Music Journey

As a child under the guidance of her parents (Kapil and Ranjit Sethi) and grandparents from India, Aditi began offering devotional music from the Sikh and Hindu traditions and Indian folk music to her community in Augusta, Georgia. More recently, she has been studying Indian devotional and classical music with her guru, Krishna Kant Shukla, who lives in Varnasi, India.  

Her other music pursuits include playing music with her husband, Jay Brown, a musician and Hospice music therapist. ( They pulled together their eclectic backgrounds to create an original sound when they formed the band, Shantavaani in 2010. Continuing on as “Aditi and Jay,” they play contemplative music with roots. They offer Indian and American folk and spiritual music as well as original music. (

In addition, Aditi and Jay recently formed a group called "The Appalucians," with Angie Heimann and Cas Sochaki of "The Blushin' Roulettes." ( Appalucians play music from the mountains of Western North Carolina, featuring spirited songwriting, tight harmonies, and a lovely layered interplay between dobro, guitars, harp, bass, and banjo.  The Appalucians first CD, "Bright Hills," was released in Spring 2018. 

Aditi also plays with other local musicians in Asheville, NC including Scott Sheerin (, Jojo Silvermann, (, Greg Lathrop and Jason Hebal. 

She works as a Hospice physician, is an end-of-life doula, and is executive director of Center for Conscious Living and Dying (  She is also the mother of three precious children. 

Previous events

Kirtan, Film Screening and Q & A with Aditi, Dale Borgulum and Friends

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Padma Yoga Studio, 56 Bolinas Rd, Fairfax, CA

Kirtan with Aditi Sethi and Friends (In Person: Fairfax) Tuesday, June 25, 7:30pm Suggested Donation $20-$30 (Proceeds benefit The Center for Conscious Living and Dying ) You are invited to a kirtan with Aditi Sethi, vocal and harmonium, Jay Brown on guitar and Mark Gangadhar Gerhard, tabla. The kirtan will be followed by a special screening (included) of The Last Ecstatic Days (VIEW TRAILER) and director's talk and Q&A after the kirtan with Aditi and Ram Dev Dale Borglum.

Dr. Aditi Sethi is a hospice and palliative care physician, end-of-life doula, and musician, and founder and director of the Center for Conscious Living and Dying.

Dale Borglum, with Ram Dass and Stephen Levine, founded the conscious dying movement in the West. He created the Hanuman Foundation Dying Center in Santa Fe, and is the Executive Director of the Living/DyingProject. He has taught meditation since 1974.


TEDX Asheville Presentation

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Diana Wortham Theater, Asheville, NC

On Friday, March 15th, TEDx Asheville brings diverse, leading-edge voices with big ideas, inspiring conversations, and innovative solutions to Western North Carolina. The event is a day of multidisciplinary TEDx talks, demonstrations, and performances around the theme, “Meet the Moment.”

Your ticket includes a seat in the Diana Wortham Theater, 9 remarkable speakers, audience participation, lunch, networking, and a Meet the Speaker reception immediately following the event.

Meet the Moment is a personal, collective, and global invitation to explore how we grapple with, accompany, and innovate for positive change in these seemingly intractable challenges of our time.


Nina Rao and Aditi Sethi are both practitioners on the path of Bhakti Yoga where chanting of Sanskrit mantras is an expression of longing for the Divine in all hearts, and celebrating the One Love!

Nina Rao learned traditional chants from her grandfather in a village in south India when she nine years old. The chants quietly stayed with her until she rediscovered chanting with Krishna Das in New York in 1996. In 1998 she met her guru, Sri Siddhi Ma in the foothills of the Himalayas and spent time with her regularly for 19 years. For many years Nina has been Krishna Das’ business manager and accompanies him musically as well. She has released two albums Antarayaami and Anubhav and regularly leads kirtan, workshops, and retreats in her hometowns of Brooklyn & New Paltz, New York. She is also founder and chairwoman of non-profit Saving Wild Tigers which supports conservation of wild tigers and all species in their natural habitat in India. In addition, she hosts a podcast series on the Be Here Now Network exploring spirituality, practice, and conservation of wilderness and Nature.

As a child under the guidance of her parents and grandparents from India, Aditi began offering devotional music from the Sikh and Hindu traditions to her community. More recently, she studied Indian devotional and classical music with her teacher, Krishna Kant Shukla, who lives in Varnasi, India. She has been living in the Asheville area since 2008 and has offered kirtan to her local community with Jojo Silverman, Scott Sheerin, and others. As a hospice physician and end-of-life-doula, she values the power of mantra to focus the mind, open the heart and expand consciousness.

Tickets are: $25 Advance. $30 at door