Mar 26th, 2016 by oxfordkirtan
Jan 26th, 2016 by oxfordkirtan
The indomitable Jahnavi Harrison lead us in chant with Krishna He recently in Oxford. As Autumn wove its mellow atmosphere outside, Jahnavi embroidered sacred sound on our heart inside.
Lovely kirtan led by an up-and-coming kirtan leader, Chaitanya Lila Dasi, from Coventry, UK. Chaitanya has been surrounded by kirtan from birth, which her lively style reflects.
Our third offering from Chakrini, recorded in 2011, as she chants the mahamantra.
The second session recorded at our February 2013 kirtan, led by Jahnavi Harrison.
Mar 2nd, 2013 by oxfordkirtan
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 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.
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
Chakrini released her first kirtan recording when she was just fifteen years old, on cassette tape in those days. Since that time, and a number of albums later, she has been recognised as an important voice in the kirtan community.
In this podcast we hear Chakrini sing Om Namo Bhagavate, in Oxford, in 2011. Visit her website for more http://www.chakrini.com
This is a recording of Rasasthali Devi singing the maha mantra at an Oxford kirtan in 2009. Rasasthali, an Oxford DPhil student at the time, was a regular kirtan leader in Oxford. She is an accomplished musician and her tunes often hinted at her Polish origins.
She gained her doctorate in Oxford and moved, with her husband to the great state of Mississippi, USA, where they are both in University employment. They have expanded the population of the world with the birth of their baby boy. Happy chanting to all of them.