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KKSongs Articles


Welcome to the KKSongs Articles page. While the foci of this site is dedicated to devotional songs and the study of Indian music, there are things that is to be said that cannot fit with the song lyrics or the music pages of this site. Therefore, original supplemental articles have been written from time to time to make light of certain devotional songs, spiritual topics, as well as musical concepts and ideas.


Profile of Indian Musical Instruments (April 11, 2004)

Even though there is an interactive page on musical instruments available in the Hindustani and Carnatic pages of the site, this is a hypertext and profile on some Indian instruments.


The Thats vs. The Melas (April 13, 2004)

When people study world music, people often study musical scales. When Indian music receives a glance, people are amazed to see how there are a tremendous number of scales. In North Indian music, this is called a that, while in the South Indian music, this is called the mela. This article will discuss on the formation of these as well as more scientific facts on scales..


A Day in Krsna’s Life: A Musical (April 18, 2004)

In Indian classical music, a day is separated in eight sections of three hours each called prahars. Vaisnava musicologists have studied these prahars and the ragas associated with them to understand and see the day of Krsna glorified by the ragas. The article is based on information from Rupa Goswami and Bhaktisiddharta Dasa.


Improving Indian Instruments (October 30, 2004)

In receiving instruments from India, one out of every ten instruments will be decent or superb quality. Besides the inevitable shipping factors, there are also production values that are very important in the instrument’s life. This article will explain on how to improve certain features of Indian instruments without compromising the quality of the instrument’s playing technique or tonal quality.


KKSongs: A Retrospect (December 12, 2004)

On the December 14, 2004, it will be three years since the songbook on my website has been up serving devotees worldwide. This article not only looks back on the progress, blessings, and growth of the songbook, but also about other facets of the website.


Approach To Teaching Tabla (December 14, 2004)

There are a variety of methods to teach tabla. However, just as tabla is a vast instrument, there will be vast reasons why one wishes to learn tabla. Some will need it to help them play another instrument. Others want to solely focus on the tabla. Few may want to become percussionists and use tabla as a medium. Whichever the reason may be, teaching styles will have to be tailored to these fields. This article will explain about how to satisfy all facets of music without compromising the skill and study of the tabla.


Ten Forms of Lord Krsna (December 22, 2004)

This article looks back at a song from Jayadeva Goswami’s book, Gita Govinda. The song discussed is the Dasavatara Stotram, or prayers glorifying the ten forms of Krsna. It explains the philosophy behind avataras as well as glimpses of the pastimes involving each avatara. This article was originally written on April 11, 2004. Since the writing of this article, a famous Carnatic singer, M.S. Subbulakshmi, passed away on December 12, 2004. She had rendered this song, and her version became the most famous version heard everywhere. As a tribute to her and to educate the students on her ragamala approach to the stotra, I included the name of each raga heard for each avatara. If you want to know more about each raga entered, please check the Ragamala page on this website. If you are interested in the lyrics of the stotram, please click here.


Searching for the Perfect Tabla (January 4, 2005)

If one is seriously interested in learning tabla, then one should be very careful in purchasing one. A poor drum can be very discouraging for an aspiring student. Sometimes, the word “professional” is rubber stamped on tabla sets which are less than average quality. Understanding what to look for in a tabla set can help one avoid making a big mistake.


Singing in an Odd Meter (May 6, 2005)

After recording one song from Matchless Gifts which used a thirteen beat cycle, I wanted to write an article in attempts to educate musicians on how to compose a song or fit lyrics into a rare cycle not common to Indian musicians.


Matchless Gifts Experience (May 20, 2005)

After not recording full-fledged albums in a while, I recorded a set of eight bhajans which rare lyrics by some of our lesser known Vaisnava Acaryas, sung in rare ragas in rare talas. For the spirit, I called it “Matchless Gifts.” This accounts for the memories that took place while recording the massive project.


Approach to Teaching Khol (July 17, 2005)

This is my opinion of a perfect method of teaching the khol for students to benefit without having too little or too much instruction. This article is a supplement to the tabla syllabus article posted earlier this year.


Mridanga Abuse (July 19, 2005)

Mridanga is the form of Lord Krsna’s flute in Kali-yuga. As this drum sounds so mellifluously and enchanting, devotees made it a point to study the drum in such a way that they can please the Lord. From controlled sweet rhythms from the past came to excessive noise and banging in the present. Even though it can lift the “ecstasy” of kirtan, it can become cacophonic, offensive, and cause potential threat to the life of mridanga or ears of devotees. This article exposes improper mridanga playing.


Glorification of Lord Ramacandra (April 6, 2006)

On the appearance day of Lord Krsna’s incarnation of the ideal king and ideal and most moral personality, Ramacandra, glorifying the Lord through songs is a great way to remember the pastimes and glories of Sri Sri Sita Rama, Sri Laksmana, and Their devotees. The article includes links to devotional songs found on various parts of


Myriads of Tongues; One Name (June 20, 2006)

This article examines devotional songs through which languages they have been sung in. This article will explore the Indian languages as well as the non-Indian languages used to render glorification of Sri Krsna, His forms and His devotees. This article also brings out the appreciation of Krsna Consciousness as a worldwide movement. KKSongs links are provided for the song references throughout the article.


