Jai Uttal is a singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer. Hailed as a world music pioneer, he was among the first to hear the universal heartbeat in the variegated rhythms of the globe. His powerful voice and panoramic musical vision have also been at the core of the yoga community’s embrace of the traditional call-and-response devotional chanting known as Kirtan. Having studied for years with the Indian sarod master Ali Akbar Khan, Jai’s music is deeply rooted in the Indian classical tradition, but it is also plentifully imbued with other influences, including reggae, rock, folk, Brazilian music and Bollywood. We spoke about how he came to his unique devotional music, his guru Neem Karoli Baba, and his latest CD, “Roots, Rock, Rama!” Learn more about Jai Uttal here.