The Art of Living hosted 'Brahm Naad', where 1,200 sitarists performed together on one platform, in a first-of-its-kind concert in Delhi, India. HH Sri Sri Ravi Shankar 's vision behind the two-day programme was to popularise India classical music and re-enforce the power of music in spreading peace and message. The sitarists came from different religions, castes and sections of society from India and various parts of the world. The diverse group included artists ranging from 6 -70 years of age, including visually challenged sitarists, child prodigies, young students from renowned schools of classical music and senior practitioners. HH Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said: "Music connects the individual to the universal spirit. Music is that rhythm and harmony that flows from the universal to the individual; from the cosmos to the finite."
Slated to find its way into the Guiness Book of World records, the proceeds from Brahm Naad are dedicated to the relief and rehabilitation of flood-ravaged Bihar.
At the event, HH Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was felicitated by Live Earth, which has been founded by Kevin Wall, in partnership with former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore, to highlight the notable work done by the Art of Living for the 'Mission Green Earth Stand Up Take Action 2008' ¨C a project which envisages the plantation and nurturing of 100 million saplings, across the globe, to help reduce global warming. The evening also saw a pledge by the audience in support of the Art of Living's anti-tobacco campaign which is being supported by the Ministry of Health and WHO.
Present, among the audience, were eminent dignitaries including Ms. Ambika Soni, Ministry of Tourism & Culture, Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma (Santoor exponent), Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Raja and Radha Reddy (renowned Kuchipudi dancers) and Ms. Erika Mann, Member of European Parliament, among others. Speaking at the programme, Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma said, "This is a miracle happening. This has been possible due to the blessings of HH Sri Sri Ravi Shankar . I am privileged to be here."
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