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 lakshmi@eclipse-nirvana.com.


Contemporary devotional albums on iTunes and Amazon


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.”

Krishna Krishna!

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.

December Season

An album of Karnatik-inspired sessions. Featured on “Paarvai ondre podume,” Tamil kriti composed by Oothukkadu Venkata Kavi.

mukundamala (single)

9th century Kulashekhara Alwar meets 15th century Surdas in this acoustic dubstep composition by Aks.

Kahat Kabira

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.

yuva rhythms

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.


Articles on Hinduism, music and poetry
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Morari Bapu, Hindu of the Year 2016

Hinduism Today, Jan 2017
Morari Bapu, one of India’s greatest Ram Katha expounders, has been recognized as the Hindu of the Year by Hinduism Today. This piece covers his life, mission, and reach of his devotional storytelling.
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The Mystic Mind and Music of Kabir

Hinduism Today, July 2016
This article explores the Hindi poetry of fifteenth century Kabir, along with historical circumstances and popular stories surrounding the poet-saint.
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Surdas and the Bhagavad Gita

Gita Vani 2016 (Singapore)
Surdas sings about his Beloved residing in his eyes in this article that translates the bhajan “ankhini mein base” and compares it to the message of the Gita.
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Words & Music in Performance

Stanford Dabba, Spring 2015
A reflection on my participation in and inner understanding of a Mira bhajan, along with an interview with popular Hindustani vocalist Jayanti Sahasrabuddhe ji.
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Prahlada’s Devotion in Harikatha

Gita Vani 2015 (Singapore)
Examining the harikatha tradition, this article focuses on Smt. Vishakha Hari’s treatment of the word “shravanam” (listening) based on Prahlada’s devotion.


Praise for live shows and contemporary devotional albums


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