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"Kirtan is the calling, the crying, the reaching across infinite space--and digging into the heart's deepest well-- to touch and be touched by the Divine Presence," teaches world music pioneer Jai Uttal. On "Kirtan! The Art and Proactive of Ecstatic Chant, Jai guides listeners through the practice of Kirtan--singing the many names of God and Goddess--as essential part of Bhakti yoga, or the yoga of devotion. This sacred music form is for all people; there are no experts, nor beginners, and the practice itself is the teacher, guiding us to ourselves. Listeners join Jai Uttal to explore: -The power of ancient Sanskrit syllables in chant to invoke the Divine- How to open the voice and learn to love the sound that comes from our bodies- More than two hours of music recorded by Jai Uttal to commune with the Divine through sacred chant- The path of Bhakti and Kirtan, the journey of surrender, and much more For Jai Uttal's many fans, finally here is a chance not only to hear a new release from this legendary world music artist, but to participate with him in blissful spiritual devotion on "Kirtan! The Art and Practice of Ecstatic Chant.
Drawing from an unbroken tradition of Indian devotional singing, acclaimed world music artist Jai Uttal offers the perfect introduction to the practice of kirtan (or chanting), the heart of devotional yoga. "These ancient chants, " Uttal says, "contain a transformative power and healing energy. By singing these prayers and expressing a full range of emotions through our voices we join a stream of consciousness and devotion that has been flowing for centuries."
On CD 1, Jai Uttal guides listeners in learning the history of devotional chanting, how to correctly pronounce the words and syllables, and specific kirtan practices. CD 2 features Jai Uttal singing only the chants themselves, making it easy for listeners to participate.
Kirtan is a two-disc album that features Grammy nominee Jai Uttal singing to the Gods and Goddesses as part of a practice in Bhakti yoga. Uttal's music is meant to make meditation a out-of-body experience.