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The making of an enlightened Grammy nominee

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. Two such seekers were Krishna Das, born Jeffrey Kagel on Long Island, and his friend Ram Dass, born Richard Alpert.

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