50hr Kirtan Academy
Discover The Power Of Kirtan
Date: Apr 27 - May 3, 2023
Askara in Ubud, Bali
Are you passionate about Kirtan and singing from the heart? Would you love to share this ancient & sacred practice with the world?
Join devotional Kirtan Master and music teacher Punnu Singh Wasu for his 50hr heart opening and soulful Kirtan intensive training and voice activation.
This is a unique and transformational opportunity to study ancient devotional mantras and Indian Classical Music with a Kirtan master of 45 years of vast knowledge and rich experience. This training is for beginners (no previous musical experience is necessary), intermediate as well as for Kirtan leaders who want to refine their skills.
Experience the benefits of ancient sacred mantra repetition as applied to chanting and meditation. Enjoy the ecstasy and deep spiritual fulfilment of the ancient Bhakti Yoga practice. Learn Sanskrit and Gurbani from Sikhism chants and Sufi Zikars (sufi chants), the proper pronunciation and meanings.
You will gain insight into Yoga philosophy in Bhakti, traditional Indian deities stories and practices. Learn the instruments used for Kirtan, and explore the possibilities to create your own amazing chant compositions.
What You'll Learn
Daily chant of the day
Vowel modification and vocal technique
Toning sessions for the voice Classical Indian Sargams/Alankars, Alap and Ragas (classical piece)
Develop Bhakti, devotion through the voice
Sanskrit, Gurbani and Sufi chants
Chanting with small and large groups
Mastering the breath in order to have control over the sustenance of voice.
Yoga philosophy in Bhakti & history of Kirtan
Basic arrangement, harmonium, tanpura and percussion techniques for new students
Advanced arrangement, harmonium, tanpura and percussion techniques for advanced students
Percussion workshop: Tabla, different drums and kartals (talas) rhythms
Proper pronunciation and meanings of mantras
Use mantra as a tool to deepen meditation
Performance coaching on chosen or suggested songs
Create your own chant composition
Develop effective skills for leading Kirtan community
Revision and in depth study of chants and personal practice
Personal assignment time to integrate your practice
Integrating all aspects of training
Participants are divided into 2 or 3 groups: Beginner, intermediate and advanced depending on their skills.
Meet Your Trainer
Punnu Singh Wasu is an Indian vocalist, musician, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He was born and raised in Hyderabad into a family that has a true love for kirtan and spirituality. He began studying harmonium and singing at the tender age of 5. At age 10, he moved on to studying the Indian Classical Music (Hindustani) while travelling with his father throughout India singing the beautiful verses of Kirtan.
Later on he also studied mandolin and tabla. He performs Kirtan, Xtatic Kirtan, Indian Fusion, Indian Classical music, Sufi, Bollywood music as well as Sound Healing around the world. He has his own Kirtan Academy and Sound Healing Academy and also leads music workshops in combination with yoga & meditation.
09:00 – 10:00am: Silence meditation, mantra, pranayama techniques to help open the vocal chord
10:00 – 11:30am: Nada Yoga (yoga of sound)
11:30 – 12:30pm: Instrument & beat practice
12:30 – 01:30pm: Lunch
01:30 – 02:30pm: Lecture time (Bhakti/Devotion, history, yoga philosophy in Bhakti, Q&A and much more)
02:30 – 05:30pm: Instrument practice and Kirtan singing with the group
1 hour Homework
Full tuition — Immersive study and practice
Highly qualified and professional musician teachers
Participants will receive a manual on Kirtan and Bhakti Yoga, and useful chant sheets that spell out the exact fingers and chords to use in granular detail, so you build good habits from our first call.
Certificate of participation upon completion of the 50hr
Closed messaging group – This space is for learning, sharing, asking questions and keeping in touch.
Price: USD 1'190 (50hr), incl. vegetarian lunch
Accommodation and travel expenses are not included
Super Early Bird discount of 20% ends on February 19.
Early Bird discount of 10% ends on March 28.
Friendship discount of USD 108 for you and your friends
Deposit of USD 500 reserves your space and is payable upon registration.
Final payment is due 10 days before the training commencement (regular price).
If your payment preference is PayPal a 5% fee is added by PayPal.
Please refer to our refund policy page for further info.
What To Bring
Comfortable clothes, notebook, pen, eye blinder, earplugs, reusable water bottle. Bring your own instrument(s) if you have.
50hr Graduation Requirement
No more than 1/2 day of absence during the training.
Accommodation and travel expenses are not included.
Place can be checked at Airbnb, Momondo, Agoda, Booking, Manyi, Mango, Maya Ubud, Canting Bali Suite, Paon Desa or contact Chris from Askara for recommendation.
Special Music Request And Private Classes
Punnu may teach playing mandolin if requested. Private music sessions in person or online can be booked with Punnu and guest teachers after the training.
All insurances (incl. health and travel) are the responsibility of the participants.
Teachers and assistants shall not be held liable for any damage, or loss of property or injury to persons.
Water and Juice fasting are not recommended during the training.
Questions & Registration
Send us an email to book a phone call if you are not sure about whether this is the right training for you.
Please contact Chris from Askara for registration, payment and recommendation for accommodation.
It was no coincidence that I participated in your Kirtan Academy, that’s for sure. From the very first moment I was so touched and overwhelmed. I was so happy that I made the decision to join your 5-day training. The group was very special and all the teachers were so professional and lovely. Also you Punnu & Catherine supported me so much and I felt very safe. I have never been to such an amazing workshop, with so much passion and love put together and I could really feel the high level of energy & love. This is magical work you’re doing. This training made such an impact on me and I had such a magical time.
MARTINA KASCHAK, AUSTRIA, DECEMBER 2019