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The making of an enlightened Grammy nominee

Krishna Das (above right and below) in director Jeremy Frindel’s “One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das.”
Krishna Das (above right and below) in director Jeremy Frindel’s “One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das.”Credit: Photos by Kailas/Zeitgeist Films

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He’s probably the most popular singer of kirtan, Indian devotional music that involves chanting accompanied by harmonium, violin, and tambourine. Nominated for a Grammy in 2012, Krishna Das — KD to his nearest and dearest — is a modest and appealing 66 year-old performer whose life was transformed back in 1970 by the Hindu guru Neem Karoli Baba, better known as Maharaji.

In “One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das,” first-time feature director Jeremy Frindel, a graduate of Berklee College of Music, creates an engaging look at the era of enlightenment-seeking when young, shaggy-haired Americans experimented with LSD and traveled to India seeking answers. One such seeker was Krishna Das, born Jeffrey Kagel on Long Island.

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