Kīrtan and Bhajan
(9,847 words)

Kīrtan and bhajan, viewed collectively, are the most important and most widely prevalent forms of Hindu devotional musical expression in India, South Asia, and in the diasporas. Appearing in ancient scriptures as simply “praise or worship of a deity,” they were later affixed to musical performance, and …

Cite this page
Guy L. Beck, “Kīrtan and Bhajan”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 20 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-5019_beh_COM_2040060>
First published online: 2012

▲   Back to top   ▲