"Love is the most
in the world" -Swami Rama
"Though it involves music, the ancient practice
of kirtan is not about musical ability or training,
it is about the heart..."
Milwaukee's Kirtan with Ragani is the place
for hearfelt, participatory music love. This ancient practice of kirtan call-and-response chanting has been found to quiet the mind, reduce stress, and renew the spirit. Not to be missed!
~ Turn the World to Love® ~
Kirtan with Ragani
As featured on FOX 6, and producers of the award winning kirtan CD's, Best of Both Worlds and Ancient Spirit, Milwaukee's live Kirtan with Ragani experience is the largest ongoing, independent, ongoing kirtan scene in the nation. Participants come from Milwaukee, as well as from Chicago, Madison, Rockford, Green Bay, Minneapolis, and other surrounding areas for this ongoing special event. Kirtan with Ragani is held on first Fridays at 7:30 p.m. (not all First Fridays, and with occasional additional events scheduled - see calendar). All are welcome (no small children). $10 please. Bring a cushion for floor seating (chairs also available). Please check calendar for venue location, details, and special events. Our venues are wheelchair accessible. And we have nice lights.
For a list of musicians who play in Milwaukee's Kirtan with Ragani events, scroll down this page. If you want to be on our mailing list for upcoming events, sign up here. To obtain the words (as transliteration) of the chants in Kirtan with Ragani, go to lyrics page, and if you were at a recent First Friday Kirtan with Ragani and wish to know what chants we did, visit our past events page. To hear samples of Ragani's kirtan songs, visit our CD's, and to watch Kirtan with Ragani videoclip, go to documentary movie. If you have other questions about our ongoing Kirtan with Ragani events, please contact us.
What is kirtan?
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To read more about the "The Kirtan Buzz" in a kirtan article written by Maggie Jacobus, click here.
Kirtan with Ragani Band Members:
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Michael Kashou: fretless bass, Arabic tabla Tim Maher: djembe, Native American drum Holly Haebig: flute, lead backup vocals, hand percussion Dave Blessum: guitar
Fred Bliffert: Arabic tabla, percussion, guitar
Julio Pabon: djembe, percussion Kaita Bliffert: tanpura, hand percussion Roman Edirisinghe: hand percussion Dale Buegel: keyboard, vocals
Backup singers: David John Odland, Liz McIntyre, Laura Wall, Trish Miller, Sally Stanton, Harshi Mogallapalli,Dale Buegel
Sound engineers: Uriah Scott
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What is kirtan? Kirtan (yoga chant) is a participatory, cross-cultural music experience that incorporates the audience right into the performance. Recently featured in Time Magazine (Oct 2003), this call-and-response sacred experience is swiftly gaining popularity throughout the U.S. as it follows on the heels of the yoga movement. All ages and cultural backgrounds are welcome to the event-- there are no prerequisites for participation.
Though it involves music, the practice of kirtan is
not about musician ability or training, it is about the heart. These ancient chants contain powerful renewing and transformational energies that serve to reconnect us to the Ever-present and Eternal Being that lies within us all. All the mantras, melodies, and instruments are designed to lead us toward this meditative state. Although the language of kirtan is often in Sanskrit, the true language of kirtan is universal, because it is a language of the heart. As part of bhakti yoga (the devotional path), kirtan also utilizes nada yoga, the yogic science of sound. Through absorption in the sound, the eternal love that lies within each of our hearts can awaken. By chanting the different names and aspects of the divine, by calling out to the divine, we naturally reflect upon and call forth that divinity that exists within us all. Indeed, this call-response style chanting (kirtan) is a means of finding our way back to the core of our being, to our heart, and to our connection to each other. Truly, kirtan is for everyone-- there are no prerequisites, no religious beliefs or cultural backgrounds that are needed to experience and participate in kirtan.