what to expect

  • informal setting where questions are welcomed
  • expert teacher makes kirtan clear and simple
  • lunch provided
  • group size approx. 10-15 people
  • walk away with better skills and understanding of kirtan

unnamed-6Bhakti lata Dasi was born and raised in the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition of bhaktiyoga. She is one the Bhakti Center’s finest kirtan singers and is expert at classical Indian dance.


music lessons with Bhakti Lata Dasi

date – 4 consecutive sundays, october 30 – november 13,

time – 10.00am – 4.00pm (graduation november 20, 9.00am – 7.00pm)

location – the bhakti center / 5e

admission – by donation
for this course we suggest a donation between $250 and $350 although all donations will be appreciated (see donation policy below)

Limited spaces. Participation of course in entirety is required. To register please write to Bhakti Lata Dasi at seedofdevotion@gmail.com.

registration closes Saturday, October 22nd

Course Objectives

Students will:

– Learn the basics of raga (melody) and tala (rhythm) in relation to kirtan

– Learn/appreciate the basics of the main kirtan instruments: harmonium, karatalas, and mridanga

– Explore the mood of leading kirtan

– Reflect upon various subtle elements of kirtan, such as prayer, ego, service, pride, art, criticism, humility

– Lead a full kirtan

Elements of Course

– In-class work will include any number of a combination of group discussions, personal reflections, writing, activities, role plays, demonstrations, practice, etc.

– “Homework” will include blog post reflections, simple research, practice, etc.

– Kirtan Exploration Project – attend a kirtan event and write a reflection paper on your experience.

– Final Kirtan – lead a full kirtan

– Student-lead Graduation – students will prepare for and conduct a public graduation event


Class 1 – October 30th / 10 – 4pm / Intro: The Holy Name and Servant Leadership / Raga (melody) & Tala (rhythm) and the Kirtan Cycle

Class 2 – November 6th / 10 – 4pm / Kirtan Cycle Gallery Walk / Raga – Harmonium Workshop / Tala – Karatala Workshop

Class 3 – November 13t /  10 – 4pm / Tala – Mridanga Workshop / Kirtan Etiquette

Class 4 – November 20th / 9 – 7pm /  In-Class Final Kirtans / Course closing and reflection / Graduation

28 Hours of Instruction, Lunch Provided

The Bhakti Centers Donation Policy

The principle of bhakti is to do for others without motive. In yoga’s spiritual culture a teacher shares the wisdom of the sacred texts as an act of devotion rather than for profit. This is especially important in the Bhakti tradition where teaching and learning are essential ways bhakti is exchanged in daily life. It also keeps affordable for all this most important activity, sharing knowledge for upliftment.

At The Bhakti Center we honor these important principles of education: that teaching is done purely out of love, and that it is kept affordable. Therefore, for all of our classes on the sacred texts we don’t charge a set price.

So how do teachers survive? The answer is that pure teachers depend on God and good students honor that by sharing a donation from the heart and according to their means. Gratitude and generosity from student to teacher is also part of the yoga tradition.

For the class Kirtan Connection with Bhakti Lata Dasi we suggest a donation between $250 and $350 to make this course offering sustainable, though all donations will be welcomed.

All students must register online for this class by first emailing Bhakti Lata Dasi.