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Cultural Offerings

Musical Compositions

  • Composed over 21,000 songs:
    13,625 in Bengali; 7.300 in English; 180 in Sanskrit; 33 in French
  • Composed 2,700 songs in one year, 1995, to reach a total of 13,000

  • 28 November 1976 — Composed 300 songs in one session
  • 8 July 1995 — Set music to “August 15, 1945”, his epic Bengali poem written at the age of thirteen and dedicated to the Birthday of Sri Aurobindo
  • 16 August 2002 — Set music to “The Ideal of Forgiveness”, Sri Aurobindo's epic story that Sri Chinmoy rendered into poetry in 1945 (also Sri Chinmoy's longest song)

Concerts

  • Performed 777 concerts worldwide
  • Gave 8 concerts with audiences of over 10,000 people

  • 23 September 2000 — Largest concert: audience of 19,000, Montreal, Canada
  • 14 May 1986 — Performed 400 songs in a single performance
  • 25 November 1995 — Jamaica, New York. Performed longest concert on 150 instruments in 14 hours in honour of the United Nations 50th Anniversary
  • 16 August 2001 — Performed on 70 pianos in one concert, Queens, NY
  • 13 August 1991 — Longest continuous improvisational performance on piano: 69 minutes

Literature

  • Published over 1,573 books, including poetry, essays, stories, plays and aphorisms.
  • 388 published lectures, 3,951 published stories and 116,776 published poems and aphorisms to date
  • 63 plays: 11 full-length plays and 52 short plays (one-act)

  • 7 August 1996 — 24-hour poetry record: 1,301 poems in 22 hours and 45 minutes (one poem every 63 seconds). Printed in a 13-part series Two God-Amusement-Rivals

Lectures

  • Gave over 300 university lectures, including at world universities such as Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Cambrige, Oxford, Sorbonne and Tokyo Universities

Jharna-Kala Fountain-Art

  • Completed over 150,000 paintings
  • Completed over 16 million "Dream-Freedom-Soul-Birds" soul-bird drawings

  • 29 December 1991 — Began drawing soul-birds entitled "Dream-Freedom-Soul-Birds"
  • 16 November 1975 — Completed 16,031 paintings in 24 hours
  • 29 April 1976 — Painted ‘Larger than the Largest' — 12' x 27' in under 2 hours
  • 30 April 1977 — Painted ‘C.K.G. Transcends' — 13' x 70' in 2 hours 29 minutes
  • 10 September 1977 — Painted ‘Journey's Battle-Victory' — 13' x 25' in 47 minutes