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Archived News: Year 2007
Happy New Year’s Day! May one continuously get inspiration for their spiritual conquest back home, back to Godhead.
By Krsna’s mercy, the site has grown since
Final update this year relates to the news section of the site. All news
of 2007 (including this one here) is being archived in a compiled form called “Year
With your kind blessings, let us embrace 2008 joyously!
Tomorrow, be prepared to see some new site changes! Hari Bol!
Two more days until the New Year! With the new year, I’m sure many of you are buying calendars for the new year. If you do not have the BBT or a Gaudiya Vaisnava calendar, you may want to take advantage of our Ekadasi Page. Please visit KRSNA CULTURE à VAISNAVA CALENDAR à EKADASI to view the advent, the significance, the diet, and the dates of 2008 of Ekadasi observances.
GALLERY OF INSTRUMENTS
The North Indian and South Indian instruments pages are being fused together to form the kKSongs Gallery of Instruments. It contains enlarged pictures (preferably the most innovated version, like the bolt-tabla, flat-back sitar, machine-tuned dilruba) with an audio clip, links to other parts pertaining to the instrument (example: KKSongs Instrumental guide links) and links to KKSongs Audio Clips.
In addition, more clips are being added to add a large frame of perspective of Indian instruments, both folk and classical.
A minor update has been incorporated into the Bhatkhande notation (i.e. cells with the swars/bols). Previously, the Bhatkhande notation for KKSongs.org comprised of a .jpg file that was pasted onto the page. Now, the format is a MS Word table that uses the same convention of tala numbers (red), matra numbers (black), swar/bols and lyrics. The benefit of this format is that it does not take as long to load a page, and it is much quicker to create and easily transferable to any presentation.
As of now the KKSongs Talamala is completed with the updated Bhatkhande notation. All of the former Bhatkhande notation will be replaced with the newer Bhatkhande notation by April 2008.
Happy Gita Jayanti! Today is the Moksada Ekadasi which carries the auspicious day of Gita Jayanti. Gita Jayanti is the advent of Bhagavad-Gita on earth. Most temples are celebrating it by reading the entire Gita and reflecting on spiritual realizations and few verses from it. Please check your temple to see times for the readings.
If you wish to celebrate this at home, you may visit the KKSongs Bhagavad-Gita page. (AUTHORS AND TEXTS à TEXTS OF THE VAISNAVA ACARYAS à BHAGAVAD-GITA) The page contain all eighteen chapters of the Bhagavad-Gita with the verses and bulk translations are separated out in the same format as any song in KKSongs.org, which allows easier reading. If you wish to read the purport, please click the bottom red link which will transport you to another site containing the purports.
In addition, KKSongs contain the Gitar Gan, Srila
Prabhupada’s Bengali poetic translation of the Gita. The link to each respective chapter will be found on
respective chapter of the Sanskrit (for example, Chapter
Do not forget that this is an Ekadasi day, so please fast from grains and beans.
HARMONIUM GUIDE CONSTRUCTION:
The harmonium guide is under a massive construction project. The chapters and content will change and certain chapters will result in rearrangement. The new guide will feature a changed syllabus with sound clips that will serve the Vaisnava community. The corridor should be completed by mid to late February 2008. Until then, please forgive us for the appearance and any inconveniences caused.
Continuing with the musical updates…
RAGAMALA AUDIO CLIPS
With the exception of Raga Bhairavi and Raga Syama Kalyana, all of the clips for each raga are completed and available for online listening and downloading.
KHOL GUIDE AUDIO UPDATES:
As majority of the guide was revised and changed, new audio clips and some revisions on older audio clips were done. Audio recordings are available for Lessons 2, 3, 4, 6A, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, and 13A (practice parts). The remaining lessons, 5, 14-19 will be completed hopefully by next week. Please stay tuned to the homepage for more updates.
Few important musical updates:
Audio clips for ragas up to the end of P (Raga Purvi) have been added. The audio clip addition project should be completed by the end of this month.
KHOL LESSONS REVISIONS:
Revised khol lesson texts are available with texts and photos only. Here are some new features of the khol guide:
1) New Lessons added: Lesson 6A features tips on how to learn a rhythmic cycle, Lesson 11A features seven, fourteen, and ten matra talas as a “extra credit”, Lesson 13 focuses on eight matra cycles in drut lay, while 13A focuses in on drut cycles of six matras. Lesson 14 is split into 14 (playing cycles and cadences independently), 14A (applying cycles and cadences in eight matra scenarios), and 14B (applying cycles and cadences in six matra scenarios). Unit 5 has been included to feature four lessons on accompaniment.
