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Tapasya

The flame of purification
  


Below:  The late Dabral Baba's temple on the banks of Shipra River at Ujjain

  


Lord Shiva and Parvati — this unique painting by Bhopal artist Ashutosh Panigraha was created by using his hands and fingernails  — there was no brushwork involved at all.  This painting can be seen in the background of some photographs taken at Sarita's home in Ujjain.

   


Below:  Sarita with award winning Australian singer/songwriter Kate Ceberano after a concert at Monash University,  Melbourne — 2006 

  


Below left:  Sarita relaxing at home in Ujjain with Pt Partha Bose (sitarist) and his wife Smt Esha Bandyopadhyay (classical vocalist)

Below right:  Sarita with Partha Bose tuning up in the Green Room for the Ujjain concert

   


Below:  Sarita on tanpura supporting classical vocalist Smt Esha Bandyopadhyay at the Ujjain concert

   


Below:  Pundit Partha Bose performing on sitar at the Ujjain concert

   


Below:  Sarita's son, Vyasa, enjoying himself on-stage following the Ujjain concert

   



Left:  Sarita and her son, Vyasa, with a friend at the Navratri Festival in Ujjain — September 2009

Below:  Some of the dancers preparing at the Navratri Festival

   


Below:
  Dancers at the Navratri Festival in Ujjain

  


Below left:  Sarita welcomes friends Derek, Jane, Laura and Tom Ross, who were visiting India from Tasmania, Australia — 2009

Right:  Sarita's father, Hira Singh Borliya, treats the Ross family to a cup of chai at Naag Ziri in Ujjain

   

 

Below left:  The Ross family arrive for a special function at Dabral Baba's temple on the banks of Shipra River — 2009

Right:  The heat is on and the ceremony begins at Baba's temple — Dabral Baba is seated on the left
  


Below left:  Sarita stands beside the giant statue of Baba Khan at the Bhopal Ustad Allauddin Khan Sangeet Academy

Right:  Sarita and her son, Vyasa, arrive at the former Maihar gurukul of Baba Khan

  


Below:  A friendly family cricket match inside the compound of Baba Khan's former gurukul at Maihar

  


Below left:  Vyasa and the caretaker family rabbit

Below right:  Sarita enjoying a joke with Amma, who stayed at the former Maihar gurukul when Baba Khan lived there

   

 

Below left:  Sarita arriving at the Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory for a rehearsal

Below right:  Sarita chatting with the Director of Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory, Mariano Abello

  


Below left:  Sarita rehearsing with the jazz musicians at the Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory

Below right:  Sarita chats with visiting American jazz guitarist Eric Slaughter prior to their Kathmandu concert

   
   

Below left:  Sarita participates in Saraswati (goddess of music) Puja Day, with her spiritual Guru, the late Dabral Baba,  at Baba's temple on the banks of the Shipra River in Ujjain, India

Right:  Sarita enjoys dance lessons at her residence with renowned Indian classical dance master Pundit Hira Lal Johari of Ujjain

  


Below:  Sarita performing with visiting USA jazz musicians Eric Slaughter (guitar) and Nick Jost (bass guitar) plus the Director of Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory, Mariano Abello (flute,  saxophone) and Navaraj Gurung (tabla) at a concert in Kathmandu, Nepal — May, 2009

 


Below left:  Sarita garlands renowned Indian classical vocalist Pundit Ramakant Dubey on Guru Purnima Day

Right:  Sarita enjoys a lunch break during research for her PhD at the former Maihar gurukul of Baba Allauddin Khan

  


Below left:  India's beloved classical music vocalist Girija Devi on stage at the Kalidas Academy recital in Ujjain

Right:  Girija Devi chatting with Sarita's son, Vyasa, in the Green Room prior to her recital

  


Below left:  Girija Devi with her  daughter (left) and student (near right) visited Sarita's home in Ujjain.  In this picture, Sarita's father, Hira Singh Borliya is singing a folk song to Girija Devi

Right:  Sarita and Girija Devi sharing a joke in the car before departing

  

 

Below left:  Sarita assists on tanpura at the performance of her Indian classical vocals guru, Srimati Girija Devi, during the Kalidas Festival at Ujjain in 2009

Right:  Sarita congratulates her father, Hira Singh Borliya, on his winning performance at a charitable TV production conducted at Indore, India, by the Mumbai-based program Junun Saat Suron Ka, with benefits going towards funding the Cancer Research Foundation – September, 2009

  


Below: Sarita receives Prasad and blessings plus a special hug from  "the hugging saint" of South India,  Amma (Mother) Amritanandamayi 

   


Below left: Sitar lessons in Melbourne, Australia — October, 2007

Right: Jamming with friends, Glen, Denis and Nishad in Melbourne, Australia — November, 2007
   

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