Kirtan is a dynamic call-and-response sacred world music that incorporates the voices of the audience right into the performance. Kirtan is a spiritual journey, a form of bhakti yoga — the yoga of devotion.
The Mantra Room, in Montague Road, West End, is proudly presented by the Australian School of Meditation and Yoga, and will be officially launched at 6 pm, Friday 25th October.
According to Gayatri, one of the organizers of the Mantra Room, there is no better way to learn about kirtan than to come along and join in.
“Sing, dance, clap your hands and have a great time,” says Gayatri. “Let the experience transport you to a world of inspiration, peace and joy, far beyond the stress and worries of life.”
The Mantra Room will offer a vibrant mix of music styles combined with sacred yoga chant in a relaxed, enchanting atmosphere. Featured kirtan leaders include Jayadharma, a popular yoga teacher whose smokey jazz influenced kirtan will have you tapping your feet and your voice soaring in response; Gayatri, with a melodic and captivating voice that will lead you on an inward journey; and Ishvara, who will have everyone up and dancing with an enlivening, soul inspiring, rocking kirtan.
“The experience of Kirtan is like no other,” says Gayatri. “You’re not just listening to the music, the leader sings the mantra, everyone sings it back. It starts off slow and meditative and then the tempo gradually builds and builds, a single chant can go for 30 minutes or longer.”
Gayatri says that The Mantra Room aims to be “the heart and soul of kirtan for Brisbane.”
The Mantra Room Launch
236 Montague Road, West End, Brisbane
6pm, Friday 25th October