Dada Veda is a singer-songwriter and meditation-yoga teacher. Originally from New York, he has performed and taught in more than thirty countries and is currently based in Urbana, IL. Dada’s music fuses the wisdom of yoga with the rhythms of folk, rock, and country music. In 2002 Dada began composing his own songs and has released seven albums since then. Dada performs in clubs, bars, coffee houses, yoga studios, and in social service venues where he gives concerts to senior citizens and children with disabilities.
Dada was born in New York City in 1946. He graduated from college in 1968 with high honors. It was during his college years that he began to play the guitar. Shortly after graduating, Dada hitch-hiked to California attracted by the allure of the “counter-culture” and the then-flourishing hippie movement.
In California Dada met an Indian monk who taught him meditation and Dada became an avid practitioner of yoga and meditation. After only six months of yoga practice, Dada left his job as a library assistant at Stanford University and became a full-time volunteer for the Ananda Marga yoga society.
In 1977 Dada became an orange-robed monk of Ananda Marga. His name “Dada Veda” is a shortened form of his full monastic name Acarya Vedaprajinananda Avadhuta. “Dada” means a respected elder brother.
Dada’s first assignment as a yoga-meditation teacher was in France, where he spent five years. In subsequent years Dada worked in the Far East (Taiwan, Japan, Korea, and Hong Kong), then several countries in Western and Eastern Europe. He has been back in the USA since 2008.
“Dada Veda channels the spirit of Woody Guthrie with inflections of Bob Dylan and the Beatles throughout his music.”
— Michael Lohr, New Renaissance Magazine