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24 March 2021

FOCAL POINT : The Toronto Baha'i Chorale, "O My Servant!"

Indian sitar virtuoso and composer Ravi Shankar wrote the music of "O Aalok Putra Agyani" for the 1986 opening of the Baháʼí House of Worship in New Delhi, India. This was one of 10 Hindi songs the maestro wrote for the dedication. Years later, choral arranger Tom Price adapted the music to the sacred words of Bahá'u'lláh and The Báb. The result is the glistening "O My Servant!", performed on this video mashup by The Toronto Baháʼí Chorale.

To commemorate Naw-Rúz, I created the video mashup using "O My Servant!" with time-lapse videos of a spring garden's blossoming. It is meant to evoke the celebration of Naw-Rúz as the advent of humanity's spiritual springtime.

SONG: "O My Servant!"
ARTIST: The Toronto Bahá'í Chorale
WORDS & MUSIC: Bahá'u'lláh, The Báb, Ravi Shankar
ALBUM: Songs of the Ancient Beauty (1992)


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