Kirtan (pronounced keer-tan) is a practice from Bhakti yoga, the path of the heart. It originated in India some 1400 years ago, when simple phrases from inspired poetry were sung to music, accompanied by drums, by the everyday folk in the streets and marketplaces of rural towns and villages. Kirtan was truly a practice of the people.
In a kirtan session, participants (seated comfortably on cushions and bolters) are invited to sing simple Sanskrit phrases back to the leader. This is accompanied by the beautiful soft resonant tone of the harmonium, and the gentle beat of the dolac and djembe drums, to create a steady and rhythmic flowing chant, inviting the mind to quiet and the body to sink into stillness.
In a wave-like flow, the rhythm steadily increases over several minutes and then returns to silent presence. This takes the Sangham (those who have gathered to practice) on a journey which can involve beautiful releasing of blocks, and can invoke states of joy and calm relaxation.
It is a practice for everyone, you don’t need to be a singer or believe in anything to come to kirtan, just being with the sound is enough.
For a taste of the type of kirtan we will share, please have a look at some of the videos on Pranakirtan’s Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/
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We look forward to welcoming you to kirtan ♥