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East and West Merge in music celebration at Osho World galleria

NEW DELHI -- Indian and western music merged meditatively in a memorable celebration for the birthday of the enlightened master Osho on 5 December 2014 at Osho World galleria in New Delhi, writes Swami Anand Kul Bhushan Kulive Kulove Kulaugh.

The event took off with a Sitar performance by Dr. Sujati, an Osho disciple and a music professor at the Post Graduate Government College for Girls in Chandigarh.

Ma Sujati was born in a family with musical traditions and started to learn the sitar at an early age and then from different gurus; and all this shows in her music.


Avirbhav Kumar accompanied Sujati on the tabla for percussion of a very high caliber 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 like Pundit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt.

The due took Osho lovers into meditation as Ma Sujati played traditional ragas.


Adding the 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 her aunt was the foundation of her career that took her to perform in many European countries and Australia.

But 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 Sarod follows and then leads the piano was an unusual experience.


itar performance by Dr. Ma Sujati, Pritam Ghosh on the Sarod | Coastweek

Swami Anand Kul Bhushan | Coastweek

Arianne Gray Hubert on the piano, and Avirbhav Kumar on the tabla | Coastweek

MEMORABLE MUSICAL CELEBRATION: clockwise from top left - Sitar performance by Dr. Ma Sujati, Pritam Ghosh on the Sarod, Swami Anand Kul Bhushan, Arianne Gray Hubert on the piano, and Avirbhav Kumar on the tabla. PHOTOS - JOY CHOUDHRY


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 the flow, the rhythms and the melodies delighted one and all.

A real tribute to Osho as the master beyond cultures and traditions.

And with Osho’s zing and zest too.

Photographer Joy Choudhry has made a video of the East West fusion as uploaded on YouTube:



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