Osho World Foundation presented "Ahobhav: His blessings showering always" an evening dedicated to meditative music by Shubha Mudgal and Prem Joshua at FICCI Auditorium, in New Delhi on 3rd December 2006.
Osho World is dedicated to the promotion of meditation and spirituality and is engaged in promoting arts as an expression of meditation and creative energy.
Chief Guest Shri L.K. Advani, former Union Minister for Home Affairs, inaugurated the evening by launching the Osho World Patrika special anniversary issue and a website www.oshobodhisattva.com dedicated to Osho.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Advani said that though he was not fortunate enough to meet Osho in person, but through his audio tapes and books, he realized that in modern India, there has been no other spiritual master who has touched such heights.
"Through the medium of His tapes and books is what I saw and understood, based on that I can say that in modern India, there has been no other spiritual master who has touched such heights."
"Osho said that all arts have their origin in meditation and music perhaps is the greatest of these arts because music is nothing but interplay of silence and sound. After all meditation means silence. I believe that hardly there is any topic or spiritual mystic of the world on whom he has not spoken. Todays evening is itself a combination of Zorba the Buddha. When I read his book Einstein the Buddha, I realized what a vision he had. Such original thinkers are very rare in the world. I pay tribute to him and I thank Osho world for inviting me and my family, some of whom have especially arrived for this programme. My heartiest greetings to you on 75th birth year of such a great thinker."
Prem Joshua, multi-instrumentalist and composer, is one of the pioneers of the world music scene. A disciple of Osho, Joshua is trained in classical studies and his real passion has always been in experimenting with new sounds, in the merging of traditions of the East and West-described as 'Indo-Global Music. Prem Joshua was accompanied by the Indian rhythm phenomenon, Raul Sengupta from Calcutta, who creates groove-magic on the tablas, but also masters the oriental darbukka, the Peruvian kajon, the congas and a large assortment of ethnic percussions, multi-instrumentalist Chintan Relenberg, who set a clear counterpart to the ethnic rhythms of Raul and acoustic Indian sounds of Joshua by adding elements of Urban Lounge, Trance and Jazz and Japanese bass player Sat Fukuda.
He made himself a name as one of the finest Reggae and Jazz bass players of Japan who recently joined the band and added just the right groovy low end to Joshua's unusual sound.
"Ahobhav: His blessings showering always" was in continuation of other events being organized by Osho World to mark Osho's 75th birth year celebrations.
Started with Zila Khan's performance at Osho World galleria in January 2006, Osho World Foundation has presented 2 shows of "Raja", a play by Gurudev Rabindra Nath Tagore at the Kamani Auditorium in April 2006, "One with the Sky", an evening of fables interpreted with dance, drama and music, conceived and scripted by Dr. Lavlin Thadani; "Guru Vandana" an evening of Indian classical music by Ustad Wasifuddin Dagar and sitar concert by Ustad Usman Khan in September 2006 at FICCI auditorium, "The Revolution Within" by Dr. Mallika Sarabhai in October at FICCI auditorium, "Tantra: The song of Mahamudra", by Dr. Ileana Citaristi and her team and sitar concert by Anwar Khurshid in November 2006 at FICCI auditorium.
Osho's 75th birth year was celebrated by Osho centers all over the globe with meditation events.
In Oshodham, Delhi, full month meditations camps were conducted in the months of April and November and groups such as Mystic Rose, No-Mind and Born Again in addition to 1-day, 3-days and 5 days meditation camps.
Osho Meditation centers in Europe and Russia also organized meditation events during this year.
Osho Nisarga a new meditation Center in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, was inaugurated in October. Nestled amidst the towering Himalayan Mountains, lush green nature and dancing streams, with a scenic backdrop of the Majestic Dhauladhar mountain ranges, Osho Nisarga is conceived, for travelers on the path, as an oasis by Friends of Osho.
On the evening of 5th January, renowned Sufi singer Zila Khan dedicated a melodious evening to Osho, to mark the beginning of Osho's 75th birthday celebrations. The performance began with Osho's discourse on Sufism. As people immersed themselves in the performance, Zila Khan promised to visit again and said " it's an honour to be a part of the Osho family and perform under the blessings of such a divine persona."
On 7th and 8th April 2006, Osho World Foundation presented "Raja", a play by Gurudev Rabindra Nath Tagore, in Hindi at Kamani auditorium. Directed by Sanjeev Johri, a disciple of Osho who is inspired by Osho's message of being in the world and yet taking life as a play. Among the eminent guests present were Shri Vinod Khanna, renowned classical vocalists Pandit Rajan Sajan Mishraji, Dhrupad singer Ustad Wasifuddin Dagar, famous sculptor K.S Radhakrishnan and Humorist Surendra Sharma.
Inspired by a Jataka tale, Raja is the story of a king who has never been seen in the public. It depicts the journey of the human consciousness which originates from a mysterious source, and to which it must eventually return to.
