KIRTAN MUSIC //
Kirtan is the call-and-response form of mantra meditation; it is the congregational singing of spiritually uplifting songs, and prayers and is usually accompanied with traditional Indian instruments such as the mrdanga (drum) and kartalas (hand cymbals). It is considered the most powerful means of meditation to invoke the inner beauty of one’s own identity in relation to the Supreme spirit.
The word “mantra” means to deliver (tra) the mind (mana), and it is one of the easiest methods of bringing peace, harmony and joy to the practitioner. The mantra itself, depending on which one used, often incorporates a vibrational formula to call various energies or powers to oneself, or to awaken one to higher states of awareness and perception and realisations. In this way, layers of illusion and confusion are peeled away, giving one clarity and focus.
Between them, Mantra Chaitanya das and Hema Mukhi devi dasi have been practising bhakti yoga and sharing kirtan with others for nearly 30 years. They run regular kirtan yoga programs in Whitstable, Canterbury and at the University of Kent, and they love to see people from all walks of life coming together to chant in bliss and connect with each other through the transformational process of kirtan.