Songs of the Soul in Kathmandu

Excerpts of a beautiful concert of spiritual music with compositions by Sri Chinmoy in Kathmandu Nepal early 2011. Performers are the European group “Vedic Fire”, Vijay Shankar Mishra’s Group from India and Skihandini from Russia. Enjoy these meditative melodies.

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Boris Purushottama Grebenshikov’s performance at the UN

In August 2007 Purushottama Boris Grebenshikov performed a concert at the United Nations, attended by Sri Chinmoy. Filmed by Mridanga Spencer. Enjoy these beautiful melodies of one of the most gifted Russian singers! This is the first of 10 parts that are now online on YouTube. You may also watch an interview with him, that was published as part of the LIFE Voices series.

Mikhail Gorbachev recorded album devoted to his wife Raisa

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The former president of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev has recorded a album devoted to his wife Raisa, died of leukemia in 1999. The album, consisting of seven songs, was recorded by Russian rock star Andrei Makarevich. The profit will go to charity to a hospital for children suffering from leukemia in Russia.

Kids-to-kids Project brings Russian Dolls to Africa

Zina Tikhonova from Tomsk, Russia,  is an active coordinator for the “Doll for Africa” kids-to-kids project, promoted by the The Oneness-zina-from-tomskHeart-Tears and Smiles. Already two years ago she and her friends were sending 23 dolls from Tomsk. This year they expanded their vision and worked with a local TV company. Young talented journalist Julia (22) was very inspired and made 5 films about the dolls project. In these films she showed workshops where people are making dolls that will be sent to Africa as an act of oneness and brotherhood. About 20 dolls are already made. They are planning to send about 50 dolls at the end of March. Journalist Julia is eager to go to Africa in April with all the dolls and make another film about African children. It will be a oneness act between the people of Russia and Africa. After the TV station broadcasted the informations on the project, many people called and wanted to take part by doing dolls themselves. Also there is an idea to make a festival in Tomsk when the project is finished, also to tell people about Sri Chinmoy, founder of  Oneness-Heart-Tears and Smiles. This April it will be the 45th Anniversary of  Sri Chinmoy coming to the West to spread light, peace and harmony through various activities.

Boris Purushottama Grebenshikov performs in Vienna

This Monday, December 15, Russian singer Boris Purushottama Grebenshikov will perform for the first time in Austria, in the Wiener Stadthalle in Vienna. In a prolific career that has spanned almost four decades, BG (his artistic short name) has continued to enchant his audiences with new sounds and a lyrical language that has earned him the affectionate title “Poet Laureate of Russia.” Singer, composer and poet Grebenshikov is one of the “founding fathers” of modern Russian music. He has produced more than 500 songs and 50 albums since the formation of his legendary band Aquarium in 1972. His music over the years has incorporated a range of styles, from folk and blues to translucent acoustics – and includes a whole slew of various ethnic and folklore influences, from Celtic to Asian. Accompanied by an international ensemble of musicians performing on instruments from the sitar and tabla to the violin and flute, he presents a fusion of his own classic folk melodies with sounds from around the world. After concerts in Dublin, Kiev, Milan and Russia this will be the final concert for this year. In an interview he said: “As far back as I can remember I was singing – since I was three or four. I always felt this strange feeling when I was listening to music that it means more than people give it credit for. Music has a special sort of enchantment that works when you hear the first couple of notes. I would say that music is sort of an ocean, so I just venture into the ocean and I follow the waves.” For more informations and tickets contact: www.grebenshikovconcert.at. To get inspired watch also my interview on srichinmoy.tv.

Viswanathan Anand again World Chess Champion

World Champion Viswanathan Anand retained the world crown by taking another draw with challenger Vladimir Kramnik of Russia in the 11th game of the world championship match in Bonn this Wednesday. Anand, who led 6-4 after ten games, needed only a draw in one of the two remaining games to emerge champion once again. And he did the victory dance . Though his fans were bit worried when Anand lost the 10th game , if he hadn’t lost it : he would have won it right there , but thats ok . The final score was 6.5 – 4.5. A proud moment for India ! World chess champion Viswanathan Anand says he is more relieved than happy after retaining the most coveted title defeating Vlamidir Kramnik of Russia in Bonn, Germany. Anand, who etched his name among the all time chess greats after winning the world championships in three formats — knock-out, round-robin and matchplay, said it was a big challenge to win the 12-game match.

Exclusive Interview with Russian Musician Boris Purushottama Grebenshikov

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Two years ago I met the world-renowned Russian musician Boris Purushottama Grebenshikov for the first time, when he gave an interview in beautiful surroundings by the sea in Malaysia. In August 2008 I had the chance to speak with him again, a couple of hours before he performed at the Presbyterian Church in Manhattan at the Songs of the Soul concert, dedicated to Sri Chinmoy. The Russian singer speaks about his frequent travels to India, his upcoming concert in Dublin and offers his soulful feelings on music and life. This is episode 17 of my monthly interview series “LIFE Voices”. You can watch the video (7:39 min) here on the blog, on vimeo and on srichinmoy.tv.