On Saturday, July 6th from 1:30 pm to 9 pm and Sunday, July 7th from 12 pm to 6 pm at Jeanne-Mance Park enjoy transcendental bliss at the outdoor Festival Hare Krishna. Fun for the whole family, this FREE event includes a vegetarian feast, an arts and cultural showcase, face painting, exhibits, shopping, and much, much more!
The stage schedule will not be available online. Sorry.
|Sat, July 06||1:30 pm||Kirtan - Music||ISKCON Ottawa||
Ottawa, Canada's capital city, has had an ISKCON centre since 1971. We are pleased to welcome our sister-temple's devotees to share with us all their sincerity for chanting the Hare Krsna maha mantra.
|Sat, July 06||2:00 pm||Welcome speech||Bhaktimarga Swami||
Bhaktimarga Swami AKA the walking monk, has walked across Canada four times promoting spirituality and peace and travels around the globe performing dramas based on Vedic scriptures, one of which we will see on Saturday at 17h50 in English and the same play on Sunday at 14h45 in French. We are very honoured to have him with us to open the festivities.
|Sat, July 06||2:15 pm||Music||Mahajana dasa||
Mahajana is a multi-talented musician. He started his music studies in 1975 and has performed thousands of concerts and accompanied multiple renowned artists live. He took spiritual initiation in the ancient vaisnava bhakti yoga tradition in 1978 and has since merged his spiritual practice with his classical musical training. This performance will be a tribute to the Hare Krsna Beatle, George Harrison. His albums will be made available.
|Sat, July 06||3:00 pm||Kirtan - Music||ISKCON Montreal - Sunday School||
ISKCON Montreal hosts a Sunday school each week wherein children and teens learn philosophy, verses, do dramas and kirtan together. Today you will see them chant the bhajan “Dasavatar” singing about the 10 incarnations of Krishna.
Performers: Ganga, Radhika, Abhay, Sevinam, Ushnam
|Sat, July 06||3:30 pm||Dance||Kiruthika Rathanaswami||
Kiruthika Rathanaswami is an Indian classical dancer in the Bharata Natyam style. She has been training for the past sixteen years under Jai Govinda, Artistic director of Mandala Arts and Culture in Vancouver, Canada. She completed her arangetram (graduation in dance) in 2004 and since then been a part of many professional Mandala productions as a soloist and group such as the "Temptation of Bhudda" in 2006 and "The Monk and Courtesan" in 2008. She has performed in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Some of her notable performances include dancing for the former Honorable Governor General of Canada Ms. Michaelle Jean during her visit to Vancouver and the 2010 Canada Dance Festival in Ottawa. She was featured as the lead dancer in the Documentary "Great night of Shiva-Mahasivarati" which was broadcast nationally on Vision TV Canada in February 2011. In 2010 Kiruthika received the "Shastri India Studies Arts Fellowship" in Dance by the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute and trained with Gurus B. Bhanumati and Sheela Chandrasekhar of Nrityakalamandiram in Bangalore, India. She premiered her new repertoire at Mandala Arts and Culture's annual festival "Gait to the Spirit" in 2011. Kiruthika is the recipient of the 2012 Mayor's Arts Award for "Emerging Artist" in Dance, from the city of Vancouver. She is presenting completing her Masters Degree in Physical and Health Education Pedagogy at McGill University.
|Sat, July 06||3:45 pm||Kirtan - Music||Atmarama das||
Atmarama Dasa, devotional singer and composer of sacred music, has been residing in Vrindavan, India for the past 25 years. He plays the flamenco guitar combined with Indian raga. With his unique style and sincere desire to share his spiritual understanding, Atmarama prabhu's music has reached far corners of the world. Yearly he travels from continent to continent – touching thousands of hearts and lives with the Maha Mantra Hare Krsna.
