AbhangaNaad : The Voice of Devotion

India
21st of Feb 2011

 2001 Warkari (devotees of Lord Vithoba) sing in unison accompanied by 1008 Dhols (special drums) celebrating divine love in the presence of His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

Venue: University Ground, Shivaji University, Kolhapur

Time: 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm - Monday, 21st February, 2011 

There are several paths elucidated to attain the Divine. However, in the present time, it is the path of devotion that reigns supreme. Abhangas are compositions steeped in divine love, sung in simple verses, guiding the seeker in his inward journey towards the source. “Praising is a divine quality. It uplifts the consciousness of the one who is being praised and the one who is praising”, says Sri Sri.

The Abhangas are sung in praise of Lord Vithoba, and are pure and sincere expressions of love, devotion and gratefulness. At a time when people were lost in rituals and religious ceremonies, these songs uplifted society in to the realm of human values and spirituality. They helped people to transcend the differences of caste, creed, social-status and to recognize the divinity in one another. The Abhangs were composed by the 17th century saints Namdev and Tukaram.

The Art of Living today, seeks to spread and strengthen this same message of unity and peace, transcending faiths and belief systems, not only in India, but across borders. AbhangaNaad will be a tribute to this glorious vision of a one- world family.

Shankar Mahadevan, renowned Indian musician, will also be singing in the event.

Some photos from the event.