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Bliss of Kirtan

by Natesh

'Ecstatic Devotional Call & Response Chanting for the Ecstatic Heart' - This beautiful, lushly arranged kirtan album is a joy to chant along with and listen to, evoking blissful, transcendent states in the listener.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Ganesha Medley
12:23 $1.25
2. Tvameva Mata
8:43 $1.25
3. Shivaya Namaha Om Namah Shivaya
8:25 $1.25
4. Hare Krishna Mantra (Enchanting)
9:11 $1.25
5. He Ma Durga
10:45 $1.25
6. Bolo Ram
9:19 $1.25
7. Asatoma Sadgamaya
11:16 $1.25
8. Gayatri Mantra
9:33 $1.25
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
INTRO:

After 34 years of being deeply impacted by the spiritual practice of kirtan and over 9 years of leading weekly kirtan in Sedona, AZ (during which time he has also composed about 180 chants), Natesh engaged kirtan producer extraordinaire, Ben Leinbach, and a host of very talented vocalists and musicians, to contribute their considerable talents in support of creating his first studio kirtan offering. The result is this aptly named Bliss of Kirtan album, which has inspired comments like: 'stunningly beautiful for the ear and for the soul'; 'filled with deep bhav'; 'blissful, beautiful and a balm for the heart'; 'chock full of gorgeousness'; 'a lovely and profound offering'; 'such rich nectar'; and 'a realm of enchanted Bliss'.

All compositions by Natesh. Produced, recorded and mixed by Ben Leinbach at Old Bull Productions in San Anselmo, CA. Cover background mixed media art by Sheron Foster (Sedona, AZ). © 2013, Natesh Kirtan.

Vocalists and musicians:

Ben Leinbach: Bass guitar, hand drums and percussion, keyboard, electric guitar, response vocals

Benj Clarke: Fretless bass and acoustic upright bass

Daniel Paul: Tabla

Eddie Young: Cello

Gina Sala: Call, response and additional vocals

Joni Allen: Call and response vocals

Madan Oak: Santoor

Monnie Ramsell: Esraj and response vocals

Prajna Brianna Vieira: Call and response vocals; kartals

Steve Gorn: Bansuri

Steve Oda: Sarod

Yvette Om: Call and response vocals

Natesh: Call and response vocals, guitars, drums and hand percussion.

A WORD FROM NATESH

For those who have developed a deep relationship with the spiritual practice of kirtan, it is like lifeblood or prana - a necessary element for life itself. For others, perhaps they are drawn to it because it makes them feel good or uplifts them in some way they may not understand. That latter is how it was for me in the beginning, and for decades now, it is lifeblood. There is so much Bliss in chanting the Divine Name with an open heart, and it's the easiest path to Liberation! Although the Universe recently took back a chunk of my left middle finger (a major but temporary obstacle to playing guitar!) I thank God/dess with all my heart and soul that I can still chant!

I am so grateful for the opportunity to share this Bliss of Kirtan album with you and grateful to all the wonderful souls who helped make it a reality and such a beautiful offering to the Divine. (More on that under 'GRATITUDE' on the facing page.) Below are the lyrics and specific credits for the tracks. In addition those credits, I also sing call and response vocals and play one or more guitar parts on each track, and Ben Leinbach and I both play a wide variety of hand drums and percussion on all tracks. Ben also plays bass guitar on the tracks except as otherwise noted. You are very likely to bliss out listening to this album, but please, at least sometimes, . . . chant!

GANESHA MEDLEY

(Vakratunda Mahakaya)

OM Vakratunda Mahaakaaya Suryakoti Samaprabha
Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarva Kaaryeshu Sarvadaa

(Ganesha Sharanam Sharanam Ganesha)

Om Gam* Ganapataye Namaha

Ganesha Sharanam Sharanam Ganesha

* 'Gam' pronounced like 'guhng'


Joni Allen - call and response vocals; Yvette Om - call & response vocals; Madan Oak - santoor; Eddie Young - cello; Steve Oda - sarod; Ben Leinbach - keyboard; Daniel Paul - tabla.

TVAMEVA MATA

Tvameva Maataa Cha Pitaa Tvameva
Tvameva Bandhush Cha Sakhaa Tvameva
Tvameva Vidyaa Dravinam Tvameva
Tvameva Sarvam Mama Deva Deva

Gina Salá - call, response and additional vocals; Steve Gorn - bansuri; Monnie Ramsell - esraj; Benj Clarke - fretless bass guitar; Daniel Paul - tabla.

