Hyderabad : As part of the ten-day long Kanha Music & Meditation festival marking the 150th birth anniversary week celebrations of Lalaji Maharaj – the Founder of Shri Ram Chandra Mission, the singer-flutist duo Shri Pt. Sanjeev Abhyankar and Shri Shashank Subramanyam rendered a glorious concert at the largest meditation centre in the world at Kanha Shanti Vanam. The concert was followed by a group meditation led by Shri Kamlesh Patel ‘Daaji’ – the Guide of Heartfulness Meditation Worldwide and the current President of Shri Ram Chandra Mission. Daaji had also been conferred upon by India’s third highest civilian award Padma Bhushan on the eve of India’s Republic Day just gone – in recognition of his distinguished service in the highest order in Spirituality.
Over a lakh of seekers, meditation practitioners and music enthusiasts have been swarming at Kanha Shanti Vanam to partake of the ten-day long festivities and spiritual sojourn. Day 1 and 2 and witnessed brilliant performances by Smt. Kaushiki Chakraborty and Ustad Amjad Ali Khan respectively. Day 3 witnessed a brilliant recital by Santoor maestro Shri Rahul Sharma. The musical recitals are aimed not soulful entertainment, but also help in achieving spiritual integrity.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Kamlesh Patel ‘Daaji’ said, “What wondrous performance. To hear Pt. Sanjeev Abhyankar and Shri Shashank Subramnyam perform together is like a perfect alchrmy. Exactly how music and spirituality go together. I am very happy to have them here at this auspicious occasion. We hope and pray that our these musical and meditation sessions turn out to be beautiful tools for your inner journey.”
Pt. Sanjeev Abhyankar said, “It is a rare opportunity to be able to play at a place like Knnha Shanti Vanam where they teach you to make life harmonious. Music too brings harmony within. In fact, spirituality and music go hand in hand.”
Shri Shashank Subramanyam said, “I am very touched by this beautiful opportunity to make music not only entertaining, but also connect it with spirituality for millions of people at one time.”
The event was also marked a tour of the world’s first Inner Peace Museum at Heartfulness which showcases artworks, paintings, sculptures, and other installations that depict the life and teachings of the Lalaji Maharaj in his own handwriting. The purpose of the Inner Peace Museum is also to seed an aspiration pay homage to humanity’s inner quest for the highest since creation. Establishing the museum symbolizes that true peace can only be possible if we realize it in our hearts and through it unite as one. Professional artists from Germany and art students from The Dresden Academy of Fine Arts joined hands with the Heartfulness Institute for this beautiful initiative.
The ten-day music festival has a line-up of other greats such Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Sudha Raghunathan and Ustad Rashid Khan. It’s not the first time that musicians of such stature are performing at Kanha. Last year, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia also performed in support of Forests by Heartfulness initiative. On other occasions the singer duo Ranjani-Gayatri and violin maestros Ganesh-Kumaresh also joined hands with Heartfulness. During the current festivities, a morning and evening meditation session is being led by Rev. Daaji. Heartfulness meditation is known for its unique and an ancient technique called Pranahuti which is said to bring an equanimity within.
Quite many visitors are staying through the festivities for the next few days and benefitting from the serenity and positive vibrations at the centre. In terms of the concerts, they are awaiting to watch the other prominent personalities weave in magic with their music.