Nama sankirtana (to sing/repeat the Name), also commonly known as kirtan, is the great chanting and singing spiritual practice of bhakti yoga (the yoga of devotion) and many other Indian spiritual traditions. Kirtan consists of repeating traditional mantras and the names of sacred deities and saints in the Sanskrit language (or other Indian languages) set to musical melodies. Most often performed in a call and response fashion with a vocalist and musicians leading the call, it actively involves the audience as the response vocal group. The constant repeated chanting and singing of the sacred names and mantras can invoke grace and lead the participants into ecstatic and powerful states of bliss.    Back to main page