In Huddersfield, Kirtan can be listened to silently or sung along with the gathered congregation every Sunday at the Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Springwood or the Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara in Fartown. The congregational setting is called a Sangat or Satsang, a word that in ancient Indian texts means ‘like-minded individuals, or fellow travellers on a spiritual journey’.
‘During Vaisakhi, the two Gurdwaras collaborate during the annual Nagar Kirtan when the Guru Granth Sahib is transported from one Gurdwara to the other during a colourful procession and hyms are sung out in the public,’ says Hardeep Sahota.
You can also hear Kirtan at the Guru Tegh Bahadur – a new Gurdwara in Sheepridge – where regular devotional music classes are held for the younger generation of Sikhs.
‘The Guru Tegh Bahadur Gurdwara is where you see children doing rehearsals for Kirtan and singing hyms with lots of passion and vigour which is really energising to hear. And it’s through that refinement that they eventually go on to perform on stage,’ says Hardeep Sahota.