‘Wheel of time will go on but Geetramayan will remain forever’

ST Correspondent
Friday, 17 August 2018

Former PM Vajpayee had shared this thought during a Sakal event in 2005

Pune: “Kalachakra or the wheel of time will go on,” former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had shared this ‘ultimate truth of life’ while speaking at Sakal Media Group’s event which was held in April 2005 to mark the golden jubilee year of ‘Geetramayan’ – the collection of 56 Marathi songs describing the events from the great epic Ramayana. 

On the day of this programme, the city witnessed unprecedented rainfall however, such an adversary failed to deter thousands of Puneites from attending this programme due to their love for Vajpayee, and the Geetramayan – written by GD Madgulkar and the songs being composed by Sudhir Phadke.

Speaking at this event held on  April 14, 2005, Vajpayee said, “GD Madgulkar and Babuji (Sudhir Phadake) passed away but the wheel of time will go on and Geetramayan will remain forever.” This programme was jointed organised by Sakal and Gadima Pratishthan. The then Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar was present for this function as a chief guest.  

Referring to the untimely April rain, Vajpayee said, “We are all made up soil, we will flow away in just one rain.” 

He had further said, “When we celebrated the silver jubilee of  Geetramayan,  Sudhir Phadake was alive but Gadima was not there with us. Today both of them have passed away but the wheel of time will go on. I had an opportunity to listen to Geetramayan 25 years ago but the magic of musical notes is alive in my mind. We have to start preparations for the diamond jubilee of Geetramayan. It is an epic set in poetic form with Marathi heart.”

Vajpayee had praised the creator of Geetramayan by saying that it is a rare confluence of ‘Ramkatha’ and culture, he had further added that there was a rare blend of day to day to life and spirituality in this famous epic. The veteran Ayurved expert Dr Balaji Tambe’s book ‘Shreerampanchyatan: Ukal Geetramayanachi’ was launched by Vajpayee during this programme. 

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