Three soul-stirring kirtan concerts featuring San Francisco Bay Area musician, Acharya Mangalananda, will be held on May 17, at Yoga Source, in Plantation; May 18, at the Duncan Center Chapel, in Delray Beach; and May 25, at the Lotus Pond Center for Yoga & Wellness, in Tampa. All proceeds benefit Ma Sharanam Ashram and School, an educational institution in India, dedicated to the spiritual, academic, social and emotional needs of the impoverished children and families that it serves.

Mangalananda, who lived in India for 40 years and is a direct disciple of Sri Anandamayi Ma (1896–1982), to whom the school and ashram are dedicated, has just returned from visiting India. He will share about his experiences with Sri Anandamayi Ma and also about why the school can be a model for educating children in a wholistic, nurturing and natural way.

Children of Ma Anandamayi Foundation,, a 501(c)(3) U.S. nonprofit that is sponsoring these events, provides the day-to-day operating funds for Ma Sharanam.

Cost: $20; $25 after May 12 and at the door. For more information and tickets, go to the FLKIRTAN page at