Kirtan is a very different kind of music. Based on ancient chants, it has the ability to quiet the mind if listened to with intention. Everyone experiences kirtan differently, and it doesn’t have to be a religious experience. You can think of it as a sing-along. A kirtan concert is not your typical concert either. Everyone sits on the floor, although chairs are usually available. The performers are accessible, in fact there’s not much of a distinction between performers & audience. The wallah (leader) sings the mantra, and the audience sings it back. A single chant can go on for up to forty minutes. As you sing with each other you experience a deep connection with the musicians, the other audience members and yourself. And when the music stops, your mind is quiet.
Because kirtan has roots in India, many of the songs are sung in Sanskrit. Some I choose for the New World Kirtan podcast are also in Punjabi, the language of the Sikhs. If you’ve ever chanted responses in Latin or Hebrew in your religious tradition, then you know how powerful singing in an ancient, holy language can be. You can be completely immersed in the sound, with no words to distract the mind. The magic of the chants can then carry you within.
Kirtan is non-denominational, the Universal language of Spirit, the song of the Soul.
Feedback from our listeners …
I have been listening to your New World Kirtan podcasts for a while now and want to thank you for not just the music but your calming, gentle presence. You have helped me through some pretty difficult times. Even during your challenging times.
… you are actually how I learned what KIRTAN even is! I just wanted to thank you, first of all, for sharing with the world.
I sent a request for a krishna podcast and i see there is one. Thank you for listening to your fans.
I’ve been downloading your podcasts for quite some time and I just wanted to express my appreciation for introducing me to this beautiful and uplifting style of music. It soothes the soul and heals the spirit.
Thank you and more for this splendid one of a kind service … from one heart to many. Namaste.
… listening to it creates a sense of peace in my day.
Your podcast has been an amazing tool for continuing my personal growth.
A soulful thank you for being a part of my life’s journey and for bringing kirtan to my life. I stumbled upon your New World Kirtan podcast almost 3 years ago and I have been a regular listener since. I thoroughly enjoy your warm, personal, insightful, and informative introductions.
I’m an Interfaith minister. One of my main practices is Mantra and you’ve turned me on to several great recordings.
… what a beautiful quiet I felt this am with Kitzie’s shared love for Kirtan. @ the clinic early … paperwork, now a full day with clients. I’m ready! sat nam.
I use the podcasts for my Yoga class, and every one loves it.
Thank you for bringing this music to a podcast. It makes me happy every time I listen.
Oh Kitzie – been listening to your podcasts all day while working today and they are totally getting me through a not so wonderful work day…although I’m getting hit with some stuff, I’m on a high that won’t easily be stopped. Thank you for your wonderful program!
Greetings from Tokyo, Japan! This is Ai who is a devoting listener since last year. I’ll be supporting your practice from Tokyo. namaste.
I’ve found that it’s hard for me to go to sleep, or relax when anxieties make my brain wired, without this podcast comfortably in the background. It helps so much with letting my mind go, and I’ve found a lot of new artists through NWK to add to my growing kirtan playlist.
Thanks for sending this link, it’s so amazing, and you captured that night that will stay in my heart forever. So grateful, thanks again Kitzie.
I love this podcast. It introduced me to Snatam Kaur and Ragani, as well as Wade Imry Morrisette. Themes like all Gayatri, energizing kirtan, and songs to soothe make it a valued meditative tool that can be replayed over and over. I cannot recommend it highly enough!
Hey Kitzie, Thank you so much for your online Kirtan podcast. I look forward to it every week.
Igualmente Ms. Stern. Love Love your podcasts. I am on the road so forgive the brevity of my gratitude, and Best Wishes. Namaste y Ciao Bella!
When I leave work feeling frazzled, this is what I tune-in to.
Thanks for introducing us to all of this amazing music!
I found these podcasts by accident … this is beautiful & inspiring. Thank you so much.
Thanks so much Kitzie…It’s great to have a friend and supporter like you!
Thank you Kitzie for producing this quality podcast. A calming force for these times.
Thank you, wanted to let you know across the time zones in Australia, I start my day with your offering and treasure with my heart the gift that flows through you.
Awesome!! words cannot describe the joy I get from listening to beautiful Sanskrit Chants. Thank you and a million more thank you for such a beautiful Podcast.