Kirtan is call and response singing of the names of the Divine, or God, sung in the ancient poetic language of sanskrit. This is a practice that started in 15th century India as a yogic practice of devotion to the higher self, or Bhakti Yoga, as a way of knowing and feeling the Divine in our lives. Through the repetition of the chanting a meditative vibe organizes and is fostered through the group, lifting us up, helping us to relax and let go of the negative that is dragging us down, and ultimately knowing the divine within.
Bradford Smith and the Bhavantu Band
Developing a Kirtan sound with influences from traditional Haidakhan chants along with original songs, Bradford and the Bhavantu Band are creating a unique and accessible sound that will inspire the beauty and joy of Ecstatic Kirtan and Bhakti music.
Below are my recordings of kirtan Songs that I have been working on with my friends. This is a collection of songs that I have been working on over the past few years. Some of it is amazing and some of it is ok, yikes.... the internal critic getting in the way again, Om Gum Ganapatayei Namaha!
Amba Bhavani, Jai Ma
Amba Bhavani Jai Ma
Composed and Produced by Bradford Smith
Vocals; Bradford Smith, Lydia Brown, Jill Duncan, Jai Chand Saltarelli
Amba Bhavani [Giver of life]
Tripura Sundari [Beautiful in the Three Worlds]
Bhuvaneshvari [Whose Body is the Cosmos]
Adi Parashakti [Primal shakti]
Sarab shakti [All encompassing shakti]
Karunaswaroopini [Filled with mercy]
When you can realize that the creative force, the infinite, the oneness or god is a loving, supportive, compassionate energy, then you can relax into the flow that we are connecting to a feminine relationship to source in our lives.
This song is embracing this love that becomes present when we go with-in through meditation, developing compassion for ourselves and everyone around us, finding a flow of life that lifts us up in the flow of love that is always present.
Relaxing into this flow helps us to realize that through all the struggle and chaos that is becoming apparent, we can stay in our power and confidence that everything will work out, that no matter what we are one with our source, in the flow of compassion and love.
Parts of this song have been with me for a few years. I have been fascinated with the chord progression of the Jai Ma section, breaking some of the rules of music theory, in an uplifting way. But, I was for the longest time not finding a progression to complement this section. On my sound cloud account I have a version of Jai Ma recorded 2 years ago that was ok but left me longing. This new version I feel captures a new energy that brings our focus to this connection with Diving Mother and then celebrates it through the Jai Ma, an expansion of our awareness, compassion and love.
With this recording I love the way the response of Lydia Jill and Jai Chand add to the flow of the song. Experimenting with the percussion sounds I could create I found Tabla hits that I combined with a 606 bass drum that I even added the Banyan pitch bend, hoping to feel this vibration inside our hearts. I started out only hoping to create a feel that I could groove with, and it became a trance that I could melt into.
Kali Durga Lakshmi Saraswati
Kali Durga Maha Lakshmi Saraswati Maha Devi
Kirtan Baptiste Power Yoga St LouisStarts: 7:00 pmEnds: May 17, 2019 - 9:00 pmLocation: 935 S Kirkwood Rd, Kirkwood, MO 63122, US
Sing and Flow to the MoonStarts: 6:00 pmEnds: May 18, 2019 - 9:30 pmLocation: Peace Tree Spirituality Center, 5718 N Hwy 67, Florissant, MO 63034, USA
Sing & Flow to the Moon
with Bradford Smith & Rhonda Mills
May 18, 2019
at Peace Tree Spirituality Center,
5718 N Hwy 67, Florissant, MO 63034
directions here: https://bit.ly/2Ute3i0
6:30pm Gentle Flow Yoga & Movement with Rhonda
7:30pm Gayatri Mantra: Learn/Practice with Rhonda
8:00pm Kirtan with Bradford
9:00pm Labyrinth Walk with Bradford on Tibetan Bowls & Native American flute
Join us to sing and flow to the moon on the labyrinth at Peace Tree Spirituality Center to reconnect with yourself, each other, and our shared experience of time's passage.
In ancient cultures, people gathered together to commemorate special events and rites of passage, life cycles, and seasons. Anthropologists recognize that singing and moving together in community connected people to each other, and to the flow of life. Today many of us have lost this sense of connection with the earth, with the flow of life through us, and with each other.
What to Expect:
You will be guided in a simple yoga practice, including a lovely flow as well as restorative postures, open to all.
You will learn and practice an ancient prayer, the Gayatri Mantra, an energy of surrender: softening fear-based efforting and “small-mind” to love, light, and expansiveness.
