Five hundred years ago, in a tiny village in Bengal, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu made a prediction that the chanting of the Holy Names of the Divine would be practiced by communities in every town and village all over the world. When I first heard this 20 years ago, I was very skeptical. I thought it was a lovely image, and nothing more. How little faith I had. Chaitanya’s prediction is coming true! Everywhere around the globe, Kirtan is being sung! How wonderful and amazing that we are all alive on this planet as Kirtan and Mantra Music reach the tipping point and begin to spread rapid fire in all directions. We at Mantralogy, are feeling very blessed indeed.
News from around the Globe:
Gaura Vani is just home from a successful tour of South Africa and is slated to return to the studio this spring to produce some wonderful new Kirtan, including Jahnavi Harrison’s debut solo album. There are many other wonderful and surprise new Kirtan offerings coming in 2013. Keep your eyes peeled.
Jahnavi has begun a London Kirtan Project with Krishna devotees from the UK with great success. Thank you to this beautiful soul for her incredible Bhakti and dedication.
The Mayapuris are teaming up with Gopi Kinnicutt for a trip of a life time to the Kumbha Mela this February. Gaura and Gopi will also be heading to Italy this fall for another fantastic transformational retreat to the sacred places of St. Francis and more! sambandhayoga.com for details and to register.
Prema Hara have been touring both the US and Europe and their album Tears of Love is Mantralogy’s top pick of Silenzio Music distribution in Germany, Austria and Swizerland! Their music can be heard in listening stations all over these three prominent Kirtan loving countries, spreading nectar to ears everywhere they go.
SRI KIRTAN took the mid-west by storm! A perennial Bhaktifest favorite, they were opening mid western hearts with their energetic kirtan this summer and will do it again next year. The many moments of their seva to the kirtan community are too many to mention here. Please see their website for more info.
Ben and Prajna have been making beautiful offerings on the pacific side of this country and plan on coming East in the fall. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to have them come to your studio or venue on the east coast! Let’s get them out here to spread the love!
Mantralogy would like to thank all of you for making any of what we do possible. We have had so many amazing times, with so many wonderful people. A special thanks to the producers of Ecstatic Chant, 24 Hour Kirtan, Bhakti Fest, Wanderlust, The Call and Response Foundation. Shyam das, Krishna das, Nina Rao and Sri Kirtan and Gaura Vani for their contributions to the NYC BHAJAN Boat which donated over 10,000$ to various charities. And a very special thanks to all the many small yoga studios everywhere which kindle and feed the Bhakti home fires in every town and village, especially Sadhana, Yoga Mandali, Govinda’s Studio, and Bodhi Holistic Spa.
Thank you Radhanath Swami, Sacinandana Swami, and all the other many wonderful friends and family members that are too numerous to mention here, but who manifest so much love and Bhakti so we never lose sight of what we are doing.
Lastly, if you have not yet seen The Women of Bhakti documentary, please consider a screening. Mantralogy is proud to be part of this unique and wonderful offering by producer and senior teacher in the Bhakti movement, Jahnava Hausner.
A Happy, Happy New Year to all!!! Sankirtan Yajna Ki Jai!!
A warm heart felt thanks to everyone who took part in the Mantra Music Revolution of 2012. Let’s keep the heart fire stoked for the next year and many years to come.
on behalf of Mantralogy,
Keli Lalita dasi