Braja Mahotsava Kirtan Album
A Braja Kirtan CD by Radhika dasi and Jahnava dasi
Dearest Friends, Please accept our affectionate pranams,
Jahnava and I have begun recording our first kirtan album.
This project began from our desire to serve Shrila Gurudevs mission by spreading the spirit of Braj culture which he so lovingly shared with us.
Srila Gurudeva brought us to the heart of Braj Mandala (the land of Braj) through his harikatha, parikamas, and beautiful kirtans . He continuously reminded us that the goal of life is to dive into the moods of devotional service to Shri Shri Radha Krishna Yugal, as exhibited by the eternal residents of Braj. Our divine beloved master was a real Brajbasi internally, externally and eternally. We aspire to follow in his holy footsteps, by cultivating and sharing his sweet moods through the medium of kirtan.
A couple of months ago we embarked on the first steps of our kirtan cd journey. On a car ride to Los Angeles I expressed my desire to Achyuta Krsna Prabhu to make a simple braj kirtan cd with Jahnava as an offering to Srila Gurudeva. Coincidentally, Acyuta was the perfect person to talk to as he is an accomplished musician and musical producer. I had little idea of how I would be able to fund such a project let alone how to get started. It turns out Srila Gurudeva had much bigger plans in store then I had originally imagined. The very next day Janardhan Prabhu from Miami randomly approached me and expressed his desire to help sponsor a kirtan cd . I hadn't spoken of my previous conversation with Achyuta to anyone yet. Srila Gurudeva responded to my prayers almost immediately. That was the beginning.
Acyuta Krsna Prabhu was in contact with a very reputable studio in Mount Shasta called 'Radio Star'. Within two weeks the four of us Jahnava, myself, Madhumangal who is playing mrdanga and Acyuta who is producing the cd, were in Mount Shasta recording at one of the most prestigious and quality studios in California. So many Vaisnavas gave us their blessings and so many devotees stepped forward to offer their loving support and cover the initial studio costs. We recorded all 11 songs within a few days.
Praying for the service of Hari, Guru and Vaisnavas,
Radhika dasi and Jahnava Dasi
Our goal is to complete this offering in time for Srila Gurudevas upcoming Vyasa Puja on January 23rd. In order to do so we need to collect a minimum of 3,500 by November 23. We have set up a kick starter fundraising project in which devotees can pledge a certain amount. If we do not reach our goal by our deadline date then then we will not receive any of the pledged funds, the funds will not be taken from anyone's account until and unless we have reached our goal.
How You can Participate:
If you feel inspired to make a contribution your donations will cover: the remaining cost of studio time, mixing and mastering printing/manufacturing If you are not able to donate please spread the word and give us your blessings that this offering can somehow be pleasing to Sri Hari, Guru and Vaisnavas!