I've been involved in Bhakti Fest since it began. I've spent many many many hours working for the festival's producers, creating newsletters, managing the work exchange program, answering emails, creating the yoga sign-ups, and anything else that needed to be done. There's very little I haven't done, in fact.
Last year, I was asked to lead kirtan, which was both delightful and surprising because I'd never expressed interest in being on the "TALENT" side of things.
After Bhakti 2010, one of the artists came over to the producer's home and we started sharing chants and jamming. Everyone was just sitting around chanting, chatting, eating... And then the co-producer announced that "we would like to give Sirgun her own slot next year."
I was really floored in the moment. Later, I was even more excited when the offer was actually remembered.
This is my second year leading kirtan, but it's the first time I've done it on the Main Stage. (I've been on the Main Stage various times doing response vocals though.)
Participating in this festival has shaped the past four years of my life. I am so grateful for this community. Each festival feels like a big great yoga party. It's my kind of party because everyone is drunk on chai and buzzing from the music.
If you haven't ever been, I HIGHLY encourage you to check it out this year. Whether you come for the kirtan, the yoga, the workshops, or all of the above, you are sure to have an amazing time!
And if you want a little discount, you can use "Sirgun" to get $25 off your ticket.
Hope to see you there EARLY!