What is Kirtan exactly?

Sita and Kirtan

Kirtan – think of it as a sing-along; based on ancient chants, it has the ability to quiet the mind if listened to with intention.  Kirtan doesn’t have to be a religious experience, everyone experiences it differently and it is not your typical concert.  Although chairs are usually available, everyone sits on the floor.  There’s not much of a distinction between performers & audience as the performers are often very accessible.  The audience sings it back as the wallah (leader) sings the mantra which can go on for up to forty minutes.  A deep connection with the musicians, the other audience members and yourself is often experienced as you sing with each other which helps to quiet the mind.

What is Kirtan exactly? 

Kirtan is a very simple & powerful way to meditate.  It’s effortless & joyful; the music does the work for you as you flow with the melody & rhythm.

The performers & the concert-goers create the experience together.

The chants are sung in Sanskrit unless you attend a Sikh kirtan ( e.g. Snatam Kaur).  The ancient chants contain powerful renewing & transformative energy that helps us reconnect with the Divinity that resides within all of us.

Singing is the heart of kirtan, and no one cares what you sound like.  At a kirtan concert all voices merge together to become One Voice.

“Kirtan is a means of finding our way back to the core of our Being, to our heart, and to our connection with each other.” Ragani

It began in India centuries ago as a spiritual practice, and was known as the layman’s way to connect with the Divine.

In the last ten years, kirtan has become a phenomenon across the United States, and has transformed musically to appeal to the ears of American audiences.

All voices merge together to become one voice while singing along at a kirtan concert; you can experience your own voice becoming as beautiful as those performing.

Join us for the closing ceremony of the Self-Care Bliss weekend as we are privileged to experience Kirtan with Sita and Jeff.  Sita has been leading chanting in the US for the past 20 years, and has lead evenings of chanting in Singapore, Ubud, Bali and India. Sita started within the Hindu tradition of kirtan and then expanded out to all traditions to reach broader audiences. She blends sacred poetry into her evenings, weaving a tapestry of chant and spoken word that is both powerful and celebratory. She has been a teacher in the art of chanting for the last three years. Her classes allow people to become more fluid in their own ability to sing.

A native of Ireland, she feels that her voice comes out of her Celtic roots; its full resonance harkens to an ancient, earthy form of song. She is a disciple of Neem Karoli Baba and has performed with Krishna Das, Ram Dass, and Baghavan Das.

Source: www.newworldkirtan.com

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