As the duo Shantala, Benjy and Heather Wertheimer lead kirtan (sacred chanting)
worldwide, bringing audiences sacred lyrics, soul-stirring vocals,
and exotic instrumentation. Kirtan is celebration of spirit through the
chanting of sacred names carrying participants into a state of heightened
awareness, bliss, and devotion. The audience is invited to participate
fully through call-and-response, dance, and meditation. The
weaving of Benjy's Indian classical singing and instrumentation with
Heather's soaring vocals is fresh, original, and profoundly moving. Together
they create a beautiful music full of passion and reverence. Shantala has
performed and recorded internationally with such sacred music luminaries
as Krishna Das, Deva Premal and Miten, and Jai Uttal.
Heather Wertheimer is a singer,
songwriter, and guitarist who draws on her special love of both music and yoga
to lead devotional chanting for yoga workshops and spiritual gatherings.
Heather has toured in the U.S. and abroad with her husband
Benjy, Steve Gorn, Manose, and Deva Premal and Miten. Heather's debut CD with
"Church of Sky,"
was named one of the top ten albums of 2004 by New Age Retailer and has
aired on radio stations nationwide. In April 2003, she and Benjy released
"The Love Window," a well-loved
collection of sacred chants that has become a classic among yoga practitioners.
Benjy Wertheimer is an award-winning
songwriter, vocalist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist (tabla, congas,
percussion, esraj, guitar, and keyboards). Benjy has toured and recorded with such
artists as Krishna Das, Deva Premal and Miten, Jai Uttal, Walter Becker (Steely Dan),
and virtuoso guitarist Michael Mandrell. He has opened for such artists as Carlos
Santana, Paul Winter, and Narada Michael Walden. A founding member of the internationally
acclaimed Ancient Future world fusion music ensemble, Benjy toured the U.S., Canada,
and Japan with renowned bamboo flute master GS Sachdev. He studied Indian classical
music for over 25 years with some of the greatest masters of that tradition (including
Alla Rakha, Zakir Hussain, Ali Akbar Khan and Z. M. Dagar). Benjy's music receives
extensive airplay around the world, and his CD
"Circle of Fire" reached #1 on the New Age radio charts in November 2002.
For more about Benjy Wertheimer, visit  www.benjymusic.com