Demand for kirtan chant groups is rising in the D.C. region.
Dec. 1, 2012 David Newman, one of the country's best-known kirtan leaders, chants at Flow Yoga in Dupont Circle. At right is bass player Sarah Carlisle, and in the foreground is a photo of Neem Karoli Baba, a Hindu guru who died in 1973. Demand for call-and-response kirtans is so high that chant groups are being offered at many local studios for yoga, which, like meditation, has become a gateway to the transcendent for millions of Americans. Susan Biddle/For The Washington Post Buy Photo