NEW YORK — Dr. L. Subramaniam, India’s acclaimed violinist, composer and conductor, and Sri Chinmoy Centre International offered a free Manhattan concert as a tribute to Sri Chinmoy at the Baruch Performing Arts Center here Aug. 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Performing with L. Subramaniam was his wife, Kavita Krishnamurthy Subramaniam. Kavita is a much recorded, platinum playback artist, often referred to as the “Melody Queen” of India.

She said, “A few years ago, I met Sri Chinmoy in New York, and the happiest moment in my life is when Sri Chinmoy blessed me.”

Their daughter, Bindu Subramaniam, and son, Ambi Subramaniam, also performed.

L. Subramaniam has earned international respect and acclaim for his virtuoso techniques and distinctive style. L. Subramaniam met with and performed for Chinmoy on a number of occasions, and the two greatly admired and respected one another.  

Chinmoy prolifically expressed his spiritual life through music, poetry and the visual arts. Born in Bengal, India, in 1931, he made his home in New York in 1964. During his frequent travels around the world, Chinmoy emphasized the importance of meditation, music and inner peace.

Upon hearing about an exhibition of Chinmoy’s “Paintings for World-Harmony” at the United Nations in 2008, L. Subramaniam commented, “I am delighted to know that Sri Chinmoy’s paintings are being exhibited at the UN. Sri Chinmoy himself was an embodiment of peace and harmony, and it is a fitting tribute to such a realized soul.”

Another free concert took place a day before on Aug. 28 at the same location. Russia’s popular and leading star Boris (Purushottama) Grebenshikov was outstanding. He offered a special song to honor Chinmoy. The audience not only enjoyed Krishna Das’ kirtan but participated and sang with him. Sri Chinmoy Bhajan Singers brought with them heavenly joy. Other Chinmoy international groups brought peace and happiness through their meditative music.

For more information on free Sri Chinmoy tribute concerts at a city near you, please visit: www.Songsofthesoul.com.

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