Ann Arbor Kirtan Members

Atmaram Chaitanya
Lead vocals, harmonium
Atmaram is Co-Director of the nonprofit Shiva Meditation Ashram in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He began practicing yoga, chanting, and meditation in 1970. He lived in the Ann Arbor Siddha Yoga Ashram for 6 years and became a certified Siddha Yoga Meditation teacher under Swami Muktananda in 1978. He has subsequently been trained in the Shiva Yoga meditation techniques by Mahamandaleshwar Swami Shankarananda and is an experienced meditation and Self-inquiry facilitator. Singing and accompanying kirtan for over 40 years, he has helped facilitate kirtans at ashrams, temples, yoga studios, retreats, festivals, and homes around the U.S., India, and Australia. Atmaram also sings and plays tambura, kartals, and dotar with the Indian music group Sumkali.
Dennis Chernin
Lead vocals, harmonium
Dennis K. Chernin, M.D., M.P.H. has actively practiced and taught meditation and breathing techniques for thirty years. His teachers were trained in the Himalayan Mountains in India, Nepal, and Tibet. Currently, he practices holistic and family medicine in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Besides offering medical care, he also offers patients and students individualized instruction on meditation using chakras, mantras, and the breath. Dr. Chernin also serves as the medical director of two county health departments and is a lecturer at the University of Michigan Medical School in the Complementary and Alternative Medicine program.

John ChurchvilleJohn Churchville
Tabla, response vocals
John Churchville holds a BFA Degree in World Music Performance from California Institute of the Arts, where he majored in North Indian Classical music, and minored in West African music and dance. He has been playing drums for over 20 years, and has studied tabla for the last ten. Currently, John is the music director at the "Go Like the Wind" School in Ann Arbor. He has performed in India, Germany, Canada, and all over the United States with a wide range of groups including the Gratitude Steel Band, Deep Blue Jazz Trio, Ann Arbor Kirtan, the U of M Indian Classical Music and Dance group, and as a featured performer with the Michigan Pops Orchestra.

Bidisha Ghosh
Lead Vocals

Alice Greminger
Cello, response vocals
Alice Greminger

Kashi Walters
Lead vocals, harmonium
Kashi is Co-Director of the non-profit, Kashi Nivas Shiva Meditation Ashram, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is a 200 hour certified Hatha Yoga instructor, Self-Inquiry facilitator, and meditation teacher. Kashi obtained her training in Australia at the Sri Nityananda Ashram under the guidance of her Guru Mahamandaleshwar Swami Shankarananda and Devi Ma Saraswati. She was also a member of the Sri Nityananda Ashram Kirtan group.

Special Thanks To Past Members:

Glenn Burdick
Krishnamoyee Churdar
Rosanne Emanuele
Anoop Gopal
Ken Kozora
Catherine Lily
Karen Levin
Madhavi Mai
Judy Piazza
Richard Smith

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