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Archived News: Year 2008

 

December 31, 2008

 

Hare Krsna! All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

 

KKSongs.org wishes you all a very happy new year ahead! The year 2008 was a successful one despite the lack of progress in the last few months. Thank you very much for all of your continuous love and support and help you gave to KKSongs.org. By the Lord’s mercy, may this site prosper into 2009.

 

Thank you. Hari Bol!

 

December 30, 2008

 

Hari Bol!

 

Three new additions added to the site: Three new songs are added to the audio page. The is a Bengali bhajan “Nace Gaura Preme Bhora”, and two tracks with a delayed release in rare Raga Katyayani and Raga Yaman in a separation mood.

 

A new article is posted on the Articles page regarding the Krsna bhajans written by Adi Sankaracarya.

 

December 17, 2008

 

Hare Krsna! All Glories to Srila Prabhupada!

 

Please excuse the three month period of inactivity. The site will be undergoing some updates relevant to the next year.

 

The holidays and the Ekadasi pages will be updated for 2009.

 

Thank you very much for your continued support! Some recordings for the site is being worked on and cleaned up for the site presentation.

 

September 7, 2008

 

All glories to Srimati Radharani! Today is the auspicious celebration of Srimati Radharani’s appearance day. It is recommended that devotees fast till noon and read the glories of Srimati Radharani in the Tenth Canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam.

 

Apt bhajans to describe the festivities of Radhastami are Vrsabhanu Pure Aji Ananda Badhai, Radhikar Janma Tithi Dina Jani, and Bhadra Suklastami Tithi.

 

LITHUANIAN BHAJANS ADDED:

Five bhajans in Lithuanian (the language of Lithuania) are uploaded to KKSongs.org. They are poetic translations of five common Vaisnava songs. Please view them here at the list of Lithuanian songs.

 

August 25, 2008

 

Happy Srila Vyasa Puja Day! All glories to Srila Prabhupada! Today is the appearance day of Sri Srimad A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Devotees all over the world are submitting their offerings in reverence and devotion. In addition, devotees fast till noon in his honor. The webmaster has posted his offering in the article section.

 

Please visit the Site Dedication Page in his memory. The link has been posted up.

 

Srila Prabhupada’s page is updated with a tribute to his books, his legacy, through which he is still living from. In addition, the Article’s page contains the Vyasa Puja offering from the webmaster.

 

August 23, 2008

 

Hari Bol!

 

The IFP project is completed. All pages (except the News Archives) have been updated with improved functionality.

 

The song lyrics page has the author name, book name (if common), and language name interlinked.

 

The ragamala has the thāt name, jati, and prahar interlinked. The talamala has the matra number and jati interlinked.

 

The notations, synonyms, and purports page expanded for better interconnectivity.

 

Just a reminder: tomorrow (August 24) is Janmastami, Monday (August 25) is Srila Prabhupada’s Vyasa Puja, and Tuesday (August 26) is Ekadasi.

 

Laslty, a very long-delayed release of Boro Krpa Koile Krsna is now available in the KKSongs Audio section.

 

August 16, 2008

 

Hare Krsna! Jaya Sri Balarama!

 

Today is the Balarama Purnima, the appearance day of Lord Sri Balarama, the elder brother of Sri Krsna. Please fast till noon and read pastimes of Lord Balarama and sing songs of His praise. Two out of many songs to meditate on are Dvivida Duranta Caritra and Namaste Halagraha (Sri Balarama Pranama).

 

In addition, Jhulana Yatra ends today. Krsnastami (commonly known as Janmastami) takes place on August 24th. Srila Prabhupada Vyasa Puja is on August 25th. Annada Ekadasi is on August 26th. Radhastami is on September 7th. All glories to the festive month of Bhadra!

 

As of today, songs beginning from A through L have been updated.

 

August 10, 2008

 

IFP UPDATE:

 

Hari Bol!

 

Up to this point, songs from A through H have been updated with increased functionality and updated links. In addition, the language pages, authors page, and articles page are updated. The Krsna Culture page is almost completed. Some minor outdated links and picture files will need to be redone.

 

July 30, 2008

 

UPDATES ON THE IFP:

 

The KKSongs Homepage, News Page, Song Lyrics Page, Song Indexes A, B, C, D, Music Page, Language Index Page, Scripts Page, and all song lyrics beginning with A, B, C, and D have increased functionality.

