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a concert honoring Mothers Day

Event Date: May 10th 2015

Time: 11:00 AM

Brian Wallace & Aushim Chaudhuri in a concert  honoring Mothers Day

The Heavens on Earth
Are the Mamas Giving Birth

-from “No More War” by Brian Wallace

from The Mother’s Day Proclamation, Written in 1870 by Julia Ward Howe, originating the celebration, an appeal for women to unite for peace in the world.

“…Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience. We, women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country, to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs. …”

Tagore Jayanti

Event Date: May 03rd 2015

Time: 11:00 AM

Tagore Jayanti: concert offering of songs written by Rabindranath Tagore, Nobel Poet Laureate

Please join us for this celebration In honor of Rabindranath Tagore (7 May 1861–7 August 1941), poet, novelist, musician, painter, playwright and philosopher who reshaped Bengali literature and music. Tagore was the first non-European to be awarded the Nobel Prize. His profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse was viewed as spiritual, and he became the voice of India’s spiritual heritage. His songs, popularly known as Rabindrasangeet, have an eternal appeal and are permanently placed in the heart of the Bengalis. Tagore was a social reformer, patriot and above all, a great humanitarian and philosopher. The national anthems of both India and Bangladesh are taken from his composition.

Our artists this morning are Sonali Bhattacharya, Aditya Das, Shyamoshree Gupta Diamond, Abhra Roy and Anoop Bhattacharjya. All are outstanding artists who have received praise and recognition for their performances and concerts both in India and in the United States.

 

Celebration in honor of Swami Vivekananda

Event Date: February 15th 2015

Time: 11:00 AM

Celebration in honor of Swami Vivekananda, bhajans with artists Sonali Bhattacharya, Aditya Das, Ashidhara Das, Shyamoshree Gupta Diamond, Abhra Roy and Anoop Bhattacharjya

This program celebrates the life and times of Swami Vivekananda (Narendranath Datta) (1863-1902) commemorating the 152nd Anniversary of his birth. Regarded as India’s first great spiritual ambassador to the West, Swami Vivekananda is perhaps best known for his inspiring speech which began, “Sisters and brothers of America …” delivered at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago in 1893.

We have selected Songs, Shlokas and Bhajans reflecting the philosophy of Swami Vivekananda, generating a secular social order through Religious and Ethnic Pluralism that would transcend differences of caste and creed and result in a unique place for India in the World.

Our singers this morning are Sonali Bhattacharya, Aditya Das, Ashidhara Das, and Abhra Roy, with Anoop Bhattacharjya on tabla. All are outstanding artists who have received praise and recognition for their performances and concerts both in India and in the United States.

Durga Puja, a Celebration of the Goddess

Event Date: October 01st 2014

Time: 6:00 PM

Durga Puja, a Celebration of the Goddess, worship to be officiated by Ramen Chakrabarti, and Sri Chandi recital by Indira (Ann) Bulkin

Please join us for our annual Durga Puja celebration. Durga Puja is a major festival in Bengal
and is celebrated all over India honoring the Goddess Durga, Ma Durga, the Mother Goddess.
Created and empowered by the gods, she is fearless and protects us from harm.

Tagore Jayanti

Event Date: May 04th 2014

Time: 11:00 AM

Tagore Jayanti: concert offering of songs written by Rabindranath Tagore, Nobel Poet Laureate

Please join us for this celebration In honor of Rabindranath Tagore (7 May 1861–7 August 1941), poet, novelist, musician, painter, playwright and philosopher who reshaped Bengali literature and music. Tagore was the first non-European to be awarded the Nobel Prize. His profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse was viewed as spiritual, and he became the voice of India’s spiritual heritage. His songs, popularly known as Rabindrasangeet, have an eternal appeal and are permanently placed in the heart of the Bengalis. Tagore was a social reformer, patriot and above all, a great humanitarian and philosopher. The national anthems of both India and Bangladesh are taken from his composition.

Our singers this morning are Sonali Bhattacharya, Aditya Das, Ashidhara Das, Shyamoshree Gupta Diamond, and Abhra Roy, with Anoop Bhattacharjya on tabla. All are outstanding artists who have received praise and recognition for their performances and concerts both in India and in the United States.

