Kirtan is an Indian form of collective devotional chanting music, part of an ancient form of Yoga known as Bhakti – Yoga of Devotion. This form of devotional chanting has roots that go back over 500+ years to India (while Vedic chants have been around for many thousands of years) and have the power to open the heart and quiet the mind.
The word Kirtan comes from the Sanskrit root word “kirti”, which is a sacred language of ancient India meaning “to communicate, to celebrate, to praise, to glorify.”
Mantras are chanted in Sanskrit, Gurbani, Hindi and many other languages and were created by the rishi’s (wise ones) as paths to awareness, using the power of particular sounds to create specific energy responses. The word mantra derives from Sanskrit, which is divided into “man” meaning mind and “tra” meaning to free from. Mantras are quite literally tools to free the mind.
The singing in Kirtan is accompanied by musical instruments and rhythmic drumming and the audience are encouraged to participate by chanting – call & response, clapping and dancing.
Kirtan digs into the heart’s deepest well to touch and be touched by the Divine Presence while singing over and over the many names of God and the Goddess.
Kirtan can induce profound states of meditation, bliss and ecstasy.
It is food for the soul!
Punnu Wasu’s first music teacher was his father who has devoted his entire life to Kirtan.
Punnu Wasu’s Kirtan is a mix of East meets West Indian Fusion. The Kirtan concerts he leads often build from a slow, meditative tempo to a high paced catharsis. He has a remarkably soulful voice that touches the deepest chord in even the most casual listener and it is common for his audiences to clap their hands or stand up and dance during his concerts.
I have attended many Kirtans in Australia over the years and I have to say that I have never felt such authenticity of Kirtan of the Punnu Wasu band at The Yoga Barn. I thoroughly enjoy this Kirtan so much. Every time I come to Ubud, Punnu’s heartfelt energy is supreme and of divine nature. I have such deep heartfelt gratitude.
When I first started coming to Kirtan, there was a sense that I could experience just ‘so much’ joy, and a big sense that there was a lot more out there than I was experiencing. Kirtan has helped me to connect with myself on a deeper level, and has also connected me to an ecstasy that is like ‘wow’! Punnu is a brilliant Kirtan leader, who has the ability to take a group into a deep stillness, while at the same time experiencing an ecstatic high. You guys ROCK!
Your music at bhakti fest was transformational. What a blessing to share your gift. Thank you!
Dear Punnu, I am writing to express my gratitude for the Kirtan this past Sunday. You and your band have a wonderful presence - powerfully devotional and very inviting of my heart to open and sing. There were many things I particularly enjoyed: the beautiful flute, amazing drummer, your father’s soulful singing as well as the female soloist. I really enjoyed the selection of songs/chants, many of which were new to me but unintimidating as you kindly went over pronunciation. Best of all I liked your singing and harmonium playing and dancing at the end. I left feeling filled with joy and devotion. I will look forward to returning each Sunday.
The Punnu Wasu Band… is a blissful experience immersed in the magic and beauty of Bali! So wonderful to know the wisdom of the chants through Punnu’s transmission.
Kirtan with Punnu has been an uplifting experience! Chanting, dancing and jamming with him is like medicine for the heart. Love and Happiness emanates from him through his devotional chanting. Thank you for being part of my life.
Wonderful wonderful recharging night… never expected music can be such a strong power to heal… it is the best ever part of my traveling to Ubud so far… feeling blessed with Punnu Wasu and his musician friends.