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Kirtan: Chanting the Names (mit Textheft)

Kirtan  Traditional Chants Vol. II von Agnideva (mit Texheft)

Agni Deva, Text by Swami B.B. Bodhayan

Hardbound, 88 pages, 60 colour illustrations, size 14 x 13 x 1.4 cm, includes an audio CD.

Mandala Publishing Inc. 2002

The follow-up to the critically acclaimed Smaranam, Kirtan offers a provocative contemporary rendering of chants from India's bhakti tradition in the lively call-and-response style focusing on songs of saints like Narottama dasa Thakura and Bhaktivinoda Thakura. It tells the story of Caitanya Mahaprabhu, who inaugurated the congregational chanting movement as a means for attaining love of God in the present age.

Text by Swami B.B. Bodhayan: Topics of the book include: The Life of Caitanya Mahaprabhu; Nitai becomes a scholar; Chaitanya's transformation; Obstacles to the sankirtan movement; The Salvation of Jagai and Madhai; Mahaprabhu takes Sannyasa; South Indian Pilgrimage; King Prataparudra; North Indian Pilgrimage; Last Years in Jagannath Puri; Mahaprabhu's pastimes come to a close; Narottam Das Thakur.

Agnideva's sixth release couples traditional chants with the tasteful accompaniment of sarangi, tablas, mrdanga, kartals, harmonium, cello and sitara. Guest instrumentalist Hans Christian of Rasa adds breathtaking musical refinement that lends new spirit to these timeless classics.

Sanskrit Text and English translation of all titles included, along with a description of the instruments used.