Hari-katha Events 2x Faster and Other Updates to Our Songbook App!

2x Faster and Other Updates to Our Songbook App!

We’ve made improvements to our songbook app. It is 2x faster, allows shareable lists, and is half the size! If you haven’t downloaded it yet, go check out this great Kirtan companion app.

The Main Features are:

  • Fault tolerant search: Find songs by entering in your best guess spelling of the first line.
  • Translations for most songs: Read the translations of most songs with new songs being
    translated everyday.
  • Recent activity: Quickly return to recent and frequently sung songs.
  • Organized song index: Songs arranged by tattva and time of day among other different
    sorting options.
  • Custom lists of songs: Create lists of songs for easy access.Coming soon:
  • Listen to the song: In app audio player to hear and practice the different songs.
  • Multilingual Support: Transliteration in different languages with translations and word for words in other languages.

All songs are open to the public to review and request changes to, so please help and contribute. For any feedback on the app or help including the songs on your website or application please contact Krsna Dasa by email at keshto@gmail.com.

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