For the love of Kirtan: Beginners guide part 1

Saturday 13th Jul 2019

Want to learn more about kirtan chanting?  Want to learn to play the harmonium? 

You’re in the right place…Regardless of musical talent or experience, by the end of this workshop you’ll have the tools to practise a kirtan at home, ready for the next workshop in this series.

You will learn about: 

  • Kirtan History & Philosophy & mood ·
  • Identify different types of harmoniums (including the mystery of the scale changer),
  • The parts of the harmonium & how to play it and look after it ·
  • Identify different ways to play a tune ·
  • Get an idea of your own vocal range ·
  • Understand basic timing/rhythm ·
  • Identify your preferred learning style and practice method ·
  • Take home 2 basic mantra Kirtans to practise – including understanding the meaning of the mantras – melody adjusted to your vocal range

Pre-requisite: please bring or borrow a harmonium!
Some possible sources to help with this are:

India in Australia in St Marys (57 Queen St, St Marys) 
Gianandar 0401579127 in Moorebank – 1 week delivery


Some thoughts on Kirtan (Sanskrit mantra chanting with music) is one of the easiest and safest methods of achieving inner peace, which other methods of meditation may take years to achieve.

Kirtan is thought by many Sages to be the foremost practice in the present Kali Yuga (Material or Dark Age).Meditation doesn’t come easy for many people, but Kirtan can carry us effortlessly to a place of quiet, to stillness. Using ancient Sanskrit mantras, the kirtan calls upon sacred energies which serve to quiet the mind, remove obstacles, and bring us back to the center of our being.


Cancellation up to 48 hours prior to event date is possible subject to a $5 cancellation fee. Less than 48 hours’ notice of cancellation is only possible if we can fill your place from a wait-list.


Meet Radhika:

Radhika Priya has been a leading light in the Sydney Kirtan scene. She developed her own Bhakti Yoga practice over many years studying with Sri Prahlada and organized – and sang with him in his renowned Kirtan events around Australia. She took initiation from Bir Krishna Goswami from the Chaitanya Vaisnava tradition and combines her sincere practice with her successful professional corporate life.

Part of her devotional practice has led to her to share the techniques and beauty of this simple but profound spiritual practice with anyone interested to participate, regardless of musical talent or experience. She loves to show how anyone can learn simple mantras and Kirtans and build their confidence to share this beautiful practice with others or at home.


Saturday 13th Jul 2019
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Qi Freshwater Studio



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