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Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival 2020



29th Year of Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival 2020 was launched with its first concert yesterday at Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi.  It will be followed by Hyderabad on 6th January, Pune on 8th January, Bangalore on 15th January with Flamenco Dance performance and the festival will culminate on 16th January in Chennai with an Indian Classical Concert.

LGMF was started in 1992 by Viji and Dr. L. Subramaniam in the memory of his father, mentor and guru Prof.V. Lakshminarayana. This year’s LGMF is a musical tribute to Mahatma Gandhi to celebrate his 150th birth year and it was a great success. LGMF  helps to preserve and nurture Indian classical music for posterity. LGMF through global collaborations have taken special initiatives to inspire future generations of musicians to gain knowledge of different genre of music.

The Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival is an opportunity for the future generations to learn from maestros from around the world. 

Lakshminarayana Global Centre of Excellence (LGCE), was started by Dr. L. Subramaniam and Kavita Krishnamurti to bridge the gap between Gurukul and University education system, giving global exposure to undergraduate and graduate students with special focus on practical aspect of their music speciality, LGCE will give importance to performance training as much as theoretical education. 

Schott Music – the leading publisher for classical and contemporary music, has published many of the orchestral composition written for the festival by Dr. L Subramaniam.

Subramaniam Academy of Performing Arts (SaPa), founded by Dr. L. Subramaniam and Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam in 2007. It was their dream to create a home for global music in India.

SaPa is headed by Bindu and Ambi Subramaniam and is imparting music education to more than 30,000 children in various schools of the country. Since it’s inception, SaPa has been focused on nurturing the next generation of performers and creating global musical exchanges and dialogues.

Prof.V. Lakshminarayana believed that a person who wasn’t involved in some form of culture was never truly complete.

Following eminent guests were present at the concert:

1.    Mr Akhilesh Mishra- Director General, Indian Centre for Cultural Relations (ICCR)

2.     H.E. Mr. François Delhaye- Ambassador of Belgium

3.    Ignacio Vitórica Hamilton- First Secretary, Embassy of Spain

Dr L. Subramaniam said, “Lakshminarayana Global  Music Festival (LGMF) brings together the world’s greatest artists on one platform to spread awareness on global cultures to India and on Indian classical music abroad, globally


Dr L. Subramaniam, Kavita Krishnamurti and Symphony Orchestra of Castile and Leon from Spain performed the following in concert:

1. J. Turina. La oración del torero  (Orchestra solo) 

2. Spring Rhapsody (Orchestra solo)- Composed by Dr. L. Subramaniam

Spring Rhapsody is a composition based on different South Indian classical ragas and changing rhythmic cycles, derived from South Indian tala systems. The harmony, which is used, is derived from the ragas, which enhances the Indian flavour and mood. This composition was commissioned by New England Conservatory and is dedicated to J. S. Bach. It is written for Woodwinds (Flute, Oboe and Clarinet) and strings. It,s in three movements- Rubato, Rubato espressivo and Allegro.

Movement one Rubato starts with Flute solo section, sounding like improvisation going into the rhythmic section and there are trade-offs between different Orchestral instruments ending with a rhythmic motif repeated three times. The second movement Rubato expressive starts in time signature 5/ 4 changing to 4/ 4, 3/ 4 etc. bringing in a serene mood. Third movement Allegro starts with changing time signatures and goes into a trade-off section between the woodwinds and the motif gets shorter leading to the recapitulation of the main theme. This piece is also classical contemporary composition based on Indian and western classical music using raga based harmony and complex rhythmic structure. Published by Schott Music International.

3. Raghupathi Raghava Raja Ram (Orchestra & Kavita Krishnamurti)

Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram (Ram Dhun) is a notable bhajan (devotional song) that was widely popularised by Mahatma Gandhi

4. Vaishnava Jana To (Orchestra & Kavita Krishnamurti)

Vaishnava Jana To, a bhajan was sung by Kavita ji. The poet Narsinh Mehta in the Gujarati language wrote this bhajan in the 15th century. This song became popular during the lifetime of Mahatma Gandhi and was rendered as bhajan in his Sabarmati Ashram by vocalists and instrumentalists like Gotuvadyam Narayana Iyengar. The poem speaks about the life, ideals and mentality of a Vaishnava Jana (a follower of Vishnu). It was popular among freedom fighters throughout India.

