Now Playing: Radha Govinda Mandir NYC 2016

Today, we added another 24 tracks with over 16 hours of beautiful Kirtans recorded by Concrete Jungle Kirtan in 2016 with Vasudev, Rupa, Keshava, Gopal, Ananta Govinda and Acyuta Gopi, although that’s only a small fraction of all their recordings.

Our Akanda Nam 24 Hour Kirtan Radio Playlist already contained 24 of their recordings from 2015, so now this is a total of 48 recordings. I’m pretty sure we’re going to add another 24 tracks in the course of this year, because they are really that good! If you want to listen to the what’s now playing, just go to 24hourkirtan.fm or find us on your favorite Internet radio mobile app. Here’s an overview of how you can listen to 24 Hour Kirtan Radio.

Here’s a more recent beautiful recording from last Sunday with Visvambhar.

The Brooklyn temple hosts regular Kirtan evenings in front of their lovely Sri Sri Radha Govinda deities on Wednesdays and Sundays. There’s also a live video webcast of the temple room, although it seems as it has been on air last time 3 years ago. In case you’re located in New York or visiting the big apple, make sure to attend one of the Kirtans.

(Pictures of Sri Sri Radha Govinda courtesy of Vinay Kumar)

Now Playing: Birmingham 24 Hour Kirtan Festival

We’ve just added a small selection of Kirtans from Birmingham 24 Hour Kirtan Festival from 2012 through 2017 to our Kirtan playlist.

Last Saturday and Sunday, the 18th annual Birmingham 24 Hour Kirtan Festival took place, which was partly broadcasted live on 24 Hour Kirtan Radio via Mayapur.TV. Unfortunetely, after Bhagavat Purana’s ecstatic Kirtan on Sunday evening Mayapur.TV experienced technical problems, so we couldn’t relay Agnidev’s final Kirtan of the festival.

Good quality recordings of the Birmingham Kirtans are not so easily available on the Internet, but we just got confirmation from the organizers that they have recordings from 2012, 2013 and 2014 on CDs. They have 2012 and 2014 (released on Saturday) in stock but not 2013 as they sold out on the weekend. We’ll be adding the 2012 and 2014 recordings to our Kirtan playlist in the next couple of weeks, so please stay tuned!

You can also download a selection of Birmingham Kirtans from our Kirtan store.

Here’s a video of a live recording posted by Mayapur.TV from Agnidev’s Gaura arati Kirtan recorded by Mayapur.TV also last Saturday.

(Kirtan pictures from Birmingham courtesy of Balaram Nityananda, Rohith Kaushik and Amala Purana Darling)

Now Playing: Zürich Nama Sevanam Kirtan Festival April 2017

This small, but very sweet festival takes place every last Saturday of the month. Last Saturday we were lucky to have Yogindra, Ananda Murti and Akincana Krishna as special guests. The recordings have been added to our advanced Kirtan playlist on 24hourkirtan.fm and can also be downloaded from our Kirtan store for free.

Here’s a short video of the festival with Yogindra leading Kirtan and Ananda Murti on the mridanga.

Stay tuned!

Broadcasting Live from Krishna Balaram Mandir

Vrindavan prabhu doing kirtan

Back in 2012 we’ve done the occasional live broadcast from 24 Hour Kirtan in Vrindavan and once from a Kirtan with Madhava in Zürich, but usually we’re playing live recordings from Krishna Balaram Mandir and other temples and festivals worldwide.

Today, we’ve again live broadcasted from Krishna Balaram Mandir from 5pm through 7pm IST (India Standard Time, UTC/GMT +5:30 hours) and are going to keep doing that 2 times per week during that time slot on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you would like to tune in during that time, please check which time that is in your local time zone.

Here’s a screen shot of the 24 Hour Kirtan Radio website during live broadcast from Krishna Balaram Mandir.

Screen Shot from 24 Hour Kirtan Radio Website during Live Broadcast from Krishna Balaram Mandir
Screen Shot Audio Player

Technically, this works by relaying the audio from Vrindavan TV to the 24 Hour Kirtan Radio streaming server. You can tune in as usual on 24hourkirtan.fm. Here you can learn more about how to listen to 24 Hour Kirtan Radio on your computer, mobile or Internet radio device.

Stay tuned. Radhe Radhe.

Nicecast Live Broadcast via Vrindavan TV
Nicecast Live Broadcast via Vrindavan TV

More Recordings from Radha Govinda Mandir

In 2015 we’ve added 24 recordings from Radha Govinda Mandir in Brooklyn/New York to our media archive and today we’ve downloaded another 24 beautiful recordings which are currently going through audio pre-production in order to be played on the 24 Hour Kirtan Radio stream via 24hourkirtan.fm and our various 3rd party radio players like iTunes, TuneIn and our own app. You can also listen to them directly on SoundCloud.

Those 48 recordings are only a small fraction of all Kirtans uploaded to the Concrete Jungle Kirtan SoundCloud account and we would love to have all of those ecstatic high quality Vrindavan style Kirtans in our archive and played on the radio stream, which is why we need volunteers in our audio pre-production team. If you have some basic computer skills, we can provide you with some basic guidelines or teach you from scratch how to use the free, open source software Audacity in order to process Kirtan recordings. If you’re interested, please register on our community platform and leave a comment.

