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Karunesh (Hindi: करुणेश, "God of Compassion"; born Bruno Reuter in 1956)[1][2] is a German-born new-age and ambient musician. His music has strong Indian, African, Australian, Native American/Aboriginal music of Canada, and Middle Eastern influences prevalent throughout with liberal use of Indian instruments such as the violin, sitar, didgeridoo, bouzuki, Native American flute, Chinese temple flutes, tamboura, bamboo flute, and various world percussion instruments.

Karunesh was born in Cologne, Germany in 1956.[2] Although he had been drawn to music as a child and played in bands as a teenager, he chose to study graphic design as a career. However, after obtaining his degree, Karunesh was involved in a serious motorcycle accident. His brush with death prompted him to choose music as a career instead of graphic design. He rethought his life and traveled in 1979 to India, where he met Osho in his ashram in Pune. He became initiated and took on a new spiritual name, Karunesh (meaning "compassion" in Sanskrit).[2]

Back in Germany, Karunesh lived in the Rajneesh commune of Hamburg for five years. There he came in contact with musicians from all over the world and developed an eclectic style of music.

In 1984, Karunesh released his first album, entitled Sounds of the Heart.[2] His next albums were Colors Of Light (1987) and Sky's Beyond (1989).

Karunesh has lived on Maui, in the U.S. state of Hawaii, since 1992.[2]


Solo Albums

Year Album Name Notes
1984 Sounds of the Heart
1987 Colours of Light
1989 Sky's Beyond
1990 Heart Symphony
1990 Heart Chakra Meditation
1994 Beyond Body & Mind
1997 Osho Chakra Sounds Meditation Osho Active Meditations series
1998 Secrets of Life
2000 Global Spirit
2001 Zen Breakfast
2001 Silent Heart
2002 Nirvana Cafe
2002 The Way of the Heart
2003 Beyond Heaven
2004 Call Of the Mystic
2006 Global Village
2006 Joy of Life
2008 Enlightenment: A Sacred Collection Compilation
2009 Heart Chakra Meditation II: Coming Home
2010 Path of Compassion Compilation & two new songs
2010 Beyond Time Compilation
2010 Enchantment Compilation
2012 Baby Massage Professional Music series
2012 Colors of the East

Compilations released by Plusquam New Age

Year Album Name
2014 Yoga Love
2015 A Beautiful Day
2015 Bombay Pure
2015 Rays of Hope
2015 Fantasy Dancer
2015 A Journey to India
2015 The Circle
2015 Tranceformation


  1. Karunesh MTV. 2009.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Karunesh. Real Music. 2012.

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