Artist's Page

this page is dedicated to the local artists performing in the current Swaha kirtan concert

David Newman...

is a renowned sacred mantra artist, singer-songwriter, author, and inspirational teacher. David, also known as Durga Das, travels extensively sharing his music, and teachings on the path of love as a vehicle for spiritual awakening. His greatest gift is his willingness to listen to his inner voice and open his heart to be of service to others. David guides and inspires fellow travelers on their paths, through his uplifting music and the valuable insights that he shares through his writings and teachings.

He has released numerous chart-topping world music albums, and is the author of the #1 Amazon bestseller "The Timebound Traveler." David is also the founder of the Stay Strong Project and Yoga On Main. He has been featured on NPR's All Things Considered, in The Washington Post and Yoga Journal among many others. David lives just outside of Philadelphia.

Ian Boccio
Festival Director for Chantlanta 2020

Ian has been engaged in musical explorations for more than 30 years, as a bass guitarist, singer, recording engineer, and music producer. He also does Mantra & Music Sound Immersions with Margo Gomes.

His next event is January 25th 2020...Ian Boccio and the Spirit Messengers at Vista Yoga.

Douglas Johnson

Kirtan artists, guitarist, and founder of Mahapatha Yoga (great path yoga), Douglas leads classes, kirtans, retreats, workshops, and teacher-trainings. He has had the privilege of learning the art of Kirtan directly from modern masters like David “Durga Das” Newman, Jai Uttal, and Sean Johnson. He is currently studying Vedic chanting with his teacher Russill Paul.

Shonali Banerjee

Shonali teaches regularly at local yoga studios and offers private yoga sessions to any and all who are curious about yoga and it's healing potential. You'll find her chanting mystical songs & harmonies in the vibrant Atlanta chanting community. Shonali supports Centering Youth, a non-profit bringing yoga to under-served populations throughout Atlanta.  

Her next singing project is January 25th with Ian Boccio & the Spirit Messengers at Vista Yoga. 

Find out so much more at

Ginny Blair Thompson

In addition to lending beautiful vocals & response harmonies at kirtans...

Ginny provides therapy and yoga services through her private practice, Dharma Counseling and Yoga in Atlanta. 

She has a Masters of Science in Professional Counseling. Ginny focused her hours for licensure on psychological trauma in Boston. Her clinical work continued in Washington, DC, and finally to Atlanta where she has served on a psychology team at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta since 2014.

In terms of future events, Ginny is leading a yoga retreat in Baja California Sur, Mexico May 22-27th.

Flavia Krishna

Singer, response vocalist, & percussionist, Flavia is one half of the due that is Flavia Krishna & Gershone. Together they travel abroad internationally as well as across the US extensively to share mantra chanting, deeply spiritual songs and cacao ceremonies.

They will appear together again at Chantlanta 2020 (March 14th), and Vista Yoga April 11th. 

Stan Holt

Self taught percussionist & drummer...Musician/ Artist with Narayani; Creator and Dream Keeper of

Jaguar Healing Arts & Swaha Productions.

"My self created job and intention has been to simply be this bridge figure...a person who brings together YOU,  the audience, with the artists (local and visiting) for the sake of swimming in Joy & Love. The incredible experiences & talent that I have seen is too much NOT to share."

Hosting kirtan concerts in Atlanta over the years with: David Newman aka Durga Das; Girish; Sean Johnson & the Wild Lotus Band; HuDost; Dave Stringer & Donna Delory; the Hanumen; Johanna Beekman;

& Brenda McMorrow.

"I have a passion for the healing arts. Kirtan and energy healing work are enormously significant components in my world, and they both do much of the same thing, in helping us to return to ourselves.

Mesa Carrier & I.E.M. Energy Healer at Jaguar Healing Arts.;;