Now that you know what kirtan chant is, let’s explore the amazing things that happen when kirtan is introduced to Christianity in this second article in a series on chant. Take the principles of kirtan, but use western Eurpean music theory and you have Taizé:
In Hinduism, japa is the spiritual practice of reciting a mantra or the name of a god repeatedly; sometimes hundreds of times. At some point, some brilliant soul thought it would be more fun if others were involved and if it were put to music. This was the birth of kirtan.* In this first article in a series on the great music found in various chant traditions we will explore the music of kirtan.