Gaura Vani & Visvambhar: Juggernauts
The Juggernauts are a Mantra Music collective built on the long-time friendship and collaboration of Gaura Vani and Visvambhar. Both artists have performed and traveled across the globe since their youth and have become a defining force in the explosion of Mantra Music in the Western world. Their music features infectious grooves, strong vocal harmonies, exotic instruments, and world-rhythm. Events are unifying and transporting – a mix of participatory rhythm and song, story and dance.
Named after the epic, million-man ritual of the Jagannath Chariot festival in Puri, Orissa, the Juggernauts create music that is a celebration of the overwhelming power of love to conquer any obstacle in its path. They travel often to Africa, the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia performing regularly at festivals like Burning Man, Lollapalooza, Bhakti Fest, Wanderlust and eclectic venues including universities, theatres, temples, private homes, and yoga studios. Influences include mantra, reggae, Indian classical, alternative rock, Middle Eastern, and Brazilian bossa nova. Their other celebrated ensembles include “The Hanumen”, “The Mayapuris”, and “As Kindred Spirits.”
Frequent supporting artists include Krishna Kishor – bansuri flute, Purusartha das – bass guitar, Vrinda Sheth – classical Indian dance, Ananta Cuffee – mrdanga drum, Acyuta Gopi – Vocals.