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September 24, 2005
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An ordinary looking bearded man with extra ordinary talent, that is, Satyanarayan Mourya, fondly known as Baba to his friends and admirers.
Well known for his famous Bharat Maa ki Aarti, Baba is a gifted poet,
musician, singer, orator, painter, cartoonist and above all a patriot. A
philosopher by nature, Baba endeavors to bring about an awakening in the
Indian masses in his own unique way.
Born in a humble family of a schoolteacher at Rajgarh in the Byaora
district of Madhya Pradesh in 1965, Baba rose to fame with his
extra-ordinary talent with the paintbrush. Painting came as a hobby at an
early age and without any formal training. To begin with, Baba funded his
high school education with signboard painting in his town. After having
completed Masters degree in Commerce, Baba achieved a gold medal in
Masters of Arts in drawing and painting from Vikram Vishwa Vidyalaya,
Baba has an impressive collection of art work. His paintings include a
wide range of subjects, from Kargil to Badrinath. His depictions include
the idyllic village life as well as the frenetic routines of the city
life. From rails to fairs and from prisons to temples, he has painted it
all. The speed with which Baba is able to capture an idea and express it
meaningfully as a painting is truly fascinating. He is especially
dedicated to the painting of Gods and Goddesses.
Just like painting, poetry also came as God’s gift. Baba’s poems reflect
the pain he feels for the plight of Mother India and her children. Through
his poems he tries to shake the Indians out of their deep slumber and
inspires them to work towards building a strong nation. More than twenty
audio cassettes of his poems have been released, the most famous being
“Aur Ab Baba Bhee Roye Re”.
Baba has tried his hand at writing and found that it came as a natural
extension of his writing poetry. He is the author of many dramas,
television script and articles. He has about 250 series of television
episode to his credit.
Baba worked with Zee TV for more than six years as a script writer for
programs on sanskar and bhakti. He has produced more than two thousand
episodes of “Jagran” and “Bhakti Bhav” series. The credit of identifying
and promoting many good saints on that series goes to him.
With his intensive research and study of Indian history, culture,
scriptures, Baba is an authority on ancient Indian sciences. He has
created a wide range of exhibitions to share his knowledge with all. His
exhibitions include Aitihaasik Ram, Swadeshi, Goraksha, Ved – The way of
Light, Understanding Hinduism, The Child, Hindu Customs and Traditions,
The brilliant fusion of Baba’s multiple skills can be witnessed in his
programs like Bharat Maa Ki Aarti and Shiv Parvati Vivah. During his
programs his charismatic and charming personality keeps the crowd
enthralled while he conveys his message through music and painting and in
a language that appeals to all. In spite of his at-times harsh, highly
critical comments on the status of the present Indian society, right from
an illiterate farmer in the village to the sophisticated urban
professional, Baba – a darling of the masses - is loved and understood by
all. During, what inevitably turns out to be a power packed session,
Baba’s message comes out loud and clear. Bharat Maa Ki Aarti begins with
Baba’s own beautifully composed song which he sings as the main lead with
“Bharat Bhakton Bharat Phir Se Vaibhav Paye Param,
Sab Dharmon Se Badhkar Bhai Hota Rashtra Dharam!”
As the progamme gradually unfolds offering paintings of national heroes,
patriotic songs, poetry and talk, it concludes with the Aarti of Bharat
Mata, Baba’s another excellent composition:
“Do Shabdon Ki Divya Chetna Rashtra Bhav Sancharati,
Vande Mataram Gakar Karlo Bharat Maa Ki Aarti!”
Having extensively traveled and performed throughout the country, Baba has
made forays into the Western world, with exhibitions and private
commissions in the U.S., Europe, Hong Kong and the Caribbean countries. He
is specially adored by the Indians abroad, including heads of states of
Indian origin. With his patriotic poems and exhibitions depicting the
various aspects of Indian culture, Baba has played a vital role in helping
the non-resident Indians find their roots, their religion and their
Much of the success of the Divali Nagar celebrations, the premier Indian
cultural festival in the Caribbean, has been due to the monumental work of
this very talented artist. He has been responsible for the research and
preparation of the exhibitions that depict the themes of the Divali Nagar.
Exhibitions produced thus far include the Vedas, Understanding Hinduism,
The Indian Contribution to Science and Technology, the Child and Hindu
Customs and Traditions. Apart from the thousands who eagerly imbibe their
contents, Baba’s exhibitions have been regularly visited by the top
echelons of the Trinidad society, including the Presidents of Trinidad and
Tobago, its Prime Ministers, members of the Parliament, members of the
Senate and the clergy of other religions.
In the various cities in the U.S., like New Jersey, Washington D.C., Rale,
Houston, Atlanta, Baba is in high demand and eagerly awaited by the
audiences of Kavi Sammelan.
Baba has great regard for our soldiers who shed their blood so that we
live in peace and security. His reverence for our brave jawans made him
travel to the borders during the Kargil war to motivate them and salute
them for their great sacrifice.
At a very early stage in his career, Baba joined the Ram Janmabhoomi
movement and the Cow Protection movement. Later, he was also a part of the
Swadeshi movement. Soon, he became a part of every nationalist movement as
he was able to effectively capture and promote the movement’s message.
Currently, Baba has become an integral part of Vanvasi Kalyan Parishad’s
on going project, Shivganga Abhiyan in Jhabua district. He has been
visiting the interior villages of Jhabua inspiring the vanvasis to work
for their villages with his programs. He has lived with the vanvasis for
days and worked with them in the hot sun to make check dams, contours,
etc. for conserving water.
The best part of Baba is that international fame and adulation have failed
to change him one bit. He still remains simple, down to earth, easily
approachable person sans the typical celebrity attitude and tantrums. His
life style – food, dressing, accommodation are still those of an average
middle class Indian.
Throughout his career, Baba has looked upon money, not as a motive of his
expression but merely as a way to compensate and finance his pursuit for
his mission – to awaken in the heart of each countryman the love for our
motherland. His mission is best understood when in one of his poems he
“Main Duniya Se Aisi Gandi Reet Mitane Aaya Hoon.
Jaago, Jaago, Jaago, Jaago, Tumhe Jagane Aaya Hoon.”
Baba has founded Bharat Bhakti Sansthan which propagates love for Bharat
Mata by establishing Bharat Mata statues, conducting patriotic programs,
exhibitions, audio cds and cassettes. Baba severely criticizes and is
vehemently opposed to people who only give lip service to patriotism. He
believes in people who are patriotic and honest to Bharat Mata in practice
and invites such people to join him in his mission. It is Baba’s dream to
see Bharat Mata crowned once again as the Jagat Guru, and every passing
minute he is busy pursuing his goal.
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