WHAT IS KIRTAN?
Kirtan, (pronounced keertun) is Part of the Bhakti Yoga tradition. Kirtan is a celebration of life through sound and song (and sometimes dance). Kirtan is primarily a spiritual practice, not necessarily a religious practice, although some religions do use it as such. Essentially, it’s call-and-response singing in the ancient language of Sanskrit; kirtans are also sometimes sung in other languages. The music is accompanied by harmonium, guitar, percussion, drums and other musical instruments.
For those with a more secular worldview, scientists have recently proven that when we sing together we synchronise brain waves with each other.
Kirtan can engender feelings of peace and unity for those in attendance. It can also facilitate social interaction, strengthen existing friendships, and helps in the formation of new ones.
You don’t have to be a great singer or musician to participate. You don’t even have to sing! Some prefer to play an instrument, while others sit quietly and immerse themselves in the good vibes.
All are welcome.
CAIRNS COMMUNITY KIRTANS
The photos below are from similar events I ran in Canberra.
The next Community Kirtan event is being held in Kuranda this Sunday February 14, 2021 from 5pm until about 7pm. It’s a free event, and our host: Yashoda, has asked we bring some vegetarian food to share for the meal afterwards. I’m happy to carpool with any of you who’d like to attend. I can fit 4 extra adults in the Captiva. I’ll leave Parramatta Park 4pm, Smithfield Cinema carpark at 4.30pm.
Yashoda’s address: 59 High Chapparal Road. Turn right at Kuranda lights for about 6km toward Myola. After crossing Owen Creek, it’s up hill and left onto High Chapparal. The driveway is 600m on the left.
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