|Sat, July 06||4:45 pm||Dance||Swarakamalam Dance & Veena - Seshakamal Iyengar||
Seshakamal Iyengar has studied under a number of qualified gurus both locally and in India. He has been teaching for the past 20 years and 13 years ago founded the Swarakamalam Dance & Veena school, where he teaches the Mysore style of Veena and the Pandanallur style of Bharata Natyam. Swara Kamalam also funds a dance scholarship in India, the ‘Srinivasa Smrithi’, to under priviledged children who excel in the field of Bharata Natyam in collaboration with the Nrutya Bhushana Dance Festival of Mysore. India. Although over the past few years we have seen many of his students, we are very pleased to have him performing dance for the first time on our stage this year.
|Sat, July 06||5:15 pm||Dance||Kishori Yatra Girls - Part 1||
Kishori Yatra girls’ tour is an all-inclusive, spiritual adventure tour bringing girls, ages 11-15, to different temples and communities around North America during the summer. Its tour focuses on developing vaisnava qualities, visiting holy places, building friendships, and providing a framework for loving devotional service to be performed. They engage in service opportunities at the temples they visit and give the temples their expression of bhakti through a devotional arts presentation. Today they will be presenting the “Das Avatar” (10 incarnations of Krishna) in a dance-drama accompanied by live music as well as some classical bharatnatyam dance pieces after the drama “The Gita Concise.”
|Sat, July 06||5:45 pm||Drama - The Gita Concise||Bhaktimarga Swami & Troupe||
Bhaktimarga Swami AKA the walking monk, is walking across Canada for the fourth time, as well as Ghayana, Figi and Ireland to name a few others, promoting spirituality and pilgrimage. He also travels around the globe performing dramas based on Vedic scriptures. In Swami's latest drama, he presents the main concepts of the Bhagavad Gita, the book that holds all the fundamental concepts of vaisnava philosophy, in lyrical movement. It will be showcased again Sunday in French.
Performers: Bhaktimarga Swami, Jagannatha, Phil, Sing Lung, Gokulananda das & Damodar Gopal das.
|Sat, July 06||6:15 pm||Dance||Kishori Yatra Girls - Part 2||
The Kishori Yatra girls' tour, usually comprised of youth raised in Krsna consciousness, aims to engage and inspire all people in Bhakti-yoga, Krishna consciousness, offering relief from stress and the miseries of material existence through yoga, meditation, and cultural presentations of sacred music, theatre, dance, food and philosophy. They will now present the next segment which will include solo bharatanatyam dancers and a Kirtan component.
|Sat, July 06||6:45 pm||Kirtan - Music||Nara-Narayana das & friends||
Nara Narayan Prabhu has been a steady figure as both a senior member of the International Society for Krsna Consciousness as well as an artist. Nara Narayana dasa joined the Hare Krishna Movement in 1980. He lived in the Montreal Temple for 8 years. His main activities have been street Hari-nama (public chanting of the Holy Name of Krishna) and book distribution. In 1985 he went to Africa to help establish a now flourishing temple in Ivory Coast, a French-speaking country. Between 1987 and 1992, he ran a Hare Krishna preaching center and restaurant on Plateau Mont-Royal. In the 1990’s, he studied music at Université du Québec à Montréal, and has taught music in secondary schools from 1998 to 2011 and is now retired from that sort of public service. He now visits the Temple on Sundays and special festival days, and joins forces with devotees for the public chanting of the Hare Krishna Maha-Mantra : Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.
|Sat, July 06||8:00 pm||Music - Rock Kirtan||Rajasi - Rock Band||
Rajasi is passionate new rock with a spiritual edge, hailing from Wiarton, Ontario. The upbeat music is exciting and energetic. Led by 2nd generation Hare Krsna singer/songwriter Nitai Hanna, Rajasi has made it's way from the mid 90s till now. The band was formed after a 2 year stay at ISKCON Toronto and is inspired by the philosophy found in the Bhagavad-Gita. They have released several albums and have regular airplay on the radio throughout Ontario.