This is a humble attempt to give some basic information
about Katha Keertan. My father, Keertanacharya
Lakshmandas Velankar is a well known harikatha
exponent. My mother Smt Meera, gave me bhajan
samskar. I am extremely fortunate to have spent my
childhood in the divinity of Bhadragiri brothers,
Sent Bhadragiri Achyutdasji and Sent Bhadragiri
Keshavadasji. I grew up listening to Bhadragiri brothers
and my father's harikathas. During my schooling at
the Ramakrishna Balakashrama in Mangalore, Pujya
Swami Jitakamanandaji encouraged me to perform
keertans in several places. Now I have taken up Katha
Keerthan seriously along with classical vocal music and
have recently performed Katha Keerthans.
I seek blessings from my Guruji Pt Vinayak Torvi, an
internationally acclaimed vocalist and son of great
haridasa, Vidwan Malhar Rao Torvi. I thank my
PhD guide Dr. Meera Raja ram Pranesh, who
encouraged and pursued me to take up Keertan again.
I would like to thank Sri S.P. Gurudas, himself being a
good keertankar, who encouraged me and gave his
valuable insight about Katha Keertan.
I thank my students, Aditya Udupa, Ajit Subramanian
and Vandya Bhatt who helped me to write this book.
I would like to thank my friend Tabla Artist
Pt. Gurucharan Garud & Smt. Shobha Hiremath,
who helped me in formatting this book. I thank
Sri Sripati Bhatt & Sri Arul Kumar for printing and
designing this book. I would like to dedicate this small
work to my father, who taught me harikatha and
endowed me with writing skills ...
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