Shri Mataji's Marriage Anniversary was celebrated on April 8 at the Ashram
in New Delhi. Actually Shri Mataji's Marriage Anniversary is on April 7, however,
due to some personal functions at Shri Mataji's house, it was celebtrated a
It was a beautiful evening with around hundred odd Yogis assembling at the
Ashram which was aptly decorated with flowers. At around 10 p.m. when both Shri
Mataji and Sir C.P. Srivastava came down to the ground floor of the Ashram (where
the function was to be held) after a long meeting with the Home Minister of
The evening started with the vocal recital by Shri Jayteerth Mevundi, a very
young (age 27) and upcoming vocalist of India whom the Delhi sahaja yogis had
invited. Shri Mevundi hails from Dharwad in the state of Karnataka and his Guru
is the direct disciple of Pandit Bhimsen Joshi who needs no introduction to
Looking at his physical frame it never looked as if he could perform so well.
Shri Mevundi was accompanied on the Harmonium by Ustad Mahmood Dholpuri who
is one of the top Harmonium players in India. From the moment he took the first
note, we felt as if a Ustad is singing. He began his performance with a Bada
Khayal (begining with slow tempo later switching to a faster tempo) in Raag
Darbari followed by, Raag Basant, a Marathi Abhang and finally a composition
in Raag Bhairavi. The rendering went on for over 90 minutes.
Shri Mataji was so much delighted with his performance, that she immediately
invited him for the Sahasrara Day Puja in Cabella. Shri Mataji commented that
how come she did not hear him till now. So I guess the yogis would get to enjoy
his music again at the Sahasrara Day puja.
After the music recital, the evening concluded with flowers being offered to
Shri Mataji and Sir C.P. on this auspicious occassion by all the leaders present.
The highlight being a huge bouquet of flowers which was offered on behalf of
the Australian collective.
Ram Nalgirkar, Nataraj Phani