at Osho World Galleria on December 5, 2014 in New Delhi, India
Indian and western music merged meditatively in a memorable celebration ahead of Osho’s birthday. The event took off with a sitar performance by Sujati, Osho’s sannyasin and music professor at the Post Graduate Government College for Girls in Chandigarh. Sujati was born into a family with musical traditions and started to learn the sitar at an early age and later from different gurus; all this shows in her superb music.
Avirbhav Kumar accompanied Sujati on the tabla for percussion of a very high calibre ranging from the feather light to the big beats. He learnt it from his father Pundit Pawan Kumar Verma of the Punjab gharana and other masters. He has ably performed with renowned artists such as Pundit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. The duo took Osho lovers into meditation as Sujati played traditional ragas.
Adding western flavour with her delicate touch on the piano keys was Arianne Gray Hubert who has learnt this instrument in Russia, Austria and France for many, many years. Her impressive musical lineage from her mother and aunt was the foundation of her career that took her to perform in many European countries and in Australia. Moreover, she forged a deep link with India after she discovered Indian music and blended Georgian chants with Vedic chants and created and sang fusion bhajans.
Accompanying her on the sarod was Pritam Ghosh, a top disciple of Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, who has played all over India and abroad in many European and North American cities. How the sarod follows and then leads the piano was an unusual experience.
The finale was memorable as all four musicians embarked on an unknown musical journey without previous practice. It was like jazz with cream! The ebb and flow, the rhythms and melodies delighted one and all. A genuine tribute to Osho as the master beyond cultures and traditions – and with Osho’s zing and zest too!
Article by Kul Bhushan
Video by Joy Paul
Photos by Joy Choudhry