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नमस्कार |

  मैं अपने  को भाग्यशाली समझता हूँ जो कि मुझे ऐसे उत्सर्गिक विध्यार्थीयों का समूह मिला हैं जिन्होंने गुरुकुल के समान गुरु शिष्य परम्परा की श्रुंखला को अमेरिका में पनपाया है | जब मैं पहली बार सैन होज़े होने वाले विध्यार्थीयों से मिलने आया था उस समय मुझे अच्छी तरह से याद है कि मैंने एक ही वादा निभाने की बात कही थी कि वे मेरे पास कुछ साल के लिए शिक्षा  लेंगे | उस समय यह मेरी कल्पना से परे था कि मुझे ऐसे निश्वार्थ और लगनशील विध्यार्थी मिलेंगे | 

 

 आज लगभग दस वर्ष होने आये और विध्यार्थियों की लगन देखकर मुझे अपार हर्ष हो रहा है | बहुत से विध्यार्थी  उस समय गृहस्थ  आश्रम  में प्रवेश  कर रहे थे या कर चुके थे | मैंने उनकी खुशियों में भाग लिया है जब रिषभ, माहिर, निषाद, मल्हार, मेघना, अन्तरा, प्राची, सोहिनी, और केदार इस संसार में आये | मैं ख़ुशी से भर जाता हूँ जब ये बच्चे मुझे गुरूजी कहकर संबोधित करते हैं और यदाकदा कुछ रागों की बन्दिशें गाकर सु्नाते हैं | मेरे कुछ विध्यार्थी आने वाले महीने में गृहस्थ बनेंगे | यही सब मेरा गुरुकुल परिवार है और मुझे बहुत प्यारा है |

 

How it all began...
- Arvind Kumar, Ashok Jethanandani, Mahesh Jethanandani

Back in 1988, through a former student, we came to know of a classical vocalist who was about to perform in Santa Cruz. based in Santa Rosa, he had been in Northern California for nearly two decades. We eagerly sought him out, and he agreed to perform at a house concert in San Jose.

  Those present at the concert were struck by his command of music and the seriousness with which he approached it. And later, when he agreed to conduct classes in San Jose, we could scarcely have predicted our good fortune. That he was a musician of exceptional talent and virtuosity there was no doubt. What we were soon to discover was his outstanding teaching ability, combining immense knowledge with gift for conveying ideas in a simple and succinct manner.

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Gurukul...

  सभी विध्यार्थी के सहयोग से यह स्वर साधना परिवार बना है | स्वर साधना दशक वर्ष समारोह के समय यह मेरा कर्तव्य बनता  है कि मैं अपने सभी विध्यार्थियों को आशीर्वाद और धन्यवाद दूं कि उन्होंने अपनी लगन से मेरा स्वप्न सफलीभूत किया है |

  खासकर अशोक जेठानन्दानी और अरविन्द कुमार ने इन दस वर्षों में अपने घर पर स्वर साधना की कक्षाओं के संचालन और सभी सुविधाओं को निश्वार्थ भाव से निभाया है | यह ऐसे वातावरण का ही फल है कि आज हम यह समारोह मना रहे है |

  अनू और राज सिंह और मोहन और वन्दना थिरुमले ने पिचले छै सालों से अपने घर में वार्षिक लेबर डे कैम्प को सफलता से प्रभन्दित किया |

 पाँच वर्षों से अमीश ओज़ा ने प्रात:काल और अल्पना बैनर्जी, अनुभा सेनगुप्त, और इल्लोरा झा ने साय:काल गोष्ठीयों का आयोजन अपने घरों में किया है |

  मेरा मुंशी महेश जेठानन्दानी जिसने कक्षाओं के सुचारू रूप से संचालन के सभी पहलुओं का ध्यान रक्खा है |

 मैं सभी विध्यार्थियों को संगीत रसिक बनने में सफल होने कि शुभकामना करता हूँ | यह मेरा हार्दिक आशीर्वाद है कि वे दूधो नहायें  और पूतों फलें | उपस्थित अतिथिगणों का मैं हार्दिक स्वागत करता हूँ और आशा करता हूँ कि वे भविष्य में स्वर साधना को अपना संरक्षण देते रहेंगे | धन्यवाद

 

लक्ष्मी गणेश तिवारी

 

  His dedication to music was inspirational. We quickly learned that to him music was not just a pastime. He had lived it and breathed it through the gurukula system. It was an integral part of him. It was his life. As a highly respected and honored professor at Sonoma State University, he had many demands on his time; through these classes in San Jose he wanted to reach students who were seriously interested in music.

  At the same time he had an appreciation of the cross-cultural environment of Northern California in which his students lived. He was approachable and informal in his dealings with others, and brought to his classes an air of openness that encouraged student input.

 

  His affection for his students became evident in the care and patience with which he taught. Young and old, women and men, beginners and advanced students - he worked with each person with the same diligence and attention.

  It has now been 10 years. Guruji has been making the long commute from Santa Rosa to San Jose. In all this time, his enthusiasm has never flagged. If anything, he seems to be tapping deeper and deeper into his wells of energy. What keeps him coming back is the interest and commitment of his students.

  Over the years, we have also had the chance to get to know Laxmi Ganesh Tewari, the person. The gardener with the green thumb. The landscaper and tinkerer. The world traveler who has a different corner of the globe on his itinerary every year. The adventurer who thinks nothing of skydiving on a good summer day. In its essence, his is a simple life, free of the trappings of modern-day living. His focus on healthy living and eating keeps him in the prime of health. He is a loving husband, a doting father. Few people have the compassion and consideration he shows to one and all.

 It is a privilege to know and study with Laxmi Ganesh Tewari. Through him, we have gained a new appreciation for music. Music satisfies and pleases, music elevates and uplifts, music heals. Music is meditation, music is worship, music is sadhana.

Thank you, Guruji.

Arvind Kumar, Ashok Jethanandani, Mahesh Jethanandani