 

July 26, 2008

 

SCRIPTS PAGE PHASE I COMPLETED:

 

For the last two months, this site has converted the most common devotional songs into their respective fonts using Unicode. Therefore, the old page will be deleted in one month from today. Thus Phase I is completed. The future phases will be significantly slower, but will be uploaded and posted at a steady rate.

 

INCREASED FUNCTIONALITY PROJECT:

 

The next major agenda for KKSongs.org is to improve functionality for each song page. As of now, each song was independent without any exits, unless there was a bonus link available (i.e. purport, musical notation, foreign translation, word-for-word synonyms, a KKSongs original audio clip, and the song in its Indian script). For instance, if one wanted to research the author of the song, one would have to go back to the main page and click the authors page for the listing of the authors. One might end up forgetting the song or just got lost in the whole process! In order to ease transitions between pages and improve the interconnectivity of the site, the author’s name and the language in the heading will be hyperlinked to a link containing their respective pages. If the song is a part of a bigger text or songbook, then the book name will be hyperlinked to that page. If any field is blank, no hyperlink will be provided.

 

In addition, the upper logo of KKSongs.org will be hyperlinked to the main page. This way, no matter where one is in the site, by clicking the logo on the header, one will easily come back to the homepage.

 

This project is in its initial stages. So far, the index, the news page, and the first quarter of the songs starting with A have been updated. If the upper left logo is not linked to the KKSongs Homepage or if a linked page is not linked correctly, please contact KKSongs.org so this may be corrected.

 

EKADASI REMINDER:

This Monday, July 28, is Ekadasi according to Chicago’s calendar. Please verify with your local Gaudiya Vaisnava institution to find the date for Ekadasi.

 

July 9, 2008

 

NEW SONG LYRICS UPLOADS:

 

There are a handful of songs that have been uploaded to the site. The theme of the new songs is songs of Adi Sankaracarya. While he preached impersonalism and Mayavada to the world, in his heart, he was a pure personalist who was a great devotee of Sri Krsna. Therefore, to celebrate his devotion, we are featuring his bhajans and prayers to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. In addition, some songs of Bilvamangala Thakura, Sura Dasa, and other Vaisnava acaryas have been posted here.

 

INDIAN SCRIPTS PAGE PROJECT:

 

The process of converting the Indian script page to Unicode (as opposed to the previously used JPEGs) is continuing nicely. So far, the most common Bhaktivinoda Thakura songs have been uploaded for online viewing. Basically, the target songs are going to be the common songs found in the BBT Songs of the Vaisnava Acaryas book and the Nectar Book’s More Songs of the Vaisnava Acaryas. Once these songs and the ones featured on the Scripts page have been converted to Unicode, the JPEGs will be deleted two months after.

 

Eventually, the goal is to convert all songs with diacritic markings to Unicode. Please bear in mind that by default, all Hindi, Brajabhasa, and Sanskrit songs are in Devanagari and all Bengali songs are in Bengali script. If you wish for another conversions, please visit the Contact KKSongs.org and the customized one will be done for you.

 

AUTHORS PAGE:

Adi Sanakracarya and Vyasadeva have photos now. Vyasadeva’s page has a biography attached as well. Most of the other authors have their song quotas updated.

 

UPDATED LINKS PAGE:

Special announcement: Next week, the grand two-day Ratha Yatra festivities will take place in Toronto. Please visit www.feedyoursoul.to/tunnel for more information. You may also visit the KKSongs Links Page.

 

June 28, 2008

 

Hari Bol!

 

Few more songs have been uploaded on KKSongs.org. Some rare songs by Locana Dasa Thakura, Srinivasa Acarya, Vasudeva Ghosa, Sura Dasa, and Prabhu Nityananda Dasa have been uploaded. A new collection of songs was donated to KKSongs.org within the last week and they will be uploaded as the summer progresses.

 

On the Notations page songs till Sundara Mora have been updated with the audio guides.

 

The Devanagari/Bengali Unicode scripts pages are undergoing major construction. They will ultimately be the page that everyone will be referred to. The JPEG pages will only be kept for those who have trouble viewing Unicode in Devanagari/Bengali. If you use Windows XP or higher, you should be able to view the Devanagari and Bengali Unicode fonts. Links will be rerouted during this process. Please forgive us for the set backs and any inconveniences caused.

