|Ekalavya Das was born in New York City, USA in 1965, the same year that ISKCON Founder Acarya, Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada came to New York. His mother’s younger sister would regularly hear Srila Prabhupada’s Kirtans in Thomkins Square Park in 1966.
Although living in the captial of Kali Yuga, New York City, Ekalavya expressed his interests in spiritual topics even at a young age. He began chanting Hare Krishna at the age of 12. When he was 14 years old, Ekalavya recevied Bhagavad Gita As It Is from his sister as a birthday present.
Ekalavya was born in an affluent family which encouraged education, culture and the arts. Bouncing on his father’s knee, he began his studies of piano at the age of five. At the age of six, he started guitar lessons. At the age of seven he began trumpet lessons. By the time he entered the Berklee College of Music in Boston, in 1982, he had already learned sixteen different instruments and performed in music groups in prestigious venues across the USA. During summer holidays, he worked as the Director of Electronic Music at the Aaron Copeland Music and Arts Program in New York.
In 1984, he was brought to the ISKCON Boston Hare Krishna temple by a friend and became a regular visitor there. In 1987, Ekalavya received his degree from Berklee College of Music in Recording Engineering and Production which is a unique science combining acoustic engineering, electrical engineering and music. Supplementing his studies in Electronic Engineering at the world famous Massachusetts institute of Technology (MIT), Ekalavya completed his formal academic education.
The next three years were a time of spiritual exploration. After graduating from college in 1987, he traveled as a professional musician and spiritual seeker to more than 25 countries, including Brazil, Argentina, Morocco, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, UK, France, and Ireland. The culmination of these travels was the realization that service to Lord Krishna and the chanting of His holy names is the highest possible activity.
Ekalavya Das joined ISKCON in 1991 in Ireland, Europe. He traveled to London to Bhaktivedanta Manor (donated by George Harrison of the Beatles) for deeper understanding of Krishna conscious philosophy. Joining the ISKCON Padayatra, a group of devotees walking from Belfast to Moscow, he traveled by foot through Holland, Belgium, France and Spain.
In 1992, during a meeting in Spain with his spiritual master, His Holiness Lokanath Swami Maharaja, he received the instruction to go to India. He has served in Delhi, Vrndavana, Mayapur, Pandharpur, Solapur, Nagpur, Pune, and Mumbai. He is now based in Kolkata which is Srila Prabhupada’s birthplace.
He has been appointed by the GBC to Coordinate ISKCON’s World Holy Name Festival (Visva Harinam Saptah). He also serves as a senior member of the ISKCON deputies. He is assistant secretary of the ISKCON Sannyasa Ministry, a member of the Sannyasa Candidates Missions Committee, and acts as a consultant for the Team for Assessment of Sannyasa Candidates (TASC). Ekalavya is a sannyasa candidate on the two year waiting list for sannyasa.
Ekalavya is a well known traveling preacher visiting countries including Canada, USA, France, England, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Guyana, Trinidad, South Africa, Botswana, Russia, Dubai, Abu Dabi, Sharja, Oman, Bahrain, and Kuwait.