Our lotus incense burner was safely delivered to “Stop by Tea house in Taipei-串門子茶館”. This tea house is run by Mr Shen – a well known product designer in Taiwan. He has hosted a music and tea ceremony program during ONE ASIA 2014 in Taipei. It is nice to see our product became part of his collection. Thank you Mr Shen and the Stop by team!
It was a great pleasure to welcome Mr Aoyagi – the director of UNESCO in India in Swastika – ONE ASIA studio. Many thanks to Mr Srinivasmurthy, Hemant and Inge for the coordination and accompanying Japanese tea ceremony!
UNESCOのインド支局長・青柳さまがSwastika – ONE ASIA studioにお越し下さり、略式のお茶をふるまわせていただきました。光栄で有意義なひと時となりました。
“Nikheel was Here”.
Thank you for leaving your beautiful calligraphy of the poet Kabir’s famous “Jhini Jhini Bini Chadariya” in Swastika. It added a special charm to the building. Our special thanks goes to the Colours of Nature, Auroville for offering us this special opportunity to use the natural colour pigments.
This body is nothing but clothing on the soul, as scriptures state it. In Sri Bhagwadgita it is said that as we drop one old cloth and wear a new one, so our soul drops its body when it gets too old and torn and gets a new one. But what this cloth is made of? Kabir says this cloth (chadar, shawl) is made by thin linings. What are the Tana(Warp) and Bana(Weft) and which thread is used to weave this cloth? Ingala (one nadi of three main nadees i.e. Ingala, Pingala and Sushmana) and Pingala are like taana and baana (linings of weaver’s tool on which he weaves cloths) and Sushmana thread is used to weave it. In this cloth, there are eight lotuses flowering (corresponding to eight chakras), and ten doors (charkha, exit organs of body ), five elements (earth, water,air, fire and ether) and three gunas (SAT, RAJ and TAM). My Lord weaved this great cloth in ten months (fertilization to full grown fetus or baby of human being). He made it with great love and care. All deities, humans and monks wore this cloth and made it dirty. Blessed is Kabir who wore it with great care and put it down as pure as it was given to him by Lord. This clothing is not only this physical body but all layers of the soul. We get our body dirty and wash it with soap and water, but what about the filth of mind and heart?? We should keep cleaning them as well by doing meditation and devotion to Lord, so we could submit this soul as pure as he has made it.
We have completed the north India tour. It was a great moment of beautiful encounter one after the other. Non-stop working together with great organizers and artists.
At the end of their stay Jyoti had a honorable moment on 12th December at Assi Ghat to light up the ceremonial fire before grand Ganga Aarti in front of 450 people and it was broadcasted to 150 countries.
May the flame of aspiration towards Human Unity continue and spread all over the world.
Keiin and So held a fun workshop at Banaras Hindu University for Bharatanatyam and Kathak dance students on 11th December 2015. Keiin taught a very basic movement in Kamigatamai dance to 80 young students. We thank you Dr Depesh Verma and Dr Chandprem Homble for offering us great occasion mutual learning.
This is the year of 70th year anniversary of atomic bomb attack in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The artist Keiin Yoshimura thinks that it is the responsibility of a Japanese artist to perform on this theme in order to convey the meaninglessness of mass detraction and war. She also thinks that art can heal the wounds from the past.
On Saturday 5th December 2015 / Door opening 6pm, Performance 6:30pm
At India International Center Auditorium
[Chief Guest: Dr Karan Singh]
On Saturday 12th December 2015 / Door opening 7:45pm, Performance 8pm
At Sri Aurobindo Auditorium, Auroville
I will be in Pune for the 3rd edition of international calligraphy event called “Callifest” which is organized by a leading calligraphy artist/teacher Achyut Palav. Even though their focus this time is Indian scripts I was invited as a chief guest. What an honor! I’m bringing new art works for this exhibition. If you are in/around Pune please come. If you know anybody in Pune please help to spread the word.