Raleigh show celebrates 19th century Hindu ambassador

From staff reportsMarch 4, 2014 

— The life of a monk credited with introducing yoga and the Hindu religion to the west in the late 19th century will be the subject of a show in Raleigh on Saturday.

The show was created to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Swami Vivekananda, who died in 1902 at the age of 39. It combines live performance with laser animation by laser artist Manick Sorcar.

The show, Swamiji, begins at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893, where Swami Vivekananda spoke of religious tolerance and Vedanta, the philosophical underpinnings of Hinduism.

Swamiji begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Fletcher Opera Theater in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh. It is sponsored by the Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Carolina, based in Morrisville. For information, go to www.swamiji.vedantanc.org/.

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