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Celebrations for the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi: Eva Ayllón (Peru) and WARA group (Bolivia) render Vaishnav Jan To Bhajan..

 

India will be embarking on two-year celebrations of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi starting from 2nd October 2018 till 2nd October 2020. As part of the celebrations, famous singers from all over the world have rendered their voice to Mahatma’s favourite bhajan (hymn) “Vaishnav Jan to tene Kahiye”. Well-known singer Eva Ayllón of Peru and group WARA of Bolivia have joined the most popular singers/groups from more than 120 countries.

 

Singer-composer Eva Ayllón is the most enduring living legends of Peru.  She has produced over 20 records and nominated seven times to the Latin Grammy. She has used the Peruvian musical instrument ´cajon´ to give the song the local flavor.  The video was shot at Huaca Pucllana, an adobe pyramid of the Lima culture from AD 400.  

 

For Bolivia, the song is rendered by the famous musical group – WARA.  WARA is a unique Andean music group which came into prominence for its efforts to go beyond conventions and innovate local music by fusing it with a style that became fashionable in the early 70s: psychedelic rock.  The group has given their own musical interpretation to the song using their own musical instruments. 

 

The Embassy will be officially launching the videos at the 150th Birth Anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi organized at 9 am on October 2, 2018 at Parque Mariscal Castilla, Av. César Vallejo, Lince in presence of public authorities, parliamentarians, dignitaries, school children of Peru and members of the diplomatic corp. 

 

Mahatma Gandhi’s life and soul continues to animate humanity transcending national and international boundaries. The core tenets of Ghandhiji on Peace, Non-Violence, Satyagraha, Poverty, Climate Change etc. provide solutions to many momentous challenges of terrorism, inequality and environmental degradation etc. the world is facing today.  


Gandhiji’s idea of simple living and strong faith in the power of truth and nonviolence can be the guiding light for generations to come. To him, non-violence was a way of life based on love and compassion. He adopted Satyagraha (truth/soul-force) as a method of non-violent action. Mahatma Gandhi believed deeply that the world had enough for human need but not greed.  His “cosmo-centric approach” guides the contemporary society to find sustainable solutions to the ever increasing problem of biodiversity conservation and greed.

 

Authored by a well/known Indian poet Narsinh Mehta back in the 15th century, “Vaishnav Jan to” bhajan has become synonymous with Mahatma Gandhi, who adopted into the routine of his prayers.

 

The essence is deeply moving and quintessentially important. It says - He who understands the pain of another, and absorbs it as his own, is a good human being. He who sees this pain, and helps without becoming arrogant, is a good human being’. The bhajan was originally written in Gujarati. Here is the English translation.

 

Call those people Vaishnavas who
Feel the pain of others,
Help those who are in misery,
But never let self-conceit enter their mind.
They respect the entire world,
Do not disparage anyone,
Keep their words, actions and thoughts pure,
The mother of such a soul is blessed.
They see all equally, renounce craving,
Respect other women as their own mother,
Their tongue never utters false words,
Their hands never touch the wealth of others.
They do not succumb to worldly attachments,
They are firmly detached from the mundane,
They are enticed by the name of God (Rama),
All places of pilgrimage are embodied in them.
They have forsaken greed and deceit,
They stay afar from lust and anger,
Narsi says: I'd be grateful to meet such a soul,
Whose virtue liberates their entire lineage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lima, October 2, 2018
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