5. Jo Tum Todo (Orchestra & Kavita Krishnamurti)

Composed by Kavita Krishnamurti and arranged by Dr. L. Subramaniam

6. Nadapriya  (Orchestra & Dr. Subramaniam)

Nada Priya is a composition composed by Dr L. Subramaniam for Violin solo, Indian Percussion, Woodwinds and Strings. The composition is based on raga Harmony and the first moment starts with time signature 7,8 alternating 3,4 changing to 6,8 and 12,8 making it rhythmically interesting. First moment was based on Kanakangi, first of the 72 parent scales in South Indian classical music. Second moment started with viola section playing the theme based on 14th parent scale Vakulabharanam, and it created the impression of improvisation. This was further developed by the violin soloist and in the end the entire orchestra joined in the mainstream. Here once again there were different time signatures incorporated in the section.

The third moment was based on derived scale raga Shuddha Saveri of South Indian Classical music (Carnatic music) with quick change in time signatures. The cadenza which is improvised by the violin soloist followings which there’s a trade-off section between orchestra and violin soloists staring 3 notes per beat increasing in steps to 4,5,6,7 notes per beat. The performance ended with a rhythmic cadence. Published by Schott Music International.

The Regional Government of Castile and Leon formed the Symphony Orchestra of Castile and Leon from Spain in 1991. During the last two and a half decades, the Castile and Leon Orchestra has performed in hundreds of concerts together with a wide list of artists.

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Golden Jubilee Celebration of Mahavir International Apex NGO Held in Delhi



Mahavir International

Recently,Mahavir International “Launch of Golden Jubilee Celebration”took place in Delhi.
“Over the past 49 years, NGO has been dedicated to “प्राणिमात्र की सेवा” with a moto “सबको प्यार, सबकी सेवा. NGO has impacted the lives of millions of individuals, provided services in the field of Health, Education. Skill Development, Environment, Women hygiene and women empowerment and received appreciations from all corners. These successes are a testament to the collective efforts of of their team, partners, and supporters.”

Golden Jubilee Celebration of Mahavir International Apex NGO Held in Delhi

Indeed, it is a great achievement for any democratic NGO to be in the service of humanity for 50 years.
As we look to the future,their vision is even more ambitious. To fulfil the same, we need to reorient this organization towards MISRI i.e. Mindfulness, Innovation, Sustainable, Replicable and Impactful.

The event was graced by the presence of Vir CA Anil Jain
(International President ), Vir Ashok Goyal( International Secretary ), Vir Shanti K Jain( IPP) Vira Sunita Jain(Zone Champion NZ-1)& Vir Sudhir Jain(GeneralInternational Treasurer).

President Anil Jain, Shared “ In future we have organised a discussion about how future of Social Sector will look like, this kind of discussion has never been organised before by any other organisation. “

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Bhutan Echoes Announces Drukyul’s Literature and Arts Festival 2024



Royal University of Bhutan auditorium

A Celebration of Literature, Culture, and Art

Thimphu, Bhutan: — In the heart of the Himalayas lies Bhutan, a land celebrated for its breathtaking landscapes, rich culture, and flourishing literary and artistic heritage. Leading this cultural renaissance is Drukyul’s Literature and Arts Festival (DLAF), an annual celebration that attracts literary and art enthusiasts from around the globe. The 13th edition of the festival, under the patronage of Her Majestythe Queen Mother, Gyalyum Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, is set to unfold from August 3rd to 5th, transforming Thimphu into a vibrant tapestry of storytelling and artistic expression.

