G I T A C H A N T I N G
Chinmaya Mission Miami welcomes you to
"I LOVE GITA"
Chinmaya Mission Miami's Shrimad Gita Chanting Competition 2017
Celebrating Shri Gita Jayanti and Shri Tapovan Jayanti
Sunday, December 17, 2017, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Shirdi Sai Temple, 4761 Myrtle Dr, Lake Worth 33463
Lunch served 12-1 p.m., refreshments served during the break.
Chinmaya Mission's annual Shrimad Bhagavad Gita Chanting Competition is conducted by its worldwide centers for children, youth, and adults, involves hundreds of thousands of participants each year. The Gita, which teaches the supreme Truth and the art of living, has inspired millions, along with great world leaders and achievers.
The Shrimad Bhagavad Gita Chanting Competition is the brainchild of His Holiness Swami Chinmayananda, who promoted the study of Gita verses in India in the 1980s with his innovative slogan, "Chant Gita, Land Washington." The grand prize was a trip to the US. Today, Chinmaya Mission continues the tradition of teaching and promoting the Gita through this annual competition, and Gita jnana yajnas and workshops.
Every year, CM Miami's competition is open to the entire South Florida community, and features the participants' noteworthy scholarship and discipline. All winners receive beautiful prizes for exemplary chanting. From grandparents to parents to children, families and friends have inspired each other and participated over the years.
We welcome the entire community to join and support this noble event, which promotes the universal philosophy of Vedanta and helps us build a more harmonious world. The Competition is offered in two categories: Open Book and Memorized. Prizes vary in each category.
Chapter 10: Verses 1-21
Option 1: Open Book Chanting
Option 2: Memorized Chanting
Group A: Grades PK-2
Group B: Grades 3-7
Group C: Grades 8-12 + Adults
Groups may change based on the number and age range of registrants; any changes will be announced at GCC.
Prizes vary based on category and group.
This year's GCC will have 2 rounds: Qualifying Round (Verses 1-9) and Final Round (Verses 10-21). The judges will determine the Final Round participants based on their scores.
Memorization (based on category): Points deducted for each error
Pronunciation: Exactness of pronunciation, with particular precision on long and short vowel sounds, ai and au sounds, soft H sound, double-letter sounds (tt, dd, etc.), and t/th, d/dh, T/TH, D/DH, N sounds
Clarity: Clear and loud voice
Tune: Melody (tune must follow audio sample files only); regulated and consistent chanting speed, chanting pitch, and chanting volume
Overall Presentation: Open eyes, facing forward, firm posture, confident and strong voice
Verses for print, with breaks for pronunciation, and audio sample links will be e-mailed to each registrant when their registration is complete.
All participants who submit their form and fee by Nov. 15 will receive a free CM t-shirt. To win First Place or Runner Up, a participant must score at least 90%. Prizes will differ based on scores, groups, and categories. Honorable Mentions may be given at the judges' discretion, based on individual scores in the respective categories.
If you would like to sponsor prizes or food and refreshments for the competition, please e-mail us. All donations are fully tax-deductible.
The best way to prepare for GCC is through regularity and sincerity in daily practice. Register early and get a head start, so that you can also get time to to try and understand what you are chanting, which brings a more confident chanting with conviction. Practice with the audio samples daily. Be careful and exact in your pronunciations from the start, for it is difficult to re-learn and correct later. You are welcome to e-mail us for any needed clarifications. May the grace of God and the blessings of the Guru guide you in your noble effort!
Registration and payment received in full by Nov. 15: $25/person + FREE CM T-shirt
Lunch served 12-1 p.m.; refreshments served during the break.
CLICK HERE and complete and submit the GCC Form by Nov. 15. Follow the instructions given therein and make your payment.
After both steps for registration are complete (form and payment are both submitted), participants will be e-mailed the guidelines, verses, and audio links. All the assigned Gita verses are to be chanted in order, in Sanskrit, as chanted in the audio files. When in doubt, follow the text of the verses and the Sanskrit pronunciation guide given.
Registration will be closed after Nov. 15. After Nov. 15, registered participants may not switch categories (Open Book/Memorized). Any cancellations must be submitted by Nov. 15 and will be considered final.
Questions? E-mail us.
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If you know anyone interested in participating in this event, please spread the word! All are welcome. Register now.
“Every job demands its quota of efforts.
- His Holiness Swami Chinmayananda