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A great new development!! Gita in Karaoke format - sneak preview

Dear Gītā lovers!!!


Great news! Finally.. after years of dreaming of it... found a great free software (it's only 5MB to download - pls do download it from http://www.karafun.com/ ) and then try watching this sneak preview of the first 43 verses of Ch 1... you can adjust the sliding controls to change the speed (slower or faster), and even the key - to sing higher or lower

 

http://vimeo.com/19591435

 

I can't wait to get all 18 chapters done in this long-overdue format!


i'll upload it shortly. 

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UPDATE:  IT'S BEEN DONE!! 

Now you can download it from our new webpage  www.karaokegita.on.to  - the link for downloading the KaraFun software is also given there.  I'd love to hear anyone's feedback on this..

 

the software does not permit individual alphabets to be formatted.. so i could not put in Red slashes after the looong vowels as i normally do, nor could i add in slashes (slashes are used to break syllables in the software, and they are non-displaying).  Neither could i individually format each letter...  So i had to do the only thing possible, that is, converting all looong characters into CAPITAL letters (upper case).

 

soon i'll be uploading a poor resolution video sample.  those who like it may then visite the karaokegita page and download the .kfn file to see it in high resolution.

 

When playing back using the KaraFun software, we can easily speed up / slow down the singing speed, and we can even change the key to match our voice, i.e. sing on a higher or lower scale!  Please try it out!

 

Hare Kṛṣṇa!

 

your humble servant,

in service of śrī guru and śrī gaurāṅga,

 

 

 

dīna

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GITA KARAOKE FORMAT FILES FOR DOWNLOADING -
Download the karaoke format (.kfn) files WITH AUDIO EMBEDDED from these pages:

Please download the Free Karaoke Player here:  www.karafun.com/karaokeplayer/

Please download the Invocations, Gītā Dhyānam and the first six chapters in .kfn format here:  www.tiny.cc/karaokegita1

Please download the middle six chapters in .kfn format here:  www.tiny.cc/karaokegita2

Please download the last six chapters and the Gītā Māhātmyam in .kfn format here:  www.tiny.cc/karaokegita3

 

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Comment by Dina-Anukampana Das on January 4, 2015 at 22:05

Step By Step Guide (Jan 2015 karafun software version):


How To Use Our Free GjI Karaoke Gita


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Forwarding>>>
My note to a Krishna devotee, Kishora Krishna prabhu, on fb in response to his msg on 3/1/2015 appreciating GJI Gita resources...

Dear KK prabhu,

Please try to download the free karaoke software on yr laptop from www.karafun.com

Then download the karaoke format Gita (.kfn files) - 6 chapters each from the bottom of each page:
www.tiny.cc/karaokegita1
www.tiny.cc/karaokegita2
www.tiny.cc/karaokegita3

After downloading the karafun player from www.karafun.com, please install it.

When u first use the karafun player,
- click the spanner icon to open Settings
- Click the Display tab.
- In the first drop-down menu, select option Block With Bouncing Ball
Tadaaaaa! Now you r all set to go!

You can slow down the tempo by
- playing a file and then
- clicking the arrows at upper right portion of the screen.
- (You can even vary the key to suit your own natural voice pitch)

I humbly recommend start with a speed of -20% (especially when doing group recitation..maybe -30/35% for chapter 11!) [For group recitation i find using the PDF SLIDESHOW on a big screen plus the slowed down audio from the karaoke the best visual on a large screen...]

Once u start playing a track,
- double click anywhere in the video and it will become fullscreen.
- Double click again or hit Esc to return to the player)

{con't below}

>>> [INSERT....HOW TO MAKE A PLAYLIST IN KARAFUN]

(For contunuous play of all chapters,
- please drag and drop the whole folder of kfn files into the player
- then open that folder in the bottom left panel of the player
- then select all the kfn files and drop them on the PLAYLIST/NEW PLAYLIST which u can name Singalong Gita.
- correct sequence is: Invocations (presently kfn version is missing...use the mp3 version please), then Gita Dhyanam, Then all 18 chapters, Then Gita Mahatmyam,
- Then sing and dance Hare Krsna till you drop! ;-) Haribol!
GITA SINGING KI...JAYA... GITA JAYANTI KI....JAYA!
- To play the new playlist, right click the name of the playlist and select play
- Unfortunately it seems the tempo resets to Zero at the start of each chapter so you will have to manually change it to your desired speed..

