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Long Awaited Agni Deva CD


SAN RAFAEL, CA, Dec 11 (VNN) — Mandala Publishing Group is pleased to announce the release of "Smaranam: A Garland of Kirtan," available now for the holiday season. A collection of Agni Deva's recent studio recordings, brilliantly produced by Allemande Music, features songs about Lord Chaitanya accompanied by an entrancing blend of traditional and modern instrumentation.

The track list for "Smaranam" ($16.95, 74pp.) includes: Sri-Prabhupada-padma-stavaka, Saranagati, Sri Gaura Nityanander Daya, Dainyatmika, Sri Sacinandana Vandana, Kabe Habe Bolo, Ucchvasa-nama-kirtana, and a stunning rendition of Sri-Damodarastaka. "Smaranam" also includes a 74 page book by Jagadish Das focusing on the divine descent of Sri Chaitanya and examining the lives of Bhaktivinode Thakur and Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur. The book comes complete with song translations, musician bio and detailed information on the unique instrumentation heard within.

"Smaranam" is the fifth recording from Agni Deva, along with "Bhakti Rasa," "Tribute to Prabhupada," "Treasure of the Holy Name" and "Live in New Dwarka." Call Mandala now at 800.688.2218, or order from the website www.mandala.org, to ensure your order arrives in time for the holiday gift giving season.

Also available from Mandala is the CD-Book "Darshan: Sweet Sounds of Surrender" ($19.95, 56pp.), featuring the CD "Devotion" by Rasa, which was recently named Amazon.com's Best New Age CD of the Year 2000. "Darshan" is a repackaging of the critically acclaimed CD in a CD-Book format designed and written especially for devotees. The beautifully illustrated CD-Book includes articles about the life of Bhaktivinode Thakur, Govinda Kaviraj, Raga and Aesthetics, and much more along with the CD. This product is in stock now and available for immediate shipping!

At present, Mandala also offers "Ananda Bazaar: Songs of Holy Vrindavan," ($14.95) and B.B. Tirtha Maharaja's "Gaudiya Kirtan" ($14..95). Ananda Bazaar features wonderfully produced bhajan recordings from the inner sanctums of Vrindavan: Keshi-ghata, Seva-Kunja, Radha-Ramana, Radha-Gokulananda and Radha-Damodara temples. Also included is a beautifully designed booklet with provocative photography. "Gaudiya Kirtan" was captured on Tirtha Maharaja's European tour and comes highly recommended.

Future Mandala music releases will include "Kirtan," rare recordings of Krishna Das Babaji Maharaja, and "Rupanuga Dhara: Songs from the Heart of the Guardian of Devotion" by Swami B.R. Sridhara Maharaja, currently scheduled for Spring 2001. To order or request a Mandala Publishing Group 2000 catalog, call 800.688.2218 or visit us online at http://www.mandala.org.

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