Our Community Kirtan program has expanded to include Montreal, Burlington VT, Montclair NJ, Manchester CT, Amherst MA, Sarasota FL, San Francisco CA and Houston TX. We are so grateful for the community teams in each location organizing regular events! Find out how to host a Community Kirtan in Your community.

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We Bring Inspiring Chanting to You

From the Hanumen to Community Kirtan to albums you love to play on auto-repeat!  We are behind over 200 events annually from Yellowknife Canada to Portland Maine.


University Sacred Sounds

We reached over 10,000 students in the past years through our innovative Sacred Sounds program.  The project depends on the volunteer efforts of talented graduates from Rutgers University who are now mentoring hosts at six other schools.   We need your help to keep these events free for students!


Our Prison Program

Our partnering artists offer the practice of mantra chanting regularly in prisons around the country.  They volunteer their time and you can help cover their gas.


Our Amazing Artists

The Call and Response Foundation and our artists are committed to individuals and communities through sharing the power of sacred sound.

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We have the pleasure of hearing about how chant has touched people’s lives and we want to hear from you! Please write to us and tell us how chanting came into your life. Click here!

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Glimpses from our Community Kirtans across the country

San Francisco

Blessings! In San Francisco the Community Kirtan hosts began having hot food each week. Now, the community has begun to bring food items as well and it has grown. If someone is hungry there is food available to ground before the practice or it can be had afterward as blessed prasad. May you continue to warm hearts and bellies SF!

In Burlington, community members have learned more about the lifeline that a Kirtan can provide for those in need of connection. “I cannot explain kirtan but I know it needs to keep happening in our community. People need each other and need that space….kirtan keeps them going every week. Just that something that is there, no matter what else may not be, to gain so much from participating in the experience, knowing it will be there again and again.”


Very sweet night at Unity of SRQ for our weekly kirtan. We had a number of people who had never been there, including a couple of beautiful high school folks who expressed interest in evangelizing kirtan to their friends! We went deep and raised much needed funds for the All Faiths Food Bank – to help feed the needy kids of Sarasota and Desoto counties. Special thanks to Larry for his solid drumming and to all for singing the names of God with open hearts and lots of soul. I am truly blessed to know and chant with you. Thank you. Jai Ram!!!!


Take a look at how we have grown and what was manifested in 2016. We are excited for 2017 and the work ahead. Thank you for all your support.

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Hope Gateway event with the Hanumen



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Call and Response Foundation is excited to partner with this inspiring project. The film is a pilgrimage through the roots of Yoga, captured from the lens of the heart. Click HERE to learn more and take a peek below at a few of the magnificent images.



Learn this beautiful chant by Snatam Kaur.






THANK YOU to everyone who made this event an amazing success!

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Chant 4 Change

Chant 4 Change



Call and Response is PROUD to have sponsored this tour




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Vermantra Fundraiser!

The annual community 12 hour chant fest in Burlington, VT raised funds for Nandi Animal Rescue and Call and Response Foundation’s prison program. Chants were led by community leaders, a potluck meal was served throughout the day and an all volunteer crew ran sound, cleaned up and made it happen! Thank you to all!!


“Every single repetition of the Name carries a magnetism, power, and energy that will bring fruit sometime or another. Do the practice even if your heart is not in it. These practices are our only tool we have in this life, to wake up at all.” ~ Krishna Das ~

Call and Response Foundation Blog

Hanumen Summer 2015 Schedule

Full Summer Schedule: Hanumen Summer 2015 Schedule in partnership with the Call and Response Foundation Hanumen Kripalu w/Shiva Rea Retreat 7/7-9, 2015 Join renowned yoga teacher Shiva Rea for her annual teacher training at Kripalu in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains. The Hanumen will provide daily live music to accompany to Shiva’s relaxation, trance dance and yoga classes. On Wed night July 8th The Hanumen will also provide a beautiful kirtan for all the guests at Kripalu Center. Come join us for what is sure to be a healing and inspiring week. www.kripalu.org Hanumen New York 7/9/2015 Yoga Mandali Saratoga Springs NY Evening Kirtan www.yogamandali.com   Hanumen Adirondacks Retreat 7/10-12, 2015 The Great Camp Sagamore Raquette Lake, New York 13436 www.greatcampsagamore.org Join the Hanumen July 10-12 ,2015 at The Great Camp Sagamore on beautiful Raquette Lake in New York state’s Adirondacks! The 3 day retreat features inspiring music, kayaking, yoga and pristine wilderness to explore! Enjoy a digital fast, feast on thoughtfully prepared vegetarian food and chant from your heart at this historic retreat center! The Hanumen will offer workshops on storytelling, mantras, percussion and the history behind the ancient practice of kirtan. The multi talented group includes Gaura Vani, John de Kadt, Purusartha Dasa, Benjy Wertheimer and Vish Seth. Yoga and meditation with John Smirtic is also included. The Hanumen’s trademark uplifting humor, inspiring stories and enthusiasm for conscious living will make this weekend the highlight of your summer! Your 3 day stay includes 6 meals, lodging at the renowned Sagamore Lodge, all workshops, use of kayaks and lakefront and evening kirtans. Hanumen Adirondacks is open for participants over... read more
Yoga American Style

Yoga American Style

  The Call and Response Foundation sponsored the production of Yoga American Style, by Prem Prakash. From Amazon: “This book is not about another type of yoga, which seems to be multiplying across the country. It’s not about yoga for the aerobic masses that just want to improve their bodies. It is, instead, the timeless essence of what yoga actually is. Written for Americans, it explains the practical philosophy and psychology of the deep spiritual path of true, ancient yoga.” Learn more on... read more
Kirtan at Shakti Fest

Kirtan at Shakti Fest

Would you like a unique opportunity to connect with an international kirtan community? Win two free passes with camping to Shakti Fest, May 16-18 in the beautiful desert of Joshua Tree, CA. Join Call & Respose Foundation for 3 days with an unprecedented line up of internationally renowned kirtan artists, yoga teachers and workshop leaders. Enjoy over 40 hours of kirtan, practice asanas in any of the 50 unique yoga classes, and deepen your awareness through 36 innovative workshops offered throughout the weekend. Visit bhaktifest.com for details and to purchase... read more

Stories from Shyamdas

Here are stories from Shyamdas, a beloved teacher who passed away in January 2013: What is it like to be in the bhava (deovtion)? I think it is a unique experience, because the relationship that souls have with their Maker, really, each one is unique, and because the Supreme is able to respond to every individual according to her specific qualification and eligibility, that is what makes it so interesting, because everyone’s bhava arises in a different way. So what is it like to be in the bhava? Well, as they say, it is predominately blissful.  What is it like to be in the bhava, I have read and I sense that when a person is in that devotional state, they are largely unconcerned with unrelated affairs. A person who has established him or herself even somewhere near the bhava, attains a sense of fearlessness, because the bhava makes us understand that there is eternity within the present moment. That makes the individual unconcerned about what is going to happen next, because it is already a perfect manifestation as it is. Being in the bhava allows a person to feels God’s presence in other beings as well. It allows the individual to feel that life is a gift, that it has been given to us. So generally speaking, people in the bhava feel gratitude, and they are recipients of humility because they cannot identify with their smaller self nor do they consider themselves to be greater than other individuals. They see their own lives as really opportunities to serve the greater community so that other people can also taste... read more
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