Joe DeGise II (Yadunath Das) is a stand up comedian and director at New York City's longest running improvisation theater, Chicago City Limits, on 53rd and Broadway. He also manages a Lower East Side Hindu monastery (ISKCON's Bhakti Center) and entertains the community connected to it. He talks about how he found God and inner peace through the transforming power of humor. A short film by Krishna Lila Dasi (Krisztina Danka, Ph.D., from Karuna Productions.)
“Kirtan is very popular in the culture right now and is continuing to grow, but a lot of people aren’t clear on the history,” Doyal Gauranga says. “We also want to let people know that there are a lot of different ways to do kirtan, and explain to them how we specifically do kirtan as Gaudiya Vaishnavas, why we do it in that way, and what mantras and bhajans we chant.”
Queen Kunti and Prince Karna are the central characters of the drama, which portrays how Queen Kunti gave birth to Karna in her youth and then was forced to send him away and hide his existence. Their paths reunited many years later in the midst of the conflict between Kunti’s other sons, the Pandavas, and their cousins the Kauravas.
A gurukula boy convinces his best friend to run away from school with him to meet his estranged father in the jungles of North India. But the adventure turns out to be much more than they bargained for when their train ride comes to an unexpected end and Sikkimese separatists enter the mix. This movie was written, filmed, directed, and starred in by the students and staff of Bhaktivedanta Academy, Mayapur.