FUNDRAISER SITAR CONCERT FOR A WORLD PEACE
FRIDAY JUNE 26 AT 7:00 PM AT THE HOME OF
CLARE ROSENFIELD IN HARTSDALE, NY
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Our organizations, both The Bodhivastu Foundation for Enlightened Activity and the Himalayan Light Foundation (our Nepal sister organization) are now in full swing providing relief assistance to several Nepali villages, villager's homes, and schools and water supplies.
At the same time, Bodhivastu Foundation’s main mandate is a large scale peace monument slated for NY State which is based on the Boudhanath stupa in Nepal which was damaged in the recent earthquake. The name of this stupa is “The Stupa of the Great Awakening”.
This is a large scale humanitarian project which has strong ties to Nepal and moreover, represents a template for all to help humanity recognize our interdependence with each other and nature and to generate heart-centered strong motivation for world peace.
Therefore, our event for June 26th is reaching out to both -- the manifestation of the Stupa of the Great Awakening and the efforts to help the Nepalis with rebuilding their lives after the earthquake, as well as preserving and repairing their heritage monuments.
Lama Rangbar will offer a short presentation to share in more detail about these activities during the evening.
PLEASE READ ABOUT OUR AMAZING MUSICIANS:
Arjun Verma (sitar) and Naren Budhakar (tabla) perform to support The Stupa of Great Awakening Project and the Nepal Earthquake Relief. Arjun and Naren will present a recital of Indian Classical Music, with all profits going to support the Bodhivastu Foundation (www.bodhivastu.org) or (www.theGreatAwakening.org)
North Indian Classical Music is devoutly traditional and yet allows generous latitude for each performer’s own creativity to be expressed. Encompassing both exhilarating and deeply contemplative moods, this concert is sure to be an inspiring journey in support of the people of Nepal.
Arjun Verma is an internationally performed sitarist trained by the legendary Maestro Ali Akbar Khan. Arjun has spent his entire life steeped in the tradition of North Indian Classical music. The son of sitarist Roop Verma, a disciple of Maestros Ali Akbar Khan and Ravi Shankar, Arjun began learning sitar from his father at age five. As a teenager, Arjun was fortunate to study directly with Maestro Ali Akbar Khan for eight years, and since the Maestro’s death, with his son Alam Khan. Arjun has also received guidance from Smt. Annapurna Devi. Arjun has performed with renowned musicians in many genres, including Alam Khan, Bob Weir, Pandit Sharda Sahai, Ustad Shabbir Nisar, Fareed Haque, Kai Eckhardt, Krishna Das, and Salar Nader. Arjun has performed in the United States, Europe, and India, including noteworthy performances with Houston Grand Opera, and at Prague Castle, Monterey’s Pattee Arena, and the United Nations in Geneva.
"The future is bright for this torchbearer of the rich musical tradition of the maestro Ali Akbar Khan."
– Sruti Magazine
"hypnotic. . . such a rich tone that one could easily confuse the music with a human voice."
--Sonoma State Star
Naren Budhakar was born in Pune, India, and was first exposed to classical music by his father who was a violinist. From his cousin Shashikant Purandare he learned Delhi style percussion and began performing at a young age. He was initiated as a disciple by Tabla Maestro Ustad Shabbir Nisar. Naren has been performing and teaching both in the U.S. and abroad, lending his percussion skills to various forms of world music. He is on the faculty of the East-West School of Music, where he teaches Tabla classes and performs regularly.