Today was special. Some international kirtanchanters came to Toronto to converge for a 12 hour marathon of mantras. The venue at 243 Avenue Road was decorated like the Milky Way. It was awesome. As per usual, during these events, when in Toronto, I have the privilege to start the chanting immediately after Sanskritist Dravida utters invocational mantras.
The main occupation for me today, however, was to stage “The Shakti Show” with a group of performing artists called Vedic Mace. Our audience has roots in Bangladesh and we performed kirtan, a magic show, a satire on yoga, and classical Odissi dance. It was much loved by the audience. Held in Scarborough in their community hall, we opened up the program with food. Yes, it was Friday night. People came directly from work. The show was to start at 7:30 p.m. Not everyone turned up right then, naturally. The management decided, with some input from my side, to serve the nice veg preps and kichari early, instead of at the end—10:30 p.m. Can you imagine eating that late?
Five hundred plus folks came to see and hear of the Krishna culture in action. It is what our guru, Srila Prabhupada, encouraged us to do—present culturally. He implied that the world would be won by this approach. There is so much to share philosophically, and morally, in story format.
May the Source be with you!