Kīrtan with Anandra and friends is a heavenly experience of call and response mantra chanting set to Indian classical rāgas and refined tablā rhythms.
We begin the saturation in sacred sound with call-and-response rāga singing on the Sanskṛt vowel of ānanda (bliss) shakti, Ā… then sing the names of the Beloved in simple melodies, gradually building to ecstatic intensity. When the rāga has reached its fullness, we dissolve the sound back into the stillness of the void.
Join us… Discover the worlds within worlds of each musical mood, within each mantric syllable, and release the nectar of your own uniquely sweet devotional voice. Beginners welcome.
What is Kīrtan?
Kīrtan is a call and response form of chanting, often using Sanskrit mantras or Hindi poetry (or other languages). The emphasis is on group participation, musical enjoyment, and pure devotion.
Kīrtan with Anandra is not quite the Westernized style popular at yoga studios and chant festivals today, and not quite the Indian style familiar to those who attend temple services, but a unique mix of the two. She invites her students and audiences into the “heart of sound,” the Self that shines through music and mantra.
A kīrtan evening with Anandra might include:
- Call-and-response kirtan
- Simple chants set to the basic outline of Indian classical rāgas
- Group call-and-response improvisation in the rāga
- Vedic mantra chanting
- Spontaneous, overwhelming bliss!
For the next kīrtan, please check the schedule of upcoming events.