0n the evening of November 1st, 2016, at India International Center Auditorium, India Harmony Foundation, ASAVARI and Palpung Sherabling Monastic Seat of Palpung Munishasan Dharma Chakra Sangh jointly organized a screening event for the launch of "SHUNYATA," a unique performance and an interfaith dialogue essaying the philosophy of Lord Buddha through dance and music filmed and directed by Aparna Sanyal. "SHUNYATA," when Kathak met Cham, is weaved under the creative concept of the fusion between Kathak, the classic Indian dance and Cham, the Tibetan Buddhist chants and sacred dances. "SHUNYATA" features Grammy Award Winning Buddhist monks of Palpung Sherabling Monastic Seat and the Padmashri & SNA awardee, Kathak Guru Shovana Narayan with her ASAVARI Repertory.
There were large gathering audience attended the event. The main guests, Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Honorable Minister of State of Minority Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs of Government of India, Venerable Tenam Lama Shastri on behalf of Guru Vajradhara Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa and the respected Padma Vibhushan award recipient Ustad Amjad Ali Khan Saab lit the light together. Venerable Tenam Lama Shastri welcomed Honorable Minister and the respected Ustad Amjad Ali Khan Saab with a traditional Tibetan scarf and presented them each a memory medallion specially designed by Guru Vahradhara Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa for SHUNYATA. The symbolic meaning of the design behind the logo is for harmony of harmony. It represents the unity and the harmony for all aspects of human beings and all human races of different colors. Honorable Minister, Venerable Tenam Lama Shastri and Ustad Amjad Ali Khan then distributed the remaining memory medallions to the rest of the eminent guests. The three main guests together performed the DVD opening ceremony and each delivered a short speech in the order of Mr. Asad Amjad Ali Khan, Venrable Lama Tenam Shastri and Honourable Minister. The screening of the director’s introduction regarding the making of "SHUNYATA" followed. Afterwards, short prayers were conducted by Palpung Sherabling monks and Kathak dance performed by Shovana Narayan with her team. The closing ceremony speech was delivered by India Harmony Foundation at the end of the event.