Oct
2
7:30 PM19:30

Gandhi Jayanti

Gandhi Jayanti — An observance of the 150th Birth Anniversary Observance of Mahatma Gandhi

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 7:30pm in the Golden Lotus Temple

Please join us for special remarks and devotional offerings. All are Welcome.

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May
8
7:30 PM19:30

Kriya Yoga - Meditation on Light

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 7:30pm

"MEDITATION ON LIGHT"
Conducted by Srimati Karuna

"Meditation on Light"

“The innermost radiant light within the spiritual eye is the mystic door of God revelation. When the mind remains firmly established on that radiant light, it is gradually absorbed by the ever expanding effulgence pervaded with the pure self-consciousness that finally leads to the realization of the absolute Self, Brahman.”

—Kaushitaki Upanishad

“If the splendor of 1000 suns were to shine at once in the sky, that might begin to resemble the glory of the Cosmic Self.”

—Bhagavad Gita

The purpose of meditation is to reveal the light of soul, the source of life, intelligence and love which joins together all realms of creation.

We are attempting to spiritualize every area of life in the light of Yoga

As the sun lifts above the horizon, so, too, is our consciousness lifted in self-unfoldment. Our aspiration for enlightenment is not merely to be a light unto ourselves but to share that light with others. 

God is the eternal Light guiding the entire universe. That Light illumines our soul with revelations of Truth and Perfection.

Srimati Karuna

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May
3
9:45 AM09:45

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute - Influences in the life of Gandhi

Final Session of 237 INDIA: CULTURE, TRADITIONS AND GANDHI of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of American University at the Gandhi Memorial Center

May 3 – Influences in the Life of Gandhi

Srimati Karuna is the Director of the Gandhi Memorial Center. She received her B.A. in International Studies, M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution and M.A. in Teaching, all from American University. Throughout the year she speaks at universities, schools, governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as for various professional, social, and religious groups that visit the Gandhi Memorial Center. She was invited by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (part of India’s Ministry of External Affairs) as Distinguished Visitor in 2010 and as part of a global delegation in 2019 to attend the Kumbh Mela. She has collaborated with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute since 2008 to bring OLLI members to the Gandhi Center for classes on Indian culture and traditions.

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May
1
7:30 PM19:30

Kriya Meditation Series: Prana - Cosmic Life-Bearing Power

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 7:30pm in the Golden Lotus Temple

All are welcome

"PRANA - Cosmic Life-Bearing Power"

"It (the Self) is serene; yet It is more active than the mind or the sense faculties. 
Because of Its presence, prana, the life-force, awakens and sustains the functioning powers of the body."

-Isha Upanishad

What is the nature of prana? How do we draw from it? 

In the subjective serenity of our meditation, we become aware of the life breath. As we reach for that cosmic pure consciousness that is united with our individual self-consciousness, we attempt to draw from that infinite reservoir of potential energy known as kundalini. In this second evening of our seven-week Kriya meditation series, we will direct our effort toward the cultivation and harmonization of prana.

-Srimati Karuna

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Apr
26
9:45 AM09:45

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute - INDIA-INSPIRED ARTIST

237 INDIA: CULTURE, TRADITIONS AND GANDHI

Join us for an exploration of the rich cultural diversity of India. Each week we will engage in interactive sessions with guest presenters including musicians, dancers, artists and scholars from the Indian sub-continent. Come listen to musicians trained in the classical and folk music traditions of India and see classical Indian dance. Specially invited artists will provide demonstrations to add to your appreciation of these art forms. Other speakers will introduce the lives of Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore, as well as bring an understanding of the origins of Indian languages, which vary from state to state and even village to village. Class members will also be offered tastes of India, with food samples. Each session will add a new layer of culture and tradition.

