We are in The Bahamas at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, a place where Sachdev has been coming for over 40 years. This has been a second home to him, and continues to be for us. Right now, we are here for the Classical Indian Music Festival that Sachdev started here 16 years ago. This year’s festival, which Sachdev had been scheduled to perform at, is dedicated to his memory. We continue the festival to honor him and the music that he loved to share with all of us.
At the exact time of the Vernal Equinox, at 5:58pm Eastern Time today, the 20th of March, 2019, we will release his ashes into the warm blue ocean here. We will have a silent ceremony at the beach from 5pm-6pm.
Then, tomorrow, on the 21st – following the festival’s closing concert performed by his ‘little brother’ Swapan Chaudhuri with Habib Khan, We will have a puja with the Sivananda family.
The beach gathering will be a silent meditation, open-faith to honor and represent people of all beliefs:
Specifically, every person joining us is welcome and encouraged to express your connection to Sachdev in your own way. There will be no official speeches. You are welcome to create your own ceremony at the beach, say your own prayers, celebrate Sachdev ji’s life or mourn his passing as you wish. There is no dress code. Feel free to dress as you wish. This will be a gathering of presence.
If you wish to share your thoughts, photos, experiences with or stories of Sachdev, we will set up a page here on Sachdev’s website for dedications. You can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will periodically add to this page as emails come in.
Photos below are from Part 2 of the memorial ceremonies in India and Thailand.
Rishikesh and Haridwar, India
Palolem Beach, Goa, India
Bangpu Preserve, Thailand