KIRTAN COURSE (45)
This is an eight-week course being held only once a year.
Do students usually bring their own instruments (harmoniums, kartals etc), or they can buy them in Radhadesh?
Students do not have to bring their instruments since they are provided by the course. Still, you can choose new instruments at the beginning of the course and buy them. We are selling the instruments for approximately same price as we bought them.
Please use the following address and format:
for: (YOUR NAME HERE)
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Is it possible to transfer my non-refundable deposit for the Kirtan course to some other course offered by Bhaktivedanta College?
The deposit can only be transferred for the next year’s kirtan course. It can’t be used for or transferred to any other course offered by Bhaktivedanta College.
We offer lacto-vegetarian food and usually half of the meals are vegan.
Is the rule from the student guidelines regarding the dress code applicable to Kirtan Course students?
This is written in the Student Handbook:
“Public behaviour and dress code
To wear devotional attire in the temple and in the classroom (for women, gopi skirt and sari; for men, kurta and dhoti, or exceptionally, yogi pants). At other times, more casual attire may be acceptable if it is neat, clean, and modest (i.e. attire that does not call unnecessary attention to the body). For men, to keep their hair short (if not shaven) and faces shaved. To develop an awareness of local customs and sensitivities and to be careful not to offend neighbours and villagers.”
The idea is to keep the dressing code as much in sync with spiritually aspiring community. The main point is to wear clothes which are not focusing one’s attention to the body (uncovering the body in an inappropriate way). Some common sense should be applied.
‘The guideline from Student Handbook says ladies should wear gopi skirts and saris for both temple and classroom, but then here in FAQs we are informed that common sense for modesty is actually all that is needed. So which is it, because these seem like two different conclusions?’
Common sense for modesty is actually all that is needed.
Yes, they are.
Sure. It doesn’t have to be Indian clothes. Just think what would you wear in a ‘slightly conservative’ setting.
We provide all listed (in two sets) except bath towels.
Latest two weeks before the Kirtan Course starts we will send you a digital form for submission of arrival/departure details. We will organize your pick up from any station in Belgium. The prices are listed here under the ‘Airport and other pick-up’ tab.
Yes. The days off are Saturday and Sunday.
No one is bound to stay in Radhadesh all the time. It is expected that you don’t miss the classes, the rest is up to you.
Full morning program attendance is not mandatory. You are expected to take part in at least one part of the morning program. If nothing else is possible, attending the morning lecture at 7:45 would be the minimum.
College building is attached to the practicing classrooms, and the temple is just across the street. All Radhadesh facilities are in the 5 minutes walking circle. Here you can see a part of Radhadesh property from the sky.
Every Kirtan Course student will have his/her own harmonium for individual learning and practice. There is no need to carry a personal harmonium except if someone really wants it. There is also a possibility for students to buy instruments for the same price we bought them for Radhadesh.
We are mainly focusing on Indian classical notes (SA Re Ga Ma etc) as opposed to cordes, although they can also feature in at some point. But again, it is a course for beginners.
Coming earlier or later is fine. Two additional nights are included in the price (no matter if one comes before or staying longer after the course). Extra fee of 15 EUR per day (food & accommodation) will be charged for additional nights.
Latest two weeks before the Kirtan Course we will send the online transportation form to be filled in. Possible ways how to reach us and the approximate prices are visible here:
There is no particular list of the things what to bring. For sure you need to bring some warm clothes (something) and dress for rain (just to prepare you :-).
We are having wireless internet access at the college premises and temple reception but we are not providing laptops.
Every weekend you will be able to go for shopping by car (college arrangement, free of charge) or you will be able to order whatever you need. We also have Radhadesh taxi driver and, if needed, you can go to the nearby city during the week.
No pre-requisites mentioned, but do the facilitators expect the participants to be able to play an instrument (harmonium, kartals, mridanga)?
There is no minimum requirement for knowledge or experience in playing instruments or leading kirtans. In fact, the facilitators hope that participants do not know everything; otherwise, what would they teach? Joking aside, it is helpful if the candidate has an ear for music and singing, and even if the experience or knowledge of a person is extremely basic, or nil, that does not make a difference, as long as ENTHUSIASM is there and noticeable along the way. We want enthusiastic participants, not necessarily just talented ones or students with the attitude that “I know it all.” So if your heart is in it, this is the right course to come to for learning and doing kirtan.
If you are a UK/EU resident, then you do not require any visa. Only if you are from outside the European continent.
