Kirtan with Acharya Mangalananda
Mangalananda is a kirtan singer well-versed in the traditional kirtan style of the rural villages of India. Though an American by birth, through a lifetime of association with Indian culture and twelve years living in a small ashram in central India, he has learned by deep immersion the traditional spiritual music of India. His kirtan is couched in the mystical ragas of India and is full of the lively ecstatic joy of the Divine Names.
Mangalananda has toured extensively throughout India, Europe and the USA, presenting kirtan concerts, yoga classes and workshop retreats. He is an Acharya (an appointed Spiritual Teacher) of Ma Anandamayi Ashram in Omkareshwar / Indore in the lineage of Sri Anandamayi Ma.
Mangalananda has been a featured artist at several international yoga and kirtan festivals including the Berlin Yoga Festival in Germany, Angsbacka Bhakti Yoga Festival in Sweden, and in the USA at Bhakti Fest in Joshua Tree CA, Prana Fest in Ashland OR, and Boston Chant Fest in MA.
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About Acharya Mangalananda
Acharya Mangalanda is an American disciple of Sri Anandamayi Ma and has been deeply associated with India and its culture since he was 19 years old. He has been a follower of the Path of Bhakti Yoga and Mantra Yoga for over 40 years under the training of Sri Anandamayi Ma, and some of her closest Disciples, including Swami Bhaskarananda ji and Swami Kedarnath. Mangalananda shares both kirtan and workshops in Bhakti Yoga and Swakriya Yoga with people worldwide, touring Europe and the US every year.
Mangalananda lived and worked in Ma Anandamayi Ashram in central India for 12 years, where he still serves as an Acharya and Trustee. In 2001, he was asked to help open a school for the local village children. After founding the school, he also taught there for many years. He now resides in the USA in the San Francisco Bay area where he performs kirtan and is attempting to found a Center for Sri Anandamayi Ma there.
Mangalananda is the author of OM MA: Anandamayi Ma, a short life sketch of one of the twentieth century’s greatest saints. The book contains never before published stories, including the author’s own memories of his time with Ma.