Chinmaya Shivam Cultural Evening

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On 15 September 2012, more than 650 people gathered at the Kendra Hall for the grand and first ever Chinmaya Shivam Cultural evening. After weeks of meticulous planning under the guidance of Pujya Swami Abhedanandaji, the wet weather could not dampen the high spirits of the devotees. The guest of honor was the Indian Consulate General of India, Mr Sharma accompanied by his wife.


The evening’s program commenced with invocation prayers and Guru Stotram recited by the children of the Bal-Vihar class. This was followed by beautiful renditions of bhajans by Mr Kiren Ishwarlall. Devotees were enthralled as Mrs Varsha Sharma & other dancers performed the Kathak dance steps to the Shiv Tandav Stotram. Mr Vimal Singh beautifully played the Shri Ram Stuti on the sitar along with tablist Krishen Bodha. The grand finale was performed by the art director of Kala Darshan, Mr Manesh Maharaj accompanied by his two senior students. The audience was ecstatic to see the intricate footwork and splendid Indian classical dance performances and felt mesmerised with the devotion expressed in the dance form.



The theme of the cultural evening was “Satyam, Shivam, Sundaram”, which was truly demonstrated by the scintillating performances. Pujya Swami Abhedanandaji expressed his joy by saying – “I lost myself for this past two and a half hours. Who says Truth is not Sundaram (Ultimate Beauty)?”


A short video presentation was showed about the Chinmaya Mission of South Africa and the progress of the Chinmaya Shivam Temple Project, one of the largest Lord Shiva Temples in South Africa.


Many partook of the scrumptious meals provided by the devotees of the Mission. The listeners left the venue looking forward to the next Chinmaya Shivam Cultural evening as their hearts were drenched with divinity after the marvellous performances and they got an opportunity to know about the richness of our Chinmaya culture!


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