|Anahata Nada, Vol. 33 — August – Mid-December 2002.
It was an exchange of feeling, a sharing of the heart’s love.
On October 10, Sri Chinmoy and his students performed for Ravi Shankar and his wife, Sukanya. at P.S. 86 in Queens.
Sri Chinmoy played on a new esraj-like instrument that Sumadhur, one of his students, built for him. Ravi Shankar later blessed and named the instrument “Chinmoy Beena”. There were also several musical performances by Sri Chinmoy’s students.
The following evening, Ravi Shankar and his daughter, Anoushka, reciprocated, performing a special concert for Sri Chinmoy, his students and invited guests under a huge tent at Aspiration-Ground.
At the start of the concert, Sri Chinmoy told the classical virtuoso: “When you play, your heart becomes Heaven-climbing flame ... and your Inner Pilot speaks to you from His transcendental Summit.”
He added: “Each time you play, you unreservedly inspire us to drink deep Nectar-Delight far beyond this world.”
To Anoushka he said, “When you play, your aspiration-heart becomes a God-Beauty-revelation and your dedication-hands become a God-Duty-manifestation.”
Left, Sri Chinmoy introduces Ravi Shankar and Anoushka before the concert.