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2009 Parliament

Artists and Musicians

A sampling of performers includes the following:

Agape International Choir
Agape International Choir
Zain Bhikha
Zain Bhikha
Heather Lee and Dr Kim Cunio
Heather Lee and Dr Kim Cunio
The Gyuto Monks of Tibet
The Gyuto Monks of Tibet
Philip Heilbrunn
Philip Heilbrunn
Divya Jain
Divya Jain
Manjiri Kelkar
Manjiri Kelkar
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
David Jones and Friends featuring James Morrison
Naqshbandi
The Naqshbandi Sufi Order of Australia
Dr. Natesan Ramani
Dr. Natesan Ramani
Joy Murphy Wandin
Bhai Kultar Singh
Joy Murphy Wandin
Shadi Toloui-Wallace

Yasus Afari

On the evening of Sunday 6 December 2009, the people of Melbourne, together with visitors from around the world, gathered at the new Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre to experience the beauty of the world’s most sacred music and movement, performed by world class musicians from many religious and spiritual traditions.

Throughout the seven days of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, the Arts and Culture program interweaveed with plenary sessions, discussions, conversations and forums. These events included Aboriginal and Indigenous traditional dance and songs, the poetry of Rumi and other mystical poets, religious and spiritual comedy, African drumming, chanting from diverse traditions, fine art exhibitions, major artistic performances and much more. Major galleries and museums in Melbourne also offered special exhibitions and tours around the themes of the Parliament. Cultural visits to Aboriginal sites and centres were a highlight of the program.

 

Performances also included:
  • Leaps Of Faith
  • Taize Chants sung in the Gurnia Kurnai Indigenous Language
  • Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints Samoan Choir
  • Simone
  • Believer Slam
  • Invocation for World Peace for Solo Cello - Michael Fitzpatrick
  • Hindu Spirituality in Dance – Odissi Performance by Chandrabanu & 16 artists from 'Jambudvipa Ensemble' in Shaiva, Vaishnava and Shakta themes
  • Come into the Presence of God! A celebration of the Divine in Words, Music & Silence
  • Om Shanti Om-Shobha Shekar
  • On The Way Of Love – Ruby performs music inspired by Rumi
  • Le Carnaval Spirituel – Spiritual entertainment by members of the Hare Krishna Movement.
  • Wings of the Spirit in Concert
  • Joanne Shenandoah
  • Shadi Toloui-Wallac
  • South African Songs for the Soul – Zain Bhikha and friends
  • Sacred Earth for Inner Peace Music
  • Revelations Chapter 1 – Yasus Afari and friends
  • Agape Choir
  • Sacred Music of India: A double-bill with flautist Natesan Ramani and singer Manjiri Kelkar
  • Naga Chants
  • Sydney Sikh Youth Choir
  • Sacred Fire: A cross cultural exploration of the music of Hildegard of Bingen

 

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