Thu, Feb 01|
Brooklyn Pride Center - Crown Heights
This Kirtan Workshop will be led by Zander Cole Karlin to explore the basics of Kirtan and why chanting can be such a powerful practice for us as queer and trans folks to share our voices.
Time & Location
Feb 01, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Brooklyn Pride Center - Crown Heights, 1561 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225, USA
About the event
All faiths are welcome, no prior experience is needed. Come as you are and leave grounded and centered, with your heart open and loving.
What is Kirtan? Kirtan is a form of devotional chanting whose roots reach back over 500 years to India. It is a practice of call-and-response chanting that involves both performers and the audience, creating an intimate, interactive, and communal experience.
- Inclusivity & Accessibility - Regardless of musical or spiritual background, the emphasis is on heartful participation.
- Musical Meditation - The repetitive nature of the chants and melodies allows participants to immerse themselves deeply, making it akin to a musical meditation.
- Universal Themes - Kirtan has its roots in Hindu traditions, and its themes—love, unity, peace, and devotion—are universal. You'll often find chants in various languages, including Sanskrit, Hindi, and even English.
- Elevation of Spirit - Many who attend kirtan events describe feelings of joy, peace, and interconnectedness. It's not just music; it's a spiritual meditation facilitated by sound.
In essence, Kirtan is a bridge between the singer, the listener, and the divine, using the vehicle of melodious chants. It offers an opportunity to quiet the mind and open the heart.
Please reach out to Zander at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or questions.