Chetan Bhagat is the author of nine blockbuster books. These include seven novels—Five Point Someone (2004), One Night @ the Call Center (2005), The 3 Mistakes of My Life (2008), 2 States (2009), Revolution 2020 (2011), Half Girlfriend (2014) and One Indian Girl (2016) and two non-fiction titles— What Young India Wants (2012) and Making India Awesome(2015). Chetan’s books have remained bestsellers since their release. Four out his five novels have been already adapted into successful Bollywood films and the others are in process of being adapted as well. The New York Times called him the ‘the biggest selling English language novelist in India’s history’. Time magazine named him amongst the ‘100 most influential people in the world’ and Fast Company, USA, listed him as one of the world’s ‘100 most creative people in business’.
The Legendary Pandit Jasraj
Padma Vibhushan Sangeet Martand
Indian Classical Music today, is one of the greatest gifts of India to the world.
And a blessed few, much beyond their fame and fortune, have devoted their lives to bolster this claim far and wide. While renowned instrumentalists have done it through their chosen instruments, like the Sitar and the Sarod, Pandit Jasraj has done it through that one God-gifted instrument: His Voice.
Pandit Jasraj’s achievements are beyond compare more so because vocal music is the most intimate and direct medium according to India’s musical treatise and tradition. And almost beyond belief is also the fact that he has carved out his monumental global following without depriving his many million domestic admirers. He has been passionately loyal to his soil, while his music has scaled ethereal heights all over the planet. He has single-handedly paved the way for Indian vocal classical music to resonate across the world.
Unique Musical Attributes Blessed with a soulful and sonorous voice, which traverses masterfully over all four and a half octaves, Jasraj’s vocalizing is characterized by a harmonious blend of the classic and opulent elements projecting traditional music as an intense spiritual expression, at once chaste and yet densely coloured. This gives his music a unique and sublime emotional quality, reaching out to the very soul of the listener. Perfect diction, clarity in sur (musical notes), and gayaki (creative musical progression), command in all aspects of laya and rhythm, depth of composition and an unmistakable interplay between notes and words to evoke the desired mood and emotion, are the hallmark of Panditji’s music. This sensitivity, added to the pure classical approach, has given his singing a lyrical quality, the quintessential of the Mewati tradition of singing.
Grammy Nominated flute Maestro
Maestro Shashank Subramanyam, a Grammy nominated exponent of the Flute, began performing for the general public at the age of six in 1984. He was the youngest musician to have been invited by The Music Academy, Chennai to perform the senior most slot of The Music Academy, (often performed by Legends of Indian Classical Music), at the age of 12 – a record yet to be broken in the history of South Indian Music.
He is presently considered one of the best Bamboo Flute artists and is hailed so by the Indian and international media alike. The BBC World TV telecast a documentary on Shashank titled “Destination Music”, recently. Shashank has collaborated with hosts of legendary musicians and bands from India and around the world including Guitarist John McLaughlin, Paco De Lucia, Tabla Maestro Zakir Hussain, Ustad Sultan Khan, Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Pt. Ajoy Chakraborthy, The New Jungle Orchestra, to name a few.
With scintillating, primal tones he truly sings through the most organic and ancient of all instruments. His logic-defying virtuosity is the result of a magical innate talent coupled with the best possible training. Shashank has propelled the Bamboo flute into an enviable position by his playing techniques of which “the multi flute transposed fingering technique” and the “dual octave production” have won him world acclaim.
Shashank has over 70 CDs and several DVDs to his credit.
Dr. Partha Nandi
Partha Nandi M.D., F.A.C.P is the creator and host of the nationally and internationally syndicated medical lifestyle television show, Ask Dr. Nandi, reaching 95 million homes daily. Dr. Nandi is the Chief Health Editor at WXYZ ABC Detroit, an international best selling author, a practicing physician and a renowned international speaker, his appearances include TedX, college commencements, numerous charity functions and premier medical meetings such as Digestive Disease Week. Dr. Nandi has partnered with the Ministry of Health in Jamaica and India, and collaborated with The World Health Organization. Dr. Nandi delivers passionate and inspiring talks to diverse audiences. He continues to travel to international conferences and symposia, meeting with global health leaders on his quest to improve health care quality, access, and advocacy; to empower the world in his mission,
“To Be Your Own Health Hero.”
