BHAJAN SADHANA CAMP Sunday 18th January, 2009Dharmakshetra
List of Public Bhajan Centres • All India President SSSSO, had called for the list of Main or Public Bhajan Centres in Mumbai. • 15 Bhajan Centres from all Samithis were earmarked after consulting Zonal Convenors and / or Samithi Convenors
Upgrading the quality of Public Bhajan Centres • The Samithi Convenors, Spiritual Wing Co-ordinators and Bhajan In-charges should fully participate in this project. • They should consider this (upgrading) as a part of the Bhajan Movement.
Basic accompanying Instruments like harmonium, tabla are essential. If necessary they may be hired. • Bhajan In-charges should ensure that all singers maintain top quality of singing in bhajan sessions.
Discipline to be maintained at Public Bhajan Centres • Lead singers to report at least 10 minutes before the Aumkar starts. • They should give their shrutis/scales of the Bhajans before hand.
Complete silence to be maintained strictly before and after the bhajan session. • Normally at least 14 bhajans should be sung in 50 minutes duration. This can be done by NOT selecting lengthy bhajans and NOT repeating lines many times by way of variations
Lead Singers at Main/ Public Bhajan Centres • All Lead Singers should be “P” and “P+” graded singers. • However any new singer who is very good but has not appeared for audition test can be allowed to lead. He can be asked to appear for the audition test when it is conducted.
Should choose small 4 line bhajans and not lengthy bhajans. • Should avoid unnecessary repetitions by the way of variations. • Should select simple namavalis and not difficult bhajans.
Quote from Swami…. “…You should not expect people to follow whatever you sing… The names you chant should be short and sweet. Therefore in your bhajans use short names like Rama, Krishna, Yesu, Allah and so on. Then all would be able to follow you with ease. If you use high sounding words, few can follow you.” SSSB, April 11, 1997
Quote from Swami…. If bhajan is sung in a sweet voice, people will be drawn towards the Lord. Gradually it will be developed into Love for God, and His grace will follow in due course.” - Prasanthi Vahini, Page 12
Quote from Swami…. “…The Divine vibrations that result from bhajans you sing are spreading to all parts of the world. The Divine name that you chant purifies the hearts of many. Sing the glory of God. By doing so you will render great help to the whole world” SSSB, Oct 9, 2002
Bhajan Training • All lead singers should attend bhajan training regularly. • Should treat this as practice sessions. • This will also help in preparation of the bhajans to be sung at the next session.
Many “P” singers do not attend the training and also do not practice. • Further, they attempt difficult bhajans and miserably fail. (Bhajan In-charges/Gurus should monitor and control them).
Bhajan Guidelines • All singers should possess a copy of Bhajan Guidelines revised in March 2005. • They should study them and follow them strictly. • These are ideal to help upgrading the overall quality of bhajan sessions.
Auditions and Other Activities to be conducted at Zonal Level • In order to facilitate faster process and convenience of singers,auditions will be conducted at Zonal Level . They will co-ordinate with Shri Suresh Mavinkurve at Central level.
Following persons are selected Zone wise for conducting the Auditions. Zone I • Shri Ramesh Menon • Smt. Uma Bolangdi • Shri Darshan Kulkarni
Following persons are selected Zone wise for conducting the Auditions. Zone II • Shri Naresh Mayya • Shri Jagat Narayan • Shri Vijay Narayan
Following persons are selected Zone wise for conducting the Auditions. Zone III • Shri Ravi Pichan • Shri Santosh Pai • Shri Jayashankar Sundaram • Shri P. V. Harish • Smt. Leelavati
Following persons are selected Zone wise for conducting the Auditions. Zone IV • Shri Ashutosh Varma • Shri Jayakumar
Besides conducting auditions, the above persons will scout for new singers and instrument players in all samithis of their respective zones. • In Co-ordination with bhajan In-charge /Gurus they can, if necessary, participate in their training/ practice sessions.
Group Singing by Youth • It is suggested that Group Singing by Youth should be conducted at Public Places to promote Bhajan Movement. • Suggested places are Bandstand, at the corner of Marine Drive, Walkeshwar, Bandra and various other such prominent places.
They should be accompanied by all musical instruments .eg. harmonium, tabla, dholak, guitar etc. • At these places preference should be given to Sarva Dharma Bhajans.
Group Singing by Bal Vikas • It is suggested that Bal Vikas Children with good voices and proper training by Bhajan Incharge of the Samithi be given a chance to sing in a group and lead at Public Bhajans.
At such sessions, parents of Balvikas children to be motivated to attend the same. This will encourage bhajan singing as a sadhana amongst children and their parents.
Practise 5 D’s • DEDICATION: Giving up ego of being a P or P+ grade singer • DEVOTION: Sing bhajans with Divine feeling or bhava • DISCIPLINE: Following rules and regulations of the Organisation strictly
DISCRIMINATION: Choosing simple namavalis to take into account the time factor and to accommodate other singers • DETERMINATION : To fully participate in the Bhajan movement and improve the quality of bhajan singing and charge atmosphere with Divine vibrations.