Kirtan: Past, present and future

Posted by Kaahon Desk On April 11, 2016

Suman Bhattacharya describes in minute detail the various classification of Kirtans and how they’re done. Part of the devotional services to Lord Krishna, these verses cover multiple facets of Lord Krishna’s life and miracles. Even the devotional mode may vary which can bring about certain distinct changes in the manner the verses are sung and so on. One of the most interesting concepts explained by Suman Bhattacharya is that of Akhor which forms a certain part of the Kirtan’s performance which lends authorship to the performer. However, he also makes it clear that despite all the interest, he is not content with the manner the celebrated text Vaishnav Padabali is taught in universities. The focus is solely on the text while the music is often completely overlooked.

Kirtan classroom by Suman Bhattacharya (click here)

Previous Kaahon update on Suman Bhattacharya:

Kirtan, a folk music born out of Indian classical music (click here)

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