone, this can be tough, especially with distracting noises around so that many people meditating will chant along with popular singers. Two of those New Age singers producing wonderful meditative music are Deva Premal and Karunesh.

Though both singers are independent artists, apart from the type of music they make they have one more thing in common: their German roots. Karunesh was born Bruno Reuter in Cologne in 1956 and Deva Premal into a home full of Eastern spirituality in Nuremberg in 1970. Both also travelled to the Osho ashram in India (Karunesh in 1979 and Deva in 1990) and are deeply influenced by his philosophy.

Deva Premal in concert in October 2006

Photo: Prabhu Music

Deva is a classically trained musician in voice, violin and piano who, influenced by her musician mother and artist father, grew up singing mantras as bedtime songs. Her favorite is the Gayatri Mantra that became her trademark song. Her first album, The Essence, recorded with guitarist and partner Miten, featured this and other mantras and topped New Age and Alternative music charts worldwide when it came out in 1998.

Karunesh came to ambient and New Age music in the early eighties and continues to experiment with different styles, influences and spiritual surroundings. His first album, Sounds of the Heart, came out in 1987 and so far, 16 others have followed, selling altogether 450,000 copies. He says about his music: “I want to go beyond the limits and barriers separating different cultures, mixing different music styles and let them flow and dance together. Music is the one language in the world that everybody understands, across all cultures, religions and beliefs – music for body, heart and soul.”

And listening to any of these two talented musicians, either Deva’s mantras or Karunesh’s mystical world fusion, is a deeply moving yet relaxing experience. According to Deva, it is exactly the silence after the music that makes it so powerful. And receiving nourishing silence in our hectic lives is indeed a blessing. In Deva’s words:

“Without the silence that follows the chants, you get only half the story. It’s like the climax of a good story. … For me there is nothing more precious than having sung with an audience, ecstatic with bliss, and then entering the deep silence that the mantra brings… so deep, that with closed eyes you really feel there is ‘nobody’ there at all… all personalities dissolved for a tiny sacred moment.”

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6 Responses to “New Age Meditative Singers Karunesh and Deva Premal”
  1. Gary Leach says:

    I just want to say hallo hello greetings,

    I’m your no1 Stalker:) and a huge fan of Marina \/ Please give her my very warmest regards

  2. Desculpe, não falo inglês mas, quero deixar meu depoimento. Fiquei muito emocionada, amo Deva Premal. Um beijo em seu coração de Luz! Léa.

    • Estou no litoral sul de São Paulo no Brasil.

      • marcome says:

        Deva es un músico de formación clásica en la voz, violín y piano que, influenciada por su madre y su padre músico artista, creció cantando mantras como canciones de cuna. Su favorito es el Gayatri Mantra que se convirtió en su canción marca registrada. Su primer álbum, The Essence, grabado con el guitarrista y Miten pareja, aparece este y otros mantras y rematado Nueva Edad y cuadros de música alternativa en todo el mundo cuando se estrenó en 1998.

        Karunesh llegó a la música ambiente y la Nueva Edad de los años ochenta y sigue experimentando con diferentes estilos, influencias y su entorno espiritual. Su primer álbum, Sounds of the Heart, salió en 1987 y hasta la fecha, otros 16 han seguido, la venta de 450.000 copias en total. Dice de su música: “Yo quiero ir más allá de los límites y las barreras que separan las diferentes culturas, mezclando diferentes estilos de música y dejar que fluyan y bailen juntos. La música es el idioma en el mundo que todo el mundo entiende, en todas las culturas, las religiones y creencias – la música para el cuerpo, el corazón y el alma “. Google translation

  3. Mark Bensette Aux Bois says:

    WOW this os kool stuff. I love to listen to this type of stuff while writing or reading befor falling to sleep. Thx for the intro to this artist. Mark

  4. Dear Sirs and Mesdames,

    as you may know, Deva Premal & Miten with Manose are visiting Germany to hold concerts. On the 9th of June will live webcast one of the beautiful events.

    Unfortunately our voice is too weak in the ocean of the Internet and we are not able to spread the news to the people of the world about this great event.

    We would highly appreciate if you could help us to spread the word by sending out via newsletter any information about this event to your friends and audience and maybe to put an article on your website about the concert.
    Please find more information about the event in the attached Press Release and also here:

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