No. It is open to all levels of devotees. We do expect the persons registered for this course to follow the four regulative principles and chant as many rounds as possible daily, in line with Srila Prabhupada’s standards for residing in a Krsna conscious community. As long as you stay on the Radhadesh property (ashram, guesthouse, apartment, etc.), particularly in an ashram, you are expected to follow the house rules and behave like a regular temple devotee (take part in morning programs, assist with services when required, respect the local devotees). So no “spiritual qualifications” needed other than enthusiasm and respect for the environment in which you stay.
No particular scriptural qualifications required. It might help if you have some general knowledge, especially in the theoretical courses, wherein we discuss different acharyas and their approaches to kirtan. But it is also an opportunity to learn a lot.
There will most likely be supervised kirtan practice in small groups during the instrument sessions, and perhaps even at separate times. The students can also perhaps organize this during their free time. Indeed, it is not suitable to practice before the Deities.
There will not be separate classes for students on different levels. We are well aware that everyone will be on different levels. So, although there will be group sessions, teachers will do their best to give time and attention to individual students, to ensure that they are able to advance as much as they can from whatever level they are on. Thus all student will have possibilities to advance at their own pace in singing and playing instruments.
More questions? Contact us. We aim to respond to queries within forty-eight hours.
Instruments will be provided for class and for practice during class. However, it might not be possible for each student to practice separately, unless they share an instrument.
One can apply for a scholarship; depending on the true need and the reasons described on your application, there might be a possibility of receiving a scholarship, though there is no certainty of it.
Visiting teachers like Madhava and Jahnavi will mainly do kirtan and give classes. There might be some practical sessions with them, but do not count on it. So if you hope to learn mrdanga from Madhava, that will probably happen indirectly by taking part in his kirtans. The practical teaching will be done by local devotees who will be here throughout the course.
Most teachers will come for one week, some for just around four days. The instrument teachers will be here full-time.
What if my level of playing mridanga, kartals and harmonium is already mastered at a certain level. Will it be developed from there?
We are aware that everyone will have a different level of proficiency in singing or mrdanga and kartal playing. So the teachers will cater to individuals to the best of their ability to make sure that everyone can advance. There will normally be more private sessions than whole group sessions. It will be up to the mrdanga teacher to decide how fast he will teach you.
I would like to join the Kirtan Course. Probably I can come only from the third week on. Is that OK?
No part-time participation is allowed (only exceptions). Still, we are offering 8-day Kirtan Connection as an alternative also for those not able to come for a longer time. Please visit the Kirtan Connection page.
I am a beginner, as I don’t know how to play any instruments nor how to sing. But I am very inspired to learn. Can beginners attend this course?
All you need is inspiration and dedication. We would rather have kirtan novices with a strong desire to learn and practice than an amateur musician with no desire to learn anything new. We are aware that there will be different levels of knowledge, and we hope to nicely facilitate everyone.
Yes, the price indicated on the Web site is for the full course. So your total will be the sum of your selection in accommodation plus food plus tuition.
I was so much inspired to know about this event. Unfortunately, I cannot fully participate. Because the teaching of Sacinandana Swami touches my heart, I thought it best to be there during his period as a teacher.
We are not accepting a part time attendance. Only full time students will be admitted.
There are living facilities for families in Radhadesh, but these are limited. For more information, please contact us: here.
Every student can come 2 days before/after the Kirtan Course is officially starting/finishing since 4 extra days are included in the package price. Still, one can come even earlier and leave later if that helps in arranging better priced travelling tickets. Additional stay costs after 4 additional days is 20 EUR per day.
Petite Somme 10
Telephone: 00 32 86 32 32 77
There is no deadline. Once we reach our maximum enrollment students, it will no longer be possible to attend. So if you are sure you will come, do not wait to register, as this is a first-come, first-served procedure. Payment details will be discussed when we receive the application. We require only a deposit to confirm your application, and later the balance will be required.
Radhadesh management would not be giving out scholarships, as they have more people than usual staying over the summer, which provides them with enough manpower. If you still wish to explore this please write to the Visiting Devotee Committee (VDC) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unfortunately for a packed course such as this one, it is unlikely the temple will be able to find a suitable solution, because service hours are usually during the same time as a course. Also, the Radhadesh temple has recently implemented a strict policy under which devotees can stay here, which means that it won’t be very easy to get into the ashram in exchange for service while following the course part-time.