Saturday May 25, 6:30 - 8:30 pm // $15 suggested donation at the door. All are welcome!
Kirtan, a call-and-response chanting genre, is one of the oldest sacred music traditions from India. Through ancient Sanskrit mantras, Kirtan goes beyod the music itself, it unites all levels of consciousness and produces an energy that quiets the mind and takes one to a deeper experience of the Self. In the silence between the songs, one can feel the depth of the silence that lies within. Kirtan calms the mind and relaxes our body. Swan Kirtan is a devotional chanting group of musicians. We play a fusion of Eastern and Western music. We offer chants from multiple faiths. Our kirtan is in traditional Indian raaga style.
“ Sweet chants and sweeter feelings.” - Jai Uttal
"Thank you for your beautiful 2-CD set which I am enjoying so much. It is beautiful to chant to, and I love the India-style production. I can’t tell you what a difference your correct pronunciation makes to me. It’s wonderful. And the beautiful instrumentation is to be much admired. The CD makes me feel like I am back in India. " - Wah
“You are the one person in the States that present genuine Indian kirtan.” - Gary Goldberg.
Ashok Nalamalapu was born in India and has been a devotee since his childhood. He has been leading multi-faith chants and playing harmonium since 2011, singing in the traditional Indian Raga style. Ashok has been studying with Indian classical musicians including Kala Ratna D.V. Mohana Krishna and Grammy Nominee, Jai Uttal. He has led kirtan at many festivals across the country including Bhakti Fest, CA. Ashok has also led kirtan at colleges, temples in India and the US, and yoga centers including Kripalu, Ananda Ashram and in Spain. In addition, he has served as a Master of Ceremonies, inspiring the audiences at all the major US kirtan festivals. He is a lead vocal singer at Swan Kirtan band. His debut album, "We are all One" is available on cdbaby.com. You can reach him at
Robin Jellis has been playing cello for more than 30 years. She has been singing from childhood. She has a degree in music form the USM and teaching certificates from Harford College and Ithaka College. She teaches cello. Robin has a beautiful range of voice. Robin will lead chorus.
Kathryn Pillsbury graduated from Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL with a Bachelor's Degree in Ethnomusicology. She studied under famed marimba player and ethnomusicologist, Vida Chenoweth. Studies included travel to Papua New Guinea to transcribe and check analysis of traditional music. While at Wheaton, she also had the opportunity of playing with a gamelan orchestra. Since graduation, she has performed on violin and viola in many settings including symphony orchestras, string trios, folk bands, musicals and ballets. She is very excited to be embarking on a new journey combining prayerfulness and music.
Other Musicians shall be announced as we move closer to the date.