2) The guide will offer more practice pages and audio clips to allow listeners and students to practice along.
The audio clips are under construction. Once they are completed, they will be posted. The Portuguese translation will contain the old translation, until the translation project is completed.
Happy Dipavali and Govardhana Puja celebrations! Before you celebrate this joyous occasion by circumambulating the Govardhana Hill of prasadam, please meditate on two songs describing the event, written by Srila Sanatana Goswami. “Jaya Vasava Yagajna Pitr Prsta” and “Janitendra Rusam Sakra Mada” are both from the Krsna Lila Stava.
Another contribution of Sanatana Goswami for KKSongs is his commentary (translated in English) for the song “Namamisvaram Sacidananda Rupam (Sri Damodarastakam)”. The previous scholars in the Gaudiya Vaisnava tradition have written numerous commentaries and purports to scriptures like Bhagavad-Gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam. This purport is found by clicking the song link, and scrolling down to “PURPORT.” Another way to access this is by going to “Authors and Texts”, then “Authors Index”, and then “Sanatana Goswami.” The link to the purport is found on that page.
Two new updates regarding the khol:
KKSONGS KHOL GUIDE (PORTUGUESE) RELEASED
With the kind help, knowledge, and enthusiasm of David Britto prabhu from
KHOL, KARTAL, AND HARMONIUM GUIDE REVISIONS
Currently, both the khol and harmonium guides are in the process of updates and additions. The khol guide will add more practice exercises, longer audio clips for practice, and some more additional lessons. The harmonium guide will focus on doing the same. The kartal guide is under process of changing its presentation format. Once they are completed, updates will be posted here.
Hari Bol! Here are a few updates:
If anyone has attempting adding a comment to the KKSongs Guestbook and not seen it, please accept my apologies. Currently, I have forty-one legitimate additions, with nine more to go to fill the guestbook. However, sometime in mid-July, the guestbook was invaded with spam that I was forced to have all posts come to me for reviewing before it gets posted online. After cleaning up spam for months, I am not going to accept any more guestbook entries, temporarily. Once that issue is fixed, then I’ll reopen a new guestbook.
RAGAMALA AND TALAMALA UPDATES:
The KKSongs Ragamala and Talamala databases are undergoing an update for some new additions. All ragas of the Ragamala had their ragas recorded for the aroha, avaroha, and svarupa (pakad). I am in the process of cleaning them and adding tanpura in the background. So far, ragas beginning with A through H have audio clips available. For those who remember the old audio clips, the quality is better and is in the key of C, so people can follow the “keyboard diagram” in the notations page.
The Talamala will have my voice saying the bols of the cycle before they are played. Rerecording for the rhythmic cycles are also underway. Please stay tuned for that.
PORTUGUESE KHOL GUIDE:
For Portuguese speaking devotees, you can have the opportunity to learn
the khol through KKSongs.org. With the kindness and
the help from a devotee from
Another audio track is uploaded to KKSongs.org. In tribute to the late Sriman George Harrison, I arranged and created for an Indian classical/New Age style for the song devotees will remember him by, “Govindam Adi Purusam.” Unlike his version, I included the introductory verse and three more verses from the Brahma Samhita. The song is Isvara Parama Krsna on the KKSongs Audio Page. I highly recommend listening to the high quality version here.
Khol students, please note:
there is no class on
A new audio track has been uploaded: Gauranga Bolite Ha’be Pulaka Sarira. Please visit the KKSongs Audio Page to hear a sampled track, or click on its respective “Stream/Download” link to hear a high quality version.
In addition, today is a special day as it is the forty-second anniversary of the writing of the song “Krsna Tava Punya Habe Bhai” by Srila Prabhupada. Please read the song and savor the meaning. In addition, please hear the KKSongs recording of that to hear how it sung, so you may sing along too.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Janmastami and Vyasa Puja celebration! Annada Ekadasi is coming by on
Friday (based off of
Newly uploaded in the articles page is an article regarding the festivals that take place in the early portion of the month of Bhadra called, “Appreciating the Pastimes of Sri Krsna.” Please click on ARTICLES to view the article.
For students who are taking the Saturday khol classes in the fall, you will use the course website. This can be accessed by clicking the WEBMASTER à SATURDAY KHOL STUDENTS (www.kksongs.org/admin/khol). The flow of the course site will differ slightly from the KKSongs Khol Guide.
Remember, those attending class bring a mridanga with them. I look forward to seeing you on the first day of class! Hari Bol!