PRESENTATION BY INDIA-INSPIRED ARTIST: Shanthi Chandrasekar

Shanthi is a self-taught artist who has been drawing, painting and sculpting since early childhood. While much of her work is influenced by her Indian heritage, her true inspiration comes from the mystery and majesty of the world around her; her muse lives where the scientific overlaps with the spiritual. Known for the vibrancy of her works, Shanthi uses a wide variety of media, including paint, ink, wood, and stone. She is also interested in doll-making, embroidery and ethnic crafts. Shanthi offers lessons, workshops and residencies at her studio as well as at local art centers and schools. Her studio is located in Bethesda, Maryland. www.shanthic.com

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Apr
12
9:45 AM09:45

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: Music and Life of Rabindranath Tagore

237 INDIA: CULTURE, TRADITIONS AND GANDHI

Join us for an exploration of the rich cultural diversity of India. Each week we will engage in interactive sessions with guest presenters including musicians, dancers, artists and scholars from the Indian sub-continent. Come listen to musicians trained in the classical and folk music traditions of India and see classical Indian dance. Specially invited artists will provide demonstrations to add to your appreciation of these art forms. Other speakers will introduce the lives of Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore, as well as bring an understanding of the origins of Indian languages, which vary from state to state and even village to village. Class members will also be offered tastes of India, with food samples. Each session will add a new layer of culture and tradition.

MUSIC AND LIFE OF RABINDRANATH TAGORE:

Dr. Sudeshna Basu
grew up in Kolkata, India. After training under the tutelage of the famous Hindustani Classical Vocalist, Smt. Meera Bandyopadhaya of Patiala Gharana, she started taking lessons on Rabindrasnageet from them maestro Sr Ashoketaru Bandyopadya. Currently, she is taking lessons in Dhrupad from the famous Gundecha Brothers. An empaneled artist of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Sudeshna had her first solo performance at Calcutta’s prestigious Sisir Mancha. Soon after she was invited to sing for West Bengal State Music Academy’s “Young Artist Series.” Apart from all over India, she has performed extensively in the US, UK, Germany, Canada and Bangladesh. She has broadcast on many radio stations including All India Radio, Voice of America, Friends FM and others. She has been featured in Television Channels such as Doordarshan Kendra India (National Television India), Tara Music, Kolkata TV, Asian Television (USA) and Toronto TV (Canada).  She has conducted several workshops both in India and abroad. Sudeshna has recorded ten audio albums. Bhavna Records released her first album directed by the legendary musician, V. Balsara. Her three latest projects are all recorded under the label of His Master’s Voice/Saregama India. A mathematician by training, Dr. Basu is equally passionate about music. She is currently on the faculty at George Washington University, Department of Mathematics.

Mr. Jeffrey Bauer received his musical training from the Peabody Conservatory of Music where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in piano performance, and at the University of Maryland where he earned a Master’s degree in Ethnomusicology. Mr. Bauer contributes his musical talents through arranging and composing musical presentations for special functions at the Gandhi Memorial Center. Mr. Bauer is also a minster of music for the Self-Revelation Church where he has shared his talents for over 30 years. Mr. Bauer offers private piano instruction in his studio in Bethesda, Maryland. 

Mr. Fred Dixon is trained in vocal music and has for many years been associated with the Gandhi Memorial Center and the Self-Revelation Church.

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Apr
5
9:45 AM09:45

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: Sacred Architecture of India

237 INDIA: CULTURE, TRADITIONS AND GANDHI

Join us for an exploration of the rich cultural diversity of India. Each week we will engage in interactive sessions with guest presenters including musicians, dancers, artists and scholars from the Indian sub-continent. Come listen to musicians trained in the classical and folk music traditions of India and see classical Indian dance. Specially invited artists will provide demonstrations to add to your appreciation of these art forms. Other speakers will introduce the lives of Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore, as well as bring an understanding of the origins of Indian languages, which vary from state to state and even village to village. Class members will also be offered tastes of India, with food samples. Each session will add a new layer of culture and tradition.

SACRED ARCHITECTURE OF INDIA:

Mrs. Amita Sarin taught several courses on Indian architectural history and sacred architecture as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Maryland and Georgetown University. She also led tours to India for many years for the Smithsonian Institution and other organizations.