Music was played live enhancing the experience of the audiences. Rabindra Sangeet was brought to our contemporary times by music director Subroto Das. The songs of this play have been originally translated into Hindi by Dr. Jalaj Bhaduri, a renowned writer and poet, based in Kolkata. Jayati Ghosh, Samar Chakraborty and Navarun Bhattacharya sang the songs live during the play. Saswati Sen choreographed the dances of this play and performers were from Kalaashram, the Kathak school of Pandit Birju Maharajji. The sets were designed by Snehanshu Mukherjee, an architect by profession, and the lights have been designed by Milind Srivastava.
On 21st July 2006 "One with the Sky", an evening of Fables interpreted through various art forms- dance, drama and mime was presented at LTG Auditorium. "One with the Sky" was scripted and directed by Dr. Lavlin Thadani.
Dr. Kiran Bedi, Director General Home guards and Civil Defense presided over the program. Mr. Vasant Sathe, former minister; Mr. Gopal Subramanium, Additional Solicitor-General of India; Dr. Kusum Ansal, eminent poet and writer & Mr. Venkat Narayan, distinguished Journalist graced the function as guests of honour.
The evening comprised of imaginative fables and stories interpreted in different art forms. Inspired by Osho, Lavlin touches life with tender sensitivity and deep introspection lending the event a new dimension, one that takes roots in the soil with the capacity to hug the sky.Interwoven with poetry, painting, sculpture, dance and a skit, the evening promises to be worthy of Osho's vision and a befitting tribute to the Great Master.
On September 10, 2006, Osho World Foundation presented "Guru Vandana" an evening dedicated to Indian Classical music by Dhrupad Maestro Ustad Wasifuddin Dagar and Sitar Maestro Ustad Usman Khan at FICCI Auditorium.
The maestros launched "Guru Vandana", a collection of Audio CD discourses of Osho during the inauguration of the concertn.Ustad Wasifuddiin his unique style began the concert by rendering "Guru Brahma, Guru Vishnu,Guru Devo Maheswara" mesmerizing the entire audience. Ustad Usman Khan shared with the audience that he was the blessed one to be connected to the master Osho. Ustad Usman Khan has performed may concerts at the Osho Commune in Pune and has also inspired disciples of Osho, like Prem Joshua. Ustadji's performance lifted the audience to a state of no mind and deep silence.
Osho World Foundation presented "The Revolution Within" an evening dedicated to music, dance and drama at FICCI Auditorium on 8th October 2006. The program started with a violin concert by Asghar Husein. It was followed by the intense personal performance by Mallika Sarabhai using multimedia, theatre, music and dance to trace the journey of women seekers of truth and to contextualize them in the world today."The Revolution within" is based on the story of Saduba, adapted from a story by Jhaverchand Meghani, a noted writer.
Osho World Foundation is presented "Tantra: The Song of Mahamudra" a visualization of Tantra through dance by Padmashri Dr. Ileana Citaristi and her troupe at FICCI auditorium,Tansen Marg, Mandi House, New Delhi on 12th November 2006. Choreographed by Dr. Ileana Citaristi and conceived in three segments, the performance will have first slokas from saundaryalahari, the tantric text dedicated to the female energy representing the ascent of the Kundalini. The music was composed by Pandit Gopal Panda.
The second, EXPLORATION, was an item of pure nritya. A joyful play between two dancers who explore the space around the central gravity point in alternate movements of attraction and expansion. The music was composed by Sri Laxmikanta Palit.
The third one, SARAHA, was inspired by the tale of Saraha, the founder of the Tantric discipline in the Tibetan region. Music was composed by Anwar Khurshid. Sitar maestro Anwar Khurshid dedicated a solo sitar concert during the event, accompanied by Hari Mohan Sharma on tabla.
"Ahobhav: His blessings showering always" was the final event of the year long celebrations.
Indian culture places 'Gurus' who impart knowledge, in par with the Gods. Acquiring that knowledge of the ultimate truth forms the basis of a mans future. Paying gratitude to a guru is like paying gratitude to truth, knowledge and invaluable experiences.
Osho says, connection with the guru is the relationship of the soul and the greatest of all the relationships. The guru is the end of this world and the beginning of the next. He is the gate.
Osho not only brought the timeless wisdom of the east to the modern man but also devised different techniques of meditations to help quiet the restless mind and gave the seekers an avenue to experience the ultimate. Sharing His vision of the new man, Osho inspired the modern man to live a life based on meditation.
Music is an expression of meditation. Speaking on different forms of art, Osho explains that the artist through meditation leaves himself in the hands of existence and then it is existence that paints, writes, sings and dances through the artist. The painter, poet, sculptor, dancer or singer becomes instrumental in the hands of existence and they no longer remain artists but dissolve and become one. The painter becomes the painting, the dancer becomes dance and the poet becomes the poem. The individual artist disappears and becomes one with the art.