It is almost time for this year’s Diwali at the Chapel event — the 16th annual celebration of Diwali at Princeton University and 15th in the Chapel (in light of Covid, we offered a video commemoration rather than in-person event in 2020).
For more information, including FAQs and parking recommendations, please visit our DIWALI AT THE CHAPEL website.
As always, this annual celebration features presentations by the students, faculty, and staff of Princeton University.
This year we are also blessed to be joined by a very special guest… Grammy-nominated world music artist JAHNAVI HARRISON
Jahnavi Harrison is a musician who aims to channel her creative expression as a path to self-realisation and service. Raised in a family of Bhakti Yoga practitioners at Bhaktivedanta Manor, one of the most frequently visited and respected Hindu temples in all of Europe and one of England’s most important spiritual landmarks, her earliest memories are saturated with Sanskrit chants, devotional rituals, and joyous music. As a child she was fascinated with song and story, and has nurtured that interest through her lifelong exploration of music, dance, visual art and the written word. She trained in both Indian (Carnatic) and Western music, as well as dance, writing and the visual arts and earned her bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and Creative Writing from Middlesex University.
A gifted communicator, Jahnavi also presents regularly for BBC Radio.
She released her debut album, ‘Like a River to the Sea’ in July 2015, and features on the Grammy nominated ‘Bhakti Without Borders’ charity album (2016).
For almost two decades, she has travelled the world, offering her voice and violin playing in the performance of sacred music and call-and-response mantra chant (kirtan) through gatherings, concerts, sound baths and workshops. With the hope to make mantra music accessible and relevant to a wider audience through a variety of events and retreats, she co-founded Kirtan London, a dynamic project that continues to inspire and connect with people of diverse backgrounds. Jahnavi’s sound encompasses rich influences of East and West, and aims to offer an experience which truly nourishes the spirit.
We are delighted that Jahnavi and friend will present sacred music at our Diwali at the Chapel celebration this year. The event is free, and open to all. No pre-registration or ticket is necessary.