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Mar
29
9:45 AM09:45

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: Indian Sculpture: A Study of Shiva Iconography

OLLI 237 INDIA: CULTURE, TRADITIONS AND GANDHI

Join us for an exploration of the rich cultural diversity of India. Each week we will engage in interactive sessions with guest presenters including musicians, dancers, artists and scholars from the Indian sub-continent. Come listen to musicians trained in the classical and folk music traditions of India and see classical Indian dance. Specially invited artists will provide demonstrations to add to your appreciation of these art forms. Other speakers will introduce the lives of Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore, as well as bring an understanding of the origins of Indian languages, which vary from state to state and even village to village. Class members will also be offered tastes of India, with food samples. Each session will add a new layer of culture and tradition.

Indian Sculpture: A Study of Shiva Iconography:

Dr. S. Selvin Kumar earned his PhD in history from Madurai Kamaraj University, where he taught as a lecturer in medieval history. He has authored books on the cultural history of India and specifically on the history of Madurai.  In the US he has worked to promote the study of Tamil culture through the International Tamil University and he provides educational service and philanthropy in India and abroad.

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Mar
22
9:45 AM09:45

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute - Intro to Kuchipudi Dance

Join us for an exploration of the rich cultural diversity of India. Each week we will engage in interactive sessions with guest presenters including musicians, dancers, artists and scholars from the Indian sub-continent. Come listen to musicians trained in the classical and folk music traditions of India and see classical Indian dance. Specially invited artists will provide demonstrations to add to your appreciation of these art forms. Other speakers will introduce the lives of Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore, as well as bring an understanding of the origins of Indian languages, which vary from state to state and even village to village. Class members will also be offered tastes of India, with food samples. Each session will add a new layer of culture and tradition.

FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 2019: Introduction to Kuchipudi Dance:

Mrs. Anuradha Nehru is the founder and artistic director of the Kalanidhi Dance School and Company. An award-winning Kuchipudi dancer, teacher and choreographer, Anuradha has taught dance for over 25 years in the US, and many of her students have become outstanding young classical dancers in their own right and are now dancing professionally. Anuradha has been recognized by the Governor of Maryland for her dedicated service to the arts and has been supported by the Maryland State Arts Council. In 2016, Anuradha received the Montgomery County Executive Outstanding Artist Award for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities.  She is one of the founding members of the Indian Dance Educators’ Association.  www.kalanidhi.org 

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Mar
16
2:00 PM14:00

Art Exhibit by Lubna Zahid

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Saturday, March 16, 2018
at 2:00pm
Exhibit Opening and Reception

RSVP REQUIRED

"Dear America / پیارے امریکہ / प्रिय अमेरिका: Translation and Transformation in the Art of Lubna Zahid"

For more information about the artist: Lubna Zahid

With a presentation by: Dr. Hamza M. Zafer, Assistant Professor, University of Washington

Lubna Zahid is a classically trained fine artist who works in mixed media. Strongly influenced by contemporary and classical calligraphy in Urdu, Arabic and Persian, her pieces include texts in these languages. She experiments with bold renditions of Islamic decorative forms such as the Shamsa. Her work is inflected deeply by the works of masters like Mansoor Rahi, Sadequain, Dulac, Klimt and Kahlo. Typographic elements in her works rely heavily on the progressive post-colonial movements in the Muslim world in the 20th century. The philosophical works of thinkers like Allama Iqbal and Faiz Ahmed Faiz shaped her generation and their ideas are evident in her pieces.

Lubna has exhibited her work in the United States and in Pakistan. She teaches workshops and seminars on art and art history in various venues including the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries. She lives in the Washington, D.C. area. 

Lubna received calligraphy and illumination training by master calligrapher Abbas Baghdadi. She works with a variety of media including transparent watercolor, gouache, graphite, charcoal, ink, acrylics, gold leaf and clay. Her techniques include glazing, pouring, layering, splashing, spattering, textural writing and gilding.

