Deva Premal and Miten are world-renowned exponents of sacred chants and devotees of the ancient tradition. They share their love of the connection that music can create, as well as a special song recorded with respected Indigenous Australian elder, the late Uncle Bob Randall.
About Our Guests:
Deva Premal and Miten are leaders in bringing chant to the modern world.
They are major contributors to many soundtracks in alternative healing modalities. This includes those used in rehab/detox/stress management clinics, yoga studios, spas and meditation centres, shamanic gatherings, and ceremonies throughout the world.
Their debut album, The Essence, introduced a unique musical genre by merging ancient mantras of India and Tibet with contemporary musical settings. Since its release, Deva and Miten have tapped into an apparently unending stream of uplifting and inspirational music with 21 albums released, and sales of nearly 1.5 million.
Deva and Miten also visit festivals, concert halls, rock venues and cathedrals around the world. Their followers include Cher (who recorded and performed their version of the Gayatri Mantra) and HH Dalai Lama, life coach and motivational guru Tony Robbins, and author Eckhart Tolle.
Uncle Bob was a Tjilpi (special teaching uncle) of the Yankunytjatjara Nation and was the main traditional keeper of Uluru. This inspirational man was an activist throughout his life and worked to bring attention to equal rights, land rights, and responsibility to the environment. He was also a leader in Indigenous cultural awareness and preservation.
He is well known however for his 1970s song, My Brown Skin Baby, which gained worldwide recognition and shed much-needed light on the issues of the Stolen Generation. Along with bringing attention to the government´s policy of stealing Aboriginal children, the song also become an anthem for the Stolen Generation and opened the door for indigenous story songwriters throughout Australia.
The famous song inspired an award-winning documentary, leading to the end of the Australian government’s policy of removing children from their families.
Uncle bob’s lifelong efforts to bring in equal rights for everyone, and to retain Aboriginal culture, were recognised in 1999 when he was named Indigenous Person of the Year. In 2004, he was inducted into the Northern Territory Indigenous Music Hall of Fame, and two years later, Uncle Bob co-produced and narrated the award-winning documentary, Kanyini.