A Bhajan is a type of Hindu devotional song, often simple, lyrical and expressing love for the Divine. The music is based on Indian classical ragas and talas. Traditions of bhajan such as Nirguni, Gorakhanathi, Vallabhapanthi, Ashtachhap, Madhura-bhakti and the traditional South Indian form Sampradya Bhajan each have their own repertoire and methods of singing.
Anecdotes and episodes from the lives of Gods, the teachings of saints and descriptions of gods' glories have been the subject of bhajans. The Dhrupad style, Sufi qawwali and the kirtan or song in the Haridas tradition are related to bhajan. Nanak, Kabir, Mirabai, Narottama Dasa, Surdas and Tulsidas are notable composers.