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Mar
15
9:45 AM09:45

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute - A Brief Synopsis of Indian Languages

Join us for an exploration of the rich cultural diversity of India. Each week we will engage in interactive sessions with guest presenters including musicians, dancers, artists and scholars from the Indian sub-continent. Come listen to musicians trained in the classical and folk music traditions of India and see classical Indian dance. Specially invited artists will provide demonstrations to add to your appreciation of these art forms. Other speakers will introduce the lives of Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore, as well as bring an understanding of the origins of Indian languages, which vary from state to state and even village to village. Class members will also be offered tastes of India, with food samples. Each session will add a new layer of culture and tradition.

Dr. Moazzam Siddiqi has a Masters in Near Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures, and a Ph.D. in Near Eastern and South Asian Studies, both from the University of California at Berkeley. He taught at UC-Berkeley, University of Virginia at Charlottesville and Duke University in North Carolina before joining the Voice of America in 1984. He held a number of management positions, including Chief, Urdu and Hindi Services; Director, North Africa, Near East and South Asia Division; and Director, South and Central Asia Division. He retired from the Federal Government in 2006. 

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Mar
8
9:45 AM09:45

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute - An Introduction to Gandhi

OLLI: 237 INDIA: CULTURE, TRADITIONS AND GANDHI

Join us for an exploration of the rich cultural diversity of India. Each week we will engage in interactive sessions with guest presenters including musicians, dancers, artists and scholars from the Indian sub-continent. Come listen to musicians trained in the classical and folk music traditions of India and see classical Indian dance. Specially invited artists will provide demonstrations to add to your appreciation of these art forms. Other speakers will introduce the lives of Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore, as well as bring an understanding of the origins of Indian languages, which vary from state to state and even village to village. Class members will also be offered tastes of India, with food samples. Each session will add a new layer of culture and tradition.

An Introduction to Gandhi:

Srimati Karuna is the Director of the Gandhi Memorial Center. She received her B.A. in International Studies, M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution and M.A. in Teaching, all from American University. Throughout the year she speaks at universities, schools, governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as for various professional, social, and religious groups that visit the Gandhi Memorial Center. She was invited by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (part of India’s Ministry of External Affairs) as Distinguished Visitor in 2010 and as part of a global delegation in 2019 to attend the Kumbh Mela. She has collaborated with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute since 2008 to bring OLLI members to the Gandhi Center for classes on Indian culture and traditions.

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Dec
31
4:00 PM16:00

New Year's Eve Music and Meditation

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You are invited to let the peaceful music offered into the receding twilight of 2018 draw you into the subjectivity of Self-reflection and prayer. The musical devotion will be offered by Swami Kamalananda on sitar and Acharya Jeff Bauer on piano beginning at 4:00pm.

Afterwards, you may come forward to the beautifully prepared altar to light a candle and offer incense with your own faith and holy hope.

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Dec
21
to Dec 29

Holiday Schedule

The Gandhi Memorial Center will remain closed the Friday and Saturday before Christmas and the Friday and Saturday before New Year’s Day. But please join us for the New Year’s Eve Meditation on December 31 at 4pm.

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Dec
1
5:30 PM17:30

Tabla and Taus Concert

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Anirudh Alva Changkakoty in a Tabla Solo with Preetinder Singh Dhindsa on Taus

In the Golden Lotus Temple

Admission payable at the door: $15 

Street Parking Available

Anirudh Alva Changkakoti, the son of Dr. Rupak Changkakoti and Sarojini Alva Changkakoti, is a young promising tabla player from Virginia. Anirudh’s love for tabla was evident from childhood when his father was learning from Dr. Narendra Verma, disciple of the illustrious Ustad Allah Rakha of the Punjab Gharana. Dr. Verma started teaching Anirudh at the age of three years. 

Anirudh has won many awards of excellence in both state and national level contests in the US.He has performed across the US, Canada, and India and in prestigious venues such as the Kennedy Center. He has recorded with multiple Grammy nominated artists and Grammy winners. He has also appeared on national television channels in India.

Through his Guru’s referral, Anirudh has been training under the maestro, Ustad Zakir Hussain for the past nine years.

