The purpose of Chinmaya Mission is to provide to individuals, from any background, the wisdom of vedanta and practical means for spiritual growth and happiness, enabling them to become positive contributors of society

Chinmaya Shruti

The Chinmaya Shruti Musical Choir (Bhajan) group, led by Acharya Mahadevan originated around Mahasivaratri 1997, at Kasi Center, in Anaheim, California dedicated to the encouragement of musical talent from CMLA’s Balavihar and Youth.  The group consists of children that embody the essence of spirituality through music.  Presently in its 15th year, musical genres of Chinmaya Shruti range from Hindustani, Sanskrit, Tamil, Malayalam, to English spiritual music.  In addition to the vocal talent, accompaniments include tabla, mridangam, keyboard, guitar, etc.  Since children graduate yearly from Balavihar, there is a yearly change and turn over in the students.

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Music practices are conducted on Sundays between Balavihar sessions for 30-45 minutes. When special events are anticipated, additional Friday evening practices are scheduled. The group has a coordinator and assistant musical teachers. The location of the group, formerly at Kasi and Mithila Centers has now shifted to our newly acquired Rameshwaram Center.  Due to the difficulty in catering to more advanced students, the group has now been divided into 2 groups, each with its own coordinators and teachers.  A significant mile stone was achieved when, on the 50th anniversary (Suvarna Mahotsav) of Chinmaya Mission, Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayanandaji released the first recorded CD set (Nadamala I and II) of the Chinmaya Shruti group.

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Chinmaya Shruti has also participated in programs conducted at Kasi, Mithila and Rameshwaram Centers as well as at schools and organizations like “PRATHAM”, a worldwide children’s education program group, at TANA (Telugu Association for North America), and also a cultural diversity event at USC and other high schools.

Chinmaya Shruti also performs one hour Bhajan programs at Sanatana Dharma Center in Norwalk, during the event of the Athi Rudram Maha Yagna.