Natesh has had a deep connection to kirtan - chanting mantra and the Divine Name in call and response - since he first experienced it 35 years ago in the Oakland ashram of Swami Muktananda. Since starting a kirtan group in Sedona in 2004, he’s led about 600 kirtan events, mostly at regular weekly kirtan in Sedona but also at the Sedona Yoga Festival and BhaktiFest. He’s also composed over 150 chants including all the compositions on this album.
His first album, Bliss of Kirtan, is truly a kirtan album, created with the intention to inspire people to chant along with the call and response format and to invoke ecstatic, even transcendent, states of bliss in the listener, through chanting along or even simply through listening. The tempos are intentionally much mellower than Natesh typically does in a live kirtan so that the music can also serve as a backdrop for yoga, meditation and general daily activity.
The album is produced by kirtan producer extraordinaire, Ben Leinbach, and features a very talented group of supporting vocalists and musicians, including Gina Salá, Prajna Vieira, Yvette Om, Ben Leinbach, Daniel Paul, Monnie Ramsell and Steve Gorn.
Bliss of Kirtan has been called "a lovely and profound offering," "stunningly beautiful for the ear and for the soul," "chock full of gorgeousness," "blissful, beautiful and a balm for the heart" and "a realm of enchanted Bliss."