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Emerald Isle Reveals Kirtan Gem in Gopagana’s “Sixth Rainfall”
So far, “Sixth Rainfall” has been a hidden kirtan gem, with only a few homemade copies making the rounds amongst its creator’s friends.
But the word is starting to spread about the unique project – an epic eight-hour box set that was born in Gopagana Prabhu’s home studio near the lake island temple of Govindadvipa in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.
Whether you sit and listen on headphones or play it in the background while you’re doing household tasks, it’s a meditative, absorbing experience that will leave the Hare Krishna mantra firmly embedded in your mind.
Featuring original Hare Krishna tunes developed by Gopagana and a mix of traditional kirtan instruments with guitar, bass, clarinet, trumpet, violin, flute and keyboards, it’s a cosmic jam with the Holy Name at the forefront that’s probably unlike anything you’ve heard before.
As time went on, Gopagana began to develop his own melodies that were more personal to him. In 2009, he started to record them as Sixth Rainfall, a title taken from Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura’s Sri Chaitanya Siksamrita.
Gopagana explains. “The book is divided into eight “Rainfalls of Nectar”, and the Sixth Rainfall describes the secrets of chanting Hare Krishna,”
He also says the he always liked the names of Prabhupada’s lectures, and saw them as slogans.
Another prominent component is that there’s no quick switching from one tune to another here – Gopagana, inspired by well-known kirtaniya Madhava Naidoo who holds each melody for a good 20 minutes. “It helps one to enter into a more meditative state with the Holy Name,”
Gopagana is joined on Sixth Rainfall by a variety of vocalists and instrumentalists, Such as for vocals and mridanga, there’s Irish second-gen devotee Gaura Hari Prabhu, who has traveled on many tours with Indradyumna Swami. There’s ISKCON’s favorite trumpet player Ekalavya Das, who recorded his piece in India. And there’s classically trained flautist Satya Dasi on flute, Moona Radek on violin and Dvarakachyuta Das on clarinet, all from Poland.
Then there’s professional multi-instrumentalist Rama Block, who plays in ten different bands in Dublin, teaches at his own Kilmacud Music School, and handles bass, electric guitar and more on Sixth Rainfall.
For Gopagana himself, the experience of creating the recording was just as positive.
Gopagana says “It was very inspiring and One of the best experiences I’ve ever had.”
In the new year, Gopagana plans to start recording his next project of original melodies, which, believe it or not, will be twice as long as Sixth Rainfall.
In the meantime, he says, “I hope Sixth Rainfall will help listeners absorb their minds in meditating on Krishna.”
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