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Event: सङ्कीर्तनम् - Singing the Glories of the Divine for SAFIC

Location: ZOOM


Date: 2020-9-20
End Date: 2020-12-13

Time: 7:30 am -9:00 am

India time: 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
US EST: 7.30 AM to 9:00 AM

You are welcome to join us for an evening of online Kirtan from your home anywhere in the world.

Free. Let us gather to sing and share. This is an exploration and expression of the heart and the spirit. This event is hosted by SRI AUROBINDO FOUNDATION FOR INDIAN CULTURE

5 :00 PM to 5:10 PM : Welcome Address by Deepa Vaitheeswaran (Volunteer at SAFIC)

5:10 PM to 5:30 PM : Music Heals - Talk by Sampadananda Mishra (Director, SAFIC)

5:30pm to 6:15pm : kirtan by Ashoka

6:15pm to 6:30pm : Address / Q&A by Ashoka

Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 842 7868 5078

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Kirtan, a call-and-response chanting genre, is one of the oldest sacred music traditions from India. Through ancient Sanskrit mantras, Kirtan goes beyod the music itself, it unites all levels of consciousness and produces an energy that quiets the mind and takes one to a deeper experience of the Self. In the silence between the songs, one can feel the depth of the silence that lies within. Kirtan calms the mind and relaxes our body.

Swan Kirtan is a devotional chanting group of musicians from Maine. We play a fusion of Eastern and Western music. We offer chants from multiple faiths. Our kirtan is in traditional Indian raaga style.

“ Sweet chants and sweeter feelings.” - Jai Uttal

"Ashok, thank you for serving as our emcee. Your love and devotion was felt by all. Your presence in the Kula was a great comfort to me personally. " ---- Dana Kaplan, LoveLight Festival

“You are the one person in the States that present genuine Indian kirtan.” - Gary Goldberg.

Sample chants:


Ashok Nalamalapu was born in India and has been a devotee since his childhood. He has been leading multi-faith chants and playing harmonium since 2011, singing in the traditional Indian Raga style. Ashok has been studying with Indian classical musicians such as Sri D.V. Mohana Krishna and Grammy Nominee, Jai Uttal. As part of his spiritual path, he has led kirtan at many festivals across the country including Bhakti Fest in California, Lovelight Festival in Maryland and Maine Yoga Fest. Ashok has also led kirtan at colleges, temples and other centers in India, Spain and the US. He also sang at yoga centers such as Kripalu, Ananda Ashram, Integral Yoga Institute and Omega. In addition, he has served as a Master of Ceremonies, inspiring the audiences at all the major US kirtan festivals. He is a lead vocal singer at Swan Kirtan band and plays harmonium with melody. Swan Kirtan’s album "We are all One" is available on

Dr. Sampadananda Mishra is passionate about Sanskrit. He strongly believes that Sanskrit has immense potentiality to elevate the human consciousness to sublime heights. Dr. Mishra has spoken at various conferences, seminars, and literary & religious festivals, both nationally and internationally on Sanskrit, Indian culture, Yoga and Education. In addition Dr. Mishra, as a devotee of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, is familiar with their writings and feels comfortable in delivering lecture on Philosophy and practice of Sri Aurobindo’s Yoga. He has been to USA several times for giving lectures, conducting workshops and participating in conferences and seminars. He was one of the keynote speakers in the Waves conference that took place in Trinidad and Tobago in the year 2010. In the year (2014) Dr. Mishra was invited to the Monash university, Melbourne for giving a talk on character development and service to the humanity in a seminar on Swami Vivekananda.

Dr. Mishra has founded and launched the first ever 24hours Sanskrit Radio called Divyavani Sanskrit Radio and is single handedly managing the entire content since its inception in 2013. In the year 2014 Dr. Mishra founded Samskrita Balasahitya Parishad with the aim of creating, evaluating and propagating children’s literature in Sanskrit.

Awards and Recognition

The Govt. of India has conferred the President’s award (Maharshi Badarayna Vyasa Samman 2011) on Dr. Mishra for his outstanding contribution to Sanskrit.

In the year 2014 the Ministry of Culture, Govt. Of India conferred the Senior Fellowship Award to Dr. Mishra for carrying out his research on the Vedic Art of Multiple Concentration

Dr. Mishra was conferred the Kendra Sahitya Akademi Bala Puraskar for 2018 for his book Shanaih Shanaih – A book of Rhyming songs in Sanskrit for children.

Dr. Mishra was conferred the Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Recognition of Re-engineering India 2020 by the Re-think India Organisation.

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