By Vish Viswanathan
Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji’s healing concert creates record for the second time
It was a long awaited concert held in the auspicious setting of the iconic Sydney Opera House, and was very well attended by devotees and patrons alike. ‘Nada Sagara’ performed by His Holiness Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji, a world-renowned performer of healing music under the auspices of Datta Yoga Centre Australia (DYC) was awarded a second Guinness World Record for the largest music therapy lesson at a single location on April 6.
A bare two months earlier on January 31, Sri Swamiji led an astounding 128,913 devotees in chanting the ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ twenty-seven times each, setting a Guinness World Record for the most people chanting at a single venue for global peace.
Performing at the Nada Sagara concert, Sri Swamiji was accompanied by renowned Indian violin maestro Nada Chakravarti Dr L Subramaniam, ghatam Suresh Vaidyanathan, Ramkumar Mishra on tabla along with Jaitra Varanasi on violin, Sri Tadepalli Narasimham (Mani) as keyboard support, Sri Shankar Ramesh on mridangam (percussion) and Sri Srinivas Mahesh on tabla. Over 1,500 people attended the three hour long concert, and were mesmerised by the delightful rendering of unique ragas, with Sri Swamiji well supported by world famous artistes.
Mr Sunjay Sudhir, Consul General of India was chief guest at the event.
Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji is the head of Avadhoota Datta Peetham in Mysore. Swamiji works towards popularising divine healing music and has established 78 ashrama branches all over the world. This is Sri Swamiji’s second visit to Australia, and many other program were organised by DYC Australia, including the Hanuman puja at the Bahai Centre on April 4 which was attended by over a thousand community members.