Dada Nabhaniilananda, aka The Monk Dude, is a yoga monk, a meditation instructor, an author, a keynote speaker and a musician. Born in New Zealand, he was ordained as a monk in India in 1979 where he studied under the great spiritual master, Shrii Shrii Anandamurti. He has spoken and performed and spoken in more than 40 countries, including in Brazil in 1992 where he appeared on stage with the Dalai Lama before 10,000 people.
Dada started playing music at the age of four. He has recorded eight albums, won five international songwriting awards and has performed or recorded with a number of notable musicians including Paul Winter, Premik Tubbs (from Santana and John Mclaughlin bands) Harry Williamson (from Gong) & the late, great Daevid Allen (founder of Gong and Soft Machine). Somewhat to his embarrassment (because it is super flattering) he is repeatedly told that he sounds like English folk/rock singer Cat Stevens, in case you’re old enough to remember him. But he does sing with an English accent, and play folk fingerpicking guitar with style.
Dada always says that ‘music is the language of emotion’. Which is why he uses it to help get people in the mood for meditation. Then it is much easier to concentrate. Expect a little session of meditative chanting, mantrameditation, and a cool song or two about how our creative spirit might even take humanity to the stars.