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MAJOR EVENTS 1997

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CELEBRATION TO HONOR
THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF INDIA'S INDEPENDENCE


AUGUST 1 TO DECEMBER 15, 1997

An Exhibition of "ARCHITECTS AND BUILDERS OF MODERN INDIA"

The Exhibition will have 55 portraits and the life sketches of patriots, freedom fighters, national heroes and renaissance leaders who dedicated their lives to the cause of all round freedom of India. Some of the names of those leaders are: Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Swami Dayanand Saraswati, Swami Vivekanand, Sri Arobindo, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Gopala Krishna Gokhale, Bipin Chandra Pal, Lala Lajpat Rai, Annie Basant, Dadabhai Naraoji, Pheroze Shah Mehta, Deshbandhu Chittoranjan Das, Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, Motilal Nehru, Subhash Chandra Bose, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, C. Rajagoplalachari, Abul Kalam Azad, Sarojini Naidu and B.R. Ambedkar.

This exhibition of historical importance will cover a period of about 175 years from 1772. It will be organized at different locations in New York and other citties starting from August 1, 1997.

How India achieved freedom? Who were responsible for this achievement? One will get answers to these questions from this exhibition.


FRIDAY, AUGUST 29, 1997; 7:00 P.M.
AT HUNTER COLLEGE ASSEMBLY HALL

69th St. between Park & Lexington Aves., NYC

ONE WORLD ONE MUSIC
World Music Concert

featuring
Sri Chinmoy and international group of singers of Sri Chinmoy Center
Narada Michael Walden (USA) and his group-Drums
Danny Rivera and his band ( Puerto Rico)- Vocal
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (India)- Guitar
Jie Bing Chen (China)- Erh-hu
Simon Shaheen (Palestine)- Oud
Angela Bofil (USA)- Vocal
Swapan Chaudhuri (India)- Tabla and percussion ensemble with a group of international percussionists


MONDAY, SEPT. 22, 1997; 6:30 p.m.

Poetry Reading by the best selling author and the world renowned speaker

Dr. DEEPAK CHOPRA

at a Banquet at Grand Ballroom, NEW YORK HILTON, NYC
Dr. Deepak Chopra will read poems of Rumi, Kabirdas and Rabindranath Tagore and his own poems.

This event is organized jointly with the Govt. of India Tourist Office, New York.


SATURDAY, OCT. 4, 1997; 5:00 p.m.

An Inspiring Talk by SWAMI A. PARTHASARTHI on 'Adi Sankaracharya and his contribution to mankind'

at Bhavan's ROMANTI AUDITORIUM
Swami Parthasarathy is the founder of Vedanta Academy near Lonavla, Bombay, India. One one the greatest exponents of Vedanta, Swami Parthasarathy has to his credit several publications on philosophy and scriptures including 'Vedenta Treatise' - a literary composition of the highest tenets of Indian philosophy. He will explain in his talk about ther synthesis of Karma, Gnana and Bhakti as exponded in the philosophy of Adi Sankaracharya.


SATURDAY, OCT. 25, 1997

Seminar on Ayurveda with Dr. Vasant Lad a specialist in Ayurveda- the ancient Indian system of medicine and the Director of the Ayurvedic Institute at Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Session 1- 10 a.m. to 12 noom
Lunch Break.
Session II- 2 p.m. and onward
Venue: Bhavan's Romanti's Auditorium
Dr Lad, the author of several books on Ayurveda, including 'Aurveda: The Science of Self Healing' will introduce the audience of this Indian system of medicine and will also speak and answer questions pertaining to health in the context of Ayurveda.


SATURDAY, NOV. 8, 1997; 7:00 p.m.

Unique musical Dance Drama " KUMAR SAMBHAVAM"

This Ballet production is based on the immortal work of the celebrated sixth century poet of India 'Kalidas' and has been successfully staged several times in India. The eminent Kathak dancer, choreoghrapher and teacher Rachana Sarang will direct this special event. Several artist from India including Madhurita Sarang, acclaimed as one of the best Kathak dancers of India will participate along with a few local artists.

Venue: The Town Hall
123, 43rd St. ( between 6th & Broadway), NYC


SATURDAY, DEC. 6, 1997; 6:30 p.m.

TILLANA- TARANA:AMERICANA
An American Tribute to Indian Performing Arts

featuring:

Kathak and Bharat Natyam Dance Jugalbandi (duet) and Percussion Ensemble accompanied by Sitar, Bansuri and Shehnai
The participanting artists are: Jody Cormack- Carnatic vocal; Peter Fagiolla-Pakhawaj, Chandra, Nal; Rusty Gillette- Ghatam & Mridangam; Mitch Greenberg- Hindustani & Carnataki Bansuri, Shehnai; Marlorie Johnson- Hindustani Vocal; Mark Lutnes- Sitar; David Nelson- Mridangam; Janaki Patrick- Kathak Dance; Stanley Scott-Hindustani Vocal; Ray Spiegal- Tabla
This special event is conceived and directed by the wellknown Kathak Dancer Janaki Patrick.

Venue: Florence Gould Hall French Institute/ Alliance Francaise

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