Hari Om! Shyamdas was remembered and honored from the very opening of Omega Ecstatic Chant last night, as Omega co-founder and Shyamdas Foundation board member Stephan Rechtschaffen described Shyamdas’s creative role in this annual event. Stephan also described our Foundation’s mission, our tree project, and then showed the audience of several hundred chant enthusiasts an archival video of Shyamdas (see below), in which Shyamdas describes the interactive and spontaneous process of kirtan, and the auspicious locale of the Omega retreat center.
The event organizers also integrated into the weekend program 4 sessions, held in the Ram Dass Library, in which Shyamdas’s friends and kirtan colleagues will speak about their experiences with him. Today we are excited to hear his close friends Deva Premal and Miten speak in the early afternoon. In the early evening, Foundation board members and friends Stephan Rechtschaffen and Sharon Gannon will relate their favorite Shyamdas stories. Tomorrow C.C. White, Adam Bauer and others will share their experiences with Shyamdas.