what to expect

  • hands on practical learning
  • learning and discussion about music history and technique, specifically related to the mrdanga drum
  • floor seating while playing (chairs can be made available if needed)
  • friendly, approachable teacher with many years of experience

Kishor grew up in Alachua, Florida, where he was surrounded by kirtan from a very young age. At age 11 he started learning mridanga (clay drum). At age 18 he traveled to Vrindavan, India where he stayed for 4 months and deeply absorbed himself into the practice of kirtan. His experience in India inspired him to later return for a full year and continue his kirtan training. Kishor now lives in NYC and does kirtan for the Bhakti Center and surrounding yoga studios and spiritual centers.


A 6-week comprehensive course for beginners with Kishor Gopal

dates – sundays, february 25, march 4, 11, 18, 25, april 1

time – students can choose one of the following time slots for their course:

1:00 – 2:00pm
2:15 – 3:15pm
3:30 – 4:30pm

location – the bhakti center / room 3w

admission – $108

capacity – 6 per group

to reserve a specific time contact: Kishorgopal@bhakticenter.org

register here

This is a beginners Mridanga workshop.  The course will take place once a week over the span of six weeks, covering fundamentals of hand practice (hasta sadhana) as well as simple kirtan beats. The purpose of the class will be to develop your foundation in the practice of playing the Mridanga, upon which the various rhythmic beats can be assimilated properly and easily with practice and time. The diverse multitude of beats find their roots in very simple strokes, practiced adeptly.  Mridanga is not an easy instrument to learn for most people, and will require commitment to really develop your skills! That being said, Mridanga is a beautiful instrument and even a little bit of experience playing is very exciting.


– Determination
– Patience
– Focus
– Technique


– Lesson One: History, Mechanics, and Language of Khol Mridanga. Introduction to Hasta Sadhana
– Lesson Two: Basic hand practice continued and introduction to Taal (Rhythm)
– Lesson Three: Introduction to Mridanga in Kirtan, Basic Kirtan Beat
– Lesson Four: Introduction to Mridanga Beats in Rhythm, speed
– Lesson Five: Kirtan Beats – Playing in rhythm (Medium, Fast)
– Lesson Six: Kirtan Beats – Playing in rhythm (Fast continued), Cumulative Review, Closing Class, Kirtan