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Meets Lord Jagannath
(VNN) - Badrinarayan dasa
Lord Jagannath is "Jaga Natha" - the Lord
of the Universe, and He performs His pastimes in His
own mystical way. As it is said, "All the world
is a stage, and all the men and women merely
players". But behind the scene is the real
director of this worldly play, the eternal Supreme
Madonna is a world famous singer and actress adored
by millions of fans and world renowned for setting
style and fashion. For the moment, she is dancing
center stage. Now there is more to the story:
At this year's Los Angeles Ratha Yatra the daughters
of Dr. and Mrs. Purna Patnaik (Laboni, Shivani, and
Shalni) performed on the main stage. (They are expert
in Odissi classical dance, from Orissa, the Land of
Jagannath.) I have known the Patnaik family for many
years and they are very intelligent and humble
devotees. The daughters' dancing and lyrics are all
about pure devotion to Lord Jagannath.
Turns out that Madonna's personal secretary was in
the crowd at the festival and was stunned by the
girls' expertise and the mood of the dance. She told
Madonna about the girls, Madonna got the Patnaik's
number and phoned about getting a video tape of their
Evidently Madonna is feeling some frustration with
material life. Having everything can have in that
sphere, fame, power, money, she still finds that she
is not satisfied and has become very interested in
India and its spiritual traditions.
To make a long story short, she has been going back
forth with the Patnaiks and here's the result.
Madonna is the lead host for the upcoming MTV awards,
seen by millions around the world. For the grand
opening of the program Madonna will chanting Vedic
verses, while the Patnaik sisters dance for Lord
Jagannath live on the stage.
I never thought I would be saying this, but now I
have a reason to. Tune into MTV and check this out
for yourself. It will be broadcast on Thurs. Sept.
10th at 8pm. MTV Awards Night.
All glories to Lord Jagannath and His pastimes.
Indian Classical Dances