The Inauguration of Kirtan London

September 10, 2012 - 2 minutes read

Kirtan London is set to bring sacred mantra music to the attention of the city with events at universities and corporations, flashmob kirtans, as well as working with the existing London yoga community. As a first step toward the vision of creating ‘a diverse, London -wide community of kirtan lovers’ we held our official launch party on 11th August, 2012.

Guests entered the flower strewn hallway of the Georgian terraced apartment and were greeted with refreshments before proceeding upstairs for an evening of kirtan with Jahnavi Harrison and friends. A short presentation on Kirtan London’s vision and upcoming projects was followed by a talk by special guest, Radhanath Swami. He was introduced by actor and comedian Russell Brand, who had the audience in stitches as he described his conversion from skepticism to spiritual seeker after meeting Swami several years ago. Radhanath Swami spoke on the power of devotional music and reminded guests of the popularity of mantra music in mainstream London, when George Harrison teamed with Hare Krishna devotees to record.

Speaking of the potential in kirtan for self-transformation Swami said, “Yes, its enjoyable. Yes, it soothes the mind from the anxieties and stress of life. Yes, it liberates us from so many confusions and so many unhappy situations. But beyond that, this kirtan has the potential of awakening our deepest potential – our own very spiritual essence. And then we can be an instrument of that essence, which is the greatest joy of life. Taking just feeds the fire of our longings, but when we learn to find satisfaction in being an instrument, in giving, then there is actual fulfillment. Kirtan inspires us, cleanses us and empowers us to uncover that treasure within.
 The evening was a joyful and auspicious start for our project and we are grateful for all who came to bless us with their voices and encouragement. Events in the coming months look to expand and build community, launching our monthly 6 Hour Kirtan in October as well as continuing with bi-monthly Mantra Lounge and university events. Please sign up for our mailing list and visit us on Facebook to stay connected!
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