ChantLanta began on a cold night in January 2010, at an announcement for people interested in creating a chant event to support 2 charity partners (1 local, 1 international). In 2 months, a small group of dedicated people brought the idea into reality.
The first ChantLanta featured 5 local or regional bands, a yoga class, free dinner, and a silent auction. At the time, Atlanta’s chant community was very small. The first Chantlanta brought 150 people to the First Existentialist Church, many of them brand new to mantra and kirtan.
Over the years, many people and volunteers have continued the vision of a chant event open to all humans, in the spirit of seva. Of the original organizers, Ian Boccio and Karen Dorfman remain on the committee. ChantLanta proceeds have been donated to various causes.
Along the way, Chantlanta has been the single largest catalyst of one of the most diverse and thriving chant communities in the US. Atlanta has been home to over a dozen kirtan bands, most of which formed out of people’s inspiration from the festival.
Chantlanta remains singularly unique in its mix of supporting charity and building community. The organizers maintain their commitment to a space that is accessible, open, and transformational.
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