While the Frying Pan docked in the Hudson packs its decks with club music and cocktails that’ll raise your blood alcohol level, Mantralogy, the record label that specializes in consciousness-raising music, will bring the rock stars of kirtan to a river cruise to raise money for yoga-related charities.
On Sunday, September 30, you can set sail for the 2nd Annual NYC Bhajan Boat Benefit Cruise, which will feature musicians such as Shyam Das, Sri Kirtan, Gaura Vani, Nina Rao, and Krishna Das. The musical luminaries will be doing what they do best—spreading joy and devotion with inspirational chants, sound vibrations, and audience participation. (Singing along is totally optional.)
“We want to create a joyful and sacred place on the boat,” says creator Keli Reddy, “with people gathering and offering funds and energy to places in the world that are impoverished.”
The $55 Circle Line cruise lasts three hours, with the money going to three charities dear to the performers: Food for Life Vrindavan and Share Your Care support sustainable food projects and distribute medical care, respectively, and Off the Mat, Into the World, founded by celeb-yogi Seane Corn, that works toward the rehabilitation and rescue of sex-trafficking victims in India.
We expect to see the who’s who of yogis on this three-hour tour to promote social change.
Cost: Early birds—$55, Sept 1 through 15—$65, and day-of the cruise—$75