Krishna Camp Returns to Burning Man in Memory of Nitai

By Madhava Smullen for ISKCON News

Photos by Radhanatha Jakupko

The mood was one of service and treasured memories, as a fifteen-person crew brought Krishna Camp and Krishna Kitchen back to the Nevada festival Burning Man this year for the first time since inspirational director Nitai Das’s passing.

Nitai left this world at only 31 years old when he was killed in a car crash in Florida on January 31st 2012, along with two other devotees, Yadupati Das and Bhakta Tim Carter.

But he will live on through his innovative outreach programs, which he launched in 2006 with assistant director Rasikananda Das.

Krishna Camp and its Krishna Kitchen grew from attempts by Radhanath Swami to reach Rainbow Gathering festivalgoers in the 1980s, and since Nitai’s involvement they have become a part of many major US festivals.

Burning Man, a week-long festival in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert celebrating community, art, self-expression and self-reliance, remains one of the biggest, drawing over 50,000 people.

With its own society eschewing commercialism in favor of service and bartering, the event, held in a huge purpose-built ‘city’, seems perfect for devotees to participate in…

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