Saturday, 16 March 2013

Podcast 11 - Jahnavi Leading Kirtan

The second session recorded at our February 2013 kirtan, led by Jahnavi Harrison. Pitch perfect and wonderful if present on the day, or listening afterwards.

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Jahnavi chanting in Oxford, March 2011

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Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Ananda in Oxford for Daffodil Kirtan

We are delighted to invite you to a kirtan with Ananda Monet, our Russian born friend with the beautiful voice. This is also our Daffodil Kirtan, our annual homage to the yellow trumpets of Spring. Feel free to bring a bunch of these delightful flowers to add to the bright display Syama and her helpers will arrange on the day.

Sunday, 17th March, 16:00 - 18:00, the Friends Meeting House, 43 St. Giles, Oxford, OX1 3LW. Enquiries:

As advance notice, our next kirtan will take place at the same time and place, on Sunday, 21st of April. We look forward to chanting with you in the company of Daffodils this Sunday.

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Podcast 10 - Jahnavi Harrison leads the Mahamantra

Recorded at our February kirtan this year, a mere few weeks ago, we are very happy to present a kirtan from Jahnavi, who has regularly visited kirtans since 2007. We have had a spectacular lack of success recording her kirtans in Oxford and are indebted to Vasudeva who came all the way from East London to be our technical wizard at this session.

Jahnavi in Oxford in 2008

I found this write-up on Jahnavi on the web, where she is highly praised by two of the giants of the US kirtan circuit:

"Jahnavi Harrison was born and raised in a family of English bhakti yogis at Bhaktivedanta Manor in Hertfordshire. She is a multi disciplinary artist, trained in Western classical violin, South Indian dance (Bharatanatyam) and Carnatic music, as well as writing and visual arts. She aims to practise and share the rich culture of bhakti yoga as taught to her parents by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Since 2009 she has been travelling internationally with sacred music bands 'Gaura Vani and As Kindred Spirits' and 'Sita and the Hanumen', and regularly collaborates with kirtan artists like Krishna Das, Shyam Das, Wah!, Shantala and Jai Uttal and Shiva Rea. She frequently features articles on bhakti yoga and the arts for publications like Pulse magazine, Elephant Journal, as well as her own blog - 'The Little Conch'. She offers workshops in mantra music, harmonium and sacred movement and currently helps to share kirtan with a broad range of Londoners through the Kirtan London project.

‘When she sings and plays one feels that one is eavesdropping on the music of the Gods. She needs no recommendation, one only has to have ears to hear her and one knows immediately that we are in the presence of grace.’ - Krishna Das

‘Jahnavi Harrison is a being of total devotion. Listen to her sing and let the doors of your heart fly open.’- Jai Uttal

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