Kirtana or Kirtan originates in Sanskrit and means “narrating, reciting, telling, describing” of an idea or story.It also refers to a genre of religious performance arts, connoting a musical form of narration or shared recitation, particularly of spiritual or religious ideas. It is devotional songs, typically about the life of Krishna, in which a group repeats lines sung by a leader. Bangla Band Dohar is going to organise a music workshop on Kirtan on 9th September and a musical performance on 11th September which is renowned folk musician late Kalikaprasad Bhattacharya’s birthday at the PC Chandra Garden. The workshop would be conducted by Suman Bhattacharya who is widely acknowledged as an erudite kirtan singer in India and abroad (especially Bangladesh).
Kalikaprasad Bhattacharya, formed folk band Dohar in 1999 to spread the relatively unknown songs of rural Bengal. With a great repertoire of the folk music of Bengal and North-Eastern India,the band plays a number of rustic and melodious folk songs of different genres like Baul, Bhatiyali, Bhawayia, Chatka, Jhumur, Jari, Shari, Murshidi, Holi, and Agamoni-Bijoya.
Ritocheta Bhattacharya (wife of Kalika Prasad Bhattacharya), said ” Kirtan is one of the most beautiful music you’ll ever hear in your life, because it puts you in that blissful state of mind. “