Kirtan is like continuous chanting. It is also known as responsorial and done in India’s society of devotion. The people who perform Kirtan are generally identified as Kirtankars. Practice of Kirtan engages chanting hymns or mantras (theories) to the accessory of instruments almost like the two-headed mrdanga, a karatal hand cymbal, the harmonium, and pakawaj drum. It is extremely experienced in Vaishnava devotionals. It is also executed in Sikhism, in the Saint traditions, and in a number of shapes of Buddhism, as well as in other religious groups.

kirtan performance with traditional instruments

A kirtan performance with traditional instruments – the late Giani Harjit Singh in Kenya around 1960′s

There are some people who believe Kirtan as a form of consideration. Consideration does not come without trouble for many people. And it is Kirtan; a very old participatory music practice – proposes an extra process. Without the labor of psychologically or mentally calming the mind, Kirtan can take us fluently to a place of quiet and to stillness. One of the oldest blessed music customs of the earth, the Kirtan call-and-response chanting type comes to us from India. Using very old and antique Sanskrit mantras (theories), the Kirtan calls upon blessed energies which supply to quiet the mind, get rid of the barriers and obstacles of life and carry us back to the core of our being.

By replicating easy mantras (theories) over and over, quicker and quicker, the Kirtan is a simple way for people to practice some liberty from the daily babble of the mind. And at the same time as it is right that we can sing these chants in the loneliness of our own house, there is nothing similar to the thrilling of chanting live with musical group and with a hundreds of participants – from juniors to seniors, from young to old – all adding their power and energy to the chant. It is often seen that people feel like “buzzed” for days following such a chanting practice.


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