Lakshmi Chandrashekar Subramanian is a California-based Indian vocalist who brings music and scholarship onto one platform. By incorporating an engaging narrative element into her performances, she provides context for the music she sings, thereby educating while entertaining audiences. Lakshmi holds an M.A. in Religious Studies from Stanford University, with a focus on the great vernacular poet-saints of India, devotional music and poetry.
Lakshmi hails from Singapore, and her interest in the performing arts began at a young age. She has been trained in Carnatic vocal and Bharatanatyam (Indian classical dance) at the Singapore Indian Fine Arts Society (SIFAS) for several years. In particular, Lakshmi developed a passion for bhajans (devotional songs) and stotras (chants), and enjoys singing in Sanskrit, Hindi and Tamil. She has recorded several devotional albums with her mother and guru Padmini Chandrashekar.
Lakshmi develops and performs shows of contemporary devotional music with her husband Ashwin Subramanian (Aks). Aks is an award-winning composer, vocalist, and student of Oscar-winner AR Rahman. Together, Lakshmi and Aks have many albums and live performances to their credit. They have performed at Stanford University, Princeton University, Chinmaya Mission, Brahma Kumaris, Global Dharma Conference and other venues across the US and abroad.
An independent scholar, Lakshmi writes on South Asian religions and cultures for various publications such as Hinduism Today and Gita Vani Singapore. She also consults on religion with educational institutions and record labels, including Syracuse University and Sony Music. To get in touch with Lakshmi for a live show, workshop, or consulting, send her a message at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MUSIC FOR WORLD PEACE EP
This thematic project features Narasinha Mehta’s “Vaishnava Janato”, Rabindranath Tagore’s “Mind without Fear,” and Paramacharya of Kanchi’s Sanskrit benediction for world peace “Maitreem Bhajata.”
A treat for Krishna devotees with simple bhajans that are easy to learn and repeat along. Especially great for children.
Om Namo Narayanaya
A contemporary recreation of the Tamil devotional song “Om Namo Narayanaya” inspired by world, electronic and video game music.
An album of Karnatik-inspired sessions. Featured on “Paarvai ondre podume,” Tamil kriti composed by Oothukkadu Venkata Kavi.
9th century Kulashekhara Alwar meets 15th century Surdas in this acoustic dubstep composition by Aks.
Poet-saint Kabir’s dohas set to global bass rhythms in a blend of traditional Indian folk and classical music with electronic dance elements. Featured on tracks “Premi” & “Lootal Ho”.
the bhakti movement
Bhakti poet-saints such as Kabir, Mirabai & Surdas are modernized in this project spanning multiple regions and languages. Featured on “Paayoji Maine” and “Manmohan Kanha”.
echoes of kailash
Meditative & melodic Sanskrit stotras on Lord Shiva with tribal rhythms and global bass. Includes Bilvashtakam, Lingashtakam and Shiva Manasa Puja.
World music album of popular Hindi bhajans & Sanskrit stotras in collaboration with Chinmaya Mission. Featured on Mhara Re, Madhurashtakam and Tapovan Shatkam.
bhajans for all
A collection of 15 easy-to-learn bhajans on various Hindu deities including Ganesha, Devi, Krishna, Rama and Hanuman.
Morari Bapu, Hindu of the Year 2016
The Mystic Mind and Music of Kabir
Surdas and the Bhagavad Gita
Words & Music in Performance
Prahlada’s Devotion in Harikatha
Maitreem Bhajata, released and performed on Sept 11, 2015 by Aks & Lakshmi with Padmini Chandrashekar, was in the latest issue of Hinduism Today magazine. Lakshmi’s English translation of the Sanskrit benediction was given special mention in the Publisher’s Desk column “Growing Up Without Prejudice”. Read the full article here and get this song on[…]
Khabar magazine recently featured Aks & Lakshmi’s “Bhakti Movement Live” in its February edition. The event, held in Cumming, GA, was described by dignitary Joyce Flueckiger as “a very unique, enriching and inspiring concert for all”. Read the complete writeup below.
Urban Asian featured the recent cover of “Sur Niragas Ho” performed and produced by Aks & Lakshmi. Read more and check out the video here.
Aks & Lakshmi were invited to perform at the 13th Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities on January 12, 2015. Lakshmi presented her research on Hindu poetry from the 9th-16th century alongside a performance component with Aks in a presentation titled “Bhakti Movement: Music of the Poet-Saints of India”.
Aks & Lakshmi presented Bhakti Movement Live to a packed audience at Santa Ana High School for Chinmaya Mission LA’s annual Sevanjali fundraiser. The show raised over $300,000 for the center and was appreciated by dignitaries for its unique and moving presentation of the bhakti tradition.