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Community chanting event offered Jan. 18

Jan 11, 2020
Ashok Nalamalapu leads a Community Kirtan on Jan. 18.

Rockland — On Saturday, Jan. 18, at 6 p.m., The Dancing Elephant hosts a Community Kirtan with Ashok Nalamalapu, Cy and Melanie Scofield, and other musicians. Kirtan is an ancient Indian form of call-and-response chanting that uplifts and heals the community. People of all faiths are welcome. No prior experience is needed. The event, which is open to the public by donation, takes place at 14 School St.

Ashok Nalamalapu was born in India and has been leading multi-faith kirtans and playing harmonium since 2011, singing in the traditional Indian Raga style. Cy Scofield is a multi-instrumentalist, yoga teacher, and kirtan leader living in Rockport. Melanie Scofield studied music in college, spending two years at The Boston Conservatory studying clarinet and voice, and two years at Berklee College of Music studying percussion and world music. After college, she traveled to India for four months to study Tabla in Pune with renowned Tabla teacher Rajeev Devastali.

The Dancing Elephant is a community center for yoga, meditation and art located in downtown Rockland. All programs are donation-based and available for all levels. For more information, visit or contact Rachel at or 594-1694.

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