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Sahil Suraj Jagtiani, the founder of SSJ Productions, has over 16 years of experience in the music industry, having worked with Times Music, Sony Music, HMV Saregama & Universal Music. His debut album Avataran sold 100,000 copies worldwide! He has done concerts all over the globe including at the MIR Hall in Russia, at the Kala Ghoda Festival in Mumbai, the International Conventional Centre in Taiwan, in Kuwait, in Thailand, in Lagos, Nigeria for the iMeditate Africa Celebrations, in front of 2.5 million people during the Art of Living Silver Jubilee Celebrations in Jakkur Airfield, Bangalore & in front of 3.5 million people during the Art of Living’s World Cultural Festival at Noida, Delhi NCR!

As a Senior Program Director at the Art of Living Foundation, he has organized and centrally coordinated events around the world touching millions of peoples lives. Sahil found his true calling under the guidance of his Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji at an early age of 20. He was already dabbling with Music from High school. When he met Guruji, he chose to devote his life in spreading Guruji’s message of love and peace through his music. Someone who grew up listening and playing to Pop, Rock and Trance; Sahil composed music that gave meaning to his very existence. Earlier influences of western music combined with his devotional learning gave birth to Sahil’s fusion contemporary style of music. Transforming lives of thousands of youth through meditation and rocking them with mesmerising concerts, he soon became the youth icon of the Art of Living Foundation. 

Sahil Jagtiani is now bringing together a 6 member band for creating a unique rock concert experience which had a wonderful launch on the 3rd of March 2017 at Shankara Foundation, Kanakpura Road. “Wondernow!” is Sahil Jagtiani’s 22nd studio album and has unreleased material spanning the last 20 years. ‘Wondernow’ aims to redefine rock music for youth by inspiring & sensitizing them towards persisting issues within & around them without resorting to crude foul language yet engaging them completely.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Criticism is a part of life

Anywhere you go you will get praise and then criticism. The nature of the mind is to praise when happy and criticize when unhappy. This is the way it is. As an artist one wants praise but as someone on the spiritual path it is equanimity one must strive for. How to get it? Sadhana and spiritual practice will only take you to a certain point. Beyond that it is only a willingness and courage to listen to the disrespectful and distasteful stuff that will make you centered. If criticism is for growth then listen assimilate and change. If not then simply smile, listen and move on! This is called applied knowledge. Just the other day I got to practice this. If I got shaken then the whole purpose of that test or lesson from Guruji would have been lost. One should not only listen, but one should also have the courage to stand up against injustice and correct people when required.

We are all on this path called life and living is determined by not how much fame or wealth we accumulate but rather how strong and settled we have become. A smile on the outside is just an outer shell but strength from within is the true light! Small incidents come and go, but it is the large ones that determine us as individuals. After handling the larger situations one starts to incorporate perfection in every facet of life.

Jai Gurudev