 

Hare Krsna!

 

May 24, 2008

 

The KKSongs Glossary is completed for online viewing. Please keep in mind that as time comes, more words will be added. This part of the site is diacritic specific. In the process, efforts to use correct diacritic markings have been used. If there are any errors, please contact KKSongs.org.

 

As far as the Notations page is concerned, harmonium audio clips have been uploaded for songs up to Radhe Radhe Syama Sri Radhe (edited).

 

May 21, 2008

 

The Glossary is almost complete! The pages up to S have been uploaded.

 

May 18, 2008

 

Hari Bol!

 

Today is Nrsimha Caturdasi, the appearance day of Lord Nrsimhadeva, the man-lion incarnation of Krsna, who came to protect Prahlada Maharaja from Hiranyakasipu. It is recommended that one fasts till dusk and engages themselves in service of Lord Nrsimhadeva or chants his one-hundred eight names and the Nrsimha kavaca mahamantra. One may also read the seventh canto of the Bhagavatam with the pastime and glories of Lord Nrsimha.

 

May 9, 2008

 

There is a new addition to the Notations Guide. Some of the songs, in the past, had guide links. Major weaknesses in the old MP3s include the low quality and lack of rhythm. The new audio guides will serve like a karaoke to allow students to practice singing or playing the song, or for mridanga students to accompany simple melodic pieces. For these reasons, the karaokes features no voice.

 

So far, all songs through Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya are completed. Harmonium and kartals are featured courtesy of Swarsystems.

 

May 5, 2008

 

KKSongs.org welcomes its newest feature! Imagine trying to read a nice bhajan, decide to learn to play it on the harmonium, and read into its translation, find out about who wrote it, and maybe even learn the rhythm and the raga details! That’s a nice spectrum from devotional poetry to biography of the author from the basic harmonium notation to the true music theory of North India, a lot of words and terms might seem unfamiliar.

 

Without having to look for a specific page to learn one word, the KKSongs Glossary can be of big help. The glossary contains words, names, phrases, and such all of facets of the site. Whether it is spirituality related or musically related, you can find it in the glossary. As time comes, more words will be uploaded onto the glossary.

 

So far, words from A through K have been uploaded.

 

April 13, 2008

 

Today is Rama Navami, the anniversary of the appearance of Lord Ramacandra. Sri Rama appeared on earth to demonstrate the duty of an ideal man and king. To observe this holiday, it is recommended that one reads pastimes of Lord through Ramayana and worship Lord Rama through devotional songs and chants. You may read a summary of the Ramayana here. In addition, one may fast until sunset.

 

While the KKSongs Glossary is still under major construction, the Ramayana glossary is posted here.

 

March 21, 2008

 

Today is Gaura Purnima, the anniversary of the appearance of Lord Caitanya. Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu appeared on earth 522 years ago. To observe this holiday, it is recommended that one reads pastimes of Lord Caitanya Mahaparabhu from the Caitanya Caritamrta and sing bhajans of Lord Caitanya and His associates.

 

The Bhatkhande updates are completed up to the end of S.

 

March 5, 2008

 

Hari Bol!

 

Just a reminder

 

March 6 is the celebration of Siva Ratri. One may fast and offer Krsna prasadam to Lord Siva that day. To understand Lord Siva’s position and glories, an article is posted in the ARTICLES page entitled “Glories of the Greatest Vaisnava.”

 

March 21 is Gaura Purnima. It is the celebration of the advent of Lord Caitanya. Please fast till moonrise that day, and attend your local Gaudiya Vaisnava temple to celebrate His appearance day.

 

AUDIO PAGE UPDATE:

The KKSongs Audio Page has a minor update. The audio page has its instruments highlighted. With the exception of Western instruments (like guitar, synthesizer, etc.), all Indian classical instruments contain links to their respective pages from the KKSongs Gallery of Instruments Page.

 

BHATKHANDE NOTATION UPDATES:

Notations for the Vaisnava Songs, for the past few months, underwent upgrades to the newer version that requires less memory and space and more efficiency for sharing. So far, all songs up to the start of S have been upgraded. By the end of this month, all current songs posted will be using this format.

