"A massed sitar recital in New Delhi, in an effort to set a world record for the largest numbers of Sitars playing at once, in a massed fashion, with Indian bamboo flute (bansuri) and tabla accompaniment. The players are from multiple faiths, religions and disciplines across India. Organized by Navbharat Times and titled Brahmnaad / Brahm Naad, the concert was a global first indeed. The Art of Living hosted this historic event - Brahm Naad, which showcased 1000 sitarists on a single platform, in a first-of-its-kind concert. It took place in Noida, Uttar Pradesh on November 21, 2008. The proceeds of the concert were aimed at the relief and rehabilitation of Bihar. Conceived by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the event fulfilled two purposes - to popularise Indian classical music and spread a message about the universality and unifying power of music to spread the message of peace and harmony. Supported by the Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India, the BrahmNaad initiative also saw the participation of Pt. Ravi Shankar (Sitar), Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia (Flute), Pt. Rajan and Sajan Mishra (Vocal - Hindustani Music), Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma (Santoor) and Sonal Mansingh (Odissi Dancer). The music for this 1000-piece sitar orchestra was based on ancient ragas from the Gandharva Veda. The Art of Living has been involved in the relief and rehabilitation of the state of Bihar, through its volunteer network, at flood hit districts of Khagaria, Katihar, Purnia, Bhagalpur, Arariya, Madhyapura, Supoul & the army medical camp in Narpatganj.
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