Contribute on our 24 Hour Kirtan Radio Community Platform

Janmastami and Interview with Gopal Prabhu

After a peaceful summer here at 24 Hour Kirtan Radio we’ve finally been able to come up with episode #24 of our podcast which includes a quick recap of last weeks Zürich Janmastami festival and an amazing 1 1/2 hour interview with Gopal Prabhu about Aindra Prabhu recorded in spring 2016 in Sri Vrindavan Dhama.

Here are some beautiful pictures from the festival. The links and Kirtans from this episode are listed below.

Links in this Episode

Background Kirtans in this Episode

  •       Cintamani Nam Part 1
  •       Vrindavan Mellows 3 Part 2
  •       Vraja Vilasa 2 Part 1

Now Playing: Q1 Krishna Balaram Mandir 2016

We’ve just added new live recordings from Krishna Balaram Mandir in Vrindavan from the second half of December 2015 through March 2016. The picture was taken end of March with Gopal on the mridanga, Govinda, Bhakti Anugraha Janardan Swami, Kirtan Premi and Akincana Krishna leading the Kirtan.

If you tune in to our live radio stream on our website, via iTunes or TuneIn you will also be hearing our wide range of Kirtans not only from Krishna Balaram Mandir, but also from Kirtan festivals around the world. Coming up in the next couple of days will be over 36 hours of recordings from Kirtan Mela Mauritius 2015 which were retrieved from YouTube. This means that the audio quality is not as good as the recordings from other festivals like Radhadesh Mellows, but if festival organizers do not provide high quality recordings, there’s nothing we can do. Nevertheless, we’re still excited to share lower quality recordings with you.

All recordings will also be added to our new mobile app which is currently still in early beta. Please subscribe to our newsletter if you want to get notified once we’re in public beta. Tech-savvy listeners and curious minds are welcome to join our closed beta via GitHub.

Stay tuned. Jay Radhe!

Holi in Vrindavan and Varsana

Holi in Vrindavan

In a lecture given by Vishwarup Prabhu at Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Temple in Chowpatty/Mumbai he mentions how Nanda Maharaja celebrated the death of Putana on the day of Holi. He also describes the beautiful Holi pasttime of Varsana, the birthplace of Srimati Radharani. Episode #23 of the 24 Hour Kirtan Podcast is all about Holi in Vrindavan, Varsana and in the rest of the world. We talk about the meaning behind the different colors and why Holi 2016 in Vrindavan was even more special, because at Radha Gopinath temple widows from Varanasi joined the celebrations for the first time.

There was palpable excitement as they smeared each other with Holi colours, as this was for the first time they played Holi inside a temple in Vrindavan. Bindeshwar Pathak, well known social reformer and founder of Sulabh International who has waged a steady campaign against ostracized widows in the country, also joined in the celebrations. The Sulabh International has been taking care of 1,500 widows in Varanasi and Vrindavan in the light of the Supreme Court’s observations in 2012.

“In an effort to bring them into the mainstream of society, Sulabh started organising Holi for them about three years ago at the widows’ ashram. But this time it is special as Holi was organised at a famous temple to give a kind of social acceptance,” Pathak told IANS, India’s Largest Independent News Service. A total of 1,200 kg ‘gulal’ and different coloured powders and 1,500 kg of rose and marigold petals were arranged for the special event. In many parts of India, widows are traditionally barred from playing Holi or participating in any other festival or auspicious functions.

Holi at Shri Banke Bihari Temple Vrindavan
Holi at Shri Banke Bihari Temple Vrindavan – Picture courtesy of Frantisek Staud

Kirtans and Background Music

  •       Aindra Temple Kirtan Holi 15.03.2008
  •       Aindra Temple Kirtan Holi 18.03.2008
  • Holi Re (Mangal Pandey: The Rising)
  • Amala Harinam Vrindavan Mellows during Holi at Krishna Balaram Mandir on March 28, 2016

Links

  • Explanation from Holi Festival and Significance of Holi Colours
  • Article and beautiful pictures: Vrindavan widows break tradition as they celebrate Holi for the first time at a temple
  • Complete lecture
          Pastimes of Lord Chaitanya and Holi - Vishwarup Prabhu ISKCON Chowpatty
     on March 28, 2013

For Tomorrow

Our politicians pay lip service to it. Our technology is indifferent to it. Our commerce despises it. Nonetheless, it is the weightiest and most important thing to think about. Spirit. The living force. The soul. Srila Prabhupada wrote that society’s most vexing and painful problems could be redressed by simply realizing who we are: individual, eternal loving beings.

Today, this type of knowledge is rarely found; those who practice this knowledge, rarer still. Can a coherent, stable, unified culture be created out of people of diverse traditions, languages, and religions? Can human beings go beyond their superficial differences and work together in a spirit of cooperation?

For Tomorrow leaves aside these bigger questions, focusing instead on a typical day in the life of 12-year-old Mayapur Gurukula student Purushottama and his school-friends. Through training, introspection, and perseverance, the boys set aside their differences to serve a common transcendent purpose: giving pleasure to the Supreme Person, Sri Krishna.

Puru’s typical day turns out to be not so typical after all, as he gains an experience which will forever alter the lens through which he sees the world.