Sometimes, many updates will take place in such a short time that viewers will have to scroll all the way down just to view the alphabetical index. Therefore, any more news that is lower than the “Webmaster” link on the navigation bar will have a link saying, “(Click Site News to read more)” where completed updates are found.
Krsna Culture Page:
To minimize similar categorized links, The KKSongs Vaisnava Calendar page and the Krsna Consciousness page are combined to form the Krsna Culture page. Anything directly related to the lifestyle, philosophy, and tradition of Krsna Consciouness (apart from the music, bhajan lyrics, language, and devotees) will be found on the KKSongs Krsna Culture Page.
Just a minor update that affects all of KKSongs.org. In the spirit of changing pages and making new logos, it seemed like it was time to change the KKSongs.org logo to something with color and more evident meaning. The logo has color photos of Sri Nityananda Prabhu (left) and Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu (right) with a central tilak, which is a theme for most of the KKSongs.org site logos. The khol and kartal represents the musical aspect of this site and the Hare Krsna mahamantra represents the central theme of this site.
I hope this logo is well enjoyed by all! Hari Bol!
New Looks and Redesign
For those who actively view the
The Authors pages are also undergoing similar changes. The Major Authors Index pages of the authors will disappear now. The links on the Alphabetic Listing of the Authors page will have the picture of the particular author (if available), and the links for the purports, songbooks, and the links will be combined in the particular authors page. This will prevent excessive browsing through pages.
KKSongs Kartal Guide
As a project under its works, the KKSongs Kartal Guide is under construction. It will be completed by the end of the month.
Current Site Audio Project
The Ragamala, Talamala, Notations of Vaisnava Songs, and other parts of the site are having their respective audio counterparts being recorded. They will be updated periodically.
Few new updates:
For those who look at the KKSongs Sitar, Esraj, and Tanpura pages frequently, you’ll notice that there is a new look for the main page. The page will resemble the KKSongs Tabla, Harmonium, and Khol Page. This is set up for ease in viewing.
In addition, KKSongs will feature a brand new KKSongs Kartal Page. Even though kartal might not be as “difficult” or intricate as the other instruments featured on this site, kartals are an integral part of a kirtan. Therefore, a small guide will be made to describe how it’s played with respect to the khol and voice.
Vaisnava Song Notations
A few new Vaisnava songs have been uploaded. The songs “Krsna Jinaka Nama Hai”, “Kadacit Kalindi Tata”, and “Hari Haraye Namah” have been included.
For the KKSongs Mahabharata page, direct links to the video files of the famous 1988 Mahabharata serial were provided (from Rajshri.com). However, their direct links to the video files are no longer the same. Since there are no way to get direct access links to view the videos, one actually have to go to the site and watch the videos. While links to the pages where the videos are held will be posted, please do note that there will be many advertisements throughout (either in popup or playing before the actual episode plays). Please note that neither Rajshri.com nor KKSongs.org are responsible in the advertisements.
Direct links from the original song lyrics pages to their appropriate links in the Indian Scripts page have been included. One can click on the link which says either BENGALI SCRIPT or DEVANAGARI SCRIPT to see the song written in the appropriate font.
It’s been a while since I have updated the site. Please forgive me for my delay in updating this site within the last month.
Five new songs have been uploaded to the KKSongs
Audio Page. One of them is from Visions,
“Jaya Jaya Hari Nama.” The four are from the
Lately, on the KKSongs Guestbook, I’ve been receiving a great deal of spam. Therefore, I have increased the security features. Therefore, to make sure no inappropriate or spam-in-nature remarks or comments are posted, ALL posts on the guestbook will be reviewed by me before they are posted for web viewing. For those, who wish to post their e-mail address, I strongly advise you to write your e-mail address as “abc_at_domain.com.” This way, spam software will not capture your e-mail addresses.
Updates regarding upcoming Fall mridanga classes, linkage for Indian scripts, and newer songs will be posted soon.
Few new things to the site.
In the ARTICLES page, a new article has been posted regarding the significance of bhajans, the types of bhajans, and importance of singing them.
The LINKS page includes a sitemap which will help one look for links in KKSongs.org without having to browse through the entire website.
The bigger update is that a new feature called “KKSongs Indian Scripts” has been added. This page contains Vaisnava songs that are rewritten in either Devanagari or Bengali scripts, depending on their original language. As these are in picture files, there is need to download fonts to view them. This page is found at LANGUAGES AND PRONUNCIATION à INDIAN SCRIPTS. Currently, fifty songs have been transliterated to their respective scripts. Right now, their original song lyric pages do not have the direct link available, although they will be available shortly.
Both, Bengali and Devanagari Reading Guides are completed. The Bengali guide is created with the intent that one has either completed studying the Devanagari guide or can already read Devanagari.
