Chapter V - Kirtan

Article VI – Kirtan (Devotional Hymn Singing by a Group or an individual)

a. Only a Sikh may perform kirtan in a congregation.

b. Kirtan means singing and scriptural compositions in traditional musical measures.

c. In the congregation, kirtan only of Gurbani (Guru Granth’s or Guru Gobind Singh’s hymns) and, for its elaboration, of the compositions of Bhai Gurdas and Bhai Nand Lal, may be performed.

d. It is improper, while singing hymns to rhythmic folk tunes or to traditional musical measures, or in team singing, to induct into them improvised and extraneous refrains. Only a line from the hymn should be a refrain.