Deva Premal was raised in an atmosphere of mantra and spiritual discipline.
Born in Nürnberg, Germany in 1970 of a mystic/artist father and a musically talented mother, she was taught violin, piano and received voice training. By the time she was five years old, she was already chanting the Gayatri Mantra daily, and since that time she continues to integrate meditation into her life.
Deva notes that,
“When my mother was pregnant with me, their welcome was to sing the Gayatri Mantra throughout the pregnancy. As I grew up we continued to chant the Gayatri Mantra together regularly before sleep. I didn't really know what I was singing... and why. I just did it because I was told to! It wasn't until much later that I came to appreciate these precious times and what my parents wanted to give me.”
As a teenager, she moved away from the confines of both her classical music training in voice, violin and piano, and the mantra practice, and began to explore on her own. At age 11, her search brought her to the enlightened mystic Osho, who gave her the name 'Deva Premal' meaning divine loving when translated from the Sanskrit.