SOUL­FUL REVERIE

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Though on the out­set the Mahin­dra Kabira fes­ti­val sounded much like a mu­sic fest with lu­mi­nar­ies of In­dian Clas­si­cal mu­sic such as Prahlad Ti­pa­nya, Pt. Ra­jan and Sa­jan Mishra, Mir Mukhti­yar Ali and oth­ers tak­ing the stage to hon­our the 15th-cen­tury philoso­pher, but what it brought to our plate was a unique soul curry—lit­er­a­ture ses­sions, her­itage walks and early morn­ing med­i­ta­tion ses­sions, per­haps to awaken an in­ner con­scious­ness. Seven years ago, cor­po­rate gi­ant Mahin­dra had spon­sored an event hosted by the Kabir Project and fell in love with the idea of Kabir. “Kabir’s ide­ol­ogy of be­ing ag­nos­tic to any re­li­gion is at the core of the com­pany’s phi­los­o­phy,” says Jay Shah, head, Cul­tural Out­reach, Mahin­dra & Mahin­dra, re­veal­ing “not many know that the com­pany used to be Mahin­dra & Mohammed be­fore par­ti­tion. Ghu­lam Mohammed shifted to Pak­istan and went on to be­come the coun­try’s Fi­nance Min­is­ter, but re­mained a close friend of the Mahin­dras un­til the end.”

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