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.

Kirtan Recordings

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

Lyrics;
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

Performances

December 20, 2018
  • Kirtan at Amy Johnson's Prelude to the 12 Days of Kirtan
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: December 20, 2018 - 9:00 pm

    Location: 4530 McPherson Ave Saint Louis, MO, United States


December 21, 2018
  • Kirtan Beth Gillmen Day 1
    Starts: 7:30 pm
    Ends: December 21, 2018 - 9:00 pm

    Location: Commonwealth Avenue, Commonwealth Ave, Maplewood, MO 63143, USA


December 22, 2018
  • Kirtan at Keith Johnson Day 2
    Starts: 7:30 pm
    Ends: December 22, 2018 - 8:30 pm

    Location: 1005 Stuyvesant Ln Ballwin MO 63011 United States


December 23, 2018
  • Kirtan Yoga Source Day 3
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: December 23, 2018 - 8:30 pm

    Location: 6170 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112


December 25, 2018
  • Kirtan at Bradford's, Day 4
    Starts: 7:30 pm
    Ends: December 25, 2018 - 8:30 pm

    Location: 7408 Wydown Blvd, Clayton, MO 63105, USA


December 27, 2018
  • Kirtan at Sheila's yoga class
    Starts: 7:30 pm
    Ends: December 27, 2018 - 9:00 pm

    Location: Shanti Yoga South City, 2601 S Kingshighway Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63139, USA


December 28, 2018
  • Kirtan Blue Sky
    Starts: 7:30 pm
    Ends: December 28, 2018 - 9:00 pm

    Location: 3525 Watson Rd, St. Louis, MO 63139


    Description:

    12 Days of Kirtan, with Bradford Smith, a series of 12 Kirtans during the holiday season, hosted at yoga studios and in the homes of fellow yogis.

    The 12 Days of Kirtan came to me when I asked myself what would bring me the most joy this holiday season. It was easy, Kirtan, I always feel great afterwards. And when I realized that I had the entire holiday season free, then why not fill it up. This will be acoustic, sitting in a circle, focusing the energy, and singing from the heart. For many of the nights musicians from the Bhavantu band will sit in along with me, and each night will have its own special energy.

    We usually sit on the floor, bring your favorite cushion.

December 29, 2018
  • Kirtan at Practicing Yoga Day 8
    Starts: 7:30 pm
    Ends: December 29, 2018 - 9:00 pm

    Location: 5755 Chippewa Saint Louis, MO 63109


December 30, 2018
  • Kirtan hosted by Amy Charlton Day 9
    Starts: 9:00 am
    Ends: December 30, 2018 - 10:00 am

    Location: 10199 Woodfield Ln, St. Louis, MO 63132, USA


January 1, 2019
  • Kirtan Jeff Fox day 10
    Starts: 7:30 pm
    Ends: January 1, 2019 - 9:00 pm

    Location: Newport Ave, Webster Groves, MO 63119, USA


January 2, 2019
  • Kirtan & Sound Session Day 11
    Starts: 7:30 pm
    Ends: January 2, 2019 - 9:00 pm

    Location: Blue Sky Yoga St. Louis, 3525 Watson Rd, St. Louis, MO 63139, USA


    Description:

    A Gong bath with Dev Shabad Kuar and Kirtan with Bradford Smith and Dev.

January 4, 2019
  • Kirtan Cheryl Shea day 12
    Starts: 7:30 pm
    Ends: January 4, 2019 - 9:00 pm

    Location: Complete Wellness Center 10807 Big Bend 63122