Daler Mehndi who has been singing and composing music since he was 6 years old recently, rose to fame in the ’90s with hot chart-topping bhangra numbers. Since then he has also recorded some songs for Bollywood, but as of late, he has been on more of a spiritual quest. Back in April, we reported that Mr. Mehndi returned to his roots and visited Patna Sahib for Baisakhi.
Now, we are happy to report that Mr. Mehndi has performed at Acharya Mahashraman Amrit Mahotsav in Jodhpur. While there, he also met the Jain Guru ‘Aacharya Shri Mahashraman Ji Muni’. The two spent time together and had prolific discussions concerning world peace. A true Patriot, Mr. Mehndi expressed that he is proud of his country India where Hindus, Muslims, Jains, Sikhs, Christians, Jews, Zoroastrians, Buddhists and many other different faith followers walk together! This point of India as one of the biggest melting pots in the world is not often brought to light by artists and media. However, Mr. Mehndi is always the exception (in a good way!) and finds positivity in life.
On the birthday of the fifth Sikh Guru ‘Shri Guru Arjan Dev Ji’, the King of Bhangra. Daler Mehndi. also wished his fans a very Happy Gurupurab.
Says Mr. Mehndi:
“Shri Guru Arjan Dev Ji was a poet of exceptional merit and a musician par excellence. Not only he compiled & composed the ‘Bani’, he preached love and universal brotherhood. He gave mankind with two of its greatest Gifts – Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji and the Golden Temple. When he established the Golden Temple in midst of the Amrit Sarovar at Amritsar, he had its foundation stone laid by a Muslim Saint Sant Hazrat Mian Mir of Laohore. The temple was designed with doors on all four sides which meant that all the castes had equal access to the holy place. When He compiled the compositions of the first four Gurus in a single volume, he included compositions of various Hindus and Muslims Saints displaying the universal spirit!”
The phenomenal performer sees his music as an interfaith celebration.
“Music is a common thread among religions as it provides an opportunity for different religious groups to meet and deepen interfaith co-existence.” quoted Mehndi.
We at UrbanAsian are looking forward to more such ventures from Mr. Mehndi!