The Medicine of Mantra
Kirtan is a form of collective devotional chanting the many names of Gods and Goddesses whose roots go back over thousands of years to India. It is a form of Bhakti Yoga (devotional yoga) and these ancient chants (mantras) are energetic sound formulas which have a powerful transformative healing energy. Kirtan has the power to dig into the heart’s deepest well to touch and be touched by the Divine Presence.
The word Kirtan comes from the Sanskrit root “kirti” which is a sacred language of ancient India meaning “to communicate, to celebrate, to praise, to glorify.”
The mantras are chanted in Sanskrit, Gurbani, Hindi and many other languages and were created by the rishi’s (wise ones) as paths to awareness, using the power of particular sounds to create specific energy responses. The word mantra derives from Sanskrit which is divided into “man” meaning mind and “tra” meaning to free from. Mantras are literally tools to free the mind.
Punnu’s first music teacher was his father who is devoting his entire life to Kirtan.
Join Punnu’s magical Kirtan evening every first, third & fifth Sunday a month from 7:30 – 9:00pm at The Yoga Barn.
Punnu’s Kirtan is a mix of East meets West – Indian Fusion. The concerts he leads often build from a slow, meditative tempo to a high paced catharsis. He has a remarkably soulful voice that touches the deepest chord in even the most casual listener and it is common for his audiences to clap their hands or stand up and dance during his concerts.