Singing together is perhaps the most ancient and beneficial group practice. Humans are built for rhythmic togetherness (singing, dancing, even rowing). Kirtan is singing spiritual songs and mantras in a group. It's bonding, it's uplifting, and it can be a profound experience but it is not serious or exclusively 'religious.' Many people who don't feel particularly religious still enjoy singing in church, because singing together feels great.
Kate plays guitar and harmonium and she will lead in singing 5 or 6 songs in a call-and-response style. Most of the songs come from India, with the occasional song from indigenous American or South American culture.
We'll begin with a traditional kirtan and then when everyone's voices and musicality (and right brains!) are awakened we will do a bit of jamming. Using our voices, drums, rattles, shakers, chimes, and bells we will get creative and make spontaneous music as a group. You can sing in your native language, sing a part of a mantra, repeat the sound of Om, play the drum, or just listen for awhile. It's free-spirited and it feels great to be a part of the jam.
Traditionally, kirtan (or bhajans, or medicine songs) is the call-and-response singing of ancient mantras. Kirtan is equal parts art and science. All is sound, all is vibration.. we now know that seemingly 'inert' matter is moving and vibrating. When we sing, we create sound waves. Mantras are specific sound waves that have positive effects, like returning us to calm and centeredness. Simply put, kirtan feels awesome!
🎵 You don't need any musical talent to enjoy it, promise! We sing in a group so no one will hear you! 😂 Its community-building to get together and make music.
🎵 Wear comfy clothes; all you need to bring is your voice. It's not a yoga class, we just sit and sing together.
🎵 All ages, backgrounds, cultures welcome. Our kirtan group is super diverse.
🎵 Families and small kids very welcome! Arrive late, leave early, take the kids outside for a walk and come back in, no worries.
🎵 Our kirtan is 100% donation based. We kindly suggest 200B and your donations go to the Khlong Toey Music Program, which brings music classes to children in Bangkok.
Come sing, chat, and chill on a Sunday evening. You'll feel relaxed and uplifted afterwards :)
See you at The HOME! ✌
Kate is originally from California and she's lived in BKK for three years. She is a certified hatha yoga teacher, and lifelong student of music, healing, the human body and the plant kingdom. When she's not singing, Kate practices Thai Massage. 💚
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