You will be met in a joyful circle as we sing together in a Kirtan, songs of inspiration and devotion, which connect our consciousness together as we rise to inspired states.
The evening will culminate with a meditative walk on the Labyrinth accompanied by Tibetan Bowls and Native American flute.
Note - the Gayatri Mantra, and other mantras in the Kirtan practice are from the yogic tradition, and can co-exist with any religion or personal spiritual practice.
What to Bring:
Layers to wear
- Water to drink
- Your Yoga mat, plus extra padding (such as a 2nd yoga mat, and 1-2 blankets under your mat as we will practice on the stone labyrinth)
- 2 Yoga Blocks and 1 Strap (if you have these supplies)
- Pillow or Bolster for the Kirtan, if needed. (Or, you might sit on your folded up yoga mat and blankets)
Registration & Fees:
To reserve your place, Please RSVP to let us know you’re coming, and either make your donation in advance or upon arrival. We suggest a range for donation as follows:
- $30 standard
- $20 budget
- $50 supportive
No one will be turned away due to lack of funds, nor will your donation be supervised. Please come if you are inspired, regardless of what you can donate, and contribute whatever you can that's in integrity for you.
Full moon danceStarts: 7:00 pmEnds: May 19, 2019 - 9:00 pmLocation: Big Bend Yoga Center, 88 N Gore Ave, Webster Groves, MO 63119, USA
Full Moon Dance: A Community Movement
Sense ... the presence within your physical body.
Feel... the connection with your heart of compassion.
Awaken.... with the subtle circuitry of consciousness.
Facilitation: by Rhonda Mills
Music: by Bradford Smith
May 19, 2019
Sunday (day after) May's full moon in Scorpio
Presence, Connect, Play: 7 -- 7:30pm
Dance: 7:30 – 8:30pm
Complete: 8:30 -- 8:45pm (ish)
Location: Big Bend Yoga Center, 88 N. Gore, Webster Groves
Fee - Donation, self-selected based on your resources:
$10 Budget; $20 Sustaining; $30+++ Supportive
Proceeds Support the Facilitators and the Yoga Center
At the door: Cash / Check; Paypal button on website.
Dancing in community is an ancient practice, and people throughout time have moved their bodies to connect with themselves and each other, to celebrate, grieve, discover and create.
Our bodies are the sacred anchor for consciousness and life energy which dances through us with every breath. We can intentionally connect with our physical sensations, feelings and subtle awareness, which we put in motion through improvisational dance, attuning with compassion, and expressing in a friendly way.
The lunar cycle reflects a birth, death, and rebirth process through which life continually renews itself. Through tuning into this cycle, we can know ourselves more deeply as intimately connected with nature. The full moon is like a flower in full-bloom, a culmination of energy within us. This is a wonderful time to dance in community, to connect, to collaborate with our energies and movements, and to embrace the polarities and opposites in our lives, cultivating self-acceptance, expression and a sense of freedom.
You are invited to join the dance -- dancing your aliveness, your life and the turning of the wheel; dancing to honor your rhythm and the rhythm of the season. Join us to participate in this community event – open to all who would like to connect and move.
Rhonda Mills will facilitate the presence-connect-playshop at the beginning and lightly guide the improvisational movement.
Bradford Smith will DJ the dance set, including some live music and vocals.
Kirtan at Blue SkyStarts: 7:00 pmEnds: June 22, 2019 - 9:00 pmLocation: Blue Sky Yoga Stl's address St. Louis MO 63139 United States
Kirtan at A Holistic ApproachStarts: 7:00 amEnds: June 23, 2019 - 8:00 amLocation: A Holistic Approach, 88 S Main St, Glen Carbon, IL 62034, USA
Kirtan at Baptiste Power YogaStarts: 6:30 amEnds: June 28, 2019 - 8:00 amLocation: Baptiste Power Yoga St. Louis 935 S Kirkwood Rd, Saint Louis, MO 63122, United States
Kirtan at Urban BreathStarts: 7:00 pmEnds: June 30, 2019 - 9:00 pm
Kirtan At Urban BreathStarts: 7:00 pmEnds: July 21, 2019 - 9:00 pmLocation: Urban Breath Yoga, 2812 Sutton Blvd, Maplewood, MO 63143, USA
Kirtan at Urban BreathStarts: 7:00 pmEnds: August 25, 2019 - 9:00 pmLocation: Urban Breath Yoga, 2812 Sutton Blvd, Maplewood, MO 63143, USA
21 Suns Downs Syndrome EventStarts: 9:00 amEnds: October 6, 2019 - 12:00 pmLocation: World's Fair Pavilion, 1904 Concourse Dr, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA