Monday, December 21, 2009

Atmarama Das- Radha Govinda

1. Sri Krishna Caytanya
2. The Most Confidential Knowledge
3. Guruvastakam

Ian Chester -Bhakti (Devotional Chants From India)

01- Sri Damodarastakam
02- Parama Karuna
03- Vibhavari-Sesa

AgniDeva Das :Smaranam - A Garland Of Kirtan

01-Sujanarbuda-Radhita -Pada
02-Sri Krsna Caitanya Prabhu
03-Parama Karuna

Ravi Shankar-Chants Of India (Produced By George Harrison)

01-Vandanaa Trayee
02-Omkaaraaya Namaha
03- Vedic Chanting...

Monday, November 16, 2009

Safe – Not Alone

01 – Make A Move
02 – Progress
03 – Without Your Guide
04 – Same Blood
05 – The Way We Planned
06 – Keep Away
07 – The Knower Of Dharma
08 – December
09 – Not Alone
10 – Ocean Of Mercy

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Classic ISKCON Vinyl – Vrindavana LP from France and/or Holland

Parampara Productions
RPI 102

The Vrindavana LP, released by Parampara Productions, is tied for my favorite Classic ISKCON record with Temple Radha Krsna, also released by Parampara. It’s got almost everything you could want, including an amazing rendition of “Kesava Kali Mala” by Acyutananda Swami.

Sure, if you wanted to, you could see this as the poor-man’s Radha Krishna Temple (the George Harrison-produced LP that everyone has). Vrindavana seems to be trying mimic Radha Krishna Temple to a large degree. Most of the instruments are traditional, save a bass guitar and an often haphazardly played flute.

To me, however, the Radha Krishna Temple LP has always seemed over-produced. It’s too slick in many places and while a beautiful album, it doesn’t capture what you’d hear in the temple. Vrindavana pretty well fills that gap. It’s fairly well produced, but keeps enough of the temple spirit to satisfy my uselessly picky tastes.

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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Divine experience

The Princeton Association of India Development hosted on October 1 a spectacular presentation of Bharata Nrityam by Bala Devi Chandrashekar, senior disciple of noted Bharata Nrithyam exponent, Dr Padma Subrahmanyam. The presentation, ‘Divine Expressions’, was held at the Film and Performance Theater at the Frist Campus Center at Princeton University.

The song ‘Neeradha Sama’ in praise of Lord Krishna, brought alive the sentiments closely associated with the enchanting Lord. Through her intricate Abhinaya, Bala depicted the form of Krishna and the significance of every ornament that adorned Him. She also brought alive Radha and the Gopis’ sacred and divine passion for Lord Krishna

Bala concluded the performance with a composition of Saint Kanakadasa. In this song, the audience saw the depiction of Yashoda beckoning child Krishna with ‘vatsalya’. The audience were spellbound seeing the story of Kanakadasa come alive in Bala’s performance. The presentation brought to life the rich sentiment of bhakti.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

The ISKCON Cinema website is online

ISKCON Cinema has joined forces with ITV to digitally restore all the films and videos currently available of Srila Prabhupada. The new set will replace the older version giving never before seen clarity to these precious moving images. It will include newly discovered films of Srila Prabhupada in Germany, Mayapur, Sweden, Detroit and Los Angeles all arranged chronologically from the first film of Prabhupada with Dr. Misra at Ananda Ashram to his last days in Vrindavan. Multiple audio tracks will be included to complete the library.

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Lotus Heart Spiritual Art, presenting the Beautiful Art and Sacred Poetry of Flora Cloud

Krishna Art
Flora's love for Krishna and Radha shines forth in these beautiful paintings. A little bit of the artist's heart shows in each piece of Art and Poetry. Each of Flora's paintings are reproduced on Archival Giclee Fine Art Paper, a Museum quality print, and in Archival Gift print.They display the clarity and detail of the original Paintings.

Lotus heart art

Friday, September 16, 2005

Bharatha Natyam tribe group

Bharatha Natyam is the indian classical dance form originated from the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Basically, it consists of three main elements: BHA- Bhava, or expression; RA- Ragam, or melody; THA- Thalam, or rhythm; NATYAM means dance.

Originally known as Sadir, Bharatha Natyam existed as a highly evolved temple art form since many centuries and is very complex, including elements of music, drama, poetry, color, and rhythm. In the Hindu tradition,the god Shiva, is the cosmic and supreme dancer Nataraja. As Nataraja dances, so is created the cosmic energy of the universe. The possibilities that exist in dance are tremendous and infinite.

