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 New Music Workshop in New York.
In 1984, he was brought to the Boston Hare Krishna temple by a friend and became a regular visitor there while continuing his studies. In 1987, Ekalavya received his degree from Berklee College of Music in Recording Engineering and Production 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, distributing Krishna consciousness.
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, Mumbai and Kolkata where he remains based today .
He has been appointed by the GBC to Coordinate ISKCON’s World Holy Name Festival. He also serves as the secretary for the GBC deputies. Sometimes called the “rock star of ISCKON”, Ekalavya travels with his band, “The Bhaktivedanata Band” performing youth festival. Ekalavya’s trademarks are his exciting kirtans and mesmerizing discourses. He is a well known traveling preacher in the world of international ISKCON visiting many countries including USA, France, England, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Guyana, Trinidad, Russia, Dubai, Abu Dabi, Sharja, Oman, Bahrain, and Kuwait.
Ekalavya Dasa serves is a GBC deputy, and co-coordinator of the World Holy Name Week, a global project. His devotional music group, “Inspiration Explosion,” performs at festivals throughout the world.