- There is a settings option to start each track in paused mode...that may help avoid unexpected starts at the wrong tempo...

- One can easily PLAY / PAUSE a track simply by tapping the space bar!!

Devotees can sing hare krsna in the same tune / 'vasudeva sutam devam..' between chapters till the settings are done for the next chapter and that will keep up the mood and tempo of the mass singing event!)
< {con't}

How To Go Further: A Practice Plan To Polish One's Skills & Understanding:-

Once you have mastered a chapter, increase the tempo as far as you can comfortably go...you will relish the absorption it brings...

Then next step is to contemplate the word by word meanings from the Gita as we sing the tracks. This is easily accomplished by:

(1) memorise a chapter say ch 12 / 15 by singing daily ....only 7-10 mins per day..after 2-3 wks it will be almost learnt by heart.... Remember Mother Sarasvati is not only the Goddess of Learning but of Music too cos music is the best form of education.....

(2) use a highlight marker to highlight the sanskrt words in the Word By Word of Srila Prabhupada's wonderful Bhagavad Gita As It Is (original version recommended....free downloads in many formats at www.krishnapath.org)

(3) Next step.. Play the karaoke track v slowly..maybe at a speed of -30/35% ..and sing along by reading from the word by word meanings which u have highlighted... (you will soon learn to predict sandhis i.e. how worda are joined togethwr most naturally and perfectly in Sanskrit!)

After a week of this, you shd try to highlight the translations by breaking them into phrases...or u cd use my English Gita which is already split into phrases approximately (unfortunately i made it not using the original version...maybe in future will re-do it) you shd find it at www.tiny.cc/englishgita [if not please search for it from my index of links www.tiny.cc/indexdina )

Prabhu, the above sequence will work for anyone...they just have to change/customize the time frame or speed to suit their own pace ..there is no rush....only pure, absorbing ENGAGEMENT IN Swadhyaaya=self-study of shastra) The end result is...we can fill up many thousands of hours of the rest of our lives like this WITHOUT HAVING ANY FEAR OF SANSKRIT GRAMMAR (the same way a child learns a language...just by deducing its meaning through constant usage) and thus we may be Simply Absorbed in Krsna consciousness...then we may realize WHY Srila Prabhupada and his Gurudev took so much pains to put their books in such elaborate formats: devanagari sloka; followed by Romanized version with accurate diacritics; followed by elaborate word by word contextual meanings; followed by a translation of the verse and finally, an enlightening Purport for each and every verse!

Being absorbed in reading, reciting, studying, memorising or simply singing shastra is our best insurance against old age and senility!

To be able to sing these verses and analyse their word by word meaning and then contemplate the connection between each line and the next, and later on, contemplatenthe connection between each verse and the next...and eventually, each chapter and the next...and The Gita will be flowing in our veins!!

If we don't know how to pass hours in the pages of Gita/Srimad Bhagavatam, boredom will kill us in oir invalid old age... All glories to Srila Prabhupada's wonderful books which he wanted us to study for two hours minimum every day...after all, he laboured so hard to give us his Ecstatic Bhaktivedanta Purports so plushly bound, did he not? Jaya Srila Prabhupada! All glories to his divine books!

Thank you for yr kind words of appreciation and encouragement... All credit for the above sequence is due to my siksha guru the late HH Srila Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj of Iskcon London/Dwaraka who inspired me to sing slokas and who taught me the MRTR formula..

{ A short explanation of 'MRTR'can be found in the Front Matter of my book Vraja Riti Cintamani which is my mere presentation of the slokas by Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakur and translations of HG Kusakratha Prabhu presented in my Simplified Romanized Sanskrit format. (please look for the audio or pdf format of the book from the links on www.tiny.cc/indexdina Hard copy of the book available from the Publisher Sanjay Agrawal whose shop is the very last shop on the right at the v. end of Loi Bazaar, Vrndavan, just for the record!) }

All credit for seeing the uniting power Gita Jayanti has goes to my beloved Gurudev Srila Bhaktisvarup Damodar Swami, who urged me to teach Simplified Romanized Sanskrit & to spread Gita Jayanti&Singing internationally! Without his vision, blessings and inspiration, this wretched sinful animal could have done nothing at all for Mother Gita. It is all his mercy. Please help me distribute that mercy, i humbly beg you...

