Kirtan Academy

Established in the kirtan capital of the world Sri Mayapur Dham, the Kirtan Academy is the world’s first educational institution focusing solely on the Holy Name. Desiring to revive a real brahminical standard of education, for the last three years, we had not set any fixed educational fee but rather encouraged everyone to contribute according to their means and level of gratitude. We have had to review this approach as there is a deep imprint that links commitment to expenses incurred.

The registration fee is Rs 1000 (US$18), before Kartik starts, Rs 2000 (US$36) after that.
Course itself is Rs 6,000 (US$100) for two months including both mrdanga, kartal and harmonium classes.

Instruments are not included but required. Starting price for Harmonium around Rs5,000 and Rs3,000 for mrdanga. Small good kartals are Rs 250.

The next Kirtan Academy course starts on Nov. 23rd 2017, graduation is on Jan 26th as part of a kirtan mela in Ekachakra Dham which ends on Jan 30th. Register today.

Our Vision…

Following the annual Gaur Purnima Kirtan Mela’s popularity, we have been wondering what would be the best way to serve the devotees, assist them in deepening their chanting, increasing their attraction and attachment to the holy name. It was concluded by our team that more education on the glories of the holy name, immersion in lila and music tuitions would greatly complement each other towards better chanting. Having this in mind we launched Kirtan Academy in Sridham Mayapur in December 2013.

The spirit of the academy is one of “living education”. Practice and application of the philosophy are important parts of the curriculum.

The philosophy part of the curriculum, Nama Tattva, is taught by very senior speakers such as HH Sacinandana Swami, HH Kadamba Kanana Swami, Mahatma prabhu and other illustrious senior vaisnavas. Each day consists of seminar presentations on different writings of previous acharyas, always with a focus on the Holy Name. On Chanting Hare Krishna (ACBSP), Harinam Cintamani, Bhajan Rahasya, Nama Bhajan, Manah Siksa, sections of Caitanya Caritamrta, Srimad Bhagavatam and others.

The  study of bhajans, prayers and their deep purports and meanings is also an important part. Songs of Srila Prabhupada, Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur, Srila Narottama das Thakur …

The narrations of the pastimes of the Lord, “Lila Kirtan” at original locations whenever possible, is a regular part of the syllabus. Gaura Lila, Krishna Lila, Vaisnava lila, History of Gaudhiya Vaisnava kirtan culture over the past 500 years…

Students are guided by experienced devotees as they learn to organize their own Nama Yajnas, 64 round days, extended kirtan program, Lila Kirtan night… They will also are given an opportunity to assist in the International Kirtan Mela in Mayapur as a learning experience.

There are daily classes on mrdanga, kartals, harmonium and voice training, so that our offerings to the Lord may become most pleasing. We gather regularly either at community events or programs organized by the academy students wherein kirtan is the focus. These provides further practice for the students.

The ancient system of education as described in our sastra speaks of daksine, not school fees. In order to make it easier on everyone to understand what is needed from them financial to make the program viable, we have set the daksine to a minimum of Rs 6,000 for the course. This includes parikrama travelling fees, required books, accommodations and prasadam while on extended parikrama, access to a few academy harmoniums.

Having your own instrument is HIGHLY recommended in regards to harmonium and absolutely necessary in regards to mrdanga and kartals.



We make 1st class instruments available to students at wholesale prices, Rs 3000-4000 for mrdangas and from Rs 5,000 for small portable or Harinam harmonium and up to Rs 20,000 or more for bigger, scale changers etc…

There is possibility to apply for scholarship if cost of course is prohibitive.

The mother organization “Kirtan Foundation” receives donations of well-wishers either as a regular percentage of their income or as a one time or occasional donation. In this way grihastas may have an opportunity to sponsor Holy Name Projects such as Kirtan Academy, International Kirtan Melas, Kirtan Village or other similar events pr projects.

Formal opening of the Mayapur Kirtan Academy was on December 6th 2013.

Next series of classes start on Nov. 23rd 2017. Registration is open from June 1st 2017. Prior registration is helpful so that we can properly prepare for the students that will be attending.

Please write to for more details regarding registration, Holy Name Foundation or any other question you may have.

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Your comments…

…I am sincerely overwhelmed with gratitude and love. Thank you from the bottom of my heart…

… Thank you endlessly for a truly uplifting experience. I am eternally grateful. I have come further in my chanting in the last four days then in my whole lifetime so far…

… Recently I had lost taste for chanting, couldn’t hear the name. Thanks to you my taste is back.Thank you thousands of times for what you are doing for us fallen rascals. I am very grateful to you for your kind helping hand…

… You have truly inspired me to be a better person and a better servant of the devotees and the holy name. With your guidance and mercy, we have been able to immerse ourselves more in the nectar of the holy name of the Lord and for that, I am eternally grateful …

… seminar was so wonderful, it is another proof that the Lord fulfills all desires. I was waiting and praying for something like this… I not only chant my japa in a different mood, but I also kirtan in a totally different way, very very deep…

… as a resident I could not attend the classes due to prior commitments. Mayapur is a wonderful place to chant. It is always easier to chant here. However from the beginning of Kirtan Academy we are finding an increased ease in chanting without even attending, it is affecting the whole community….

… Thank you so much for the most amazing parikrama. Please engage me in any service for the academy, it will be my great fortune to be able to do any small service for the Holy Name.

… Thank you very much for all this wonderful facility to come together to hear and chant the holy name, I am very grateful for the opportunity.

… Thank you for organizing this wonderful opportunity of hearing and chanting in the association of so many wonderful devotees. I pray that I can participate in more of the courses over the years, and that the academy may inspire and educate many devotees who come in contact with this first class sadhu sanga.

… You gave me a wonderful experience on this parikrama. I don’t know how to express my gratitude. I wish to serve all of you personnally one day. The way each of you all have served the devotees today was just beautiful and sweet. I pray and wish that someday I will at least have some bits of your qualities in serving the devotees. Srila Prabhupada and Gauranga must be very pleased with the Mayapur Chandra’s. Once again Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.

… Today was the best day of my life…

… I may not know how to express my gratitude but one thing is for sure, all of these experiences have born a new me, a new spirit, a mature vision. Thank you.

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