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  Kirtan in Albany, NY on Nov 14th, 2014. Photos by Matt Thomas © 2014. See the complete photo album HERE.

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November 22nd, 2014  

“To be honest, I didn’t think they would let me in here, but now that I’m here, I hope they let me out” - KD at the Chittenden County Women’s Prison in South Burlington Vermont 11/17/14From Jen Canfield of the Call-And-Response Foundation:

KD sang for more than two hours in a cement block room to an audience of 30 prisoners, staff and guests. Of all the kirtans I’ve ever been to this will be remembered as one of my favorites. No sound system, no tickets, no stage, no facebook event, no altar, no candles or incense,  no cameras, no water bottles, no reserved seats. KD and Arjun sat on yoga blocks and rolled up mats. Water was served in tiny paper cups. KD wrote the chants on a dilapidated white board at the front of the room.  The audience was called in on the prison phone line, they were checked off one by one as they entered and they were required to stay for the whole time. Some came in wheel chairs, all came in prison uniforms.The inmate who had been requesting KD for the last year (and has been listening to his music for 20) did an interview with KD in the corner for the prison paper before the chanting started. The women were skeptical, quiet, even angry looking when KD started. It didn’t take long for this to change. Using his characteristic storytelling, accessible melodies and sharing some of his own past, KD was able to unlock all but the prison doors. Everyone was chanting! Despite an armed guard who came in half way for head count!

Ram Ram


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