Day 342 | 19 December 2015 | Camp at Varanasi | The Walk of Hope 2015-16

  • WOH Day 342 - 'Subah-e-Banaras'- Anand Kanan - Assi Ghat - Varanasi
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  • The Deva Yagnya begins - Yagnyashala - Assi Ghat - Varanasi
    3.The-Deva-Yagnya-begins!,-Yagnya-shala,-Assi-Ghat,-Varanasi,-UP
  • Mr Adam Dieng - UN Special Advisor fl;anked by Sri M & Sri Manoj Sinha - MoS Railways - Assi Ghat
    4.Mr-Adama-Dieng,-UNESCO-Special-Advisor,-flanked-by-Sri-M-&-Sri-Manoj-Sinha-MoS-Railways,-Assi-Ghat,-Varanasi,-UP
  • Chanting from the Vedas by students of Panini Kanya Vidyashala - Varanasi
    5.Chanting-from-the-Vedas-by-students-of-Panini-Kanya-Vidyashala,-Varanasi,-UP
  • The Chancellor & Vice Chancellor of BHU - Dr Karan Singh & Prof GC Tripathi welcome Sri M & Mr Adama Dieng - BHU Varanasi
    6.The-Chancellor-&-Vice-Chancellor-of-BHU,-Dr-Karan-Singh-&-Prof-G-C-Tripathi-welcome-Sri-M-&-Mr-Adama-Dieng,-BHU,-Varanasi,-UP
  • The Walk of Hope 2015-16 enters the BHU Campus
    7.The-Walk-of-Hope-enters-the-BHU-Campus,-Varanasi,-UP
  • Music that would have made Pandit Omkar Nath Thakur proud - BHU
    8.Music-that-would-have-made-Pandit-Omkar-Nath-Thakur-proud,-BHU,-Varanasi,-UP
  • 'Tujhse Humne Dilko Lagaya' - wowing the audeince at Omkar Nath Thakur Auditorium BHU
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  • The Kathak Trio from the Faculty of Performing Arts - BHU
    10.Sculpturesque!,-the--Kathak-trio-from-the-faculty-of-Performing-Arts,-BHU,-Varanasi,-UP
  • Welcome to BHU ! - Varanasi
    11.Welcome-to-BHU-with-a-tilak!,-Varanasi,-UP
  • 12.The-Road-tread-by-Padayatris-was-tastefullly-lit-by-Diyas,-BHU,-Varanasi,-UP
  • Dr Karan Singh, Patron of WoH and Chancellor BHU has Sri M in a warm, welcoming embrace - BHU
    13.Dr-Karan-Singh,-Patron-of-Walk-of-Hope-and-also-Chancellor,-BHU-has-Sri-M-in-a-warm-welcoming-embrace!,-BHU,-Varanasi,-UP
  • Sri M in conversation with Prof GC Tripathi - VC of BHU
    15.Sri-M-in-conversation-with-Prof-G-C-Tripathi,-Vice-Chancellor,-BHU,-Varanasi,-UP
  • Leaving Malaviya Bhavan after garlanding the statue of the founder Pt Madan Mohan Malaviya - BHU
    16.Leaving-Malaviya-Bhavan-after-garlanding-the-statue-of-the-founder,-Pt-Madan-Mohan-Malaviya,-BHU,-Varanasi,-UP
  • Lighting the ceremonial lamp to inaugurate the evening's program
    17.Lighting-the-ceremonial-lamp-to-inaugurate-the-evening
  • 18.A-section-of-the-audience,-Pandit-Omkarnath-Auditorium,-BHU,-Varanasi,-UP
  • Watching the cultural program of the evening with rapt attention - BHU
    19.Watching-the-cultural-evening-with-rapt-attention,-BHU,-Varanasi,-UP
  • The beauty of Bharatanatyam - Varanasi
    20.The-beauty-of-Bharatanatyam!,-BHU,-Varanasi,-UP
  • 21.It-looked-as-if-the-sculptures-of-Khajuraho-had-come-alive!,-BHU,-Varanasi,-UP
  • The captivating Karanas of Bharatanatyam at their brilliant best - BHU
    22.The-captivating-Karanas-of-Bharatanatyam-at-their-brilliant-best!,-BHU,-Varanasi,-UP
The cold morning saw padyaatris (travellers on foot) and Satsangis huddle together at Assi Ghat. This Ghat is a little away from where River Assi joins Ganga.

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Subah-é-Banaras is a joint effort by the citizens of Varanasi to preserve and showcase nuggets from our ancient culture, which are very much part of Varanasi as well.As a part of this, an Arati is performed by 7 priests every morning to the chant of carefully selected Mantras from the Vedas. The chants and the Arati are all addressed to nature, and Almighty God to bring well-being to all. A Devayagnya, a 'homa' starts a little later, once again for the welfare of mankind. A musical recital of an appropriate morning 'raga' follows with a session of Yoga to top it all. The rich cultural function was graced by Sri M, Mr Adama Dieng, UN Special Advisor on Prevention of Genocide and Sri Manoj Sinha, Union Minister of State for Railways. Sri Sinha complimented the people behind Subah-é-Banaras for their noble work. Sri M started his short address with a Vedic chant and complimented the students of Panini Kanya Vidyalay for their immaculate diction while reciting the mantras. Musicians led by Dr Jaya Shahi entertained the crowd with a rendering of Rag Akhir Bhairav. In the evening, the roads inside the sprawling Banaras Hindu University (BHU) campus were lit with lamps leading to the venue for the program. A welcome reception awaited Sri M and the padyaatris (travellers on foot) at BHU with The Chancellor, Vice Chancellor & Members of International Summit on Peace & Harmony organized by Centennial Celebrations Committee,BHU, UNESCO Chair for Peace and Malaviya Centre for Peace Research. The function was formally inaugurated when the ceremonial lamp was lit by Sri M, Mr Adama Dieng and Sri G C Tripathi, Vice Chancellor, BHU. Garlanding the statues of Goddess Saraswati, founder Bharat Ratna Madan Mohan Malaviya and Padmashree Pandit Omkarnath Thakur followed. Next was rendering of the 'Kulgeet' of BHU. The cultural program featured music and dance by students & faculty, Department of Performing Arts, BHU. The music program had an eclectic collection of songs including Kabir Bhajans, Sufi music and other devotional songs. An exuberant classical fusion and Bhajan medley was next. Sri M was requested to sing a Bhajan (Tujse humne rishta banaya) which he did with aplomb, revelling in the company of the young and brilliant accompanists. The short dance program had Bharatanatyam and Kathak performances and the dancers left the audience wishing for more. All the artists of the day's program, though young, showed a high level of skill. Kudos to BHU and its department of Performance Arts. The function ended with vote of thanks and an invitation to the next day's program.

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