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bharathanatyam / Indian dance

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Dance is like a prayer

My guruji taught me only male items, because my personality was not fit for female items. I did not have a sharp nose, fair colour or a thin waist. I learnt male items and Radha female ones. Our guruji designed solo items, tandava for me and lasya for Radha . But then I thought, why don’t both of us perform together.? So in Tarangam, I used to enter as Krishna, Radha as Radha. We have performed together in Umaparinayam, Kumarasambhavam pieces and from Shivpuran. See Dasavatar is a solo dance but we perform together.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Paintings of India in the 1700's and early 1800's

Paintings of India in the 1700's and early 1800's by European artists and Indians painting in the European style

Ever wonder what India looked like before the industrial revolution of the 19th century?

The painting style of India was not a realistic style using the European style of realism. That is the style where the artist attempts to draw or paint something exactly as it looks like. Instead the Indian artists didn't use perspective and painted 2 dimensional art not meant to look realistic. From their paintings we don't really get to see what India really looked like, they were stylists, not realists.

Paintings By Vairagya-laksmi devi dasi.

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Devotional Creativity at work

Avatar Studios

Avatar Studios presents artists, musicians, dancers, and writers that unify cultures. They blend the East and West - the tabla with the guitar, English with Hindi, silk saris with jeans.

"Colors of India" is a night of performance which reflects American culture fused in the traditional arts of India. "Colors of India" coincides with the Holi Festival of Color, an Indian national holiday recognizing unity over individuality celebrated by the blending of color.

Indira Kadambi - Bharatanatyam dancer

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Aksen Art

"I am an artist who considers herself to be a work in progress. My recent decision to stand for love, empowerment and transformation has led to the latest works that touch, move, or inspire others on their path. My art has always had a strong symbollic base to it. Inspiration has been based on world cultures and personal experiences. Gathering knowledge has shaped the direction of the art."

Conscious Art Movement

Conscious Art is about adding value to the making and understanding of art by increasing our awareness of what we are doing, the context in which we make art, and the motivations that produce art.

The Conscious Art Movement does this by hosting feature artists, providing a gallery to display Conscious Art, and by supporting various products including the Conscious Art Framework, and Conscious Art Curriculum for various organizations.

Web page

The Arts of Sastra Theater Entertainment! (T.A.S.T.E.)

The Arts of Sastra Theater Entertainment was founded by Sarasvati, Sandi, and Kalindi. The three had the same idea to better the Chicago temple and bring Krishna-entertainment back. The theater is for spreading knowledge about Krsna Consciousness through drama and other forms of entertainment. T.A.S.T.E. is giving a new perspective to the meaning "Religious-Entertainment" with its wild, refreshing, and captivating plays. Not only can they make an audience laugh but also make the audience feel the emotions of the characters in the play.
The favorite plays done by T.A.S.T.E includes: The Insides on Lord Balarama, Rukmi's Revenge,& Bhakta Greedy.

TASTE web page

When Mirabai's love comes through Western classical

It was an unusual meeting of cultures when an Indian origin bharatanatyam dancer gave expression to Mirabai's love for Lord Krishna as a soprano sang of the yearning of the 16th century Indian mystic.

As Kalpana Raghuraman - born and brought up in Holland - deftly executed traditional classical dance steps, a Western classical orchestra played in tandem at a performance in Delhi on Friday evening.

This celebration of love, part of the European Union Cultural Week from Sep 5-11 and held at the Sai Auditorium here, was an extraordinary spectacle with the Western classical musicians all dressed in formal black and Kalpana pirouetting to their music in maroon tights and chiffon skirt.

When men tread female turf

The Gotipua dance, performed by young male dancers in feminine roles, has played an important role in preserving Orissa’s dance heritage, writes Jayalakshmi Yegnaswamy.

The tradition of dance can be traced to the ancient times in Orissa. Bas relief depicting dancing damsels in the hills of Udayagiri near Bhuvanaeshwar date back to the 1st century B.C. An ancient treatise Natya Shastra, written by Bharatha Muni on Indian dance makes a reference to the dance of Orissa as Odra-Magadhi. An association between dance and rituals has existed since ancient time. Various ancient Hindu scriptures such as the Utkala Khanda of the Skanda Purana, Visnu Purana, Niladri Mahodaya etc. mention the relationship between the dance and religious rituals. The very first record of the dance of Orissa is found in a Puranic manuscript where rituals are performed in the form of dance to worship Lord Jagannath at the temple of Puri. This tradition prevailed since the period of Ganga rulers in Orissa.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Valmiki Ramayana

by Kalakshetra Foundation (Chennai)

Friday, September 02, 2005

Denise Houk - Painter/ Illustrator


Vrindavan Art - Devotional Paintings

This website is an exhibit of art displaying the sweet pastimes of Radha and Krishna in Vraja.