Embracing the Theme of “Mindfulness”
Inspired by the profound vision of His Majesty the King of Bhutan, as articulated in the 116th National Day. Address in December 2023, DLAF 2024 embraces the transformative theme of “Mindfulness.” Steeped in Bhutanese values of compassion, harmony, and self-awareness, this heme serves as the guiding star for the festival’s rich array of programs. Participants will delve into the depths of the human experience,
uncovering pathways to inner peace, collective well-being, and profound personal transformation.
A Global Stage for Literary and Artistic Excellence DLAF proudly stands as the crowning jewel of Bhutan Echoes, a visionary initiative devoted to nurturing
literature, culture, and the arts within this serene kingdom. Through meticulously curated events, Bhutan
Echoes champions the preservation and celebration of Bhutan’s cultural heritage and artistic expression, ensuring that the spirit of creativity continues to thrive in this magical land.
Thought-Provoking Sessions with Celebrated Guests The festival masterfully weaves together the literary and artistic talents of Bhutan with esteemed voices from around the world. This year’s lineup features:
● Shashi Tharoor, esteemeed writer and politician
● Anton Hur, Korean author and translator shortlisted for the 2022 International Booker Prize.
● Ashwin Sanghi, writer and one of India’s best-selling English fiction authors

Attendees at DLAF 2024 will be immersed in thought-provoking panel discussions, immersive workshops, and captivating book readings, offering a feast of intellectual and artistic delights.
Previous Speakers The festival has welcomed distinguished speakers such as Ruskin Bond, Pico Iyer, Vikas Swarup, Markus Zusak, Padma Lakshmi, Vikram Seth, Kabir Bedi, Kunzang Choden, and Pawo Choyning Dorji. DLAF highlights Bhutanese culture and fosters dialogue that transcends boundaries, enriching the global literary and artistic community.
Invitation from the Royal Patron

In anticipation of the festival, Her Majesty the Queen Mother, Gyalyum Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, the esteemed Royal Patron of Bhutan Echoes, shares her profound insight: “Embrace the beauty ofliterature and revel in the essence of life itself, for literature is the very soul that breathes life into our existence. Experience this profound connection as Bhutan Echoes captivates the hearts of readers and enthusiasts alike. Join us from August 3rd to 5th 2024 in Thimphu, where the magic of words will transport you to new realms of imagination.”
A Testament to Bhutan’s Commitment to Gross National Happiness Drukyul’s Literature and Arts Festival stands as a testament to Bhutan’s profound commitment to Gross
National Happiness (GNH), the nation’s holistic approach to development and well-being. This ethos permeates every facet of the festival, reflecting Bhutan’s unwavering dedication to the happiness and flourishing of its people. Join us to Celebrate a Tapestry of Art and Creativity!
Bhutan Echoes invites you to immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Drukyul’s Literature and Arts Festival. Experience the magic of storytelling amidst Bhutan’s breathtaking scenery, and witness firsthand how literature transcends borders, uniting hearts and minds. Whether you are a literary aficionado, an avid traveler, or simply curious to uncover Bhutan’s hidden gems, DLAF 2024 promises an unforgettable journey that will leave you inspired, enlightened, and yearning for more.
Festival Dates: 3rd – 5th August 2024
Festival Address

  • Royal University of Bhutan, Convention Auditorium, Thimphu, Bhutan

About Bhutan Echoes:

Bhutan Echoes is a not-for-profit organization that coordinates and produces events to promote literature, culture, and art in Bhutan, culminating in Drukyul’s Literature and Arts Festival, an annual international literary festival held in Bhutan. Her Majesty the Queen Mother of Bhutan, Gyalyum Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, is the Patron of Bhutan Echoes: Drukyul’s Literature and Arts Festival. The festival is an independently organized not-for-profit event that is free and open to all.
Festival Directors

Sonam Wangmo Drukpa-Jhalani
Sonam Wangmo Dukpa-Jhalani is a writer and supporter of literature and the arts. She has an
MFA in Creative Writing from Boston University and an MA in International Development from the University of Denver in Colorado. She is currently the editor-in-chief of Yeewong magazine.

