KIRTANS are donation based and are held the first Saturday of every month @ 7pm
after which a POT LUCK gathering will take place!
Our monthly KIRTANS are DONATION BASED ($5 minimum) for the musicians with 10% of the proceeds going to TABLE, a non-profit organization that feeds hungry children in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Kirtan (chanting) is a cross-cultural, participatory experience that originated in India many centuries ago. This musical genre utilizes ancient Sanskrit mantras in a call-and-response format that incorporates the audience right into the performance. The form of kirtan is as follows: the melody and instrumentation begin slowly, increase in intensity and speed as the chant progresses, and slow again at the end of the chant. Often participants will clap hands or dance to add to the rhythm and enthusiasm of the chant. Formally a part of bhakti yoga (the devotional path of yoga), and nada yoga (he science of sound and vibration), kirtan is quickly becoming one of the leading forms of participatory world music. The music of kirtan is both heartfelt and spirited, although styles of participation will vary from artist to artist. Everyone can participate—there are no prerequisites, no special talents or skills, and no religious beliefs or cultural backgrounds that are needed to take part in the Kirtan experience. As interest in the world’s sacred music continues to expand, Kirtan offers an opportunity for individuals and groups to come together, and to call forth that unifying divine link within us all.