MUSIC & KIRTAN
MUSIC & KIRTAN
“We love music. From sporadic drum sessions to guitar solos, to improvised jam sessions with friends, to live music in yoga classes, to sunset ecstatic dance, festivals and finally to our beloved kirtan sessions”
We would like to allow Gaura Vani, one of our most admired Kirtan artists to describe in his words what Kirtan is:
“Kirtan is a form of devotional chanting whose roots go back over 500 years to India. It is a form of Bhakti Yoga (yoga of devotion) and has the power to open the heart. The singing is accompanied by musical instruments and rhythmic drumming and the audience is encouraged to participate by chanting, clapping and dancing.
You will not be able to resist the urge to join in! In its heartfelt expression kirtan can induce profound states of meditation, bliss and ecstasy. There is a sweet sound vibration that permeates through all layers of coverings and makes the universe dance. That sound vibration is Kirtan. It is a mysterious connection that draws people to each other. In a simple word, Kirtan is relief. It has been described as the beating of the heart of the soul. For the twenty-first century person living in the west, life is all about the pursuit of happiness. We are guaranteed life and liberty, but kirtan is the means and end toward achieving the happiness that people are searching for.
Through chanting, kirtan awakens the soul to its natural position, clears the heart of all the distractions that can stress one living in this high tech age, and at the very least, make a person feel better about their day through the wonderful music.
Kirtan is not exclusive to simply those in Indian attire or those who practice yoga. Anyone can join in at any time and joyfully sing along, clap their hands and become a key musician to this age-old art form.
It can be performed anywhere that someone is willing to do it. Kirtan is a scientific study in the pursuit of happiness. If by the end of a thirty minute kirtan, one feels happier, then it has been a success.”
KIRTAN ARTISTS WE ADMIRE
From Jai Uttal, Gaura Vani & As Kindered Spirits, The Kirtaniyas, Wah, to Prema Mayi and Ellen Molnia, we have many kirtan musicians we admire. Here we leave you with a taste of kirtan by the devotional hand of Krishna Das, who is in our view, one of the greatest kirtan leaders alive today. Enjoy!