Kirtan is considered by Sikhs to be the highest form of praise. Shabads or hymns are at the heart of the Sikh services, ceremonies and celebrations.
Shabads are selected from Sikh scripture, the Siri Guru Granth Sahib and are composed in raag, a musical score. These compositions are poetic and written to be sung. In the Sikh tradition, no ceremony, event, or occasion is complete without the hymns of Kirtan being sung.
Many communities are blessed to live in cities where Gurdwaras have regular Kirtan events and yoga centers have musicians who regularly lead the sadhana chants; other communities are not as fortunate to have access to enjoyment of this live music.
The KirtanXchange program came out of the inspiration of a Sangat member who while living in a small, out of the way town, was profoundly touched and his life transformed, when a Kirtan musician came and held an event there. This program helps enable more communities to be touched by the blessing of Kirtan.
The musicians and jathas of KirtanXchange are members of our Sikh Dharma Community and have a love and passion for playing Kirtan, the mantras and shabads from the Siri Guru Granth Sahib, the sacred writings of the Sikhs.
This site profiles a group of highly skilled and experienced Kirtan musicians who are mentors and teachers. They have played and taught Kirtan, studied the Gurmukhi language for many years and are dedicated to spreading the gift of Kirtan through their playing and teaching.