Bengalurian artist performs in the Parliament of World Religions on October 18th
Bengaluru, October 4th (IANS): Deepti Navratna, the current Regional Director of the Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts, has been invited to perform in the prestigious Parliament of the World’s Religions, due to take place on October 18th.
She is a trained Carnatic singer from Bengaluru who is the first artist from India to receive the honor of performing at an event in the Parliament of the World’s Religions. She will stage aspects of her concert “The Dialogues with the Divine” – a specially curated musical experience that brings together sacred music from different faiths.
Navratna, trained as a neuroscientist, developed the concept of this concert to explore the similarity of the cognitive effects of sacred music on a diverse audience. She wanted to explore the idea of introducing unknown religious identities to an uninformed audience while based on common denominators of prayer and mindfulness.
The project “Dialogues with the Divine” was created for the overriding goal of cultural diplomacy. It will combine sacred music from seven major religions around the world with sacred texts to create this experience, “she says.
“It will include – The Yin Factor: Shakti – Shekinah (Hinduism-Judaism), Praying for Transcendence: Piyut and Prarthana – (Judaism-Hinduism), Unforming Godliness: Shabad and Kriti (Sikhism-Hinduism), Unboxing the Heart: Heart Sutra and Chant (Buddhism and Christianity), Inner Guru: Antaratama and Assisi – (Christianity and Hinduism), Zikr and Zen – (Sufi Islam and Shinto beliefs), ”added Navaratna.
All sacred music from around the world has the power to chemically and structurally rewire the human brain toward universal love. Instead of shying away from sacred texts and music, they are used to promote and negotiate a better intercultural understanding between interreligious identities. It shows the similarities in our relationship with a higher power, she says.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the conference will be held virtually this year. Navratna and her artists will broadcast their performance from Bengaluru.
Navratna has traveled to several locations for her concert and the experience was unprecedented for the audience. The program is an amalgamation of cultures – five Hindu children will sing a Yiddish song in a Jewish temple, accompanied by the South Indian drum and the North Indian sarod.
An African American gospel singer dressed in a sari teaches “Amazing Grace” to more than 20 Hindu men and women. A Jewish cantor and a Hindu singer are accompanied by a violinist from Libya and a drummer from Palestine as they sing in Sanskrit as part of the concert.