ISKCON New Goloka

Hare Krishna Bhakti Yoga Center

Founder Acharya His Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada

Drama & Music

Drama

 

With innumerable stories from the scriptures, theatre is a powerful medium to exhibit and narrate the deep Vaishnava philosophy. Most of the festivals includes presentations on Ramayana, Krishna, Chaitanya Lila and pastimes from the Srimad Bhagavatam. The drama performances are always a highlight of these festivals. The essence of the Krishna consciousness philosophy is to always remember Krishna and His wonderful pastimes. Through dramas, the devotees participating in the drama and also participants absorb themselves in the wonderful pastimes. Studying the various details, the character of the devotee and the Lord from authorized scriptures leaves a powerful impression on everyone involved. 

If you would like to get involved in a drama, contact our Drama Directors Gopinath Acharya Dasa and Prarthana Dasi. (984) 292-8368/(984) 292-8366

Letter to Nayanabhirama, December 22, 1971 Bombay
"I am especially pleased to hear that our Krishna consciousness drama program is being developed by you nicely. We have got unlimited stock for such dramas, so go on in this way, improving more and more, and Krishna will give you direction so that one day, very soon, your all dreams will come true and you will be acting our Krishna Consciousness dramas on the Broadway."
Letter to Vrindaban Candra – Bombay 13 April, 1971
"So you have got some talent for writing and producing dramas and now Krishna has given you the opportunity for dovetailing your talents in His service. Very good. When I go there I shall be very glad to see these dramas enacted. Yes, I acted the part of Advaita Prabhu in one such drama. I organized that theater performance in my youthhood. My friends were trained up and we performed and it was very much appreciated by the highest class of men in Calcutta. We were invited to many places to perform the drama. Lord Caitanya inaugurated these Vaisnava dramas, it is true, but where to obtain such copies of these plays I do not know. While performing such dramas, always the actors must be Vaisnavas. Outsiders may help but devotees should have all the major roles. So you may perform such plays conveniently. It is a very nice program, but do not sacrifice other programs on account of it"
Srila Prabhupada says in the purport of Chaitanya Caritamrta Madhya Lila 11.95
"Even dramas about the pastimes of Lord Caitanya or Śrī Kṛṣṇa should be played by devotees. Such dramas will immediately interest an audience and be full of potency"
Srila Prabhupada says in the purport of Srimad Bhagvatam 1.11.20
"Even one hundred years ago in India, all dramatic performances were centered around the superhuman activities of the Supreme Lord. The common people would be verily entertained by the performances of dramas, and yatra parties played wonderfully on the superhuman activities of the Lord, and thus even the illiterate agriculturist would be a participant in the knowledge of Vedic literature, despite a considerable lack of academic qualifications. Therefore, expert players in drama, dancers, singers, speakers, etc., are required for the spiritual enlightenment of the common man."
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