Sri Chinmoy’s 74 Flute Concert
The following is a short article written for the New Zealand based international flute magazine Flute Focus in 2005.
Meditation master and musician-composer Sri Chinmoy celebrated his 74th birthday last August with a number of unusual accomplishments. In addition to an epic outdoor concert featuring performances on 74 pianos – a grueling three hours long but a sheer delight to over 1,000 guests and students from some 45 countries – Sri Chinmoy also played next day on a total of 74 flutes.
The accomplished flautist who often performs on a number of New Zealand made instruments had assembled over 90 flutes for the occasion, mostly sent by students who in various parts of the world had heard of this project and wished to support it.
Surrounded by an amazing and colourful array of multifarious flutes – wooden flutes, ceramic flutes, metallic flutes of all shapes, colours and sizes – Sri Chinmoy played each for several minutes in a second marathon concert. In the following days, he also sang 74 of his own songs written in his native Bengali language, and some 200 songs written in English.
A four time New Zealand visitor who has enchanted audiences here with his free concerts of meditative music, Sri Chinmoy has amassed an enormous musical legacy of more than 18,000 published songs, offering these to countless people globally in over 700 concerts dedicated to world harmony.
Sri Chinmoy's students describe their inner and outer experiences.
Filled with deepest joyTirtha Voelckner Munich, Germany
Believe, take a step and proceed: a 6-day race experienceSusan Marshall ,
Meeting Sri Chinmoy for the first timeJanaka Spence Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Sri Chinmoy's biography, written by one of the most famous Bengali authorsMahatapa Palit New York, United States
My 5 a.m. strategic meditationsSanchita Fleming Ottawa, Canada
Is it unspiritual to care about winning?Tejvan Pettinger Oxford, United Kingdom
Sri Chinmoy's opening meditation at the Parliament of World ReligionsPradhan Balter Chicago, United States
Having a Spiritual TeacherPreetidutta Thorpe Auckland, New Zealand
My love of spiritual poetryManatita Hutchinson London, United Kingdom
Spiritual moments with my grandmotherPatanga Cordeiro São Paulo, Brazil
Regaining My Inner JoySujata Muto Kyoto, Japan
The first time we met our GuruKaivalya, Devashishu and Sahadeva Torpy London, England
interviews with Sri Chinmoy's students