Online Kirtan Classes
Classes are taught through Skype. (Telepathy works too.)
Sliding scale fee: $15-30 per half hour.
Videos and eMaterials included.
What is Kirtan?
Kirtan translates as “reciting” or “chanting”. It is specifically a call-and-response style of music where the Kirtan leader, typically playing the Harmonium, chants the Hare Krishna Mantra to a melody and the crowd responds. The Kirtan is often accompanied by the instruments listed above. The Kartals (aka Manjira or Karatala) form the ‘metronome” of the Kirtan owing to the fact that they are much louder than the other instruments and usually keep a consistent rhythm. The Mridanga also keeps a steady beat but often varies more in style than the Kartals, and is naturally quieter. The crowd will clap, dance, and sing along. The Bansuri (bamboo flute) and other instruments add further dynamics to the Kirtan.
Kirtan is an energetic and joyous form of mantra meditation. In the sacred language sanskrit ‘man’ means the mind and ‘tra’ means to deliver, liberate, or release. The two halves form the word mantra. A mantra is like a spiritual super phrase that has the potent ability to liberate and free the mind.
From what you ask?
Mantras can free the mind from grief, from stress, from difficulty and they can help us find a sense of peace we might be hard-pressed to find otherwise in our bustling world.
The mantras used within Kirtan are often names of the divine which invite the all-attractive, living, healing and protective qualities of the divine into our lives and hearts. In a way, Kirtan becomes like our own personal magic shield against negativity!
Although this tradition of Kirtan has its roots in India, Kirtan can be done anywhere, at any time, by any number of people, regardless of their background or qualifications.
Those who have chanted in Kirtan often say they feel lighter and better than they felt all day before chanting. We hope that your experience will follow theirs and you feel some of the Kirtan magic. The best way to know is to try it out.
We wish you happy chanting!
Born in Dallas, TX, Prahlad, together with his brother and parents, moved to a multi-cultural, spiritual community on the banks of the Ganges in Mayapur, WB, India. At the age of 5, he and his family spent the next 17 years here, where he went to Gurukula (school) and learnt the native arts and traditions of Bhakti Yoga (the yoga of love and devotion).
During his teenage years he studied Kirtan and toured India, Europe, and the middle East performing and studying the art of Kirtan. Currently based in Alachua, Florida, his knowledge and experience in Kirtan and teaching proves invaluable to Mridanga Studios’ mission.
His passions are physical fitness, psychology, philosophy, and of course Kirtan and teaching.
Executive Director, Teacher
Born in Denver, CO, Devala moved to India at the age of 2, where, like his brother, he spent 17 years studying in Gurukula and touring India and the globe, performing and perfecting the art of Kirtan.
He acts as the administrator of Mridanga Studios, taking care of the technical aspects of its operation. Like his brother, he is currently based in Alachua, Florida.
His passions are psychology and design, philosophy, technology, and likewise Kirtan and teaching.