These pastimes are the quintessence of divine joy, the foremost object of contemplation for anyone longing to attaining the treasure of prema, and a source of delight for all.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Feature film on Lord Krishna

This Animated Musical film, produced by Shashikant Chheda / Amit Chheda and directed by Aman Khan, and Globally Marketed by Fusion Films Inc., brings out all these aspects of Lord Krishna's life in a highly colourful and entertaining manner, which is sure to appeal to everyone alike. This inspired and entertaining film shall ensure the teachings and virtues of the Lord are sure to be enjoyed and passed on to present and future generations for years to come. This is a 95 minute hindi film which would release in theaters all over in December.

Yoga Maya Films

Yoga Maya Films is a UK based company created for the purpose of producing cutting edge films based around spiritual and philosophical themes. Film is a powerful medium and Yoga Maya Films is dedicated to seeing powerful films of an inherently positive and spiritual nature created and distributed.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Manipuri dance

Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre recently held a Manipuri workshop under the aegis of Darshana Jhaveri of Manipuri Nartanalaya at Bharatiyam. A dancer, teacher and research scholar rolled into one, Jhaveri has been meticulously trained by Guru Bipin Singh. She is adept in both the tandava and the lasya style of Manipuri. A recipient of the Padma Shri and the Sangeet Natak Akademi award, she spoke of the existence of the two simultaneous traditions of Animism and Hinduism in Manipuri dance. The Laiharoba festival invoking the village gods, is mainly the dance of the priestess describing the primitive concept of cosmology. Due to the spread of Gaudiya Vaishnavism in the last two centuries, Manipuri dance developed into a stylised, classified and dignified art form around the theme of Lord Krishna and Radha.

Spanish porcelain makers produce Radha Krishna piece

"Taking inspiration from this ancient culture and religion, artisans convey in this great shepherdess (Radha) the spirituality of the Hindu tradition and the handcrafted skill of Lladro," the statement said.

"On many occasions, Lladro artists have shown a fascination in their work for Eastern cultures, and very especially for India," the Valencia-based creator of porcelain art said, introducing its series, "The Spirit of India".

Krishna: cameo hero of the Yakshagana

Lord Krishna who celebrates his birthday each Shravana masa is perhaps, the most colourful of all Indian gods. ‘Krishna consciousness’, the product of the romanticism of the Puranas, the fantastic visualisation of the epics and harsh reality of history– fits into any time-frame. Making use of strange mannerisms and interesting playfulness, Krishna showed the meaningless existence of a stagnant culture and stirred it into activity. This unique personality has inspired all Indian art media.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

The Art of Vishnudas

Krishna Art - The Paintings Prints Posters of Vishnu das

Vishnudas: In 1968 I studied art at Portland Community College, but I didn't really take it seriously until I met the Krishna devotees in 1970. My mother knew I was leaning toward a monk's life so one day she showed me a picture of a robed monk in the newspaper. The article mentioned that the devotees of Krishna just moved into town (Portland OR). She said I should go see them.

I did, and the next day I became a celebate Krishna monk (brahmachari). I first met devotees like Locan dasa, Krishna Valasini devi dasi, Narada Muni dasa, and Bhakta Steve (who first taught me that I'm an eternal jiva soul, servant of Krishna), then later Danavir dasa (now HH Danavir dasa Goswami), the departed and truly missed HH Vishnujana Goswami, and HH Mukunda dasa Goswami, who all inspired and encouraged me to continue painting for Krishna.

Annapurna is a self-taught watercolor artist who specializes in paintings and pictures from the Vedas.

Annapurna has lived a pure and spiritual lifestyle, practicing bhakti-yoga and meditation for the last twenty-five years. Now she wants to try to capture some of her spiritual realizations using mainly watercolor but also pencil and ink. Annapurna hopes to share a drop of the beauty she perceives as the spiritual reality beyond the gross material plane.

Annapurna has recently completed art training at a college in Philadelphia. In addition to her watercolor paintings she is also working on illustrating the ancient classical Indian epic, the Ramayana in a book soon to be released by Torchlight Publishing.

Krishna Lila Entertainment

Here you can find a host of musicals, dramas and comedies, depicting the pastimes of the Lord and His associates, elucidating the Vedic philosophy, whilst exposing the flaws of atheistic science.

Parividha das, a disciple of Srila Prabhupada, joined ISKCON in Amsterdam in 1973
In 1977 he was with the Vaikuntha Players in New York
In the early eighties he worked with the Bhaktivedanta Players in England

As a professional singer and actor he has performed in the following musicals:
Mr.Lyons in "Blood brothers" John the Baptist and Judas in "Godspell"
Master of Ceremonies in "Cabaret"
Pharaoh and Jacob in "Joseph and the amazing technicolor dreamcoat"

Krishna Lila Entertainment

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Dance of ascension

Years of preparation culminate for a student of classical Indian dance

Sandhia Sharma looks at the paint on Meghna Srinath’s hands before her graduation performance Saturday at Macklanburg Playhouse at Stephens College. Srinath has trained for eight years, two years of which were solely for this event. (KARA BERCHEM/ Missourian)