Krsna Kirtana Songs est. 2001 www.kksongs.org
Hari Bol! Amar Nam Krsna Dhenu!
I was born on March 22, 1984 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. I was born in a U.S. Army base, as my father was in the army then. From 1984 until 1987, I was at Heidelberg, Germany where I received my mundana samskara by Krsna Ksetra Prabhu with the association Sacinandana Swami and Navina Nirada Prabhu. Later that year, I moved to Spring Lake, NC until 1987 where I moved to Fort Bragg, NC. I spent a majority of my childhood there. I lived at Fort Bragg until 1995 when I moved to West Point, NY. I spent a great portion of my teenage life at West Point, NY. By the Lord's grace, in April 17, 1997, I had been on an excursion to Manhattan SONY Wonder Museum. During lunch break, I had the great fortune to meet the devotees of Lord Sri Krsna! It was a little difficult to get adjusted to Krsna Conscious living but in 1999, I was getting better. I met my first devotee friends via the Internet in 1999 and I had learned a great deal since the day I met devotees. My first real temple experience was at the New Navadvipa Temple at Towaco, NJ. Through the devotees, I learned the literature of Krsna Consciousness, although the arts, specifically the music, of Krsna Consciousness of attracted me the most.
I had some good times and couple flaws here and there, but by the Lord’s mercy, He prevented me from crashing. I graduated James I O'Neill High School in June 2001 with High Honors, in addition to winning the United States Military Academy Award of Achievement in Mathematics. The most rewarding moment in high school was when I graduated. When I received my diploma in front of many family, friends, and their families, I heard a nice cheer of “Hari Bol!”
In August 2001, I started my formal collegiate education at the State University of New York at Buffalo as a computer engineer major. It was during my first semester of my freshmen year where an idea to create a website that centralizes the devotional songs into one place. This site eventually grew as time progressed. As far as my academics were concerned, I changed majors from computers (due to economy and proficiency issues) to pharmacy.
Because of lack of experience and other factors, I turned down pharmacy temporarily and transferred out of University at Buffalo on May 2004. I began my start of my pharmacy career by working at Walgreen’s as a pharmacy technician in June 2004. I finished a B.A. degree from National Louis University in September 2005 in Applied Behavioral Sciences in Education. I took many courses from August 2006 until May 2008 to build credentials to be a competent candidate for pharmacy school. By Sri Krsna’s mercy, I am now able to take my professional career a new height, through my admissions to the Doctor of Pharmacy program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I am expecting to graduate in 2012.
Apart from my academic side, I also sing Hindustani classical vocal forms and Bengali Vaishnava bhajans. I play the tabla, pakhawaj, khol, esraj, harmonium, keyboards, kartals, sitar, tanpura, khomok, guitar-vina, and some sarod. I have taught three semesters of khol, one semester of tabla, and one semester of harmonium. In addition, I have done a few presentations at local schools regarding North Indian music and Indian culture. I am currently working on an online mridanga course on a North Indian curriculum.
In addition, I also do a lot of compositions using Swarshala for classical and fusion projects.
When I am not working, studying, performing, or working on the site, I love to make friends and keeping in touch with them!
Please feel free to e-mail me using the Contact KKSongs.org link on the site.
UPDATED: August 19, 2015