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Chant and Sing with Swan Kirtan

Please come and sing with Swan Kirtan at Metta Studio's.

Swan Kirtan is a devotional chanting group of musicians. We play a fusion of Eastern and Western music. We offer chants from multiple faiths. Our kirtan is in traditional Indian raaga style.

Rasa Devi Dasi on vocals and hand cymbals
Namory Keita on djembe
Alex Adrian on keyboard
Grant Ellerbeck on percussion
Ashok Nalamalapu on harmonium and vocals

“ Sweet chants and sweeter feelings.” - Jai Uttal

"Thank you for your beautiful 2-CD set which I am enjoying so much. It is beautiful to chant to, and I love the India-style production. I can’t tell you what a difference your correct pronunciation makes to me. It’s wonderful. And the beautiful instrumentation is to be much admired. The CD makes me feel like I am back in India. " - Wah

"Ashok, thank you for serving as our emcee. Your love and devotion was felt by all. Your presence in the Kula was a great comfort to me personally. " ---- Dana Kaplan, LoveLight Festival

Sample chants:


Ashok Nalamalapu was born in India and has been a devotee since his childhood. He has been leading multi-faith chants and playing harmonium since 2011, singing in the traditional Indian Raga style. Ashok has been studying with Indian classical musicians including Kala Ratna D.V. Mohana Krishna and Grammy Nominee, Jai Uttal. He has led kirtan at many festivals across the country including Bhakti Fest, CA. Ashok has also led kirtan at colleges, temples in India and the US, and yoga centers including Kripalu, Ananda Ashram and in Spain. In addition, he has served as a Master of Ceremonies, inspiring the audiences at all the major US kirtan festivals. He is a lead vocal singer at Swan Kirtan band. His debut album, "We are all One" is available on You can reach him at

Rasa Devi Dasi of Boston is an exceptional hand cymbals/kartals and tambourine player and adevotee. She is also a kirtan singer and guitar player. She has been playing music with Devadas of New York since 2011. She plays in Kirtan bands throughout the East Coast.

Alex Adrian is an established Boston jazz pianist, keyboardist, and composer who has now turned his devotion to writing and performing the ancient sacred Sanskrit mantras and chants of Kirtan, setting them to jazz, new age, folk, funk, latin, and R&B. Educated at Eastman School of Music and New England Conservatory of Music, Alex has been a longtime seeker of divinity and has found his connection to The Divine through this sacred call-and-response spirit music experience.

Namory Keita will play percussion with Swan Kirtan on this Saturday. International teacher and performing artist, Namory has travelled to many places to share his culture including Germany, Poland, France, Canada, and Portugal. He has been drumming from age 7 in Guinea, West Africa.

Grant Ellerbeck is a lifelong musician with a background in piano, accordion and guitar. He had fallen away from actively playing until discovering, by chance and good fortune, the music of Guinea, West Africa, (the music of Namory's region) in 2005. He has studied the Djembe and the Dunun drums, and the songs and stories of Guinea with Namory, and with Sayon Camara, Famoudou Konate and others. He has played on several occasions with Namory, in performances and for dance classes. For several years he played with the Landaya Ensemble, and currently leading the Araba-Lon group in central New Hampshire. They share music with the community at outdoor events during the Summer months, and play as backup support for Sayon Camara whenever he performs. He also has studied Cuban music, learning Conga, Guiro and Chekere.

Other Musicians shall be announced as we move closer to the date.

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