Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pipe Band (London and Bolton) performed at London’s New Year’s Day Parade bringing in the year 2022. Due to the current global circumstances, this year's event was a stage-based event, with audiences in grandstands, rather than the usual parade through the streets of iconic London.
LNYDP comprised of thousands of performers from around the world. Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pipe Band was one of the highlights of the event, and delighted the present audience as well as hundreds of thousands watching on TV, with its unique fusion of Scottish melodies and Indian dhol drums.
A young performer commented:
“We are proud of our Indian roots and are proud to be British. This is reflected in all of our performances as we play western and Indian music, but nothing captures this multiculturalism quite like our ‘Dhol fusion’, where the sounds of bagpipes fuse with the thunderous beats of Indian Dhol drums”.
Acharya Shree Jitendriyapriyadasji Swamiji Maharaj is the current spiritual leader of Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan. He is the heir to Acharya Shree Purushottampriyadasji Swamishree Maharaj, and sixth in the lineage of ascetic Acharyas, which descends directly from Lord Shree Swaminarayan.