Atmaram Chaitanya

Ann Arbor, MI
United States

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Atmaram is the Co-director of the non-profit corporation, Kashi Nivas: Shiva Meditation Center, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He began practicing yoga and meditation in 1970 and received Shaktipat, the spiritual awakening, from Baba Muktananda in 1975. He also met and studied with the great meditation master, Mahamandaleshwar Swami Shankarananda. Atmaram studied Integral Yoga with Swami Satchidananda, and later received Hatha Yoga instructor certification from Swami Vishnudevananda, both disciples of Swami Sivananda Saraswati of Rishikesh.

During the 70's he lived in the Siddha Yoga Dham ashram in Ann Arbor where he taught Hatha yoga and was a member of the Board Directors. During this time he became a certified meditation teacher after graduating from the Siddha Yoga Teacher Training Course in Ganeshpuri, India. He was subsequently trained in the Shiva Yoga meditation techniques and is an experienced meditation and Self-inquiry teacher.

Atmaram has been singing and accompanying the practice of Bhakti Kirtan (chanting) for over 40 years, facilitating chants at ashrams, temples, retreats, yoga studios, festivals, and homes around the US, Australia, and India. He sings and plays harmonium, tambura, dotar, and kartals with the Ann Arbor Kirtan and the Indian music group Sumkali. He has had the honor of accompanying in concert master tabla players Pandit Samar Saha and Anuradha Pal, sarodist Doctor Rajeev Chakrabarti, as well as the renowned Khyal singer Sugata Marjit, classical Bengal vocalist Shrimati Madhumita Saha, and classical Hindustani vocalist Parag Ray.

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