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Kirtan Or Dhun - Hindu Musical Chants

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The Kirtan or Dhun is related to the bhajan.  The major difference is that bhajan is usually performed by a soloist, while kirtan and dhun usually involve the audience in a "call-and-responce".  The musical quality is consequently much simpler to accommodate the uncertain musical abilities of the participants.  The term Kirtan is used by Hindus and Sikhs, while the term Dhun seems to be used only by Hindus, especially Gujuratis.

 

Instruments Used In Kirtan

 

Other Indian Vocal Forms


 

Selected Video

Harmonium Kirtan

 

Krishna Song-Devotional-Shamara Ji no Mero

 

Bhai Dalbir Singh - Har Jan Bolar Sri Raam Naama

 

Bhai Taarbalbir Singh - Aaio Sunnan Paran Ko Bani

 

 


 

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