In this recording, Sri Chinmoy sings several Bengali songs accompanied by Tote-A-Tune. They were originally recorded at Sri Chinmoy’s Jharna-Kala Gallery on April 12, 1976, and were published in the album “Illumination-Song and Liberation-Dance” (1976).

“Dear listeners, this is the 1st CD of 2, titled “Illumination-Song and Liberation-Dance”. The 2 CDs cover the last 57 songs of a total of 100 that Sri Chinmoy sang on April 12, 1976 at an exhibition of his paintings, titled “Jharna-Kala” (Fountain-Art in Bengali, his mother tongue).

Sri Chinmoy started his painting journey in the West on 1975. He titled his artwork “Jharna-Kala”, which means Fountain-Art in Bengali. Why Fountain-Art? Because Sri Chinmoy felt that this art was coming from the Supreme, who is the Fountain of all Art, and resides in the heart of every human being. We all have this fountain of creativity inside of us. Prayer and meditation help the artist, because in the process of touching that wellspring of energy inside of us, we are imbued with its creative and illumining light. His purpose was to inspire people; to share a glimpse into the inner worlds of light, beauty and delight. Here is a question and answer from 1995:

Interviewer: Does it make you happy to see people looking at your exhibit and walking through it?

Sri Chinmoy: “It is my own inner feeling that when people look at the drawings, they get a certain sense of peace. I have observed a few visitors and have heard quite a few of the comments that they have made. When they look at these birds, they feel a sense of peace. What more can I offer to humanity? As a human being, the greatest reward that I can have is the opportunity to be of service to mankind. If I see that somebody is getting an iota of peace from my service to mankind-from my drawings, from my paintings, from my songs, from my poems or from anything else that I do-then I feel that I have accomplished something. I feel that I have been able to share my inspiration and my aspiration with others.”

Sri Chinmoy, Sri Chinmoy Answers, Part 3, Agni Press, 1995.

The quality of the sound recording is far from perfect; but the inner quality of the music and Sri Chinmoy’s singing is there. We hope you enjoy Sri Chinmoy’s soulful offering as much as we do. In a future post we will publish CD #2 from this set titled “Illumination-Song and Liberation-Dance”.

Artist: Sri Chinmoy
Name: “Illumination-Song and Liberation-Dance”
Composer: Sri Chinmoy
Release year: 2010
Duration: 48 minutes
Uploaded: Kamalakanta Nieves / Tejvan Pettinger
Acknowledgements: Sri Chinmoy
Format: Advanced Audio Coding