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Thirteenth Anniversary Kirtan Celebration With Ragani

Aug 29, 2014 12:21PM


The Unitarian Universalist Church West, in Brookfield, will host the 13th annual Kirtan With Ragani performance at 7:30 p.m., September 5. Kirtan is a call-and-response performance of chanting and music that originated in India. For 30 years, Ragani Brugel, an accomplished musician, has been leading kirtans in the United States and abroad.

“Most of the chants start slow and build to a furious fever pitch,” describes Colleen Duvall, a regular attendee who is helping promote the event. “Everyone I have invited to kirtan, no matter their background, has appreciated it. The feel-good camaraderie generated in the room is infectious, and you leave feeling as if you have had a mind/body/spirit massage all in one.”

Event organizers suggest that attendees bring pillows or a yoga mat to make the floor-style seating more comfortable. Bottled water and mints will be permitted inside; no other food or beverages are allowed. Ragani’s website encourages small, handheld percussion instruments, such as shakers, for individuals that wish to play along. Infants and children under 6 years old are not permitted.

Cost: $10. Location:13001 W. North Ave., Brookfield. For more information, visit

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