The Devanagari Reading Guide can be found at: LANGUAGES AND PRONUNCIATION à LEARN TO READ DEVANAGARI
The Bengali Reading Guide can be found at LANGUAGES AND PRONUNCIATION à LEARN TO READ BENGALI
The Navigation bar on the Homepage no longer has a DOWNLOADS link, for
there was no real use of it. The DOWNLOADS link is found on the
Two new song lyrics have been uploaded. “Jaya Radhe Jaya Krsna Jaya Vrndavana (III)” and “Aho Me Moha Vitatim” are uploaded for online viewing. For listeners of “Dasi: Prayers by Women”, these are the “Glories of Sri Radhe” and “Pingala” tracks, respectively.
Lastly, two new song notations on the KKSongs Notations for Vaisnava Songs page are uploaded. Notations for Ar Koto Kal and Mama Mana Mandire have been uploaded for online viewing.
Few new updates:
A new update for KKSongs.org visitors!
Have you ever wanted to learn how to read the Bhagavad-Gita without the
help of transliteration? Are you planning to go to
Go to LANGUAGES AND PRONUNCIATION à LEARN TO READ DEVANAGARI
FORTHCOMING TO KKSONGS.ORG in 2007
Khol and harmonium videos online. (Unknown date)
Upon completion of the Devanagari guide, a “Learn To Read Bengali” guide will also appear. (August 2007)
Eventually, a good handful of the song lyrics will be transliterated into Devanagari or Bengali scripts for our web viewers to enjoy. (September 2007)
Few new updates:
On the audio page, two new recordings are featured. The two songs are Pasana Dhatu Mrd Daru (a song written by Sanatana Goswami) and Kadacit Kalindi Tata (Jagannathastakam). The latter is a lengthy song with a duration past twelve minutes. In order to allow viewers to sample the song, the quality is greatly reduced. It is highly recommended that one listens to the streaming version on the KKSongs Soundclick account.
Nearly fifty new songs have been uploaded to KKSongs.org. In addition, a good handful of those songs are by devotees that have never been featured through KKSongs.org.
Lastly, the KKSongs Authors Listings have been updated. One will be able to see the newer authors and relish their songs. In addition, viewers can also look at their favorites author listings and see if there are any new songs uploaded.
In the KKSongs Audio Page is now updated with a new feature. With the help of a separate KKSongs account on Soundclick.com, higher quality MP3s as well as streaming audio is now available. The MP3s that were on the Audio Page before (the low quality MP3s) will still be available for downloads. Further information about the MP3 downloading and streaming is found on the KKSongs Audio Page.
Happy Nrsimha Caturdasi! Today is the appearance day of Lord Nrsimhadeva. For information about this particular holiday, please visit the KKSongs Nrsimha Caturdasi page found at VAISNAVA CALENDAR à NRSIMHA CATURDASI.
In addition, the KKSongs Articles page features a new article about bhajans and kirtans that could be sung on this auspicious day.
KKSONGS MAHABHARATA PAGE
The KKSongs Mahabharata Page is now featuring links to videos of the 1988 hit-TV series “Mahabharat.” The videos of “Mahbharata” are streaming videos from Rajshri.com. For the diversity of the population that visit KKSongs.org, only the videos with the English subtitles are presented.
Please note that KKSongs.org is only presenting links to the videos. These videos are not found on KKSongs.org server. In addition, KKSongs.org nor Rajshri.com are not responsible for the content on the videos.
Thirty-three new song lyrics have been uploaded online. A good handful of song lyrics include English songs from the compilation known as the “Avadhuta Files.” Others are rare song lyrics by very rare Vaisnava acaryas like Ananta Dasa, Jaya Dasa, and Vamsi Dasa to name a few. More bhajan lyrics will be uploaded periodically.
In addition, few lyrics have been updates or edited for accuracy. The song Jaya Narasimha Sri Narasimha has many more verses besides the five we originally had. Vowels changes to reflect proper pronunciation for “Vamsidhari Krsna Murari” has been done. (Vamsidhari is not a Bengali bhajan, therefore the vowels and spacing were redone to reflect the proper pronunciation of Hindi).
Jaya Sri Rama! Around March 26, the celebration of the appearance of Sri Ramacandra is being celebrated. Please contact your local temple or Krsna Conscious center for your local dates. For more information on Rama Navami, please visit KKSongs Rama Navami Page.
