Gurbani Kirtan web pages for the time being contain selected "Shabads" (groups of hymns that are commonly used for reciting Kirtan) from only Siri Guru Granth Sahib. The shabad indices are indexed in an alphabetical manner according to the Gurmukhi and English alphabet respectively.
Shabads can be viewed in Regular or Table (html/pdf) Format.
In the Regular/html format, each sentence of Gurmukhi text in each Shabad is followed by a sentence of phonetic transliteration and then by its English translation.
This site uses dynamic Gurmukhi fonts for html documents. Thus, Internet Explorer version 4.x, 5.x, 6.x and Netscape Navigator 4.x will dispaly Gurmukhi text as intended without installation of the fonts by the user.
However, for viewing these html documents, some of the browsers require installation of fonts "WebAkharThick" and "WebLipiHeavy", for a proper display of the Gurmukhi text. If not already installed & you do wish to install, click here to get instructions for downloading and installing fonts.
The Table/pdf format has three columns.
The first column has Gurmukhi text, the second has Phonetic Transliteration text, and the third column has its English translation.
To view and print shabads in the Table format, the user must have
Adobe Acrobat Reader and WebAkharThick & WebLipiHeavy fonts installed in to his/her computer system. These pdf files are made without embedded fonts to keep the size of files to the minimum. (NOTE: These fonts are not the same as used for the html documents). The table format is optimized for printing handouts.
To improve the appearance of the text, do the following for MS Windows:
1. Click on the monitor screen with the right mouse button.
2. From the menu that becomes available, select "Properties".
3. Now click on the "Effects" tab.
4. Put a check for "Smooth edges of screen fonts".
5. Click on "OK" button to complete your choice.
I am deeply indebted to my husband, Dr. Kulbir S. Thind for spending endless hours in preparing and formatting the Gurbani Kirtan Word files and in alphabetizing indices.
Creations of these web pages would not have been possible without his devotion, suggestions and encouragement.
I also gratefully acknowledge that a Kirtan index used as a reference in the beginning of the project was provided by Avtar Singh Gahir of Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
The original text for Kirtan files is taken from the Gurbani-CD.
Sewa (free service) of web making by Khushdev K. Thind, Ph.D. Date completed: April 2002.