The SSVT committee cancels a concert by T M Krishna after the efforts made by the army of Sanatana Dharma
It was over the weekend, that I was reading several articles about the prominent Carnatic musicians singing Christian hymns in Carnatic style and using partial original traditional saints’ compositions. TM Krishna challenged he would release at least one song a month on Jesus and Allah. To me, the problem was not about him singing on Jesus and Allah, but using Carnatic music which is used to express bhakti by the original composers. The maestros can make their own music rather than steal and distort the original songs and intent respectively.
On Sunday night in a social context I learnt that TM Krishna was invited to a local prominent and oldest temple SRI SIVA VISHNU TEMPLE, my resolve was strong to stop him from performing at the temple. I immediately sent a text message to one of the Board members strongly opposing the performance of TM Krishna and explained my reasoning and discontentment. I also cautioned that several Santana dharma groups will take strong objections.
Next morning I posted it in Hindu groups and shared my views. It did not take much to have overwhelming response and commitment from Hindu community. A couple of volunteers drafted letters to the temple committee with links to supporting articles and statements made by the prominent singers. While this effort was on, I quickly took to Facebook with protest and within minutes, several people joined to express their disappointment.
Carnatic vocalists O.S. Arun and Nithyashree Mahadevan, who are promoting conversion through singing Christian hymns, by barring them from singing in Hindu places of worship in the USA.
Hundreds of people pledged to make phone calls to the temple and leave messages, send emails, take to social media, whichever they chose.
A few hours later, the letters were finalized and kudos to Krishna Gudipati for having the letters ready by evening and circulated among the groups to email them to SSVT committee.
As a last resort, Krishna Gudipati and I even planned a rally at the temple on Sep 9th, local Hindus and from NJ pledged to take part in the rally.
On Tuesday morning, in less than 24 hrs, received a text from the committee member I reached out to, with the great news that SSVT committee had made a decision to cancel the concert by TM Krishna!! This news was relayed to the groups and there were jubilant celebrations I never witnessed before. But I told everyone to wait for the formal announcement by the temple.
Now, we are the army of Sanatana Dharma who pledged to keep Carnatic vocalists O. S. Arun and Nithyashree Mahadevan, who are promoting conversion through singing Christian hymns, by barring them from singing in Hindu places of worship in the USA. Mohan Deval, Chandra Mohan, and Ram Sastry are few to name who are proactively tracking all the above-mentioned vocalists’ scheduled programs in the US.
United we stand to defend our religious and cultural traditions of Sanatana Dharma!!
1. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of PGurus
She serves as a (Board of Director) BoD for Asian American Coalition for Education fighting for Equal Education in K-12 and discrimination against Asian students in the admissions of Ivy League Schools in the US to establish “race-neutral” admissions. She is also the Director of Outreach, Infinity Foundation.
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