A soulful new single by gurukuli Hari Kirtan Kaufmann, that includes Lilashakti Sesanti and Vrindavan Favors, blends Krishnadasa Kaviraja Goswami’s Bengali bhajan “Sri Vraja Dhama Mahimamrta” with English spoken phrase poetry to deeply shifting impact. The epic 9-minute monitor, with its strikingly inventive music video that includes performances from worldwide devotee artists, captures the sensation of hankering after Vrindavan Dhama and devotee affiliation through the pandemic, and the lifelong journey in direction of giving oneself fully to Lord Krishna.
Music has been a significant a part of Hari Kirtan’s life, and his religious journey, from a younger age. He first began taking piano classes at age 15 whereas attending New Vrindaban gurukula, then started studying guitar and joined his first band, Lifeforce, with different New Vrindaban gurukulis whereas residing in Malaysia. Later, he performed chart music with a canopy band whereas touring Europe for a few years, however grew to become disenchanted with the mundanity of the expertise.
“I didn’t contact my guitar for seven years,” he says. “It was really doing kirtan that revived my curiosity in taking part in music and writing songs.”
Now residing in Mayapur, ISKCON’s West Bengal headquarters, Hari Kirtan not too long ago contributed a number of tracks to the label Mantra dwell and has live-streamed mantra music with musician Padmarani in his Soulful Saturday YouTube collection. But maybe his most formidable mission is When Will I See You Again, created in lockdown within the early months of the pandemic, with varied devotee artists world wide working remotely and sending their contributions in.
“We had by no means skilled one thing like that in our lives earlier than, to be restricted in motion,” Hari Kirtan says. “India went into lockdown for 5 months straight. The problem of remaining sane and staying busy was the soil the seed of this track grew in. It’s about lacking the affiliation of devotees, festivals, going to the temple, and consuming prasadam with everybody. And Krishnadas Kaviraja’s unique “Jaya Radhe, Jaya Krishna, Jaya Vrindavan” bhajan is in the identical temper as a result of he’s remembering Vrindavan from a distance.”
Hari Kirtan recorded his vocals for the track, in addition to his guitar, in Mayapur. Meanwhile, Lila Shakti recorded her backing vocals in South Africa, Johannesburg. Latin GRAMMY winner Havi Das recorded his synthesizer in Alachua. Classical violinist Barsana Priya Tirsu recorded her instrument in Vienna, Austria, and Narahari Moncrieff his bansuri flute in Mayapur. Madhu and Padmarani combined the monitor at their studio in Mayapur, whereas the track was mastered by Andy Baldwin (who works with Mantra Lounge) at Metropolis Studios in London.
Meanwhile, Vrindavaneshvari (Vrindavan Favors), Hari Kirtan’s spouse, wrote and carried out the spoken phrase, primarily based on Krishnadas Kaviraja’s phrases, that offers the track such highly effective emotional depth. “A fading reminiscence of strolling barefoot within the mud of Vraj / makes me dream of embarking on a journey in direction of You,” she intones. “But the area between us feels insurmountable / Will I ever enter Your sacred land once more?”
“The pandemic has been such a giant disaster, and so many individuals have had psychological well being struggles and relationship breakdowns,” explains Vrindavaneshvari, a gurukuli and Bhakti Tirtha Swami disciple from England. “Numerous the inspiration for what I wrote got here from desperation and uncooked emotions of brokenness, of eager to be accepted by the Lord. Because no matter we’re going by, He is our solely shelter.”
Like the music, the accompanying video was additionally shot and carried out by completely different artists world wide. Vraja Sundari of the Samadhi Dance Company shot her modern dance within the Netherlands, together with her personal crew. Kamala Saara, knowledgeable ballet dancer, shot her extremely evocative dance piece, which ties in with Vrindavaneshvari’s spoken phrase, in New York with Vasudeva Jones. Hari Kirtan and flute participant Narahari shot their scenes in Mayapur. So did Savitri, Vrindavaneshvari, and Hari Kirtan’s daughter, who portrays the devotee sitting at her laptop through the lockdown, pining for Vrindavan. The video additionally accommodates footage of Vrindavan, shot by Gaura Govinda Das and Madhava Naidoo.
Hari Kirtan hopes that in addition to Hare Krishna devotees, the heartfelt track will attain an viewers of individuals drawn to bettering their lives by aware residing and religious follow.
“I believe that neighborhood is rising quickly in the meanwhile, since individuals are fairly annoyed with materials life, as they had been when Prabhupada got here to the West, and are looking for one thing extra satisfying,” he says. “Hopefully, they’ll relate to the emotion on this monitor.”
Judging by the constructive response to date, that’s already taking place. And Hari Kirtan is already engaged on producing extra music for these impressed by When Will I See You Again. “We’ll undoubtedly be following up and placing out extra tracks within the close to future,” he says.
Watch the video right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APgOekoS8uc
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