HOUSTON – About 30 talented singers from the Greater Houston area from ages 7 through 70 competed in JVB Preksha Meditation Center’s 2nd Bhajan Competition held on Sunday September 29th, 2019.
The competition was held as the initiation of the 10th anniversary celebrations of the center, and part of the commemoration of the centenary year of Jain monk Acharya Mahapragya Ji; at its Pyramid Hall at 14102 Schiller Rd. Houston, TX 77082. Jain nuns Samani Punya Pragyaji & Samani Jigyasa Pragyaji (disciples of Acharya Mahashraman) presided over the event.
The competition was split into 3 age groups, the first being – Rising Stars 7-11 years, Energetic Youth 12-17 and Evergreen Adults 18 and above. Participants sang a multitude of bhajans, some of the most popular ones sung by multiple singers were – “O PalanHare, Choti Choti Gaiya & Humko Man Ki Shakti Dena.” The audience was mesmerized by some wonderful performances by kids as young as 7 years. It was a joy to the ears to hear American born kids sing beautiful bhajans in Hindi.
After a quick welcome by JVB President Shashank Jain, Samanijis provided an auspicious start to the event with the Jain prayer of Navkar Mantra. Thereon, event emcee Nikhil Jain took over and kept the competition lively and interactive. The competition was tough and the judges’ panel of local music gurus – Surendra Talwar, Dipti Kanhere & Sonny of Riyaaz Qawaali chose a winner for each age group. Pooja Ratan won in the kids’ category for her beautiful rendition of “Humko Man Ki Shakti Dena.”
The youth category winner was Mahi Tomar for “Tora Man Darpan Kahalaye”. The adults’ category saw great performances by 15 contestants, and the winner for first place was Soma Chatterjee also for “Humko Man Ki Shakti Dena.” Local Houston talent was also put forth by the Tabla & Harmonium accompanists – Haman Ramnarine & Ms. Smriti Shrivastava. All three winners are invited to perform again at JVB’s 10th anniversary celebrations cultural evening on October 12th, 2019.
JVB Houston senior members Hasmukh Patel, Shashi Jain, Virendra Khemsara, & board member Pramod Bengani felicitated the judges & musician with plaques; and the judges thereafter distributed the trophies to the winners. This unique program ended with the recitation of Mangal Paath by Samanijis, & a short prayer of remembrance for fallen Houston Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal. Nikhil thanked all for their attendance and thanked all the tireless volunteers without whom the event would have lacked the charm. Special mention was made of Bhajan Idol 2019 event chair & JVB VP Ashok Jain; and audio-visual team of Samji Dedhia & Mayank Jain for capturing the exciting moments in video & stills.
The JVB Preksha Meditation Center conducts regular Preksha Meditation sessions which is the practice of purifying our emotions, consciousness and realizing our own self. Mediation augurs attitudinal change, behavioral modification and integrated development of one’s personality. Started in 1970, Preksha Meditation is the result of the untiring efforts of Ganadhipati Tulsi and Acharya Mahapragya. Preksha Meditation is for everyone, irrespective of his or her race, religion, language, color, gender and belief.
JVB Preksha Meditation Center is home to a specially designed Preksha Dhyan ‘Pyramid’ Meditation Hall and is located at 14102 Schiller Rd, Houston, TX 77082. Upcoming events include 10th Annual day celebrations planned for October 12th & 13th; celebrations will include a Adhar Abhishek Pooja, a cultural evening with a hilarious play in Hindi & a speaker panel discussion on Meditation: Stress Management & Beyond.