Vidroha Jamie, born 1955 in the USA, had lived in seven different cities by the time he was eighteen years old, including Cincinnati, Akron, Cleveland, Houston, and Chicago. Graduating college with a specialization in acting, fencing, and stage combat he went on to the Acting Conservatory of the Asolo Theatre in Sarasota, Florida, affiliated with the Florida State University to do graduate work in actor’s training. Two years later he abandoned a promising career in acting to travel to India to embark on an exploration of meditation and personal growth in the international commune of Osho, as well as his interest in the mystical relationship between music, silence, and meditation.
Jamie first picked up a guitar at age 14, found a guitar teacher on the college campus where his family lived at the time, and chose three popular songs which he wanted to learn in his first lesson. One of those songs was Blackbird, a hit by Paul McCartney from the famous White Album.
The journey in between included a few different rock bands playing local gigs, as well as folk style performances solo in the Berkeley, California area in the 80′s and then nine years based in India, where Jamie began developing his own unique guitar style and melodic compositions blended with softer jazz chords and influenced by the experience of the Eastern meditation traditions he was exploring. He also began experimenting with the fusion of Western harmonies and Eastern melodic lines and scales and became interested in making music for meditation which contains and inspires the experience of silence and longing in the listener. During his stint in India he composed fifteen hour long dancing meditation pieces which were used to fuel the dancing meditations in 7 of the monthly three day meditation intensives at Osho Commune Int’l, Pune India. It was at this time he met Chinmaya Dunster, master of the Indian instrument Sarod, and the beginnings of the music known as Celtic Ragas was born. Jamie and Chinmaya’s meeting produced some very exciting possibilities and the two artisits have played together for meditations, tantra groups, and several concerts in India and Europe for over 13 years.
Jamie also served as the director of the Creative Arts faculty of the Osho Multiversity, Pune, India, for three years. He is currently based in Boulder, Colorado, and teaches meditation and serves on the board of the Osho Meditation Center there, maintains a graphic design business, a web-based business, gives sessions of a clinical color therapy method called Colorpuncture, and continues to compose his music. He is the author of two home learning courses, one teaching the basics of color therapy, and the other a mandala-making creativity course for self exploration and furthering creative expression. -Vidroha Jamie