 

MANDATORY UNICODE:

The site will no longer operate on Baraha based fonts for the Devanagari and Bengali texts. Internet Explorer 7.0 will be mandatory for these pages. The Bahara font pages will be on the site for three months. Then, they will be removed. This change will only affect the Indian Texts (Languages & Pronunciation) and Pronunciation Guides (Languages and Pronunciation)

 

MANTRA MEDITATION PAGE:

A page dedicated to informing visitors on what the Hare Krsna mahamantra is under construction. It will contain purports, references, and explanations to the mahamantra, in addition to a page dedicated to japa chanting, the ten offenses, and the notations on ways to chant the mahamantra. More information will be posted shortly.

 

GLOSSARY:

The glossary for the site is still under work. More information will be posted as progress comes about.

 

February 14, 2008

 

Hari Bol!

 

Quick reminders:

 

February 16, 2008: Ekadasi (Chicago). Fast from grains and beans. Please check your local calendar or contact your nearest temple to confirm correct Ekadasi dates.

February 18, 2008: Nityananda Trayodasi. Appearance day of Lord Nityananda Prabhu

 

MUSICAL UPGRADES:

 

The KKSongs Tabla Guides has been updates with some newer photos on some of the diagrams and the newer formats of the Bhatkhande format.

 

The Bhakthande format has been uploaded for Notations page up to Mama Mana Mandire.

 

The KKSongs Ragamala has five new ragas added.

 

NEW SONGS:

 

Many new (not to mention, rare) songs lyrics of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura have been posted. In addition, two new Bhaktivinoda Thakura songs have been posted. Please view their respective additional songs by going through AUTHORS AND TEXTS à AUTHORS INDEX

 

NEW CORRIDOR CONSIDERED FOR KKSONGS.ORG:

 

A new mantra meditation page, focusing on the chanting of the Hare Krsna mahamantra, is currently in the works. More information will be posted as ideas progress

 

January 29, 2008

 

Hari Bol!

 

KKSongs.org went through small, but important changes.

 

REMINDER: The alphabetical index is found on the SONG LYRICS INDEX. Remember search by the first few words of the song, not the “title” of the song.

 

BHATKHANDE NOTATION UPDATES:

 

From the previous update, the Talamala and Khol Guides have been updates with newer version of Bhatkhande notation. This is meant to be much quicker than loading several .JPEG files. The Notations of Vaisnava Songs are under update. Songs before Jaya Radha Madhava are updated with the newer Bhatkhande format.

 

Please note that the newer Bhatkhande format will cause some “unevenness” when fractional matras are placed. Please note that all between two adjacent number holds the value of one beat, even though the “size” might contract.

 

MELAKARTA GUIDE UPDATES:

 

The Melakarta Chart has been updated. Instead of seventy-two links, it is one large table. Audio clips for the Melakartas will be uploaded once they are recorded. To aid one in Carnatic notation, a link to the Carnatic keyboard is posted.

 

NEW REQUIRED RESOURCE FOR THIS SITE:

 

Excluding the teaching tutorials, any page of KKSongs.org containing Bengali or Hindi fonts will be changed. Previously, these pages contained .JPEG files. The process of removing the JPEGs will continue periodically until completion approximately April 2008.

 

The required fonts can be downloaded on the RESOURCES page above.

 

January 1, 2008

 

Hari Bol!

 

Happy New Year! Welcome to the not-to-so exciting, but slightly newer version of the website. The newer version of the homepage has all the links fixed at one spot on top. Therefore, for small resolution monitors, one would not have to scroll all the day down. Plus, this allows the news to be longer, as opposed to previously, where it had been truncated for the sake of space.

 

Along with the new format, there is a nice load of updates!

 

SONG LYRICS RELOCATED:

 

The alphabetical index for the songs is found on the Song Lyrics Index page above.

 

HARMONIUM GUIDE COMPLETED:

 

After three and half years, the text for the KKSongs Harmonium Guide is finally completed. The audio recording project will not be completed until February 2008.

 

SEARCH ENGINE:

 

Now, one can try to search through the site through the search engine empowered by Google.com. Please do keep in mind that it only picks up what Google picked up for KKSongs.org. KKSongs.org is not affiliated with Google.com, and any issues with their search capabilities should be addressed to them.

 

AUDIO PAGE UPDATE:

 

The Audio Page has updated links to Soundclick.com, as their pages underwent a recent change.

 

ARCHIVES FOR 2007 NEWS:

 

All news for 2007 have been archived and is linked in the News Page. The news page is emptied to allow for 2008 news (like this one) to be posted.