Sikh Kirtan: In Harmony with the Divine


19 Apr 2019, 7:15 PM - 8:00 PM


World Music


Regarded by the Sikhs as one of the highest forms of devotional music, the kirtan (meaning “glorification” or “praise of the divine”) is a meditative call-and-response form of chanting that originated in the 15th century and is performed at every important occasion in all Sikh households.

Replete with devotional lyrics and gentle rhythms that clear one’s mind, kirtans establish a connection with the Supreme Being and are normally performed within the gurdwara (Sikh place of worship). The compositions are raags from the Sikh holy scripture, the Guru Granth Sahib. When sung, they convey the mood and nuances of the shabads (verses).

This presentation by students of Gurmat Sangeet Academy at the Sikh Centre features North Indian instruments such as the rebab, taus, dilruba and israaj, that are not often seen in public.

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