Kanha Music & Meditation fest marking Lalaji Maharaj’s 150th birth anniversary begins

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The first day of the Kanha Music & Meditation Festival had an enchanting music recital by Sangeet Samragyi Kaushiki Chakraborty. (Photo By Arramngement)

HYDERABAD: Heartfulness headquarters at Kanha Shanti Vanam, on the outskirts of Hyderabad, began its 10-day long music concert by legendary Indian artists on Wednesday. The concert was followed by group meditation to mark the 150th birth anniversary week of  Ram Chandraji Maharaj, popularly known as “Lalaji” of Fatehgarh, the founder of Shri Ram Chandra Mission.

The first day of the Kanha Music & Meditation Festival had an enchanting music recital by Sangeet Samragyi Kaushiki Chakraborty and mass meditation sessions led by Kamlesh Patel ‘Daaji’ – the Guide of Heartfulness Meditation Worldwide and the current President of Shri Ram Chandra Mission. Around one lakh people joined the festivities with a million more joining the celebrations online from all across the globe.

Speaking on the occasion, Kamlesh Patel ‘Daaji’ said, “A great soul was born 150 years ago and he left a huge impact on the mankind. Lalaji Maharaj showed us the way to true happiness within. We are all but carrying forward his works and we hope to touch more and more lives in the process. It is a very auspicious time for us all as we know that we are partaking of Lalaji Maharaj’s blessings. Music brings us close to divinity and this is why we have also got the greatest of artists from India coming together on one platform at Heartfulness.”

The event was also marked by opening 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 greats such as Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Rahul Sharma, Pt. Sanjeev Abhyankar and Shashank Subramanyam, 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.