Deva Premal and Miten

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Deva Premal

In contrast to the rock'n'roll life-style of Miten, Deva Premal was raised in an atmosphere of mantra and spiritual discipline.
Born in Germany in 1970 of a mystic/artist father and a musically talented mother, she was taught violin, piano and received voice training. By the time she was five years old, she was already chanting the Gayatri Mantra daily, and since that time she continues to integrate meditation into her life. She has studied Shiatsu, Reflexology, CranioSacral Therapy and Massage, but music remains her first love.

"My father has been on the spiritual path since the 50's, studying Yoga, spiritual scriptures and whatever books were available back then, making it his daily discipline to meditate every morning between 3 and 5 a.m," she says. "When I was growing up he devised exercises for my sister and I, to help us become more aware of the moment.
As a child she studied the violin and piano but it wasn't until she met Miten, at the Osho Community in India, that she began exploring her voice.
"When Miten began encouraging me to sing harmony with him, I didn't need a big push! I had grown up with music so the ground work was already done. And we sounded pretty good together!
At first I played a supporting role, singing second voice, playing keyboards, and co-leading our workshops, which used mantras and chants from different cultures. I was very shy to sing alone, but encouraged by Miten, I became more confident and eventually discovered my voice."

The influence of Indian classical music is evident in her singing, although she has never attempted to copy or steal from the tradition. "It just comes naturally," she says, "as if I'd heard it all before, in another life." Among the numerous letters of appreciation she has received since the release of her albums, many describe how her music has been used to accompany and enhance the sacred passages of birth and death. In fact, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross herself, the world famous author of On Death and Dying has requested that Miten and Deva Premal bring their music to accompany her passing. "We have played for many people," says Premal, "but to play personally for Elizabeth was something I will never forget, and to grant her wish will be an honor and a privilege."


Miten grew up in the 60's. "At that time, England was alive with rock 'n' roll music and the sound of The Beatles. Everywhere you went it was on the street. It was a time of innocence, a time when you could sense the possibility that life has no boundaries."
He later went on to establish a successful career for himself in the 70's and 80's as a singer/songwriter, touring with such bands as Fleetwood Mac, Lou Reed and Ry Cooder. During this time he released two well-received albums, one produced by The Kinks, another by noted Los Angeles producer Bones Howe for Ariola Records. Ultimately he found the rock 'n' roll life-style unfulfilling and empty, and he began an inner search which led him into the world of meditation. It was at this time he came upon the most important and influential figure in his life, the rebel mystic, Osho. "After I met Osho, everything fell into place," he says. "He gave purpose to my life, and an understanding that divine chaos is the essence of it. My eyes were opened to new possibilities which I continue to explore to this day." Miten proceeded to live his explorations, spending most of his time in India at the ashram of Osho, where he eventually found a way to express his gratitude, not surprisingly, through music.

Miten has incorporated elements of Sufi dance, natural rhythms and ambient grooves into his music, which combined with Premal's mantras and chants form a rich, unforgettable tapestry of sound. His solo CDs include Blown Away, Dance of Life and Global Heart Native Soul. "Premal and I have never thought in terms of having a 'future' making beautiful music," he says. "Our music has always felt precious right from the start. Our job is just to travel and share it, which was something we have found very easy to do. And over time more and more people have come to join us in the celebration."
"The true purpose of our music," he says "is to awaken a longing in the heart for that which is omnipresent: the experience of silence and meditation. This is the blessing that Premal and I receive, every time we sing the mantras.
Our vision is simple - everybody with a voice can sing, and everyone with a breath in their body can experience their divinity."