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

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

Inevitable Time

Here’s episode #22 of the 24 Hour Kirtan Podcast, recorded and published on Sunday 7, 2016. This is the 2nd episode in 2016 and we’re very excited to present it to you.

Although live Kirtan performances are 24 Hour Kirtan Radio’s main focus, on our podcast we also like to present and play modern Kirtan productions like Madi’s Bhakti Without Borders and Jahnavi’s Like a River to the Sea, both of which were among the top 20 conscious music albums of 2015, a competition launched by the Conscious Crew over at Soul Traveller Radio.

Inevitable Time Kurukshetra

Contents

  • Inevitable Time by Radha Krishna Records
  • The Holy Name explained by BB Govinda Swami
  • Ladies Chanting Party at Srila Prabhupada’s Samadhi read by Sandesh
  • Kirtan with Niranjana Swami at Vaishnava Winter Festival Baltic 2016

Links

  • Inevitable Time Website
  • Inevitable Time Video: Draupadi – Born of Fire by Ananda Monet & Vraja Sundari Keilman feat. Jahnavi Harrison
  • BB Govinda Swami – The Holy Name – Vaishnava Winter Festival 2014, Soundcloud (including Lithuanian translation)
  • Video of Mataji Sankirtan Party at Srila Prabhupada’s Samadhi
  • 24 Hour Kirtan Radio Open Source Audio Streaming App – GitHub

Kirtans and Background Music

Bhakti Without Borders

Madi das with his kids

Here’s our first episode of the 24 Hour Kirtan Podcast in 2016, recorded on January, 3rd.

Contents

  • Kirtan Events from December 2015 through February 2016
  • Now Playing on 24 Hour Kirtan Radio
  • The Journey Home: Autobiography of an American Swami
  • Bhakti Without Borders – A Kirtan Shakti Project
  • Kirtan with Abhisek at Radhadesh Mellows 2015

Links

Kirtans and Background Music

  • Jahnavi – Like a river to the sea (soundcloud)
  • Namarasa – Gaura Prema Kirtan Festival 2015 (soundcloud)
  • Abhishek – Radhadesh Mellows 2015 (website)
  • Vaiyasaki – New Jagannath Puri Dhama (soundcloud)
  • Jamuna Puline – Madi Das & Acyuta Gopi from Bhakti Without Borders (soundcloud)
  • Shri Radhe – Madi Das & Chaytanya also from Bhakti Without Borders (soundcloud)

Kirtan Shakti on Instagram

A Spiritual Happening on the Lower East Side

Srila Prabhupada

Here’s episode #20 of the 24 Hour Kirtan Podcast, recorded and released on Sunday the 20th of December, 2015.

Contents

  • 2015 Retrospective and Plans for 2016
  • A Spiritual Happening on the Lower East Side – read by BTG editor Nagaraja
  • Interview of Satyaraja by Anmial Voices – Feeding the Spirit: Vegetarianism and the Hare Krishna Movement
  • Kirtan with Amala Harinama Prabhu at Kirtan Mela Germany 2015

Links

Kirtans & Background Music

  • Krishna Prema Mayi Radha (feat. Kirtan Premi) – soundcloud.com
  • Madhmad Sarang – soundcloud.com
  • The Happening Album: “Krishna Consciousness” (Hare Krishna Mantra Chant and Chant to the Mercy of the Spiritual Master)
  • Polish Ambassador – Sri Gurvastakam ft Kirtaniyas – soundcloud.com
  • Kirtan Mela Nama Yajna with H tamiflu dosing.G. Amala Harinama Prabhu 03.09.2015 in Goloka Dhama-Germany – vimeo.com

Interview and Kirtan with Prema Hara

Here’s episode #19 of the 24 Hour Kirtan Podcast recorded on November 22, 2015. Please share and comment, we’d love to hear some feedback about what you like and what you don’t like.

Contents

  • The Life of Gaura Kishora Dasa Babaji
  • The meaning of the Maha Mantra as explained by Srila Prabhupada
  • Interview with Prema Hara (Kamaniya and Keshavacarya) at Bhakti Festival 2015
  • Kirtan with Prema Hara at Bhakti Festival 2015

Links

Kirtans

  • Kothaya Go Premamayi Radhe Radhe by Tamal Krishna Prabhu at Sri Sri Radha Gopinath Mandir, Chowpatty, India (
          audio.iskcondesiretree.com
    )
  • River of the Name (Maha Mantra) – Track 05 of Prema Hara’s latest album Ocean of Grace
  • Prema Hara in concert at Bhakti Festival Switzerland 2015

Kartik Niyam Seva and Interview with Vijay Krsna of the Kirtaniyas

Episode #18 of the 24 Hour Kirtan Podcast is our longest episode so far with over 2 hours of Kirtan related nectar.

Contents

  • Auspicious month of Kartik Niyam Seva begins in Vraja
  • Q&A with Vijay Krishna at Bhakti Festival Switzerland 2015 conducted by Krishna Chandra and others (length ~1h 3min, starting at ~13m 45s)
  • Interview with Vijay Krishna at Bhakti Festival Switzerland 2015 conducted by Nanda Kishor (length ~28min,, starting at ~1h 17min 45s)
  • Kirtan with Vijay Krishna at Schwaibenalp Bhakti Festival 2015

Links

As always, we’d love to hear your feedback. Please leave a comment below.

Interview and Kirtan with Madhava

Madhava Mridanga

Here’s episode #17 of the 24 Hour Kirtan Podcast, recorded on September the 13th, 2015.

Contents

  1. Upcoming Kirtan Festivals in September, October and November
  2. Interview with Madhava in New Jagannatha Puri Dhama
  3. Short talk by Madhava at Mayapur Kirtan Mela 2015
  4. Kirtan with Madhava at Mayapur Kirtan Mela 2015

Kirtan festival links mentioned in this episode

 

We hope you like this episode and would really appreciate your feedback, good or bad.

Madhava Kirtan in Zurich
Madhava leading Kirtan in Zurich on September 5, 2015

The Holy Name and Interview with Radha Krpa

Srila Bhaktivinod Thakura

After a short summer break we’re releasing episode #16 of the 24 Hour Kirtan Podcast, recorded on Sri Balaram appearance day on Saturday the 29th of August, 2015.

Contents

  1. New Recordings on 24 Hour Kirtan Radio
  2. Reflections on the Holy Name by Bhaktivinoda Thakura (starting at ~10 min)
  3. Interview with Radha Kripa from 24 Hour Kirtan in Vrindavan (starting at ~18 min)
  4. Kirtan with Radha Kripa Prabhu from June 2015 (starting at ~44 min)

Links mentioned in this episode

NYC Ratha Yatra 2015

Festival at the harinama spot at Washington Square Park in New York City.

Ratha-Yatra and Interview with Vrindavan Prabhu

Here’s episode #15 of the 24 Hour Kirtan Podcast, probably the best episode we produced so far. Please let us know what you think – good or bad!

Contents

  1. Chant for Change – International Kirtan Festival in Jagannath Puri
  2. The Ecstatic Dancing of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu at Ratha-yatra – A dramatic narration by Amal Bhakta (starting at ~ 10 min)
  3. Interview with Vrindavan prabhu – one of Aindra’s main mridanga players (starting at ~ 31 min)
  4. Kirtan with Vrindavan prabhu at Krishna Balaram Mandir in May 2015

Mridanga course mentioned in this episode

Mridanga Course Los Angeles and Long Beach

Links mentioned in this episode

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