Preetinder Singh Dhindsa started his Sikh music education in 2004 from GAISS (Guru Angad Institute of Sikh Studies). He has learned from world renown Sarangi player, Ustad Surjeet Singh ji and world renown Taus player, Ustad Ranbir Singh ji over the past 10 years.

In 2012, Preetinder joined the tutelage of Yogi Professor Surinder Singh ji, from whom he is currently learning the art of Naad Yoga and the healing properties of sound. He has performed across the globe with many world renowned artists. In 2015, Preetinder had the honor of performing at the White House.

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Oct
20
2:00 PM14:00

Spiritual Journeys: Photography Exhibition and Talk by Internationally Renowned Photojournalist

Registration requested for this presentation and exhibition: RSVP

Treading a spiritual path is a pilgrimage—be it to a sacred location or to a blissful state beyond this world. One type of pilgrimage can lead to another. A spiritual journey may be to a mountain, a river, a temple or mosque, or to a peaceful place in our mind. The journey may entail sacrificing wealth and comfort, cleansing of body and mind, or igniting the spirit of generosity and living in harmony. 

Tilak Hettige will discuss the essence of diverse spiritual journeys from different religions. With firsthand knowledge of several unique and unknown pilgrimages, Tilak will take you on a spiritual path traversing his corner of the world. They may lead to high mountain tops, flow down rivers and seas, or span an entire island. 

For example, the Hindu pilgrims to Mount Kailash, standing behind a sea of mountains where India and Tibet meet, believe that only persons with a pure heart can climb this sacred mountain. Similarly when climbing some 5500 steps to Adams Peak (Sri Pada) in the middle of the hill country in Sri Lanka, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and Christians spread love and kindness among fellow pilgrims. All believe that footprint of their spiritual leader is imprinted on a rock atop this mountain. 

Down at the sea level, in some regions there are several spiritual journeys that are associated with a sacred location in a river. Kumbh Mela which is celebrated every 12 years is one such festival where millions of Hindu devotees gather in one of four locations and walk along a bank of a holy rivers in India, to wash away their sins forever. 

Another is the annual multi-religious foot pilgrimage across the length of Sri Lanka, in the months of July and August. This journey culminates in bathing and other rituals at the sacred city of Kataragama in southern Sri Lanka. It cultivates harmony among religious groups, peaceful acceptance of others and transcends to inner peace. 

There are other pilgrimages that traverse a whole island or parts of islands. The Muslim pilgrimage of tombs of influential Muslim religious leaders, located in northern Java, Indonesia promotes teaching of the leaders who spread religion in the country.  Once a year, Christian fishermen of Sri Lanka and India gather to celebrate the year past and pray for the next at St. Anthony’s Church in the uninhabited island of Katchatheevu. In Shikoku island of Japan, a Buddhist pilgrimage that traverses 88 temples spread over 750 miles in four provinces is likened to the path of enlightenment that brings ultimate bliss.  

For more information about photojournalist, Tilak Hettige: www.tilakhettige.com

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Oct
2
7:30 PM19:30

GANDHI JAYANTI

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All are welcome to join us for the 149th birth anniversary observance of Mahatma Gandhi in the Golden Lotus Temple.  Special remarks will be offered by the Deputy Chief of Mission of the Indian Embassy, Mr. Santosh Jha and by the Director of the Gandhi Memorial Center, Srimati Karuna. Bharatnatayam dance innovation will be offered by Suchitra Akmanchi. Devotional music offerings will be offered by Samia Mahbub Ahmad, Monir Hossain, Jeffrey Hallam Bauer, Tony Ventouris, Anthony Hyatt, Pam Broene, Sudeshna Basu, Fred Dixon, and Jacki Rockwell will be shared in commemoration of the life message of Mahatma Gandhi.  

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Jul
1
to Sep 6

SUMMER BREAK

The Gandhi Memorial Center closes for the months of July and August in order to give our volunteers a little time off to enjoy the summer.  If you wish to contact us, please do send us an email and we will response to messages as soon as possible.  Thank you!

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