SHIVAYA NAMAHA OM NAMAH SHIVAYA

Om Namah Shivaaya Om Namah Shivaaya

Shivaaya Namaha Om Namah Shivaaya

Steve Oda - sarod; Monnie Ramsell - esraj, response vocals; Ben Leinbach - response vocals, electric guitar, keyboard bass; Prajna Vieira - response vocals, addl. kartals; Yvette Om - response vocals.

HARE KRISHNA MANTRA (Enchanting)

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krisha Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

Prajna Vieira - call and response vocals; Steve Gorn - bansuri; Benj Clarke - acoustic upright bass; Daniel Paul - tabla.

HE MA DURGA

He Maa Durgaa He Maa Durgaa
He Maa Durga Jay Jay Durgaa

Yvette Om - call and response vocals; Monnie Ramsell - esraj; Steve Oda - sarod; Daniel Paul - tabla.

BOLO RAM

Bolo Raam Bolo Raam Bolo Raam

Jaya Raama Sitaa Raama Jaya Raama Hanumaan

(Jaya Raama Sitaa Raama Hanumaan)

Joni Allen - call and response vocals; Steve Oda -
sarod; Gina Salá - additional vocals; Daniel Paul - tabla.

ASATOMA SADGAMAYA

Om Asatomaa Sadgamaya
Tamasomaa Jyotirgamaya
Mrityormaa Amritamgamaya

Om Purnamadah Purnamidam
Purnaat Purnamudachyate
Purnasya Purnamaadaaya Purnamevaavashishyate

Prajna Vieira - call and response vocals; Madan Oak - santoor; Monnie Ramsell - esraj.

GAYATRI MANTRA

Om Bhur Bhuvaha Svaha
Tat Savitur Varenyam *
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi
Dhiyo Yonaha Prachodayaat OM

* 'Varenyam' pronounced like 'varen-i-yam'

Gina Salá - call, response and additional vocals; Eddie Young - cello.

GRATITUDE

This album would be nothing without the incredible contributions of so many very talented individuals, and I would be nothing without the Grace of a short string of personal Gurus, to whom I owe my deep connection to chanting, my awareness of the Self and the power and importance of meditation, and my very sanity. I offer humble pranams to my beloved Ammachi (Mata Amritanandamayi), and my previous gurus from the Sidhha Yoga path, Baba Muktananda Swami Chidvilasananda and Swami Nityananda. I am also supremely grateful to the Ascended Masters and all Beings of Light who give of themselves tirelessly for the upliftment of humanity and who light the path for others. And I am deeply grateful to Monnie for all of her love and support for the past 26 years and to everyone who has supported our kirtan in Sedona or otherwise offered words of encouragement these past 9-plus years.

With respect to this album, I give my profound thanks to Ben Leinbach for his awesome production and musical skills and to all the other Beloveds who also contributed their extraordinary musical talents to the album: Benj Clarke, Daniel Paul, Eddie Young, Gina Salá, Joni Allen, Madan Oak, Monnie Ramsell, Prajna Vieira, Steve Gorn, Steve Oda and Yvette Om.

More heartfelt thanks: to Alfred Goodrich (Silvertone Studios), Eddie Young, Krishan Khalsa (Open Mind Creations), and Steve Gorn, who, along with me, also did recording for the album; to Mike Fossenkemper at TurtleTone Studio for mastering the album & to Sheron Foster, for the exquisite and inspirational cover art.

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Joshua

The essence of bhakti!
This album is beautiful from start to finish. I stumbled upon the Ganesha melody on youtube and instantly purchased the album, and am so glad I did! You can truly feel the devotion coming from and though Natesh and the other musicians. I love chanting along in my car and at night before bed. This really puts me in a blissed out, meditative state and I am filled with so much love and peace. A true masterpiece. Ram Ram!
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Micaela Corazon

Bliss of Kirtan is just that!
The professionalism of this recording is palpable but so is the devotion with which it was put together. We are listening to this album and chanting along as we prepare breakfast and are so blissed out!
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Jim Gates

I'm so blissed out.
The performances, instrumentation, arrangements, and production of "Bliss of Kirtan" take the genre to a new level. Seriously, it doesn't get better than this. Check out the amazing voices. I put it on the other night in a "blind taste test" scenario, not telling my girlfriend what we were listening to. After a few minutes she said, "What are we listening to? I'm so blissed out!"
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