1323 Nylic Street
Tallahassee, FL 32304
The Hare Krishna Palace located at 1323 Nylic Street in Tallahassee, Florida, is a religious temple where services are held weekly on Wednesdays and led by Daru Brahma Das. Members of the temple are the performers of the "Maha-Mantra" or chant and the audience includes all who are worshiping. The temple in which the service is held appears as a small yoga studio with mats for each of the attendees to sit and chant for Krishna. The goal of the service is to gain a spiritual relationship with their god, Krishna.
1. What are the demographics of the audience? of the musicians?
The congregation and performers worshiping at the Hare Krishna Palace consisted of people of all ages (approximately 18 to 60). There were also people of many different ethnicities such as Australian, Indian, and American. Anyone is welcome to worship on Wednesday nights with the Hare Krishna.
2. What role does the venue play in people's [performer, audience, researcher] expectations of the musical performance and how does this particular performance meet or fail to meet these expectations?
The venue is a small intimate, yoga like studio. It is decorated with pictures of Krishna and an authorized altar. They have small mats for each person and small stacks of Bhagavad-gita books. The temple gives off a small and personal vibe that meets the expectations of the worshipers who travel to visit and worship Krishna at the temple. The authorized altar gives worshipers a chance to "do something" for god. A person dresses, washes, brings food offerings, and burns incense, while the worshipers chant to Krishna. The worshipers expect a chance to serve Krishna at his temple and to have a chance to grow spiritually closer. Therefore the performance of chanting out (crying out) to Krishna meets the worshiper's expectations in a small personal setting.
3. What is the role of economics in this particular musical event?
There was no monetary cost required to worship with the Hare Krishna. The main role of economics in this particular musical event pertains to different types of religious items used during worship. The Hare Krishna had several copies of the Bhagavad-Gita and floor mats for sitting. They also had a variety of instruments used during worship such as the harmonium, a large drum, a small gong, and small cymbals, which were used during chanting.
4. How does the purpose of the performance overlap and differ from the emotions experienced by the audience? In Hare Krishna their main goal is to show their love to Krishna himself. The quickest, most effective, and easiest way to do this is chanting Krishna's name. Daru likened it to "a baby crying out to his mother to get attention." This is how they get to a state where they are free from karmic attachments, feeling bliss, and a feeling of unity and oneness. Daru and other attendees said that sensations and emotions they feel range from day to day while chanting. They mentioned bliss, anguish, love, crying, and even anger. Also, the more people there are chanting, the more intense the emotions and sensations, in a positive way.
5. Who are the performers and what is their relationship to the audience?
The performers are those who participate during worship at the Hare Krishna Palace. Some of the performers are members of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). They have a spiritual relationship with Krishna, which is another term for God or the Supreme Person in this religion. Krishna is the main audience, along with any people who may visit the Hare Krishna Palace, such as researchers, and the performers as well.