Humanitarian leader and scholar Dr. C.B. Satpathy received the Building Bridges across the Nations award at the US-India trade summit in Seattle

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Besides being honored by WASITRAC with the Building Bridges across the Nations award during the opening reception of the US-India trade summit at the Seattle Center, Dr. Chandra Bhanu Satpathy was also recognized by the City of Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and Washington State Lt. Governor Brad Owen for his continued endeavors on compassion, humanism, love for the living being, and tolerance as taught by Shri Shirdi Sai Baba, the enlightened perfect master of the Twentieth Century.

Dr. Chandra Bhanu Satpathy honored with Building Bridges Across the Nations Award

WASITRAC ( Washington State India Trade Relation Action Committee) honored Dr. Chandra Bhanu Satpathy, also known as Guru Ji with the “Building Bridges Across the Nations award” on Thursday, Sept 27th, 2012 at the Intiman Playhouse, Seattle Center for his immense contributions in connecting the whole world though his literary excellence and humanitarian endeavors. The event was held as part of the opening reception for the 1st Washington state summit on US-India Trade and Commerce. Mr. Debadutta Dash and Mr. H. Habib Co-Chairs of WASITRAC hosted the event.

On this occasion, the City of Seattle recognized Guruji’s contribution in spreading the message of humanism, purity, love, compassion and tolerance as taught by Shi Shirdi Sai Baba. The recognition from the office of the Mayor, City of Seattle, Mike McGinn was delivered by Mr. Thao Tran. Later in the evening, Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen recognized Guruji on behalf of state of Washington noting that the message Guruji brings to the world comes at a time when events should cause us to reflect upon the need for greater humanity and compassion as taught by Guruji.

Consul General N. Parthasarathi and Washington State Lt. Gov. Brad Owen were the guest of honors and chief guest respectively who addressed the gathering on this occasion. Consul General congratulated Guruji for the award and wished him more such awards in future. This was followed by cultural program comprising of vocal renditions by Vasu Sundarraj of Swaranjali School of Music, Odissi by the students of noted Odissi exponent Dr. Ratna Roy, Bhratanatyam by Anwesha Das and a traditional Pacific Islanders dance presented by the Asia Pacific Cultural Center. Eight year old Ritika from Nepal played a hymn on violin, composed by Guru Ji.

Speaking on occasion, Consul General N. Parthasarathi highlighted the growing role of the Indian diaspora in the US connecting with India through a cultural bonding and economic partnerships. Washington State Lt. Governor Brad Owen emphasized the need of more vigorous collaborations between the two countries from the perspectives of cultural exchanges, educational tie ups, and partnerships on economic development. The program was also attended by a high level delegation from the states of Assam and Gujarat.

In his acceptance speech, Guruji Dr. Chandra Bhanu Satpathy appreciated the efforts made by the organizers for bringing the communities together and thanked them for the honor bestowed upon him. He emphasized the importance of genuine collaborations and mutual understandings among nations with cultural, educational and need based initiatives to bridge the gaps. He further said, that the gaps can be filled by encompassing two vital principles in addition to existing models in planning ventures at all levels, first is to create happiness in the people involved in the processes; and second is to ensure maximum happiness among the maximum number of people for the maximum period of time for those who will benefit by the venture.

He acknowledged the influence of spiritual perfect master Shri Shirdi Sai in his life. In his closing remark he thanked the organizers, City of Seattle and state of Washington for the honor.

The day long event on September 28 was opened by an invocation by Guru Ji Dr. Chandra Bhanu Satpathy followed by a special address by Seattle Congressman Jim McDermott who was also the founder of the India caucus in the US House of Congress. There were three panel discussions featured in the trade summit covering wide range of subjects and speakers from all realms of life. Guru Ji Dr. Chandra Bhanu Satpathy's presentation on Mystique India, Eastern Philosophy, and Sai Movement was very well received by the summit attendees. Christine Gregoire, Governor State of Washington, US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton and Kiran Ahuja, Execute Director, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders sent best wishes and congratulatory messages for the event.

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