New Delhi, 18 June 2003
A renowned vocalist, Malashri Prasad, will render Kabir’s devotional
Songs to inaugurate Kabir Week at Osho World Galleria, New Delhi at 6.00 p.m. on Friday, 20 June 2003.
A week dedicated to this secular mystic poet Kabir will pay homage to
His devotion and wisdom with the release of a set of audiotapes of Osho
discourses on Kabir entitled The Divine Melody and an Osho book, The
Malashri Prasad, a senior officer of the Indian Audit and Accounts
Service, is currently working as Principal Director of Commercial Audit and an Ex-Officio Member of the Audit Board-I, New Delhi. She has received training from a number of accomplished musicians. These include the late Padma Bhushan Pandit Gyan Prakash Ghosh; the late Ustad Munawar Ali Khan, son of the late Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan; Smt. Meera Banerjee, one of the foremost disciples of the late Ustan Bade Ghulam Ali Khan; Smt. Savita Devi, daughter of ‘Thumri Queen’, the late Smt. Siddheswari Devi of Banaras; and Padma Bhushan Smt. Shobha Gurtu.
Malashri Prasad has performed in many parts of India and abroad. Among
His notable concerts are: North Central Zone Cultural Centre;
Sur-Singar-Samsad, the National Centre for the Performing Arts and
Nehru Centre, Mumbai; India Habitat Centre and India International Centre, New Delhi. Abroad he has given concerts at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in New York, the World Bank and the Gandhi Centre in Washington D.C.
She is an ‘A’ grade artiste of All India Radio and Television and has
appeared on TV and on air during National Programmes of Music for
A.I.R. and Doordarshan. She is equally proficient in rendering Khayals, Thumris, Dadras, Kajris, Horis . as well as Ghazals, Bhajans and Folk Songs. She hopes to infuse a new dimension of classical music into Kabir’s bhajans.
Osho explains Kabir in The Divine Melody with these words, “Kabir’s
Words are unique. It is difficult to find a mystic like Kabir in the history of the whole world, because he is raw, uneducated; whatever he says,it has no way of coming from the scriptures. He is quite unacquainted with the scriptures, he has no treasure of great value in words. The words he uses are of the marketplace, of the day-to-day use. But in those words he has poured everything, which even for the seers of the Upanishads has been difficult to pour in all their purest of word forms.
Adds Osho, “Kabir is one of the greatest mystics of the world. Meditate
On Kabir – pay attention to him, to what he says. And he is a very simple man, not learned in any way — all that he says is out of his experience. He is not a scholar, he does not know anything about the Veda and the Koran and the Bible. All that he says is out of his own existential experience. He is not a theoretician or a philosopher; he is a poet. And not only a poet, he is a mystic poet — and the difference is that the poet sometimes has glimpses of God, and then he falls back again — rare moments of flight.”
Swami Chaitanya Keerti