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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 on September 10, 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. "Guru Vandana" is in continuation of other events being organized by Osho World to mark Osho's 75 th birth year celebrations during the year 2006.

The maestros launched "Guru Vandana", a collection of Audio CD discourses of Osho during the inauguration of the concert. Ustad Wasifuddin in 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.

The audience shared that it was an enlivening experience to have listened to such soulful music.

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.

Ustad F. Wasifuddin Dagar represents the 20th generation of dedicated dhrupad singers in the Dagar family. He is the nephew of Ustad N. Zahiruddin Dagar and son of Ustad N. Faiyazuddin Dagar, the legendary younger "Dagar Brothers". Ustad Wasifuddin successfully presents the dynamic of a duet in a solo performance. His innovative alap notes are spacious and colorful, ranging across the three octaves delineating the personality of the raga in great clarity. His gamaks are fast and sonorous yet retain the softness and sweetness of the raga inherent in dhrupad renditions. His is very popular with young listeners for his lively lecture demonstrations illustrating old Vedic technicalities through metaphors from daily life.

Ustad Usman Khan is the eldest son of Ustad Abdul Karim Khan and was initiated into Sitar by his father. Ustad Abdul Karim Khan was the famous son of the legendary Ustad Rehmat Khan; one of the Navaratnas in the court of the Maharaja of Mysore. Ustad Usman Khan has been acknowledged as a perfectionist. His unrelenting love for pure music and an unflinching devotion to the discipline of Riyaz keeps him moving steadily on his path to perfection. Ustadji is an acknowledged composer as well. Ustad Usman Khan imparts his unique musical heritage and knowledge to students, not only from India but also from all over the world. One person who drew inspiration from him is Prem Joshua.

Osho World Foundation will continue to present one event a month at the FICCI auditorium till Osho's birthday celebrations in December 2006


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