The San Francisco Renaissance and Emergence of Integral Yoga and the Founding of the CIF and the CIIS

Event Date: April 02nd 2014

Time: 7:00 PM

The San Francisco Renaissance and Emergence of Integral Yoga and the Founding of the CIF and the CIIS

SACHI and Cultural Integration Fellowship (CIF) invite you to explore a very special era in the history and culture of San Francisco.

Joseph Subbiondo, President California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), will present an illuminating talk on the San Francisco Renaissance and Emergence of Integral Yoga and the Founding of the CIF and the CIIS. This event is in conjunction with the Asian Art Museum exhibition Yoga: The Art of Transformation (Feb. 21 to May 25, 2014).

Influences of Eastern Philosophy on the Paintings and Writings of Gordon Onslow Ford:

Event Date: October 27th 2013

Time: 11:00 AM

Influences of Eastern Philosophy on the Paintings and Writings of Gordon Onslow Ford: on the Occasion of his Centennial Year, with Fariba Bogzaran, PhD, author, artist, and close collaborator with Gordon Onslow Ford

In 1947 Gordon Onslow Ford, a member of the Parisian Surrealist group, moved to the San Francisco Bay Area from Mexico where he had taken refuge during the war. Onslow Ford was a painter, philosopher and author of several books including Painting in the Instant (1964); Creation (1978); Insight (1991) and Once Upon a Time (1999). In 1951 he joined Austrian painter Wolfgang Paaeln and American painter Lee Mullican to create a major art exhibition called Dynaton (the Possible) at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Soon after, he was widely exposed to the Eastern cultures offered in the Pacific West Coast. He met Dr. Haridas Chaudhuri in 1951 and attended his lectures. Onslow Ford studied Hinduism with Dr. Chaudhuri at the Cultural Integration Fellowship (CIF) in San Francisco. Onslow Ford’s incorporation of his learning at CIF is apparent in his work and his realizations of the archetypal marks, Line Circle Dot, which he explored explicitly in his paintings for fifty years. He also studied Buddhism with Alan Watts and took his first Chinese calligraphy with master Hodo Tobase Roshi. This talk focuses on the work of Gordon Onslow Ford and how Eastern Philosophy and calligraphy changed the course of Onslow Ford’s creation and thinking. The lecture demonstrates that this encounter not only impacted the work of one artist but also transformed his perception for the rest of his life.

Fariba Bogzaran, PhD, East-West Psychology, is an artist and scientist who was a collaborator and close associate with Gordon Onslow Ford for thirteen years before his death in 2003. With Onslow Ford, they co-founded the Lucid Art Foundation in 1998 where she is currently the Creative Director. She collaborated with Onslow Ford on his books, Insight (1991) and Once Upon a Time: The World of Line Circle Dot (1999) and has contributed to over twenty exhibition essays in international publications on the works of Gordon Onslow Ford. She is the co-author of Extraordinary Dreams (SUNY Press, 2002);  and Integral Dreaming (SUNY Press, 2012).

 

Singing Peace Prayers of Mahatma Gandhi

Event Date: September 29th 2013

Time: 11:00 AM

Singing Peace Prayers of Mahatma Gandhi, with Sri Karunamayee and Vishal Nagar on tabla

Honoring Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, Sri Karunamayee of Sri Aurobindo Ashram will lead collective singing from the compilation of devotional songs, sacred verses and mantras sung in Gandhiji’s ashrams. Vishal Nagar will accompany on tabla.

Sri Karunamayee is a dedicated member of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in New Delhi, where she has been in residence for 45 years. She supports the daily ashram meditations and special events with her soul-inspiring music. In her youth, she and her family regularly attended Mahatma Gandhi’s prayer gatherings in New Delhi.

Vishal Nagar is one of the most gifted Tabla musicians of his generation. Son of the renowned Kathak danseuse and vocalist Vidushi Urmila Nagar, Vishal has been trained under his mother, Late Ustad Latif Khan and Ustad Shamim Ahmed Khan.