Join Mrs. Jyoti Khare Yadvar for an interactive workshop about the Bhajan & Kirtan Traditions of India. No previous music training necessary.
A bhajan literally means "sharing". It also refers to any song with spiritual ideas, in a regional Indian language. A Bhajan has no prescribed form, or set rules, is in free form, normally lyrical and based on melodic ragas. It belongs to a genre of music and arts that developed with the Bhakti movement. It is found in the various traditions of Hinduism.
Ideas from scriptures, legendary epics, the teachings of saints and loving devotion to a deity are the typical subjects of bhajans. It is usually a group event, with one or more lead singers, accompanied with music, and sometimes dancing. A bhajan may be sung in a temple, in a home, under a tree in open, near a river bank or a place of historic significance.
Kirtan is a very simple & powerful way to meditate. It’s effortless & joyful; the music does the work for you as you flow with the melody & rhythm. The performers & the concert-goers create the experience together. Singing is the heart of kirtan, and no one cares what you sound like. At a kirtan concert all voices merge together to become One Voice.
Mrs. Joyti Khare Yadvar is from Mumbai, and is a leading Indian vocalist, with diplomas in Hindustani Classical vocal music from Mumbai University. Along with the classical performances, she has also given more than 300 performances around India in "sugam Sangeet" which includes semi classical thumaris, gazals, bhajans, and natya sangeet.
Suggested donation: $10 - $30 (please pay at the door - cash or check preferred)