Kirtan is an ancient musical art form that could be compared to our modern American Gospel music. By chanting holy Sanskrit mantras, kirtan helps to awaken the dormant love present in the heart. It brings the chanter a deeper realization of oneself and of one’s purpose in life. Kirtan is often performed in a group setting as a simple call and response kind of a song. It is a way to escape the clutter in our mind, and to be lifted into the vibration of musical energy. The songs often go for 20-30 minutes, with periods of silence in between songs. The effect is a feeling of peace, joy, and inspiration.