We are so honoured the North East Lincolnshire Hare Krishna Society are offering a Bhajan / Kirtan this year, having done this at another Cabourne Parva event and raised lots of energy and participation we’re really looking forward to this and seeing the ripple effect through the festival.
Kirtan is a very different kind of music. Based on ancient chants, it has the ability to quiet the mind if listened to with intention. Everyone experiences kirtan differently, and it is an uplifting experience, as it belongs to the category of mantra chanting. You can think of it as a sing-along. A kirtan concert is not your typical concert either.
Everyone sits on the floor, although chairs are usually available. The performers are accessible, in fact there’s not much of a distinction between performers & audience. The wallah (leader) sings the mantra and the audience sings it back. A single chant can go on indefinitely. As you sing with each other you experience a deep connection with the performers, the other audience members and yourself. And when the music stops, your mind is quiet.
Because kirtan has roots in India, many of the songs are sung in Sanskrit. If you’ve ever chanted responses in Sanskrit, then you know how powerful singing in an ancient language like this can be. You can be completely immersed in the sound, with no words to distract the mind. The magic of the chants can then carry you within.
Kirtan is non-denominational, the Universal language of Spirit, the song of the Soul.
Devarsirat Das says if there are enough participants they can take the Kirtan through the festival site.
You can join in at the Talks Tent on Saturday lunchtime, see talks boards in the wellbeing arena for timings.