Hare Krsna. Please do your part to master the skills and share the resources within your personal spheres of influence and help us make Gita singing a skill everyone has, and Gita Jayanti, a holy day everyone observes meaningfully! Hari hari bol!!!!!

Yr humble servant
in the sacred service of sri guru and sri gauranga,

dina

Comment by Laksmi priya on May 18, 2012 at 15:30

Hare Krishna

To edit the font and other options with gita karaoke (so that the text fits on your pc screen)

please try the following:

With the Karafun Player window open – click Ctrl and P which should take you to the options screen where the settings can be changed.

Under the 
Display window you can tick on ‘start in fullscreen’.

Under the
Training mode 
window you can set the font size as you prefer and enable (tick) 'start the karaoke player in training mode'.

thank you

Hare Krishna

Logie

please see this document for the illustrations:https://docs.google.com/open?id=1BY3XlBhJ-fs1KazJEEjt_NtfGVfeuey-DA... >>

 

With the above screen open – click Ctrl and P which should take you to the screen below where the settings can be changed.
Under the Display window you can tick on ‘start in fullscreen’.

Under the Training mode window you can set the font size as you prefer
and set other options as shown below.

 

Comment by Mangesh Hoskote on May 18, 2012 at 4:56

Hare Krishna!

Thanks for these karaoke files. Need help in reducing the text font size - it is way beyond the screen and some text is barely visible on screen. Much appreciate assistance in reducing font size. Thanks in advance.

Mangesh

Comment by Laksmi priya on December 8, 2011 at 16:21

Hare Krishna!  I played a small part in converting the chapters of the Gita to karaoke format and it was a very inspiring and fruitful exercise.  It's thanks to Dina prabhu who worked very hard in putting it all together for easy download. All you have to do is: 

Download the free KaraFun player from http://www.karafun.com/karaokeplayer

Install it, 

Then download all the Gita Karaoke files:

www.karaokegita1.on.to for the first 6 chapters (with Invocations & Gita Dhyanam)

www.karaokegita2.on.to for the middle 6 chapters

&

www.karaokegita3.on.to for the last 6 chapters (with Gita Mahatmyam).

Comment by Dina-Anukampana Das on December 5, 2011 at 15:04

Hare Krishna!  With much hard labour by Logie Mataji, now all 18 Chapters of the Gita are ready in Karaoke format.   Please find the first 13 chapters already uploaded - you can download them from www.karaokegita.on.to 

Do visit www.karafun.com first to download the free Karaoke player - then visit the site and start downloading the ".kfn" files which have the sound files already embedded.  The first 6 Chapters will be at www.tinyurl.com/karaokegita1 , the middle six chapters at www.tinyurl.com/karaokegita2, and the last six Chapters at www.tinyurl.com/karaokegita3.  As I type this, already the first 13 chapters have been uploaded.  We hope to have all 18 Chapters online, with Invocations, Mahatmyam and Dhyanam very soon, to celebrate Gita Jayanti 2011!   This karaoke version is VERY useful for beginners because we can easily slow down the singing speed - thus encouraging the beginners who cannot read so fast or who are not familiar with the tune.  

Comment by Dina-Anukampana Das on February 5, 2011 at 11:24

Gita Chapter 1 part 2 of 2 now being uploaded to www.karaokegita.on.to - done again (at first the file was 7000mB coz i had used a very high resolution background picture, but now i have corrected that, so it is just 770KB)

 

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This is the second and final part of Ch 1 - verses 44 till the end.  (In future i will try to combine the two parts of Chapter 1 into one .kfn file, but for now, on this current new laptop of mine, i don't have the tool needed to thread the two segments of the edited audio file together, hence i've had to split it into two files.)

Comment by Sil on February 5, 2011 at 9:12

۞ Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare - Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare ॐ

Thanks! downloaded the karaoke in less the 3 mins. It works!

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