Picture yourself in a theater filled with people connected through music and the practice of meditation and chanting. Now, get excited because we’re screening the award-winning documentary Mantra - Sounds into Silence at the United Palace on October 27 at 7pm, followed by live kirtan by Grammy-nominated Kirtan artist Krishna Das, accompanied by Nina Rao.
Mantra charts the history, effect and phenomenon of chanting. This is a movie about connection and finding ways to create a more peaceful and loving world together. Experience the film like never before on a 50-foot screen with surround sound in one of NYC’s most stunning theaters! Then join us for a community gathering and performance by Krishna Das.
Presented by the United Palace, Kirtan Wallah Foundation, and Call and Response Foundation. This event is an official pre-Parliament event of the Parliament of the World's Religions taking place from November 1-7, 2018 in Toronto.
In 1994, Krishna Das started leading chant at Jivamukti Yoga Center, NYC. Over the years, he continued chanting, developing his signature style, fusing traditional kirtan of the east with western harmonic and rhythmic sensibilities. The audiences have been ever growing. With a remarkably soulful voice that touches the deepest chord in even the most casual listener, Krishna Das – known to friends, family, and fans as simply KD, has been called yoga’s “rock star.” He has taken the call-and-response chanting out of yoga centers and into concert halls, becoming a worldwide icon and the best-selling western chant artist of all time.
KD now travels the world sharing his kirtan practice and wonderful stories of his life, of Maharaji-ji, of his life on the Path, and discusses bringing chanting into our lives through retreats and workshops.
To date, KD has released 15 well-received albums, including Live Ananda (released January 2012) that was nominated for a Grammy in the Best New Age album category.
In February 2013, Krishna Das performed at the Grammy awards in Los Angeles, CA streamed online to millions of viewers. The award-winning film ‘One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das’ has been in over 100 US cities, over 10 countries worldwide and is available on DVD everywhere.
In 2014, the Kirtan Wallah Foundation was formed. This 501c3 is dedicated to spreading the teachings of KD’s guru and spiritual teacher, Neem Karoli Baba, lovingly called Maharjji. His teachings can be summed up by his saying: “Love Everyone. Serve Everyone. Remember God.”
A feature-length documentary, exploring the new music and social phenomenon of chanting, Mantra – Sounds into Silence shares the stories of people who are finding healing and a sense of inner peace by singing mantras together with others just like them. It’s a film about spirituality, not religion. It’s about people reconnecting with their true selves and with others. With music and performances by Deva Premal & Miten with Manose, Krishna Das, Snatam Kaur, Jai Uttal, MC Yogi, Dave Stringer, Lama Gyurme & Jean-Philippe Rykiel, C.C. White, Mirabai Ceiba, Gaura Vani, Nina Rao, Charlie Braun and others.
"MANTRA" won the "Director's Choice” award at the ILUMINATE Film Festival and the "World Cinema Feature Documentary" award at the MAUI International Film Festival, both in 2017.
Mantra Sounds Into Silence - Official Trailer
"Movies at the Palace" take place at the stunning United Palace, formerly the Loew's 175th Street Theatre that first opened as a deluxe movie theatre and vaudeville house in 1930. We honor that past while reinventing the movie-going experience by pairing classic titles with pre-show entertainment and expert Q&A’s. The year-long series of “Movies that Reawaken Wonder” celebrates both the Palace’s past as a Wonder Theatre and recent cinematic rebirth, including Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 2016 donation of a DCP projector.