Aks is a composer, producer and vocalist who composes for albums, film & TV, and video games. Trained by Oscar winner AR Rahman, Aks is best known for creating multi-layered electronic orchestrations and lyrical melodies. His forte in programming and training in classical music come to life in his innovative use of new music technology. Lakshmi is a vocalist-scholar who brings singing, scholarship, and storytelling onto one platform. With an M.A. in Religious Studies from Stanford, she performs and writes on the great Indian poet-saints of the Bhakti Movement.
Aks & Lakshmi are a composer and vocalist duo who specialize in Electronic Bhakti Music. They are pioneers in blending Raga influences with electronic and pop genres to create powerful spiritual experiences. Through engaging live shows and 8 albums to date, Aks & Lakshmi present the peace, love and pluralistic vision of poets such as Adi Shankara, Kabir, Mirabai, and Surdas to American multi-faith audiences. In their live performances, EDM chants, bhajans and stotras (devotional song and hymn) interconnect with storytelling and visual media in a celebration of ecstatic devotion. In 2013, their music and media company Eclipse Nirvana released “The Bhakti Movement”, a project that modernized traditional songs and was distributed worldwide by Sony Music.
As guest presenters at Princeton University, Stanford University and the Global Conference on World’s Religions, the content of their sacred music brings strong educational value to institutions. They have been featured as cultural ambassadors at the American and Indian Embassies. Aks & Lakshmi have also presented major concerts at spiritual organizations such as Chinmaya Mission, Brahma kumaris and Aurobindo Society. Based in California, Aks & Lakshmi perform across North America and beyond. Audiences describe their music as “healing”, “meditative” and “transforming”.