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West Bengal, India is noted as the birth place of kirtan, which means “to cut.” Bhagavan Das explains, “To do kirtan is to cut through discursive thought and subconscious gossip. It means to cut through conflicing emotions and conceptualizing. We use the energy of our voice to transcend the energy of our mind.” It is approximated this form of participatory chanting began 500 years ago.
These are artists currently bringing a modern twist to traditional kirtan chants.
Deva Premal & Miten merge ancient mantras of India and Tibet with contemporary musical settings.
DJ Drez delves into blending yesterday’s roots with the innovative urban beats of today.
Jai Uttal is a Grammy nominated pioneer in the world music community. His eclectic east meets-west sound has put his music at the forefront of the world fusion movement.
Layering traditional kirtan with instantly accessible melodies and modern instrumentation, Krishna Das has been called yoga’s “rock star.” With a remarkably soulful voice that touches the deepest chord in even the most casual listener, Krishna Das.
The sum of Robin Renée’s accessible tunes with a spiritual twist forged her own genre – Mantra-Pop.
Wah! uses her deep understanding of music and healing to create high energy experiences that are transformative and expansive.
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