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Celebrating 4 decades of Spic Macay with Padmashree Dr Kiran Seth

Padma Shri Dr Kiran Seth, 66, was studying in the US when he had an epiphany during a Brooklyn concert by dhrupad maestros Ustad Aminuddin Dagar and Ustad Fariduddin Dagar. When he came back to India and started teaching mechanical engineering at IIT Delhi, he realized most of his students were cut off from any form of Indian classical music. This inspired him to start a small organization called SPIC MACAY in 1977, to expose young people to India's vast cultural heritage. The organization grew and grew, and is today the largest voluntary non-governmental body of its kind. It organizes more than 5,000 concerts each year and has a presence in 800 Indian cities and towns. It is estimated to have impacted more than 3 million students from schools and colleges, many of whom credit SPIC MACAY with giving them their first taste of classical music.

The disharmony outside is a direct reflection of the disharmony within a large majority of the population. Bringing in art and other aspects of Indian and world culture into our lives can make all the difference.

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Jyoti Envirotech in Lucknow

 

Lucknow’s first Municipal Solid Waste Treatment Plant at Shivri will soon have a wide belt of trees to improve surrounding area’s air quality. Jyoti Envirotech, the NGO that is already collecting garbage from 57 out of 110 wards in Lucknow will be planting trees to ensure good air quality at Shivri.

Jyoti Envirotech will also need to process the leachate (waste moisture) use it within the treatment plant for sprinkling during composting. Else, the leachate would be harmful for surrounding environment, and should not be thrown outside premises.

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Khadi in style at Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University Lucknow

At Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University's convocation in 2015, students will dress in Awadhi attire made of handloom Khadi fabric. With that, the convocation robe, termed a British relic by former President late APJ Abdul Kalam makes an exit in this university. Boys will wear kurta-payjama with 'sadri' and girls will wear sadri on salwar kurta made of khadi, said BBAU spokesperson Kamal Jaiswal.

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Guru Purnima Special: Guru Paduka Stotram by Rishi Nityapragya with lyrics

 

अनंत संसार समुद्र तार नौकायिताभ्यां गुरुभक्तिदाभ्यां।

वैराग्य साम्राज्यद पूजनाभ्यां नमो नमः श्री गुरु पादुकाभ्यां॥१॥

कवित्व वाराशि निशाकराभ्यां दौर्भाग्यदावांबुदमालिक्याभ्यां।

दूरीकृतानम्र विपत्तिताभ्यां नमो नमः श्री गुरु पादुकाभ्यां॥२॥

नता ययोः श्रीपतितां समीयुः कदाचिदप्याशु दरिद्रवर्याः।

मूकाश्च वाचसपतितां हि ताभ्यां नमो नमः श्री गुरु पादुकाभ्यां॥३॥

नाली कनी काशपदाहृताभ्यां नानाविमोहादिनिवारिकाभ्यां।

नमज्जनाभीष्टततिब्रदाभ्यां नमो नमः श्री गुरु पादुकाभ्यां॥४॥

नृपालिमौलि ब्रज रत्न कांति सरिद्विराज्झषकन्यकाभ्यां।

नृपत्वदाभ्यां नतलोकपंक्ते: नमो नमः श्री गुरु पादुकाभ्यां॥५॥

पापांधकारार्क परंपराभ्यां पापत्रयाहीन्द्र खगेश्वराभ्यां।

जाड्याब्धि संशोषण वाड्वाभ्यां नमो नमः श्री गुरु पादुकाभ्यां॥६॥

शमादिषट्क प्रदवैभवाभ्यां समाधि दान व्रत दीक्षिताभ्यां।

रमाधवांघ्रि स्थिरभक्तिदाभ्यां नमो नमः श्री गुरु पादुकाभ्यां॥७॥

स्वार्चा पराणामखिलेष्टदाभ्यां स्वाहासहायाक्ष धुरंधराभ्यां।

स्वान्ताच्छ भावप्रदपूजनाभ्यां नमो नमः श्री गुरु पादुकाभ्यां॥८॥

कामादिसर्प व्रजगारुडाभ्यां विवेक वैराग्य निधि प्रदाभ्यां।

बोध प्रदाभ्यां दृत मोक्ष दाभ्यां नमो नमः श्री गुरु पादुकाभ्यां॥९॥

Sri Sri University

Envisioned by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Sri Sri University was established
as a centre for world-class education so Indian students do not have to leave the country in search of what they perceive to be better opportunities.

What is a Panchayat?

Vishalakshi Mandap Art of Living

You know our ancient people said Panchayat. It’s a very beautiful concept of Panchayat. All cases would be solved right there. In Panchayat, there are five types of people.

One who analyzes the past, another one who gives direction to the future, third one maintains the equanimity and the fourth one who adds some humour in the situation and fifth one some compassion. The Panch devatas.

These are four type of people we find in society, those who are very sharp and very creative, like the Sun, those who just maintain and manage like Vishnu and those bring transformation and drastic change like Shiva and those who adds some humour and lightness to the air, like Ganesha and the Devi, the ladies who also should be part of every Panchayat because the lady brings her own angle of compassion. So when these five people used to sit, they used to solve all the problems.

~Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Ji

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