Following the success of the Mayapur Kirtan Mela, a “Kirtan Academy” a 3-month series of courses opens in Mayapur in December 2013.
The spirit of the academy is one of “living education”. Practice and application of the philosophy are important parts of the curriculum.
The philosophy, Nama Tattva, will be almost exclusively taught by visiting speakers such as Sacinandana Swami, Jayapataka Swami, Kadamba Kanana Swami and other senior Vaishnavas. Each day, starting with a class on Srila Prabhupada’s writings on the subject, will consist of seminar presentations on different writings of previous acharyas, always with a focus on the Holy Name.
There will also be study of bhajans, prayers and their deep purports and meanings, and of songs by Srila Prabhupada, Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur, Srila Narottama das Thakur and others.
The narrations of the pastimes of the Lord, “Lila Kirtan” at original locations whenever possible, will be a regular part of the syllabus.
Students will be guided by experienced devotees as they learn to organize their own Nama Yajnas, be it a 64 round day, extended kirtan program, Nagar Sankirtan, Lila Kirtan night. They will receive an introduction on sound mixing, recording and CD production as well.
There will be daily classes on mrdanga, kartals, harmonium and voice training.
The courses will be free of charge, but the organizers accept donation through their sister organization the “Holy Name Foundation.”
The formal opening of the Mayapur Kirtan Academy is on December 5th 2013, classes start on December 6th and end February 27th.
Registration is from October 1st until November 25th. Prior registration is necessary.