Mahalakshmi is an American-born singer and composer.
She is a bhakti and nada yogi who has written and performed music for nearly twenty years.
Mahalakshmi is a devotee of Hairakhan Mahavatar Babaji,
an Avatar of Shiva who taught to live by the precepts of Truth, Simplicity, and Love.
Babaji taught to repeat the Names of the Divine, "Japa Naam,"
specifically the MahaMantra "Om Namah Shivay"
in order to focus and purify the mind to realize God.
Devotees of Mahavatar Babaji also serve humanity by working from the heart,
a practice called "karma yoga".
As seva, Mahalakshmi writes, produces and performs originals in English
as well as kirtan, mantra, and poetry in Hindi.
Early in life, Mahalakshmi discovered she could express experiences
more substantially through sound than any other medium.
She received entire songs in her mind with lyrics, melody, and chords
which she then translated to piano and voice.
The music created a soundscape which brought comfort
and fully expressed her innermost self which was otherwise unmanifest.
The process of writing, singing and playing brought meaning to her life
and mysteriously, the lyrics often contained wisdom guiding her way.
The power of sound became ever apparent to Mahalakshmi when listeners of her music
reported having profound experiences like recalling repressed memory and emotion.
The music served as an intiation into deeper relation with one's inner experience.
A question then formed within her:
"If music can open doors beyond the conscious mind
and reach into the unknown in a human being,
what music can open the door of the Heart?"
Having asked the question, Mahalakshmi then met a disciple of Babaji named Emam
who introduced her to Indian Classical music, Kirtan, Bhajans, Sanskrit, Bhakti and Nada Yoga,
invariably all the music of the heart and soul.
She later traveled to India and to Hairakhan Vishva Mahadham, Babaji's ashram in Nainital District,
where she became aware of the ineffable effect of reciting and singing mantra.
Mahalakshmi came to Goa and began learning Indian Classical music with Rahimat Khan.
She is a student of Indian classical vocalist Geetika Varde who is based in Mumbai.
Mahalakshmi collaborates and performs with Emam & Friends
and in Emam and Mahalakshmi's band Rhythm and Mantra internationally.
She has shared the stage with such talented musicians as
Mukesh Sharma (sarod), Arshad Khan (tabla), Ahsan Ali (sarangi),
Matthew Montfort of Ancient Future (guitar), Daniel Berkman (kora),
Turkantam (guitar), Julien Moretto (violin), and Xavier Peres (piano).
Mahalakshmi has collaborated with Julliard-trained flautist Andrea Fisher AKA “Fluterscooter”
on two albums dedicated to healing.
Mahalakshmi currently resides most of the year in India.