Last year a friend of mine suggested recording the Songs (Cosmic Chants, edition 1938) of Paramahansa Yogananda.The idea was, to additionally support the schoolproject in India already sponsored by me.

This friend had already listened to me singing some of these songs; in their simplicity they are to me – like the Taizé Songs are to me f.ex. - enlightning little companions on my way,as well as lovely expressions of joy of life and gratitude.

Being myself of european origin, I decided to create the CD, together with indian musicians, with the aim to represent and respect, Paramahansa Yogananda’s desire to let East and West meet. It was my intention to combine the indian atmosphere and sense of music of the musician together with my european background and understanding of these songs.

A few years ago, I was lucky to be introduced to Pandit Prafulla Kumar Kar, a singing star in Orissa. I met him on a interreligious Festival where I performed on stage as well. For this project, I asked him for advice concerning the coordination of indian instruments and musicians. However, without knowing what to expect, I flew to India fully trusting that something beautiful was to come into existence. Finally the adventure of CD recordings in India took its course.