Cultures through the ages have participated in singing traditions as a way for people to come together in the spirit of community. In the West this participation has taken many forms—singing around the campfire, congregational singing, rock concerts, folk festivals, and increasingly, Kirtan.
Kirtan is a form of singing meditation originating in 6th Century India when wandering poets sang from sacred text. Traditionally chants are sung as call and response in the sacred language of Sanskrit. The sound of a word in Sanskrit carries the essence of the object portrayed. Every syllable carries a vibration, a meaning. Singing these ancient chants can help us to reconnect with the divinity that resides within.
We are all kirtankaras. In Kirtan there is little distinction between the performers and audience. It is about all participants expressing authentically from the heart. Everyone has the opportunity to participate in the musical experience as the spirit moves.
Madir: Keyboard player and Vocalist, Mandir brings to Kirtankara her classical music training and interest in music as a vehicle for deepening awareness. Mandir’s passion for spirituality began early in her life and eventually led to deep study of meditation, yoga, and mind-body healing modalities. She is especially interested in the role that singing can play in the opening of the throat center and currently works with individuals, teaching a mindful approach to cultivating the singing voice.
KurmaDas: Tabla player and Vocalist, KurmaDas brings to KirtanKara his depth of spiritual practice through self-study. He has inspired others as a yoga teacher, Ayurveda practitioner and long-time meditator. His years of travel to Europe and Asia have provided him the opportunity to see life through the lenses of others and to practice acceptance and equanimity. He loves living his practice and sharing with others through kirtan.
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Cost: Suggested $8 – $10 Donation