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“I am doing the chemistry of Culture.”

Sripada Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Maharaja

Top: Marquis at Walt Disney World announcing the Ranganiketan performance

Bottom: Brochure from Ranganiketan’s programs in Syria

Opposite Top: Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Alam mosque in Malaysia

Opposite Bottom: Devotees of Bali, after presenting a traditional Balinese Ramayana dance in Manipur as an exchange of Bhagavata culture

As director of Ranganiketan, Maharaja has, through approximately 600 performances, at over 300 venues, in over 15 countries, introduced Bhagavata Culture to more than a million people. A few of the places where Ranganiketan has performed are: The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington D.C.; EPCOT Center, Walt Disney World; The World Music Institute, New York; Los Angeles Music Center; Seattle International Children’s Festival; Singapore National Arts Festival. Ranganiketan is the largest, most frequently booked, cultural arts troupe hailing from India.

The Government of India sent Ranganiketan on a mission of goodwill to Syria, Egypt and Iraq in 2001. Ranganiketan participated in the Bosara International Folk Dance Festival, which had an audience of over 10,000 people. They performed in

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Damascus, Homs, Cairo and at the Babylon International Festival in Baghdad. They also performed at cultural functions organized at the Indian Embassy and the Indian Cultural Centre in Iraq. Many of the people who witnessed performances were convinced that within the Bhagavata music, song and

dance of Manipur there were common roots that could make the whole world united in peace, friendship and prosperity.

The Malaysian Ministry of Culture invited Maharaja and Ranganiketan for an international drumming festival in Kuala Lumpur, in 2000. The Minister of Culture, after witnessing Maharaja sing during some of the performances, in the spirit of cross cultural exchange, gave special permission for Maharaja to visit the Masjid Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, one of the world’s largest mosques. The Tok Imam Besar in charge of the mosque received Maharaja with great honor and respect and gave him a grand tour. In this regard, Maharaja has said, “Cultural art is a very significant part of life. People from various corners of the world will become much closer to each other, in friendship and understanding, through the universal language of art and culture.”

Along with presenting Manipur’s Bhagavata Culture throughout the world, Maharaja has brought representatives of the world’s Bhagavata traditions to Manipur. Maharaja, as both a scientist and a saint, says, “I am doing the chemistry of culture.”

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“People from various corners of the world will become much closer to each other, in friendship and understanding, through the universal language of art and culture.”

Sripada Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Maharaja