JOSHUA POLLOCK is a Heartfulness trainer and practitioner from the United States. An accomplished Western classical violinist, he has performed and taught throughout the world, including multiple collaborations with composer A.R. Rahman. Pollock is a dedicated spiritual aspirant, and is enthusiastic about sharing his passion for meditation, frequently lecturing at private seminars, holding practical demonstrations in corporate, educational and governmental settings, and providing ongoing individual support to local seekers. Pollock holds a Bachelor of Musical Arts degree from Indiana University and two master’s degrees from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He currently resides in India with his wife and their two children.
Since 1945, Heartfulness meditation practices have spread to millions of people worldwide. These practices are offered free of charge to people fifteen years of age and above, and Heartfulness Relaxation can be taught to children. Today there are thousands of certified Heartfulness volunteer trainers serving people in over 130 countries. They are supported by Kamlesh D. Patel, who is also known as Daaji. You can learn more about Daaji at daaji.org.
Heartfulness organizations manage various programs and facilities worldwide, including:
- Scholarships for students from all continents to attend advanced training programs
- Cutting-edge research on the effects of meditation
- ‘Conscious Living’ programs on values and life skills for teachers and students in schools
- Programs in colleges and universities, and in corporate and government organizations
- Programs for villagers and tribal communities
- Free medical clinics
- Ashrams, meditation centers, research facilities and retreat centers
Heartfulness Institute Activities in Metro Atlanta
- Free weekly group meditations in Cumming, Roswell, Alpharetta, Marietta, Sandy Springs, and Norcross
- Over 45 skilled trainers in metro Atlanta; all meditation sessions provided free of charge
- Free Relaxation and meditation programs at libraries, parks, neighborhood clubhouses, corporates, schools and temples.
SwarGanga – A River of Notes
Mrs. Apoorva Gokhale singing at the SwarGanga Music Festival 2010. Miss. Pallavi Joshi on Tanpura
Ganga – the name itself evokes a deep emotion about India. Its vastness, purity and divinity can probably be best compared with eternal music that flows from the seven swaras. What better name than SwarGanga to describe an organization that works to promote Indian classical music.
India has a rich musical tradition. Once considered as one of the most respected professions, over the past few decades Indian classical music has experienced many ups and downs. A lot of music has been lost due to lack of proper documentation. We have made it our mission not only to preserve Indian classical music but to preserve a piece of Indian culture! We at SwarGanga use all the available technology resources, including web, mobile and social networking, to reach out to millions of visitors each year. We have been able to create the world’s largest database on North Indian classical music by documenting various raags, taals, bandishes, artists, gharanas or instruments, etc. in our databases.
SwarGanga’s mission is three-fold:
- To promote North Indian classical music throughout the world
- To promote young, upcoming and less known artists
- To document and preserve North Indian classical music assets digitally
- SwarGanga Music Festival and Music Concerts
- SwarGanga School of Music
Dr. Arawind Thatte playing Harmonium accompanied by Pandit Mukundraj Deo on Tabla at SwarGanga Music Festival 2007
Shri. Adwait Joshi performing at a student recital of SwarGanga School of Music, accompanied by Shri. Amit Chabukswar on Tabla
Non-Profit Status and Sponsorships
Both SwarGanga and Heartfulness Institute are 501(c)(3) tax- exempt charitable organizations. We hope that you will become one of our sponsors and support our organizations in doing their pioneering work.
About The Heartfulness Way
Building on ageless oral tradition, Kamlesh D. Patel – widely known as Daaji, the fourth guru in the Heartfulness tradition – traces a seeker’s journey as he examines the nature of spiritual search. Through a series of illuminating conversations between a teacher and a student, Daaji reveals the principles of the Heartfulness practice and philosophy to Joshua Pollock, a Heartfulness practitioner and trainer.
If you knew there was a practical way to transcend suffering and fly into the sky of hope and contentment, would you be interested?
That is exactly what Heartfulness offers – transforming us from the inside out so that we see the world in a new way, without the filters of our limitations.
The Atlanta Chapter of Heartfulness Institute’s Impressive Media Conference
Article by : Atlanta Dunia
The Atlanta Chapter of Heartfulness Institute and Swarganga Music Foundation organized a media conference at the home of Sanjay Sehgal on Sunday, June 10, 2018. The media conference was well attended by local media representatives, representatives of Atlanta Organizations and volunteers of the Heartfulness Institute.
“Heart Notes” meant Heartfulness meditation, music, and inspiration
Article by : Khabar
An annual health and wellness event was creatively launched by the Atlanta Chapter of the Heartfulness Institute (a nonprofit focused on Transformational Wellness through Meditation) and SwarGanga Music Foundation (a nonprofit that promotes North Indian Classical Music).