Natanjali performs a new style of dancing kirtan: ecstatic
call and response chanting to groovy electronic beats. The body moves,
the heart sings, the spirit soars. Natanjali starts off with a grounding
yoga warm-up, blessing the space. A slow intro chant leads into propulsive
dancebeats, connecting kirtan and trance dance by getting you on your
feet with ecstatic movement and singing.
Natanjali is a new project created by Blume and Kenny Dread. Blume
is a kirtan singer and DanceKinetics instructor at Kripalu
Center in western Massachusetts. Kenny
Dread has performed with kirtan artists Dave
Stringer, Bhagavan Das,
and Devi 2000, and DJs trance
dance and world music events in Chicago.
Natanjali's revolving crew of response singers includes Maya
Sanchez, Aurora Danai,
Andrea Bunch, Aerin
Tedesco, Jodie DiMinno, Sitara Sylvia Maldonado, Simmy B, Matt La Salle, and Niema Wilson.