• World Harmony Run

    World's Largest Torch Relay
    World Harmony Run

  • 1,000,000 Participants

    Across 6 Continents
    1,000,000 Participants

  • Dreaming of a more harmonious world

    100 countries
    Dreaming of Harmony

  • Schools And Kids

    Make a Wish for Peace
    Schools And Kids

  • Sri Chinmoy: World Harmony Run Founder

    World Harmony Run Founder
    Sri Chinmoy

  • Carl Lewis: World Harmony Run Spokesman

    World Harmony Run Spokesman
    Carl Lewis

  • New York, USA

    New York

  • London, Great Britain

    Great Britain

  • Shakhovskaya, Russia


  • Around Australia

    15,000 kms, 100 days
    Around Australia

  • Around Ireland

    14 Days, 1500km
    Around Ireland

  • Wanaka, New Zealand

    New Zealand

  • Arjang, Norway


  • Rekjavik, Iceland


  • Beijing, China


  • Prague, Czech Republic

    Czech Republic

  • Belgrade, Serbia


  • Lake Biwa, Japan

    Lake Biwa

  • Kapsait, Ethiopia


  • Pangkor Island, Malaysia

    Pangkor Island

  • Bali, Indonesia


  • The All Blacks, New Zealand

    The All Blacks
    New Zealand

Bangladesh 13 -16 Jan 2009: Dhaka - Chittagong


The founder of the World Harmony Run, Sri Chinmoy, was born in the area that is now part of Bangladesh. A number of participants from various World Harmony Runs in other countries came to Bangladesh from 12 to 20 January 2009. During this period they were able to introduce the run and share some of their experiences in meetings with various groups in public presentations, at Universities and other locations. Visiting members were also able to participate in various other cultural events and discussions which greatly added to their understanding and appreciating of Bangladesh.

Below is a brief report and pictures from 13 to 16th Jan.

For events of 17 - 19 January 2009 see http://www.worldharmonyrun.org/bangladesh/news/2009/0117

13th Jan 2009 Dhaka

The visitors were introduced to Dhaka with stops



At a number of monuments



And other sites

Including the colorful ...

. And very active streets of the city.

In the evening members attended an event at a music school


- In honour of the director who is also a well known performer of Tagore’s music: Rezwana Chowdhury Bannya.


The opening procession, lighting of Lamps was very inspiring


  • As were the many musical performances and comments by special guests,


Khushid and Saleha Islam are good friends and supporters of the World Harmony initiatives. The team benefitted immensely from the presence of Khushid in Dhaka before, during and after the visit.

Saleha had not been able to travel to Dhaka for the trip. However, her presence was very much felt especially at the very refreshing dinner at her mother's residence (mother in law of Khushid) on our first full day. All the team members were made to feel most welcome by the interesting discussion, the wonderful music and the delicious food shared with Khurshid and other members of Saleha's and Khushid's extended family.


Then, the team took the night train to Chittagong

14th Jan 2009 - Chittagong

Chittagong was the biggest city near to Shi Chinmoy’s birthplace. The team members were delighted to see some of the places and historical sites that the World Harmony Run founder had written about. Some had made a big impression as he was growing up miles away in a small village.

The has always been much shipping in Chittagong 

  • which continues today..


  • And the courthouse was a famous landmark


  • As were other structures.

Amazing Children singers

Some of the team members also visited an Orphanage where the students were learning some of Sri Chinmoy’s songs. They very touched and impressed by the children.


Later more team members returned with the original visitors to also experience the musical sweetness and intensity of the students' practice.


At one point the electric power failed and the children keep singing and playing harmonium in the dark. Later a candle was used and then an oil lamp. The enthusiasm for the music was infectious and heartwarming to all those observing.


15th Jan 2009 - Chittagong

Including University and Cultural Programme

University of Chittagong

At the University of Chittagong there was a presentation of Sri Chinmoy’s overall philosophy as shown by his writings and work in various fields. The presentation and discussion touched on music, art and other activities including examples of self-transcendence and the World Harmony Run.

Some of the team members visited the Children again

  • Who were eagerly practicing for their performance.


  • And also enjoyed showing their new friends around the building.

  • Later there was time for seeing various crafts

  • And shopping or observing activities on the street

Chittagong Cultural Programme

In the evening there was a very well attended Cultural Programme in Chittagong

  • This included music ...

  • And also singing by the children who had been visited the previous day.


There were many academic and other professionals in attendance who spoke about Sri Chinmoy’s philosophy and inspirational activities. Some team members made presentations which included the World Harmony Run and other initiatives for peace and international understanding. A lively question period also took place


Then the team took the train back to Dhaka

16th Jan 2009 - Dhaka

In the morning some of the team members

Practiced with children students and musicians from Shurer Dhara for the evening concert in Dhaka


Evening Concert

The evening concert featured songs by Rabindranath Tagore, D.L.Roy, Atulprasad Sen, Rajani Kanta Sen, Kazi Nazrul Islam, and Sri Chinmoy.



  • Performed by the students of Shurer Dhar,

  • Sri Chinmoy singers and
  • Rezwana Chowdhury Bannya.



There had also been some time earlier to visit various special locations

  • Such as the Aurangabad Fort (commonly known as Lalbagh Fort) and
  • other locations

for events from 17 to 19 Jan see : http://www.worldharmonyrun.org/bangladesh/news/2009/0117

– Adhiratha and others

Team Members:
Khurshed ul Islam (Bangladesh), Mahatapa Palit (India), Abu Bakar ( Bangladesh), Bishwas Polissar ( USA), Sahana Gero (England), Adhiratha Keefe (USA), Shantishri Mc Grath (Scotland), Padmasini Guillet (France), Goharini Daoudi (Moroco), Gagana Denis Potapenko (Russia), Putrima Elena Goldman (Russia)

  Bangladesh 17 - 19 Jan 2009 >