“Unreleased Works” and “Unsung Songs” of Prabhupada (August 17, 2006)

Today is the Vyasa Puja or the appearance day of Srila Prabhupada, founder and acarya of ISKCON. This article is a special offering to Srila Prabhupada on his one hundred tenth Vyasa Puja from KKSongs. Srila Prabhupada has written so many books of Vedic literature and Krsna Conscious philosophy, given so many lectures, and led a lifetime of perfect example. Despite all this, his devotional songs haven’t been remembered too well. This article focuses in on the songs written by Srila Prabhupada, as well as songs devotees have written about Srila Prabhupada.


Music with Higher Taste (December 11, 2006)

Prasadam” or the remnants of food offered to Lord Krsna is a celebrated aspect of devotional life in Krsna Consciousness. This article looks at songs that talks about prasadam and its glories.


Ataraxis and Sandhya Sadhana (December 30, 2006)

The two KKSongs recordings of 2006 were Ataraxis and Sandhya Sadhana. The former, which had the entire soundtrack completed in one day, was completed on May 8, 2006. Ataraxis was a meditative recording treating each instrument as a character that spoke, sang, or chanted. The esraj was the main performer, along with the guitar-vina, mayuri vina, and santoor. They were accompanied by the tabla, khol, and pakhawaj. The tunes featured on this track were based on tunes of bhajans and regional chants. Sandhya Sadhana was a collection of rare bhajans and instrumentals recorded to fit the evening mood.


KKSongs Guitar Project: The Fusion Between Guitar and Sitar (February 1, 2007)

Many attempts have been made to make Western instruments resemble or even mimic Indian instruments. One such instrument was the guitar in attempts to produce Indian ornamentation, as well as the electric sitar to get a minimal attempt to resemble the sitar buzz. This article focuses on the KKSongs Guitar Project in order to make a guitar sound like a sitar.


Glorifying Lord Sri Nrsimhadeva (April 30, 2007)

Of all incarnations of Sri Krsna, the man-lion incarnation known as Lord Nrsimha is one of the fiercest incarnations. While sinners and non-devotees fear His terrific form, His pure devotees have nothing but love that is not due to fear, but due to devotion. This article encompasses His pastimes from the Seventh Canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam and looks at various songs written by devotees which are found on


Why Sing Devotional Songs? (June 4, 2007) is based on Krsna Conscious devotional songs. In such a grand website, a discussion on the devotional song would be the ultimate supplement and the underlying purport for all of the songs found here. This article, inspired by a web viewer’s inquiry, discusses on the importance of a devotional song and the various types of devotional songs.


Appreciating the Pastimes of Sri Krsna (August 28, 2007)

This is the time frame where the auspicious month of Bhadra begins. The month of Bhadra starts off with Balarama Jayanti (appearance day of Krsna’s elder brother and expansion, Balarama). A week later, Krsnastami (better known as Janmastami, the appearance day of Lord Krsna on earth), Nandotsava (celebration of receiving Krsna by Nanda Maharaja, foster father of Krsna), and Srila Prabhupada Vyasa Puja (appearance day of Srila Prabhupada). To give a good background to Balarama Jayanti, Krsnastami, and Nandotsava, a brief description on the advent of the lila is given here in this article.


Glories of the Greatest Vaisnava (February 27, 2008)

On March 6, 2008, the festival worshipping Lord Siva, known as “siva-ratri,” takes place. While Lord Siva’s worship is not formally conducted by Gaudiya Vaisnava, He is indeed a respected personality, for He is the greatest devotee of Krsna. This article discusses the eternal position of Lord Siva, His pastimes, and bonafide devotional songs related to Him.


Appreciating Srila Prabhupada (August 24, 2008)

August 25, 2008 is the 112th appearance day of Srila Prabhupada. This is a personal Vyasa Puja offering from the webmaster’s perspective with newfound realizations and appreciations of the work Srila Prabhuapda did.


Songs Personal at Heart: Examining the Works of Adi Sanakaracarya (December 24, 2008)

By Lord Caitanya’s mercy, He brought many impersonalists back to the Vedas by following the yuga-dharma or harinama sankirtana (congregational chanting of Hare Krsna). But before this occurred, many unauthorized animal sacrifices took place in the name of the Vedas. Lord Buddha came to bring people away from the Vedas to prevent such activities from occurring. To begin to bring people back to the Vedas, Lord Krsna ordered Lord Siva to come on earth to preach impersonalism, despite being a true personalist. Some of Adi Sankaracarya’s writings show his devotion to Lord Krsna and His forms. This article examines a few of them featured on


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