The afternoon of the 16th of April saw Om Heritage – host a fusion of music and spirituality in the form of vocal and instrumental music by children and spiritual discourses by some eminent personalities in the field. The afternoon commenced with the traditional lighting of lamp by the Chief Guest Mr Narain Bhatia from Chinmay foundation. After being ushered by the little flower girl Anya, introduction to the events the initial part of the show was brilliantly hosted by Isha and Jai Sethi who also had the audience swaying to their melodious flute recital at the very outset. Ishan, as the accompanying tabla player completed the ‘all children’ instrumental recital. The kathak performance by young Shreya Baweja and Ananya Rao was a clear proof of their passion and talent in this art form. Aryana Rao, a fledgling classical singer presented a short classical bhajan. Aryaman then continued the flow of melody with another bhajan that he sang and played on the keyboard simultaneously. The group song recital of the popular and beautifully worded ‘Give me some Sunshine’ was a testimony of the coordination and collective talent of the young and enthusiastic group trained by their young teacher Mr Vinod.
After the children’s programme, the keynote speaker for the evening Mr Narain Bhatia chose to speak on the importance of fulfilling the duties and responsibilities of motherhood in today’s context. Drawing analogies from his own life he candidly spoke about how a mother, through her involvement could help her children become better adults. One of the maestros of vocal music Shri Hemanshu Nanda – founder of Swaranjali, the music division of Chinmay foundation was also present through the show. He spoke most informatively on how music was a source of peace and happiness for the mind and soul and appreciated the support given by the parents in nourishing the talents of their children despite the pressure of academics in todays educational environment.
In the closing address Mita Vaidya, the chief coordinator of Om Heritage thanked all the children, their parents, the invited speakers and all those who took time off their busy routines to participate in the event. She acknowledged the continued patronage of Mr Niranjan Hiranandani under whose guidance Om Heritage continues to draw its inspiration to progress on the path of extending spiritual awareness in the community of Powai. Om heritage has also been blessed by the guidance of Shri Dayanand Saraswati of Arsha Vidyapeth, Coimbatore, Rishikesh and Saylorsburg.