On October 17, 2023, devotees from the ISKCON Santiago Chile community held a beautiful concert and cultural program in the Hall of Honor at the Supreme Court of Justice in Santiago, Chile. The event was part of the 200th anniversary celebrations for Chile’s Supreme Court. A beautifully produced YouTube video can be viewed here.
Sri Bhakti Das (Sebastián Kauak), a Chilean lawyer and devotee, helped facilitate the event. “We have dedicated ourselves for the last 20 years to the study of Indian classical instruments. Some of us received a scholarship from the Indian Embassy to study in India,” said Sri Bhakti Das. “We have played in several iconic places in our country. This time we were especially honored to participate in the 200th anniversary of the Supreme Court of Justice.” Though a beautiful concert and showcase of Vaishnava culture, the program also served as an opportunity to share Srila Prabhupada’s books, prasada, and the Maha Mantra with guests.
Sri Bhakti continued, “This unforgettable event was dedicated to world peace and was hosted by His Excellency President of the Supreme Court, Mr. Juan Eduardo Fuentes Belmar. We also had the notable presence of government ministers, national authorities, our beloved music master Millapol Gajardo, the President of the Indian Association in Chile, Mr. Kishan Dadlani, family, and friends. All the attendees enjoyed a wonderful prasada and received books from Srila Prabhupada as a gift.”Juan Eduardo Fuentes Belmar welcoming guests.L-to-R, Lalita Madhava Das, Sri Bhakta Das, Juan Eduardo Fuentes Belmar, Kishan Dadlani, Juan Elgueda, and Yamuna Priya Radha Devi Dasi.Juan Eduardo Fuentes Belmar receiving the gift of Srila Prabhupada’s books.Manjuali Devi Dasi sharing the prasada with guests.Sri Bhakti Das.Lalita Madhava Das.Yamuna Priya Radha Devi Dasi and Juan Elgueda.Appreciative audience at event.Indira Jahnava Devi Dasi sharing spiritual literature.
The musicians at the historic event were all Chilean; among them, Sri Bhakti Das (playing rudra veena, sitar, and esraj), Juan Elgueda (playing santoor and tabla), Lalita Madhava Das (playing sarod and mridanga), and Yamuna Priya Radha Devi Dasi (playing harmonium and kartals).
The prasada offering was headed by Manjuali Devi Dasi, book distribution was organized by Indira Jahnava Devi Dasi, general logistics and management by Pundavanika Devi Dasi, with the special collaboration of Bhaktin Antonia Pinochet.
English translation of the Event Invitation pictured below:
“On the occasion of the celebration of the 200 years of the Supreme Court, the President of this court, Mr. Juan Eduardo Fuentes Belmar, is pleased to invite you to a concert of classical Indian music performed by the lawyer Sebastián Kauak along with other musicians, great exponents of this ancient musical style. On the occasion, attendees will be able to learn about various classical Indian instruments unique in our country. This activity will take place on October 17 at 1:30 p.m. in the Hall of Honor of the Palace of Courts. October 2023.”
Source : Iskcon News