Opening Ceremony and Kirtan Concert


Kirtan – a practice of mantra chanting that stills the mind and frees the heart – will be presented by Dave Stringer, regarded as one of the most gifted singers in the genre!

Sung in call-and-response form, ecstasy is both the process and the product of Kirtan. Stringer’s sound infuses the mysticism of traditional Indian instruments with the exuberant intensity of American gospel and jazz. His work creates a modern and participatory theatrical experience out of the ancient traditions of kirtan and yoga, open to a multiplicity of interpretations, and accessible to all. Based in Los Angeles, since 2000 Stringer and his ensemble have produced six CDs and toured North America, Europe and Australia tirelessly. Dave will be joined by special guest Sheela Bringi.