On the Notations page, some new songs have been added. Radha Krsna Prana Mora and Sundara Bala have been added. In addition, our recurring theme of adding songs by Vaiyasaki prabhu is still under progress. All seven songs of Transcendence (1983) has been added (Antara Mandire, Sundara Mora, Jaya Radha Giri Vara Dhari, Bhaja Hu Re Mana, Om Namo Bhagavate, Radhe Radhe Syam Sri Radhe, Jaya Jaya Radha Krsna Yugala Milan [I]). Five of the seven Caitanya Candra (1986) songs have been added (Dhule Dhule Goracand, Gauranga Karuna Koro, Nava Gaura Varam, Sri Krsna Caitanya Prabhu, Je Anilo Prema Dhana). One song of Bhakti Ratna Mala (1991) (Pranam Tomai Ghanasyam) and one song of Charan Kamal (1994) (Vamsidhari Krsna Murari) have been added. Expect to see more songs within the next few weeks.
Amongst all of the links found on the navigation bar, we have a new feature that will enable us to serve the Vaisnava community. The Vaisnava Calendar page is nearly completed. The KKSongs Vaisnava Calendar has information about how a Vedic calendar is composed, the months and day of a calendar, and detailed explanations of Vedic and Vaisnava holidays.
A few more holidays will be updated in addition to the article on Ekadasi fasting. Please stay tuned to the site to see these updates!
In addition to the growing resources of KKSongs.org, a Vaisnava Calendar Page will be incorporated. The main purpose of the Vaisnava Calendar Page is to inform visitors about the Vaisnava months of the year, the holidays, and Ekadasis. People interested in getting the exact days of holidays are able to visit an external link to produce their custom-made Vaisnava calendars, depending on where they live and what year is being examined.
This project is still under construction. Hopefully, by Gaura Purnima (the Vaisnava new year), the blue link will be made available to you on our navigation bar.
A new instrument has been added on the KKSongs Instrumental Guides page is the KKSongs Sitar Tutorial. This page will give the basics of the sitar such as tuning, basic hand techniques, and ornamentation. Featured on these tutorials are videos hosted by Expert Village with musicologist Amie Maciszewski giving sitar demonstrations. Her videos are directly embedded on the page and are not affiliated in any manner with KKSongs.org.
A new article regarding the KKSongs Guitar-Sitar Project is found in the articles page. For musicians who are attempting to make their guitars produce Indian ornamentation, this is a must read for you! Sound clips are included.
For those who follow up with our Khol Students
that meet on Sundays at at ISKCON Chicago, please note that the
class has ended on
The KKSongs Articles page is updated with two new articles. The first article entitled “Music with a Higher Taste” sings the songs that describe Krsna enjoying bhoga and the glories of prasadam. The second article describes the recordings of KKSongs of 2006.
WHAT TO EXPECT FOR 2007
New features to expect in 2007 at KKSongs.org are new KKSongs Khol Videos that will supplement the KKSongs Khol Guide.
A KKSongs Sitar page will be available before the end of January.
By the end of February 2007 or early March 2007, KKSongs.org will feature an interactive Vaisnava calendar. Unlike many Vaisanva calendar that merely lists dates, the major Vaisnava holidays will have links explaining the holiday and its spiritual significance.
New English devotional poems and bhajans will be uploaded and be available as the site gets updated periodically.
Lastly, KKSongs is requesting assistance for any devotee who is fluent in written and audio communication of the Serbian language. We have a few audio clips of bhajans in Serbian, in which we would need assistance in both transcribing and translating. Please visit the Contact KKSongs Page if you are able assist us.
Few new songs have been uploading to the Vaisnava notations page. Please take a look at new songs Boro Sukher Khabor Gai, Jaya Radha Giri Vara Dhari, and Radhe Radhe Syam Sri Radhe (edited).
Lastly, the KKSongs Khol Guide is now complete and available for online viewing.
On the Vaisnava song notations page, there are notations available for the songs Jaya Jaya Jagannatha Sacira Nandan, Ami Yamuna Puline (or any song based on Raga Des in Bangla Ektal), He Govinda He Gopala Kesava Madhava Dina Doyal, Jaya Madhava Madana Murari, and Parama Karuna.
In addition to the above songs, a KKSongs Visitor requested for harmonium notations for the songs especially sung by His Grace Vaiyasaki prabhu. In order to honor this request, we are starting off with his Transcendence album. We have three songs of this album uploaded namely Antara Mandire Jago Jago, Sundara Mora, and Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya. Mahamantra tunes are not included as they are subject to high level of improvisation. Please visit www.kirtan.org. Expect songs from the remainder of Transcendence, Caitanya Candra, Bhakti Ratna Mala, Carana Kamal, and Divya Lila posted.