Kathleen Karlsen and the
Shakti Bliss KIRTAN BAND
Bozeman Chronicle, March 2019
Once upon a time, Kathleen Karlsen would chant over a hibachi grill on her back porch in Virginia, putting into the fire thoughts she no longer wanted to hold. For the next 20 years, Karlsen’s life was full of other things to fulfill her spiritual side.
Then, a man who had just returned from India would offer up a chant at a Christmas party in Bozeman and invite others to join in.
“It was very different in a group verses the porch by myself,” Karlsen said. In chanting, she found connection.
Kirtan is a Sanskrit word meaning “telling” that refers to shared recitation. There are different forms and practices of kirtan, some with religious and spiritual affiliations.
“Millions of people in the world over thousands of years have had some type of chanting practice,” Karlsen said.
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