  1. Kelly Dorji
    Kelly Dorji (born Kalden Sonam Dorji) is an actor and artist from Bhutan. He is also the author
    and illustrator of ‘The Hidden Rainbow’, which is an adult coloring book published by Penguin in
  2. Tshering Tashi
    Tshering Tashi is a writer known for his works in the field of creative nonfiction. In the last two
    decades, he has authored numerous books on Bhutan and has made the country’s rich history
    and diverse culture interesting, accessible, and engaging for the youth.
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Wellness-Driven Luxury Living by Design Deconstruct



Design Deconstruct

New Delhi, July 2024: Design Deconstruct, a leading name in interior design, is reshaping luxury living by integrating dedicated spaces that prioritize holistic well-being. Emphasizing physical, mental, and emotional health, their innovative designs offer a harmonious blend of opulence and wellness, redefining how environments can nurture and elevate personal health and happiness.

Having a dedicated health and wellness area in the house is essential for promoting physical and mental well-being. This space serves as a personal sanctuary where individuals can engage in activities such as exercise, yoga, meditation, or relaxation, fostering a routine that supports a healthy lifestyle. It encourages regular physical activity, reduces stress, and enhances overall quality of life.

Home Theater for Relaxation and Entertainment

Home Theater for Relaxation and Entertainment

The first image showcases a state-of-the-art home theater. Outfitted with plush, red recliners and ambient lighting, this space is perfect for unwinding and enjoying the latest movies in ultimate comfort. The ergonomic seating supports physical relaxation, while the immersive audiovisual environment provides an escape from daily stress, promoting mental well-being.

Home Gym: Enhancing Physical Health and Wellness

Wellness-Driven Luxury Living by Design Deconstruct

The second image display A home gym that encourages regular physical activity, which is crucial for cardiovascular health, strength, flexibility, and mental well-being. It also offers a private space for personal fitness goals, reduces stress, and enhances overall quality of life. By integrating a gym into the home, individuals can create a tailored fitness environment that supports their specific health and wellness needs.

Recreation Room for Physical and Social Wellness

The third image captures a vibrant recreation room, complete with a billiards table and modern art pieces. This room is designed to encourage physical activity and social interaction, both of which are crucial for maintaining overall health. The billiards table offers a fun way to stay active, while the inviting decor makes it an ideal spot for entertaining guests, fostering social connections.

Home Salon: Elevating Personal Care and Wellness

Home Salon: Elevating Personal Care and Wellness
 health and wellness

The fourth image showcases a home salon promoting health and wellness by offering a convenient, private space for self-care routines like haircuts and skincare. It saves time and money, making regular grooming easier and providing a relaxing environment for personal well-being.

Meditation and Mindfulness Space

 Meditation and Mindfulness Space

The fifth image features a serene meditation room, anchored by a majestic Buddha statue. The minimalist design, combined with natural elements like bonsai plants, creates a tranquil atmosphere perfect for mindfulness practices. This space is dedicated to meditation and reflection, offering a sanctuary where individuals can achieve mental clarity and emotional balance.

About Design Deconstruct

Design Deconstruct (DD) is a multi-disciplinary build and interior design firm established by Monica Chadha in 2005, which forayed into construction with Rishabh Kapoor joining the team in 2014. Since then, the brand has rendered services with great enthusiasm and detail. The quest for perfection and quality drives Design Deconstruct—the company endeavours to offer its customers the most cutting-edge designs of structure and usefulness. Globally, today, interior designers and architects are driving all significant projects. These are the cornerstones of Design Deconstruct. The brand has been dealing with various turnkey undertakings as well. Design Deconstruct has set up a qualified group of individuals who can easily handle the designs and execution of architectural, landscape, and interior design projects, together with the manufacturing of the brand’s own refined and customised furniture collections. The firm has practical experience in the designing of residential and commercial projects.


Design Deconstruct

7290, D-7, Vasant Kunj

New Delhi-110070

Call: +91-9818968588



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